BAND

::OT:: OBERER TOTPUNKT („TDC”, „Top dead center“) is the music project of Hamburg-based Singer-/Songwriter Bettina Bormann and Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer Michael Krüger. Stefan Frost (Guitar) played on various tracks on the last Albums. They have released six Albums  on the Wave-Gothic-Label Danse Macabre Records::OT:: performs live with Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Drums and Percussions as Duo or with live musician Stefan Frost (Guitar), Denis Scheither (Synth) and Guests. They made numerious remixes of Bands and are reguarly on tour throughout Germany, Suisse, Austria, USA and beyond.

BAND
Bettina Bormann (Lyrics & Vocals, Theremin)
Michael Krüger (Composing, Bass, Synthesizer, Drums, Back-Vocals)
Stefan Frost (Guitar)

LIVE
Denis Scheither (Keyboard, Bass, Back-Vocals)
Reaktor 4 (Performance)

MEANING 
Oberer Totpunkt (OT). Top dead center (TDC) is the highest point that the piston occupies during its up-and-down movement in the cylinder. It is the time at which the piston changes direction. The ignition timing is regularly prior to reaching the TDC and, in order to achieve a good efficiency, is moved further forward with increasing speed – similar to life and dead.

DISCOGRAPHY (Studio albums)
2007 10 GRAD VOR OT (10 Degrees before TDC) CD 
2009 ERDE RUFT (Ground calls) CD
2010 STILLER ZOO (Silent zoo) CD
2014 DESIDERAT CD
2017 NEUROSEN BLÜHEN (Neurosis blooming), CD
2021 TOTENTANZ (Dance of death), CD

MIX & MASTERING
Tom Wendt: Guitar and Mastering: Studio: Skating Dog

LABEL
Danse Macabre Records

QUOTES
„The songs from Oberer Totpunkt are bursting with creative compositions in the field of tension between electro, industrial, EBM and bizarre rock elements. The madness of the present is celebrated precisely angry and cold – non-conformist and uncompromising.“
Sonic Seducer

„Oberer Totpunkt is one of the most dynamic and innovative dark electro bands I’ve ever heard. Impressive twists and turns, great atmospheric moments, haunting lyrics and sounds that eat their way into the minds of the listener. Predicant particularly valuable!“
Terra Electra

„David Lynch would love OT. Dark electro rock with driving grooves and acidic sound design. The lyrics trigger a nightmare darkness: industrial beats of Michael Krueger caught by the versatile and apocalyptic lyrics of Bettina Bormann whose excursions decipher the traumatic visions of soul-robbing questions.“
Sticks

„Oberer Totpunkt is danceable entertainment with depth: Musically and lyrically there is a lot to offer: an atmospherically dense and creative fusion of dark electro, industrial with rock and wave elements. Bettina Bormann and Michael Krueger are always good for surprises and understand their craft.”
Avalost

„The fragile state between the neurotic hustle and bustle of our society and its fatal collapse has never been so impressively and terrifyingly illuminated!“
Negatief

„Disturbing and ingenious!“
Sonic Seducer

„Purchase order for everyone interested in morbid stuff!“
Twilight magazine

„Ultra-deep bass, sophisticated rhythms, tough lyrics – amazing dark EBM posie.“
Bodystyler online

„Aggressive basses and ominous electronic sounds transport the socially critical message to a new art form.“
Literra

„Born to Die. :: OT :: the dark sound artists from Hamburg.“
The Spine

„Goosebumps music and lyrics!“
Zillo

„Razor-sharp and profound texts meet dark worlds of sound with hard-hitting beats.“
Dark heart

„Own sound world with threatening sounds and gloomy spoken words.“
Tombstone magazine

