I’ve hosted Rene Hell once before on a Not Not Fun Records showcase earlier this year or last year; can’t recall.
Rene Hell is the alter-ego synthesizer project for Jeff Witscher, who was born in California in 1983. He operates “Club Lucifer” (a weekly night club) & is currently residing in Vienna, Austria. Witscher has kept busy in the past few years, recording dozens of releases as Rene Hell and a gaggle of other pseudonyms (Impregnable, Secret Abuse, Marble Sky), as well as playing in bands like Roman Torment and the curiously titled Deep Jew. As is common to the US’s underground experimental scene, most of these recordings saw release only on cassette or CD-r, making 2010’s Porcelain Opera Witscher’s first CD and LP as Rene Hell. Released on Type records and clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the album is fairly concise for a drone record, though the vinyl release comes with a full-length bonus disc called Rogue Camera. In terms of aesthetic, the album evokes other contemporary synth experimentalists like Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never, but with percussive loops and melodies that betray a stronger techno influence.