Ersatz is a project by multi-instrumentalists Ben Johnson and Jim Cornick. Since studying music at the University of Southampton, Ben and Jim have worked together in various projects for over a decade, and have been writing music as Ersatz for the last eight years. Over that time they have released four albums and three EPs, and have produced, remixed and performed on recordings by James Yuill, Paper Aeroplanes, The Boxettes, Cajita, Tudor Acid and Joyce the Librarian. They have made records as part of The Hopeful Lonely and Glow, and have also both produced solo records.
Ersatz's first album, the ambient minimalist 'IN', was self-released in 2009. In drew on influences from Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki, Brian Eno, Stars of the Lid and Eastern chant music. Their follow-up concept albums, 'Lydia' (2010) and 'Amateur Kakorrhaphiophobia' (2014), joined up the ambient thread with inspiration from psychedelic and progressive rock, minimal techno, Taoist literature and experimental noise music. ‘Hints of…’ is their fourth, and was released in June 2016. Live shows are entirely improvised in an attempt to create music of the moment - no two shows are ever the same. The line-up and instrumentation can vary, usually depending on the context. The shows are often accompanied by Tim Hardwick who provides visuals and sometimes words.