CTM 2018 Trailer

Created by Oliver Thomas and Marius Rehmet of VOJD. Sound by NAKED.

CTM 2018 – Music Programme Complete

With a last batch of newly-confirmed artists, the music programme of CTM 2018 is finally complete. New additions include Laurel Halo, RAMZi, DJ Heroin, and a night co-curated with Native Instruments that will feature Ikonika and a NUXXE showcase with coucou chloe, Shygirl and Sega Bodega. The CTM 2018 Phase-out final party will again be co-presented with Red Bull Music to celebrate the conclusion of ten non-stop turbulent festival days with live and DJ-sets by Flava D, DJ Storm, ZULI, FAKA, Klitclique and many more. 

CTM 2018 Tickets & Passes

Festival Passes and tickets to individual events are available via our ticket shop. Limited quantity.

CTM 2018 – 3rd Announcement

With programme highlights ranging from a special emphasis on the intersection of music and dance, an exploration of the different threads of gabber and hardcore including pioneering and newer sounds, a special thread exploring the potentials and consequences of rapid advances in machine learning and AI, and a range of artists exploring Turmoil through confrontation, careful scrutiny, or meditation, CTM 2018 continues its inquiry into the potential of sound and music to invigorate our resilience, awareness, and sense of community. New confirmations include: Holly Herndon Ensemble, Drew McDowall, Jlin, Hitmakerchinx & DJ Aaron present "Flex Dance Music", Olaf Nicolai, Equiknoxx ft Shanique Marie, Celestial Trax, Colleen, Bliss Signal & many more.

2nd Programme Announcement

CTM 2018 – Second Wave of Confirmed Artists & Projects

Following our first festival announcement, we are pleased to release the second wave of artists and projects confirmed for CTM 2018 Turmoil. Through 10 days of special projects, commissioned works, performances ranging from extreme noise explorations to contemporary club sounds, an exhibition, and an intensive daytime programme, this 19th edition explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present.

CTM's 18th edition will take place 26 January – 4 February 2018.

CTM 2018 Exhibition

Uncanny Valleys of a Possible Future

Titled Uncanny Valleys of a Possible Future, the CTM 2018 Exhibition presents diverse artistic approaches – often playful, always political – that respond to CTM 2018’s Turmoil theme. Tension/explosion, apathy/engagement, regression/progress, peril/hope – these artists propose different ways by which to navigate the ongoing strain and unease of being torn between polarities.

Curated by CTM, with works by Anne de Vries, Frédérick A. Belzile, Lawrence Lek, Peter Flemming, Teun Vonk, Zorka Wollny & Andrzej Wasilewski, ZULI & more.

1st Programme Announcement

CTM 2018 – First Wave of Confirmed Artists & Projects

CTM 2018 Turmoil explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present: What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation? Complementing performances by artists such as Amenra, Darkraver, DJ Panic, Medusa's Bed, Rashaad Newsome, and Swan Meat, CTM's daytime programme will once again feature a Discourse programme of talks, an exhibiton and installations, the MusicMakers Hacklab and Research networking day which both currently have open calls for participants, and more.  A limited amount of CTM 2018 early-bird passes are now on sale.

CTM 2018 Theme


Since its early days, CTM Festival has featured music and art that acts as a mirror for social and political conditions. Our 2018 theme, Turmoil, builds on the insights of 2017’s Fear Anger Love, and continues its inquiry into the potential of sound and music to invigorate resilience and awareness at a time when we have begun normalising the ongoing barrage of political, social and environmental crises and the resulting unsettling feelings that resonate through our on- and offline lives. CTM 2018 explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present: What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? What to do with such intensities? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation, anxiety and animosity?

The CTM 2017 Finale

Red Bull Music x CTM 2018

CTM joins forces with Red Bull Music to close its 19th edition on tumultuous notes. For the fourth year in a row, the two partners have collaboratively assembled two back-to-back events. This year will feature electronic music trailblazers DAF, Bestial Mouths, and more to be announced soon. 

Installation & Performance


"SKALAR" is a large-scale art installation by Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray that explores the complex impact of light and sound on human perception. Following a highly-successful collaboration between WHITEvoid, Kraftwerk Berlin, and CTM in 2016 with "Deep Web," CTM 2018 Festival is pleased to host this next artistic venture within its titular Turmoil edition.

