What's behind this project?

syntaction is an electronica, chillout and space music project, founded by Christian "Chris" Knerr in 2008. The music combines wide and spherical synthesizer soundscapes with influences from all over the world. syntaction is inspired by space, connected to Earth and always open-minded finding new sounds to work with.
syntaction's reptilian alien character from behind
syntaction's reptilian alien character frontal view standing

the visual part of syntaction

Since this music project was founded, a costume, that visually represents the music, always played an important role in the visual presentation. syntaction shouldn't be just a one-man band in jeans and shirt behind a synthesizer. The music and the outfit together had to tell a complete story. And had to be a fitting addition to the slogan "music from a distant planet".

The costume represents a reptilian humanoid from outer space. The extraterrestrial and alien looking appearance is a reference to the space music inspired side in the music of syntaction. And a visual addition to the often unusual sound design you hear in the songs.

the audible part of syntaction

The foundation of syntaction is based on melodic and often meditative synthesizer soundscapes, combined with influences from many genres and stylistics. Besides the musical aspects, the founder of this project — Christian "Chris" Knerr (born 1986) — always had a big interest in the nature of sounds themselves. He is always seeking for new inspirations and tones he can use in his compositions.

The music of syntaction is always on a path of evolution. Since the first studio album Cyborg Instruments, the technical and methodical skills of creating and composing music got better from album to album. And that progress still continues. While remaining faithful to his roots, syntaction sometimes reinvents himself and loves to try out new things. This music project originated from a hobby, Chris had since his early teenage years, and it was created to share his work with others.
syntaction's reptilian alien character side view standing