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Hardfloor's Minimal Learning Acperience

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, May 9, 2005
German tech-trance pioneers Hardfloor made virtually no money from their minimal techno classic Acperience, even though the massively popular record appeared on scores of compilations and an American movie soundtrack, Ramon Zencker told Skrufff this week.

"It's one of those world hits that sold the least number of records, we only sold around 50,000 copies worldwide, I think," the Hardfloor star revealed. "That's what I understand from the royalty statements anyway; it's sold around fifty or sixty thousand copies. The track was also featured on lots of compilations and it was also in a Hollywood film but we didn't receive any money for that either. The money went to the record label we were signed to at the time, Harthouse, but then they went bankrupt. We didn't earn hardly any money from it at all," he said.

Though Ramon and his production partner Oliver Bondzio created the acid drenched 303 based track in 1992, the track has unusually never really dated, fitting seamlessly today with the much hyped latest acid house revival, both as a track on its own merits and as a clear and direct influence. In fact, the duo have been so inspired by the new wave of copies that they're recently completed their own new album of 303 based acid (Four Out Of Five Aliens Recommend This) though are adamant they won't be updating Acperience, even though it's nowadays relatively slow.

"We don't want to do any more remixes," said Ramon, "We always play it in its original version with the original speed when we perform live. I think it would lose its magic if you increased its speed."