The »N≠E« series in Berghain fathoms the intersecting trajectories of sound research, dramaturgy, narration and affect in contemporary electronic music. The line-up put together for its fourth edition leads us through various musical phases, going from KRYPTIC MINDS cavernous halfstep, MONDKOPF’s harsh industrial techno, ADMX-71 psycho-acoustic listening experiments, or the world-premiere of OAKE’s angstpop, to DOUGLAS MCCARTHY’s signature blend of EBM and Electro and resident-dj OPIUM HUM’s hypnotic selection. »N≠E« is aunique night of dramaturgical density, deep timbres, sound’s intense physicality and coarse materiality.
While in the millennium upheaval the positive rush and futuristic drive of rave mapped out utopias based on egalitarian communityspirit, emancipatory technologies, liberated locations and unrestrained bodies, electronic music today, with its disquieting tonality, frequently also reflects the oppressive repercussions of our current submergence in medial dematerialization, the control society, and increasingly self-referential data streams that appear to live a life of their own.
With its depth, irresistible psychedelics, grainy textures and raw frequencies, the artists at this special club night neutralize or amplify the internalized unease triggered by such perceptions as well as their psycho-social impact.
Kryptic Minds//Mondkopf//Oake LIVE//Douglas McCarthy//ADMX-71 LIVE//Opium Hum
Jörg Franzmann//Sammy Dee//Zip//Horror INC LIVE//Daniel Bell