CTM Festival 13 in Berlin confirm Pantha Du Prince, Gatekeeper, Dean Blunt and Ghedalia Tazartes

CTM 2013CTM 13 Highlights in Berlin:

30. & 31. 1.2013 HAU1

Robert Henke and students of Sound Studies / UdK Berlin
28.1. – 3.2. HAU2

3.2.2013 HAU2

Presents The Narcissist – world premiere
1.2.2013 HAU1

German premieres of “Exo” and “Giza”
2.2.2013 Haus der Kulturen der Welt & Stattbad

Dienstag, Januar 15th, 2013

CTM 12 Transmediale Festival for adventurous Music and related visual Art

One of the leading festivals of electronic and experimental music, explores the current resurgence of the unearthly and dark in music and art from 30 January to 5 February 2012 in Berlin. As always, CTM runs parallel to and in cooperation with Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture, transmedialeat the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

CTM 12 is appropriating the festival theme SPECTRAL to explore the current reemergence of all things ghostly and dark in experimental music, avant-pop, and art

Participating artists: 30 Years Touch with Hildur Gudnadottir, Eleh, Eternal Chord, Jana Winderen, Charles Matthews, Marcus Davidson / Balam Acab / Borngräber & Strüver / Conrad Schnitzler / Cosmo Vitelli / Cut Hands / diskJokke / DJ Elephant Power / Éliane Radigue performed by Charles Curtis, Carol Robinson, Bruno Martinez / Harmonoius Thelonious / Haxan Cloak / Heatsick / Hieroglyphic Being / Holy Other / Ital / Kandig Ray / Kassem Mosse / Kettel / Loud-E / Mark Fell / Mika Vainio / Mohn (Wolfgang Voigt & Jörg Burger) / Morphosis / Mouse on Mars / Pole / Pre-Cert Home Entertainment with Applehead, Slant Azimuth, Anworth Kirk / Qluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Onnen Bock) / Roly Porter / Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop / Sølyst / Stellar OM Source / Tim Hecker / Wolfgang Seidel / and many more …

Some Places of Music are

31.01.12 Berghain, 21.00 Uhr: Mark Fell (UK, Editions Mego, Raster-Noton), Sendai (BE, Time to Express), Kangding Ray (FR/DE, Raster-Noton), Olaf Bender (DE, DJ, Raster-Noton)

01.02.12 Berghain, 21.00 Uhr: Mouse on Mars album launch with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Sølyst and DJ Elephant Power.

Includes access to paralle event at Berghain Kantine (Cut Hands, Haxan Cloak, PRSZR)

01.02.12 Berghain/Kantine, 21.00 Uhr: Cut Hands (UK), Haxan Cloak (UK), PRSZR (AT/PL), Bill Kouligas (GR, DJ)

02.02.12 Berghain, 21.00 Uhr: Balam Acab (Tri-Angle, US), oOoOO (Tri-Angle, US), Holy Other (Tri-Angle, UK), Kuedo (Planet-Mu, UK), Puzzle (Leisure System, INT)

Includes access to the parallel program at Berghain Kantine: IAMTHATIAM, Stellar OM Source, Heatsick, Ital.

02.02.12 Berghain/Kantine, 21.00 Uhr: IAMTHATIAM, Stellar OM Source, Heatsick, Ital.

03.02.11 Berghain, 20.00 Uhr: Ben Frost Trio (IS/US), Mika Vainio (FI), Opium HUm (DE), Morphosis (LB), Roly Porter (UK), G.H. (UK), Ancient Methods (DE)

Includes access to the parallel program at Panorama Bar: Baby Ford, Zip, Sammy Dee, Mara Trax, and Berghain Kantine: Kettel, Co La and more.

03.02.11 Berghain/Kantine, 21.00 Uhr: James Ferraro (US) Co La (US), Kettel (NL), Novo Line (US), Andy Votel (UK)

04.02.12 Passionskirche, 20.30 Uhr: Tim Hecker “Organ Concert”

04.02.12 Gretchen, 23.00 Uhr: Floor 1: Delphonic (DE), Shlohmo (US), Slava (US), Hudson Mohawke (UK), Anstam (DE), Lando Kal (US)

Floor 2: Antoni Maiovvi (UK/DE), Cosmo Vitelli (FR), diskJokke (NO), Loud-E (NL)

05.02.12 Passionskirche, 20.00 Uhr: 30 Years Touch with Jana Winderen, The Eternal Chord, Hldur Gudnadottir, Charles Mathews, Marcus Davidson, Eleh, Organology

Samstag, Januar 7th, 2012

CTM pres.: MODESELEKTION @ Maria am Ostbahnhof, Samstag 05.02. Doors open 22h

Modeselektion is a new hypersocial project by Berlin bass music masterminds Modeselektor: always on the hunt for the new beat, they curate festival stages and club nights all around the world and post projectum release compilations on their own Monkeytown imprint, featuring new tracks by the involved artists. A Modeselektion tour took them through Europe in late 2010 along with a selection of their artists and will continue through the Americas, Asia and Australia in January and Febuary 2011.

