Thomas Brinkmann is a highly regarded producer of experimental minimal techno music based in Cologne, Germany. He began experimenting with carved-groove records in the 1980s while studying visual art at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His productions were made by playing physically modified vinyl records on customized two-arm turntables. Brinkmann constructed full-length “variations” of techno albums by Mike Ink and Richie Hawtin and is also known for his /Klick/ – series, in which he cuts and scratches the surfaces of vinyl LPs. Brinkmann later founded the Ernst record label and introduced his own productions on a series of 12” records taking their titles from female names. He has since expanded his extensive production catalog on his own Max Ernst label, as well as other highly respected outfits such as Traum Schallplatten, Raster-Noton, Editions Mego and Mute Records (under the Soul Center alias).