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CTM 2015 – Un Tune

16th Edition, 2015

The 16th edition of CTM took place from 23 January – 1 February 2015 in various Berlin venues including HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, YAAM, West Germany, and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.

CTM 2015 - Un Tune attempted to engage with the direct bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music as well as with their synergistic effects with other sensory stimuli. Artistic experimentation with the affective and somatic effects of sounds and frequencies opens up possibilities of tuning and de-tuning the composite that interconnects body, matter, energy, and (musical) machines - and of exploring our perception. Un Tune also served as an overarching metaphor that refered to the potentials that might be unlocked by temporarily destabilizing our habitual and consensual states.

The 10-day CTM 2015 festival thus shifted the focus from questions of music’s symbolic and cultural significance to questions of the use and functionality of sound and music as affective forces. Somewhere in between physics and cultural semantics, the theme moved from asking "what does music attempt to portray?" to "what effects do sound and frequencies have upon us?".

Over 230 artists and professionals from 25 different countries contributed to over 150 performances and projects that made up the CTM 2015 programme, which also included a 8-day Transfer programme that encompassed the Discourse series of artist talks and film screenings, a collaborative MusicMaker’s Hacklab for music technology, contributions from Universities via performances and an Education Networking Day, two installations, and the Un Tune exhibition. The 16th edition featured several premieres of commissioned works supported through the CTM 2015 Radio Lab.

As always, the CTM festival was held in parallel to and in collaboration with transmediale – festival for art and digital culture which took place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Beginning early January and running into both festivals, CTM and transmediale also hosted the P2P Vorspiel initiative together with over 30 local venues and organisations.

CTM 2015 Theme

CTM 2015 Un Tune aimed to engage with the direct bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music as well as with their synergistic effects with other sensory stimuli. Artistic experimentation with the affective and somatic effects of sounds and frequencies opens up possibilities of tuning and de-tuning the composite that interconnects body, matter, energy and (musical) machines – and of exploring our perception.

Sonic events – e.g. noises, sounds, music – are not perceived by the ear alone. Their effect upon the human body goes beyond the stimulation of the various sensory organs. Acoustic vibrations obtrude and invade the body and its tissues, and are processed not only at a conscious level but also unconsciously, triggering uncontrollable physiological and physic reactions.

Technological developments now give us the means with which to better understand and explore these and other affects. Such experimentation operates between antagonistic coordinates such as pleasure and displeasure, self-empowerment and the internalization of control mechanisms, personal and collective experience, and the experience of the self as both subject and object.

With the discovery of electricity, sound recording, and electro-acoustics, the coupling of sound and sounding body is no longer inevitable, yet at the same time is rendered more intense than ever before. In the digital age, sound finally became fully autonomous: As a pure stream of information it is now amenable to any method of synthesis, transformation, or analysis without the involvement of a sounding body in the conventional sense. Distinctions between natural and anthropogenic sound sources have gradually eroded, joining human and non-human actants into one structure: a sonic landscape that is no longer purely natural or merely a backdrop, but is always permeated by culture and technology.

The interaction between technological systems, immersive environments, and ritualistic practices opens up spaces of experience that temporarily destabilize our habitual states. Unusual fluctuations in space-time, new intensities of sensory experience, and new ways of perceiving create situations that transcend our usual state of being, and may unlock emancipatory potential. Un Tune thus also served as an overarching metaphor that refered to the potentials that might be unlocked by temporarily destabilizing our habitual and consensual states.

What the Press Said

«Berlin’s most cutting-edge, multidisciplinary festival.»
DJ broadcast

«Die CTM brachte bereichernde tage für die ansonsten eher monotone Berliner Clubkultur.»
Missy Magazine

«Founded back in 1999, this remorselessly avant-garde audio-visual celebration has become a pillar of the Berlin musical calendar, attended by thousands of devout fans each year. With a booking policy that pulls close to zero punches in terms of pandering to mainstream appeal, this is very much an event for those seeking to push the sonic envelope through as many experimental letterboxes as possible.»
Crack Magazine, Alex Gwilliam

«CTM is more than a festival—it's a frothing petri dish of musical ideas, in equal measure entertaining and enlightening, for the artists as well as the audience.»
Resident Advisor

«Sound verzerrt, hallt, bricht, um vorgefasste Meinungen zu zerplittern und uns aufzustören aus dem allzuschnellen Einverständnis mit dem, was uns von der Bühne herunter packt. Nichts ist wahr, alles ist erlaubt - diese Haltung verbindet die Klangartisten verbindet, die sich beim diesjährigen Club-Transmediale-Festival vor einem enthusiastischen Publikum den Kopf am Laptop oder sonstwas aufschlugen.»
Tagesspiegel, Volker Lücke