One of the tour stops is this exclusive show at CTM where they once again will do what they can do best: “to go beyond the scope of useless genre tags and the routine scuffles between different camps in order to be boundless and completely freestyle”.

Main Floor
MODESELEKTOR (monkeytown / berlin)
Ben UFO (hessle audio / uk)
Jackmaster (night slugs / numbers / uk)
Cosmin TRG (rush hour / hessle audio / monkeytown / ru)
SIRIUSMO (monkeytown / berlin) – live
Krsn (berlin)
visuals: Pfadfinderei
Chez Jacki Floor pres.: NIGT to NIGHT
Bob Bok (night slugs / uk)
Girl Unit (night slugs / uk)
DJDS (nightshifters / cock rock disco)
Finckobot (get wavey)

Samstag, Februar 5th, 2011

Transmediale 1-6 Februar 2011 @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Festival for adventurous music and related visual arts and CTM-Concerts, Berlin

transmediale presents and pursues the advancement of artistic positions reflecting on the socio-cultural, political and creative impact of new technologies, network practices and digital innovation. As a festival aiming to define the contours of contemporary digital culture, it seeks out artistic practices that not only respond to scientific or technical developments, but that shape the way in which we think about and experience the technologies which impact virtually all aspects of our daily lives. As such, transmediale understands media technologies as cultural and aesthetic techniques that need to be embraced in order to comprehend, critique, and shape global societies.

The festival includes exhibitions, competitions, conferences, film and video programmes, live performances and a publication series called ‘transmediale parcours’. Moreover it cooperates with club transmediale (CTM), which deals with electronic music and club culture. programme

Sonntag, Januar 23rd, 2011

Etienne Jaumet @ Clubtransmediale WMF Club Berlin

Night Music at wmf club

Etienne Jaumet @ Clubtransmediale WMF Club Berlin

Etienne Jaumet @ Clubtransmediale WMF Club Berlin

Mittwoch, April 28th, 2010

Club Transmediale, continued! Friday: 5.2

First Plattenspieler, with Thomas Meinecke and his guest Tobias Rapp, was very entertaining and played an interesting range of music.  This program features Meinecke, a music expert and DJ, and his guest taking turns playing each other a variety of songs (always on vinyl) and then talking about the music they have chosen to play. They have an impressive knowledge of all things music, and I was itching to get in on their discussions and mix in a little of my music as well, but I had to be content to just sit back and appreciate what they had to play.

Next I slid off to WMF, I was really excited to check out Four Tet, Dan Deacon, and 2562, three totally different styles of music (experimental techno to experimental noise to dubstep, respectively). The club was absolutely PACKED, just growing more and more crowded as Four Tet’s performance came closer. Finally he came on stage and started mixing, he balanced his set beautifully between simple melodies floating through the club and hard-hitting beats that moved the entire floor. Standing out was a simply lovely mix of “Love Cry,” off his new album. Other than the fact that the crowd was so tight it was hard to dance, the set was really great.

Here’s a pic of Kieran Hebdan doing his thing:
Four Tet

After gulping in some fresh air, I was ready for Dan Deacon’s set. My gameplan was to hang about his performance for about half an hour, and then go up to see what 2562 was all about. This changed as soon as Dan Deacon approached the microphone. He started off by instructing the audience to reach to the sky, kneel on the floor, point at all the people who weren’t doing what he said, telling everyone to kiss the palm of their hand and then put it on the face of their neighbor. You could tell immediately this would be no normal performance. What followed was possibly the most fun show I have ever been to. People danced madly to the crazy and noisy tunes, which alone was a lot of fun, but what made the evening were the periodic interruptions in the music. Deacon set up a dance-off circle, attempted to a sort of conga line-tunnel, had the audience squeeze to the center of the room and grab their neighbor’s head… it goes on. And throughout all of this, everyone was laughing. Absolutely brilliant: well done Deacon! You stole the show!

The Dan Deacon craziness, documented:
The glowing skeleton and light show:
Dan Deacon1



a little bit o’ head love:

After Deacon’s set, I moved on to check out 2562. He was spinning some techno with a taste of dubstep sprinkled on top. Very fun and very danceable.. but I had just had my mind blown by Deacon’s insanity, so it was hard to fully appreciate it.

