Farmers Manual is an electronic music and visual art group, founded in Vienna in the beginning of the nineties. The core members of the collective are Mathias Gmachl, Stefan Possert, Oswald Berthold, Gert Brantner and Nik Gaffney. Part of the very lively viennese electronic music scene of the 90s, Farmers Manual were successfully crossing the boundaries between electronic music, live visuals, experimental graphic and web design.
Their CDs, published through avant-garde labels such as Mego, Tray or OR, often contained multimedia content. Their most significant release might be RLA (which stands for "Recent Live Archive"), a DVD released on Mego in 2003, which contains the bands extensive backcatalogue of live concert recordings from 1995–2003, compressed in mp3 format - totalling 3 days and 20 hours of audio content and released under a Copyleft licence.
As visual artists, Farmers Manual have been included in numerous international festivals, such as FCMM (Montreal, 1999), Avanto (Helsinki, 2001), Art+Communication (Riga, 2006)