«CTM and Berghain show once again that Britain is rather lacking compared to our continental European brothers and sisters.»
The Quietus, Luke Turner

«Tatsächlich öffnete sich eine weite genderschere im Verlauf des CtM Festivals, das 2015 in seiner Kuration viel wert auf die quantitative gleichberechtigung der geschlechter legte und damit, verglichen mit den vor einiger Zeit durch das netzwerk female:pressure vorgelegten Zahlen zur unterrpräsentation weiblicher Künstlerinnen auf Festivals, seiner Vorbildfunktion gerecht wurde: Die auf dem Festival vertretenen Männer drangen auf ihr publikum ein, die Frauen öffneten sich nach außen, suchten die Konfrontation. Das von testosteron dominierte nerd-Kontinuum kriegt seinen Knacks ab. Das ist auch mehr als überfällig.»
SPEX, Kristoffer Cornils

«In any case, this year FELT pretty good.»
Secret thirteen, Zuzana Frida Prikrylová

Videos

CTM 2015 – Un Tune – Trailer made by Vojd, sound by Moon Wheel.

Visual Identity

↑ CTM 2015 visual identity, design Vojd.

Facts

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Alberto de Campo • Alec Empire • Aleksi Perälä • Amnesia Scanner • Andrew Pickering • Anita Ackermann • Anke Eckhart • Annie Goh • Atau Tanaka • AtomTM

B
Born in Flamez • Brandon LaBelle

C
Carter Tutti Void • Chris Salter • Claire Tolan • Craig Leon

D
Danny L. Harle • Derek Holzer

E
E.E.K. feat Islam Chipsy • Egyptrixx • Electric Indigo • Electric Wizard •   Eleni Ikoniadou • Elisabeth Schimana • Emptyset • Errorsmith • Evian Christ • Extreme Precautions

F
Frank Bretschneider • Franz Bargmann • Full Nelson

G
Gábor Lázár • Gajek • Gazelle Twin • Gert-Jan Prins • Graw Böckler •   Grebenstein • Greco-Roman Soundsystem

I
Ian Hattwick • Iegor Reznikoff

J
Jamie Allen • Jan St. Werner • Jenny Hval & Susanna • Jesse Osborne-Lanthier • JK Flesh • Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) • John Connell

K
KABLAM • Karl Kliem • Kelly Snook • Kepler • KerriOake • Ketev • Klara Lewis • Konrad Smolenski • Kucharczyk

L
Lawrence English • Liima (Tatu Rönkkö & Efterklang) • Leslie García • Logos • Lorenzo Senni • Lucio Capece • Lucrecia Dalt • Luke Turner • Lxury •   Lydia Ainsworth

M
Maelstrom • Marco Donnarumma • Marcus Boon • Marcus Schmickler • Maria A.G. Witek • Marie Thompson • Mario de Vega • Mark O Pilkington • Martijn van Boven • Matthew Biederman • Matthijs Munnik • Moon Wheel • Mumdance

N
Nan Goldin • NGHT DRPS • Nik Nowak • Nisennenmondai

O
OAKE • Olle Holmberg • Opium Hum

P
Palms Trax • Panagiotis Tomaras • Paul Devereux • Peter Kirn • Peder Mannerfelt • Philipp Gorbachev & The Naked Man • Phoebe Kiddo • Pierce Warnecke • Pierre Alexandre Tremblay • Piotr Kurek • Powell • Prostitutes

R
Rachel Armstrong • Radar Bird • Robin Fox • Roosevelt • Rose Kallal •   RSS B0ys • Rupert Till

S
Sabrina (She's Drunk b2b LeFeu) • Sam Auinger • Samuel Rohrer • Sarah Farina • Sarah Miles • Senyawa • Shaddah Tuum • Shapednoise • Sherwood & Pinch • Shintaro Miyazaki • Simian Mobile Disco • Soda Plains • Sol Rezza •   SOPHIE • Sote • Soundwalk Collective • Stefan Weinzierl • Suicideyear

T
TCF • Teki Latex • TeZ • The Bug • Thomas Ankersmit • Thomas Landrain •   Thomas Wagensommerer • Tina Frank • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

U
Ulf Eriksson

V
Valérie Lamontagne • Volte-Face

W
We Will Fail • Wilhelm Bras • Will Lynch

Y
Yo Van Lenz • Yung Lean & Sad Boys & Gravity Boys

Z
Zamilska • Zan Lyons • Zimoun • Zorka Wollny

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