All around: 5 stars CTM!! Well done.

Samstag, Februar 6th, 2010

CTM: Holy Fuck, Dan Friel and Etienne Jaumet

This weekend truly started off with a kick, jump and some ridiculously good music. Club Transmediale featured the skills of Dan Friel, Holy Fuck, Etienne Jaumet and Oni Ayhun on the main floor of WMF last night. While Dan Friel and Holy Fuck threw beats around with energetic spontaneity, Etienne Jaumet brought the house down to a groovier plane.

Sitting on a sofa in front of the stage with his collection of electronic gadgets, Dan Friel turned the table on the term ‘couch potato.’ He did everything but relax while sitting in front of the evening’s crowd. Instead he kicked in the energy of the evening with a nice mix of danceable beats and interesting musical manipulations. His style was an appropriate segue into the irresistibly impassioned and vigorous Holy Fuck.

Holy Fuck absolutely stole the show. Despite the fact that Air France apparently lost Graham Walsh’s equipment, the guys pulled everything together and exploded with energy, creativity and sound. The music they produced was essentially organized mayhem, the live bass and drums provided a reassuring groundwork for the intense sonic twists and turns emerging from Borcherdt and Walsh’s keys, looping and effects pedals, distorted mics and of course the mouth organ. Well, to sum it up simply, the show was just damned exciting.

Etienne Jaumet completely changed the tone of the night. Laying down dark and heavy beats he mixed in the dreamy and atmospheric notes of his saxophone. The mood shifted from hectic to trippy, loosing a bit of the freewheeling energy in the club, but gaining depth and gravity. Though an odd mixture for the evening, I still really dug the tunes.

Unfortunately they also succeeded in draining all the energy from me, and I couldn’t wait around for Oni Ayhun to play… oh well.

In any case, tonight is promising to also be ridiculously good: Four Tet and Dan Deacon will be one the main floor, tearing it up and destroying our minds, I’m sure… While upstairs Scuba and 2562 will be on the dark side, playing their dub-step inspired music. Can’t wait!!

Oh, yeah, and pics of Thursday night will come soon!

Holy Fuck Live @ CTM10 - Needle The Nerves at WMF Club

Holy Fuck Live @ CTM10 - Needle The Nerves at WMF Club

Freitag, Februar 5th, 2010

a week in Berlin.. (28.1 – 6.2)

Well, Thursday (28.1) officially kicked off Club Transmediale 2010, a ‘festival for adventurous music & related visuals.’ Running until next Sunday (7.2), the festival features lectures and discussions (relating to a wide range of topics within sound, gaming, and visual arts) as well as music every night in WMF and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Last Saturday night sizzled a bit at WMF. The event wasn’t quite what I expected from the first weekend event of the festival.  I suppose the fact that I was convinced that The Knife would be making a guest appearance, in order to join the already present Mt. Sims and Planningtorock to debut their Darwinian opera “Tomorrow, In a Year” got my expectations a little high. Needless to say, The Knife did not show up, which is just proof that the festival organizers should have consulted me about their lineup. Oh well. Anyway, back to the sizzling. Felix Martin and Alex Doyle of Hot Chip got the house moving for Planningtorock. She entered stage to a full house… honestly her music irks me a bit, so I left the crowded hall for a bit more air and some funk and soul, spun by DJ TV DiSKO. This groove was much more my style and was a perfect opener for the 80’s synth of Desire. While the singing was a little weak, the music was high energy and very danceable.. The same can be said about Glass Candy, essentially equal to Desire, but with a blond doing the singing rather than a brunette.

Hot Chip boys warming up the crowd

hot chip

Planningtorock highlighted by her projected visuals


Johnny Jewel of Desire and Glass Candy setting up, DJ TV DiSKO in background


Glass Candy, spreading the dance fever

glass candy

Right, so CTM10 goes on for the rest of the week, there’s a lot going on, so check here for the full schedule. My recommendations would start on Thursday, though, with Holy Fuck; and then continue on Friday with Four Tet both at WMF, both should be hotttttt.

Otherwise, what’s going on in Berlin?

Tuesday (2.2):
Grand Archives @ Tacheles
Local Natives @ Bang Bang Club

Friday (5.2):
Laura Veirs @ Lido
Real Estate w/ Filthy Dukes DJ set @ Magnet (recommend this)

Saturday (6.2):
Element of Crime @ Arena

Sweet. well, we’ve got plenty of options here,….. enjoy the week!

Montag, Februar 1st, 2010