The new sound of the city – Berlin Current presents young, unconventional, and experimental pop music from Berlin.
Established in 2013, Berlin Current is an ongoing CTM-led project that identifies and supports emerging Berlin-based musicians by producing live concerts at Berghain, Boiler Room Berlin and during the CTM Festival. Creative commissions and international showcases, as well as radio and magazine features by partners BLN.FM, No Fear of Pop, and previously De:Bug, also make up significant part of the initiative.
Sponsored by the Musicboard Berlin.
ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound
ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound – is a global network of independent non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music, and related arts.
ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound
ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound was founded in 2007. The network rapidly grew into an international format: ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound, which was officially inaugurated in 2009. Today ECAS remains a designation used specifically for certain projects centred in the EU.
Concert Series / Club Nights
Initiated in 2012, the Polymorphism concert series at Berghain takes shape as a crossbreed of club night, concert, and experimental laboratory, and intends to capture the current exponential explosion of electronic sound mutation. The series has featured artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never, LA Vampires, Heatsick, The Haxan Cloak, Hype Williams, James Ferraro, Nguzunguzu, Evian Christ and others.
SHAPE - Sound Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe
A new 3-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the SHAPE project reunites 16 European non-profit organisations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange innovative and aspiring emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound.
For two years now, CTM Festival has supplemented its 10-day presentation of concerts, club nights, exhibitions, and lectures with a carefully curated print magazine relating to and expanding on the specific edition's thematic and aesthetic focus. Each CTM magazine edition brings together contributions by curators, music journalists, researchers, theorists, musicians, and artists. It includes interviews, dialogues, academic essays, poetic reflections, excerpts from festival-related texts, and reproductions of visual art either from the exhibition or by artists whose work engages with the festival theme in compelling ways.
SoCCos- Sound of Culture, Culture of Sound
Collaborative Festival of Festivals
The ICAS Suite
CTM festival co-founded the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network, a group of 38 organizations and festivals on 4 continents that joined forces to promoting artistic development and knowledge production at the interface of music, art, technology, and society. Shortly thereafter, the ICAS SUITE was developed by CTM as an open and collaborative festival format for the whole network. The concept implies the invitation of the network’s members and of other music initiatives to participate in the curatorial process and shape a unique, collaborative music event.
Denkfabrik was developed for the 2nd edition of the Berlin Music Week as a day-long lecture series on music, culture, and the economy, aiming to address the antagonism between creative activity and the commercial sphere, particularly in light of the ferocity of ongoing debates surrounding copyright law, GEMA tariff reforms, and the wealth of creative minds and artists in Berlin. Organized by CTM in collaboration with ICAS, the event made a critical contribution to the Music Week’s conference programme.
Wasted was staged as a series of mini-festivals celebrating loud, fast, radical, and mostly electronic new musics. Generally summed up under the loose terms of hardcore, breakcore, mashup, or raggacore, Wasted propagated a spirit of disrespectful dissent, unruly enthusiasm, and mountains of positive energy.
In That Weird Part
The exhibition project In That Weird Part was concerned with the interpretation and editing of pop music in internet user culture. Through the appropriation of music – mostly in the form of music video remakes – a new musical vernacular with far-reaching implications is currently appearing beyond professional networks of composers, musicians and music promoters.
In That Weird Age
The exhibition In That Weird Age, realized for the CTM.13 Festival, highlighted a music culture in transition, showcasing the odd splendour of plenitude that currently arises from now defunct physical storage media and the end of fixed recordings, as well as from the new musical vernacular of internet user cultures, the exponential potency and open-ended processability of digital sound files, the amassment of immaterial artefacts in online archives, and the promiscuous connectivity of a general state of plenty, where everything exchanges with everything.
CTM On Air
Since September 2011 CTM hosts its own radio show at Berlin community radio reboot.fm. More than 20 editions to date support CTM Festival's ongoing aim to find and present adventurous sound and to explore new perspectives in musical discourse. ICAS Radio is a collaborative project with the Zeit-Ton series of the Austrian Broadcasting Service, ORF Ö1. Taking place within the framework of the festival network ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound, the ICAS Radio roundtable gives festival organizers and their contemporaries the opportunity to discuss innovation and critical developments in current music and culture.
Edited by CTM and Meike Jansen and published by Edition Suhrkamp, Gendertronics is an in-depth study of questions raised by the theme of the 2004 edition of CTM Festival, "Performing Sound". With contributions from Olaf Arndt, Claudia Basrawi, Jochen Bonz & Thomas Meinecke, Mariola Brillowska, Kurt Dahlke, Diedrich Diederichsen, Harald Fricke, Tom Holert, Miss Kittin, Pinky Rose, Birgit Richard, Terre Thaemlitz, Marc Weiser and 17 black and white drawings by Jan Rohlf.