Jasmine Guffond, originally from Sydney, came to Europe to tour as part of the duo Minit, ended up setting up home in Berlin, began recording here and released her debut album The Demolition Series in 2008 under the name Jasmina Maschina. Her stage name/alter-ego manufactures intriguing soundscapes blending modern electronic, experimental sounds with guitars, piano, violins, the lot. Jasmina is equally comfortable at the microphone playing minimal, folk infuenced songs as she is at letting the shuffling, cracked electronics take over the show and carry us off to dreamland.
Her new album Alphabet Dream Noise will be released on 30th September. It’s full of wonderful, dreamy compositions that draw the listener into a world of sleepy, remote scenes and will be featured on 29th September at the album release party at HBC where Jasmina will be joined onstage by her special guests for this special show: Boris Hauf (barritone saxophone, Steve Heather (drums), Simon James Philips (piano), Theresa Stroetges (guitar, electronics, viola).
We met just before her rehearsal held at Bethanien to talk about the new album.
How did you come up with the name Jasmina Maschina?
Jasmina Maschina: I was inspired by a Kraftwerk album Mensch-Maschine, and I loved this idea. It’s how I interpreted Kraftwerk’s ironic take of a German clich