Focus Programme

Artificial Intelligence in Music

CTM 2018’s Turmoil theme explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present. One angle of exploration into this theme is the array of discussion, from over-optimistic to ethically troubled, surrounding artificial intelligence. Artists such as George Lewis & Roscoe Mitchell, Holly Herndon, James Ferraro and Marco Donnarumma and others explore AI within the festival's music programme. Their contributions are complemented by installations bh Lawrence Lek and Guy Ben-Ary in the CTM 2018 Exhibition, a machine learning focus within this year's MusicMakers Hacklab, as well as lectures and talks during CTM's daytime Discourse programme.

Special Partner Event

Transcend the Turmoil

For CTM 2018, MONOM, Berlin's new Center for Spatial Sound, has commissioned Pan Daijing, FIS, and TCF to use the 4DSOUND system to build intensely visceral experiences that will range from calming and hypnotizing to thought-provoking and radical.

Special Programme – Movement & Sound

Flexing / FIVE

Over the course of the festival, HAU2 and YAAM will act as home bases for an exploration of the crossroads between movement and sound. Three different pieces will combine established or still-evolving dance styles with adventurous music. In "FIVE Berlin," multidisciplinary US-American artist Rashaad Newsome will investigate African, European, and North-American roots of vogueing. In "Embryogenesis", club accelerationist Lotic and choreographer Roderick George blur boundaries between “high” and “popular” culture, setting dance styles from hip hop, breakdance, and modern dance to Lotic’s metallic dancefloor blowouts. In an evening at YAAM, Flex Dance Music (FDM) trailblazers Hitmakerchinx and DJ Aaron will both move between the decks and the dance floor, where they’ll be joined by flex contortionists OG hob dot and Shellz.

Open Collaborative Laboratory

MusicMakers Hacklab

MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music and invited artist/researcher Ioann Stacewicz. It allows practitioners from a range of disciplines to find new ways of exploring cross-cultural hybrids that imagine future topographies of sound and music performance.

Special Production – Movement & Sound

Ernest Berk – The Complete Expressionist

On three consecutive nights at HAU2, a rich programme of performances and lectures will explore the life and legacy of choreographer, electronic music composer, improviser, dance therapist, and pedagogue Ernest Berk. Versatile Berlin choreographer Christoph Winkler will oversee the long-overdue reconstruction of Berk’s dance pieces and the performance of selected musical compositions as live tape concerts. Ten dancers, as well as Berlin-based experimental musicians groupA, Rashad Becker, and Pan Daijing will reinterpret various pieces from Berk’s extensive body of work, all of which explore the interplay between dance and music.

Research Networking Day

The Research Networking Day (RND) is a yearly CTM Festival initiative co-organised by Humboldt University’s Department of Musicology. RND provides a platform to exchange ideas and experiences for students and researchers from different European graduate and postgraduate programmes traversing the fields of audio, arts, media, design and related theoretical disciplines. The presentation programme will be published before the holidays.


Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem BOem

The impressive Halle am Berghain will be the site of “Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem Boem”, an immersive, playful installation by the young Dutch artist Philip Vermeulen. With the visceral acoustic instrument, the Physical Rhythm Machine (PRM), Vermeulen shoots balls at speeds of up to 150 km/h into large resonant boxes. Because the shots can be fired at precise intervals, the machine can generate intricate rhythmic patterns. For CTM 2018, artists Lakuti and Sam Barker have created special compositions, which will be brought to life by the installation.

Connecting Radio Art & Performance

CTM 2018 Radio Lab

Returning for its fifth year, the CTM 2018 Radio Lab is dedicated to exploring the pairing of the specific artistic possibilities of radio with the potentials of live performance or installation. This year the Lab will present a new work by Ahmed El Ghazoly aka Zuli. The project is commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur – Hörspiel/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration Ö1 Kunstradio and ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst. Media partner: The Wire.

Live from Berlin

Berlin Community Radio x CTM 2018

CTM will collaborate with BCR – Berlin Community Radio to provide a live radio broadcast that extends the reaches of the festival's tentacles by giving CTM artists the chance to elaborate on their live sets in an informal context.

Sound Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe


Renewed for four more years and 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. Several supported artists and educational / networking initiatives appear at CTM 2018.

CTM Partner Festival

transmediale 2018 – face value

As in previous years, the CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with the transmediale – festival for art and digital culture, which in 2018 will adopt the theme "Face Value". Read more about the 31st edition of transmediale here.

Citywide Partner Programme

Vorspiel 2018

Vorspiel is a citywide programme of events before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals. In 2018 it will see its 8th edition.