Electronic musician/visual artist Carsten Nicolai and Blixa Bargeld of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds has been friends and admirers of each other work for a long time. They collaborated directly for the first time in 2007, when Alva Noto and Bargeld met on the stage at Media Labs Studios in San Francisco.

The newly formed duo recorded several tracks, combining Alva Noto's soundscapes and elaborated beat structures with Bargeld's voice and improvisational songwriting. This material was released as a Ret Marut Handshake EP in 2010, with a full-length album Mimikry presented soon after. Following the release, ANBB duo went on a live tour at various festivals and solo venues in Europe.

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