PAST FESTIVALS
::OT:: played on following Festivals (A-Z)
Avantgarde-Festival, Shiphorst
Autumn Moon, Hameln
Berliner Gotik-Treffen, Berlin
Breminale, Bremen
Campus Noir, Ilmenau
Classic Kultnacht, Wien
Dark-X-Mas, Hannover
Fährmannfest, Hannover
Fusion-Festival, Lärz
Gothic Cruise, Miami
Nocturnal Culture Night (NCN), Deutzen
OneNightShow, Hamburg
Schwarzer Ball, Zürich
Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT), Leipzig
::OT:: UNPLUGGED
Albphilharmonie, Hamburg
Darkerkant, Hamburg
Diamonds Night, Mainz
Nocturnal Culture Night (NCN), Deutzen
Schwarze Lesungen, Hamburg
Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT)
Zeter & Mordio, Hannover

AWARDS & HIGHLIGHTS
2014 3x ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2014 AMUSIO, AVALOST, LAGRIMAS, (Desiderat)
2015 BEST SONG, AKADEMIA, L.A., Spiegel im Käfig (Desiderat)
2017 2x ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2017, AVALOST, Neurosen blühen
2018 BEST SONG, AKADEMIA, L.A., Rattenfänger (Neurosen blühen)
2019 WGT-TRIPLE: Westbad, Sixtina, Blauer Salon
2019 US-TOUR 2019 ( u.a. Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City, Miami, Goth Cruise) support for Das Ich
2020 OXMOX-Bandcontest, 2nd place, Oberer Totpunkt

ALBEN

DISCOGRAFIE (STUDIOALBEN)
10 GRAD VOR OT
Danse Macabre Records, 2008 / Titles: 10 / 54:40
ERDE RUFT
Danse Macabre Records, 2009 / Titles: 11 / 50:02
STILLER ZOO
Danse Macabre Records, 2010 / Titles: 12 /  46:23
DESIDERAT
Danse Macabre Records, 2014 / Titles: 11 /  44:00
NEUROSEN BLÜHEN
Danse Macabre Records, 2017 / Titles: 15 / 66:00
TOTENTANZ
Danse Macabre Records, 2021 / Titles: 15 / 66:00

 

Alle sechs OT-Alben sind Konzeptalben: Die einzelnen Titel stehen in thematischer Beziehung zum Gesamtwerk.
10 Grad: Presseberichterstattung
Erde ruft: Geburt bis Tod
Stiller Zoo: Märchenwelten in der Realität
Desiderat: Wunsch und Wahrheit
Neurosen blühen: Zivilisationsängste


COMPILATIONS
2009 Zillo New Signs & Sounds, Hamburg
2009 NegaTief Dark Alliance 3, Imperator
2009 Radio Schwarze Welle 2, Paul ist tot
2010 Advanced Electronic Sampler 8, Vogelhochzeit, DVD
2010 NegaTief Dark Alliance 7, Gevatter Tod
2010 Zillo CD, Teufels Lehrerin
2011 Radio Schwarze Welle 3, ZYX, Teufels Lehrerin
2012 Radio Schwarze Welle 4, ZYX, Langfristig gesehen
2013 Radio Schwarze Welle 5, ZYX, Spiegel im Käfig
2013 place4tears, Whales, Illusion
2013 Radio Schwarze Welle 6, ZYX, Scharlachroter Schnee
2014 Radio Schwarze Welle 7, ZYX, Geisterfahrt
2014 Leather Strip Tribute, Serenade for the Death
2015 Hubert Kah Tribute, Rosemarie
2015 Gothic Magazine, CD, Spiegel im Käfig
2016 Radio Body Music, Work Hard, Sei auf der Hut!
2017 Sonic Seducer, Neurosen blühen
2018 Sonic Seducer, Rattenfänger
2019 Metroland-Remix, Projezione
2019 Sonic Seducer, Zeit verfliegt

BOOKS
2010 Imago, Bettina Bormann, Roman, Buch/CD, Danse Macabre Records
2015 Das Flüstern der Mördermuscheln, Buch, Danse Macabre Records

VIDEOS