Downstairs at Berghain, rave culture and bass futures give voice to community and identity; contrasting music activists sound the emancipatory potential of forward-thinking club music. The programme includes SHAPE platform -supported Sky H1, Philadelphia-based experimental hip hop artist Moor Mother, Yally, the new project developed by Blackest Ever Black duo Raime, UK legend Actress, and Detroit Drexciya affiliate DJ Stingray, whose sets are as life-affirming as they are merciless. Upstairs at Panorama Bar, future-tropical sounds abound as Staycore meets Bala Club. Hyped label/collectives Bala Club and Staycore meet via Endgame, Mechatok and mobilegirl. Tastemaker, Bromance label co-founder and Kanye collaborator Virgil Abloh appears for a special DJ set.
Two strong artistic voices appear on this evening's programme. Outspoken feminist artist Jenny Hval will make an appearance in the wake of a sobering experience of touring in the USA during the election. Her CTM performance created together with experimental duo Skrap will expand from her recent “Blood Bitch” album to respond to the prevalence of impulsive, hype-fed and emotion-driven politics there and elsewhere. Stine Janvin Motland will open the evening with “Fake Synthetic Music,” using her voice to imitate melodic synthesizer sequences of consistent, unrelenting intensity.
After their performances last night, Iranian experimental musicians Sote, Siavash Amini and 9T Antiope speak about the scene and music in Teheran. Ayesha Hameed looks at possible afterlives of the Black Atlantic: in contemporary illegalised migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space. Noah Sow speaks about the conception and production of the gender-bending satire play "Radio Meta“, which aims at the deconstruction of sexism, racism and bias in the field of pop music and radio. The day is rounded out with a panel on perceptions of the dancefloor, from uptopic neutral space to political realm as it aims to unpack how strategies of resistance and perhaps vested political action can be realised.
This workshop/discussion unites several organisers and promoters from Germany and beyond who have have actively undertaken measures to reach out to different marginalised communities and to provide and protect safe spaces and who faced challenges in promoting, encouraging and defending diversity at their events. All interested event organisers and general public are encouraged to attend! Later the same day, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge speaks with filmmaker Hazel Hill McCarthy III the night before their joint performance and presentation at HAU1.
In a programme that explores challenging and confrontational dealings with sound, Thomas Ankersmit premieres a new work, "Infra," that explored the emotional, musical and perceptive potential of infrasound. Power electronics proponent Pharmakon will also present new material. Vomir's "harsh noise walls" and the psychedelic rhythmic explosion that is Gum Takes Tooth contribute more sonic intensities.
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Today's talks complement the "Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico" exhibition and are also great primers for two days of concerts with many of the same Mexican sound artists, coming up at HAU2 on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February. Angélica Castelló, Guillermo Galindo, Ariel Guzik, Roberto Morales Manzanares & more give different visions of music and sound against the backdrop of Mexico's nation-state project from the 20th century until the present.
Duo Ganzfeld (trumpet player and sound artist Liz Allbee and guitarist and instrument builder Sukandar Kartadinata) will present several guerilla audio spatialization interventions, at surprise times and locations throughout the rest of the festival. Their interventions will , as Allbee and Kartadinata radiate these instrumental voices into space through the use of their homemade dispersive audio system, which consists of wireless, luminescent adhesive transducer speakers with built-in multi-channel radio receivers. If you wish to be updated on when and where the guerilla events will take place, send an email to ganzfeld(at)ctm-festival.de.