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Berlin Atonal Festival at Kraftwerk Berlin / Wednesday, 16.08. – Sunday, 20.08.2016

Berlin Atonal returns this summer for the fifth edition of its modern era, inviting over 100 musicians, sound and visual artists, performers and DJs for its five day stretch between the 16.–20. August.

As the first festival tickets go on sale, Berlin Atonal begins to unfold the covers on its 2017 performance programme with an initial announcement of 10 world premiere live shows, as well as a special opening night concert.

ALTAR is the surprising result of the new collaboration between Roly Porter and Paul Jebanasam. Based on a performance of ritual system music, Berlin Atonal 2017 will provide the first look at this new project uniting the creative and technical capacities of two of contemporary music’s most powerful composers. Another premiere show sees Atonal regular and electronic music enfant terrible Powell on stage performing with Turner prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans. The two artists have been collaborating on music which will reach ears for the first time in this live A/V show.


Chinese performance artist and composer Pan Daijing will debut her extraordinary new work entitled Fist Piece, a composed live act focusing on voice and the relationship between bodies. Equally ambitious is the new live performance conceived by Swedish duo Roll the Dice. Consisting of Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon, this theatrical and unconventional show cements the group as the spearhead of a fractured type of future basement jazz.


OKTOPHONIE is the 8-channel spatial acousmatic piece composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen as part of his monumenta opera cycle LICHT. According to the octophonic system Stockhausen conceptualised the electronic sounds (meant to represent the chaotic soundfield of modern warfare) exist in three dimensional space, with the audience listening inside a “cube of sound”. Berlin Atonal recreates Stockhausen’s octophonic set-up on its opening night for a presentation of OKTOPHONIE projected by long time Stockhausen collaborator and director of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kathinka Pasveer. Contemporary composers will also be invited to create new works for the bespoke system, with further details to be released in forthcoming announcements.

Inga Mauer, who before now has better been known as the irrepressible and surprising DJ who honed her craft at Stackenschneider in St. Petersburg, has now turned her instinctive taste for industrial, EBM and new wave music into a first live show. Elusive producer Abul Mogard also prepares his first ever live show. With an origin story as enigmatic as the music itself, Mogard’s torturously moving tracks have caught the attention of many of the music industry’s biggest names, with a rich and strange beauty rarely found in contemporary electronic music.

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Emptyset is a Bristol-based production project, formed in 2005 by James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. Working across performance, installation and the moving image the project examines the physical properties of sound, through electromagnetism, architecture and process based image making. Their work considers the legacy of analogue media reflecting upon structural/materialist art production and the perceptual boundaries between noise and music.

This is just the initial announcement, with many more names and projects still to be released. For the full line-up and a detailed time table, please visit the website: berlin-atonal.com

Berlin Atonal Festival

Wednesday, 16.08. – Sunday, 20.08.2016
Kraftwerk Berlin | Köpenicker Straße 70 | 10179 Berlin/Mitte

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