Following its resurgence last year after a 23 year hiatus, Berlin Atonal is back this year with another exceptional lineup including such D/B faves as Roly Porter, Murcof, Tim Hecker, Biosphere, Cabaret Voltaire who will play their first concert in over 20 years and a recital of Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians plus many many more first class acts besides.
It’s new home is a long-abandoned power station in Berlin Mitte, a labyrinthine industrial complex that each day hosts world-class musical events and large scale audio-visual installations as well as streetfood and a full catalogue of seminars, lectures, master-classes and screenings.
Steve Reich is the leading pioneer of minimalism. His output ranks among the most influential cultural productions of the last 100 years. Music for 18 Musicians is seen as the high point of his tradition-changing experimentation with phasing, abstraction and looping; in short, a hallucinogenically hypnotic and labyrinthine express-journey to the very heart of modern music. The legendary Ensemble Modern has developed for the powerplant a special performance of this piece which they first recorded with Steve Reich over 15 years ago.
Canada’s most celebrated sound-artist and electronic musician Tim Hecker makes music variously described as ‘structured ambient’, ‘tectonic colour plates’ or even ‘a shuddering, visceral implication of… epochal decay’. In the gigantic main stage of the powerplant, Hecker finally has a setting in which his ‘cathedral electronic music’ can expand to its fullest.
Murcof‘s music is sparse, minimalist, sample-based electronica. Although founded on abstract, glitchy, sometimes complex electronic percussion, Corona’s recordings are more melodic and traditionally structured than many contemporary electronic musicians. Many recordings feature orchestral strings sampled from recordings of works by modern composers such as Arvo Pärt.
Biosphere (no): Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient techno” and “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
Wednesday, 20 – Sunday, 24 August 2014
Tresor / Ohm Berlin | Köpenicker Strasse 70 | 10179 Berlin/Mitte