(rather brief version)
Rainer Straschill, born in München, Bayern and resident of Würzburg, Franken, took classical training in piano (programme for highly gifted children at Richard-Strauß-Konservatorium München) at the age of five and studied composition (also at RSK München) paralleling grammar school.
Apart from that, Straschill has learned to more or less master the trombone, alto and soprano sax, guitars and bass guitars as well as various devices and computer-based systems for the realtime generation and modification of sound.
Starting in 2000, Straschill has focused on the creation of freely improvised material exclusively. Audients at his shows found themselves confronted with a vast crossover of abstract experimental eletronica, singer-songwriter stylings, drum'n'bass breakbeats and minimal noise. Two important ensemble projects in this regard: kybermusik, containing freely improvised collaborations via quasi-realtime internet connection, and Eclectic Blah, which created contemporary dance music on a radically freely improvised basis.
In 2010, composed material (both for solo performances and for ensembles) has started to establish itself again in Straschill's work. The center of attention here is the #secretalbum project with a first release in 2012.
His back catalogue includes more than two dozens of album releases in various settings. He has toured many places, including the world. He has headlined several experimental music festivals, including y2k6loopfest in California and BEMF3 in Idaho.
In his other life, Straschill works as an expert and programme manager for advanced mechatronic systems. He holds oldskool university degrees in physics and electrical engineering, advanced qualifications for highly dynamic driving (including the coveted Nordschleife one), a red belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, a green belt in Six Sigma, and has participated in various competitions and tournaments in fencing, boxing and sailing.