3rd Programme Announcement

CTM 2019 – Third Wave of Confirmed Artists & Projects

CTM’s 20th birthday edition continues to crescendo with a number of special projects.

The Nusasonic initiative, a project that plunges into a broad spectrum of experimental sound and music cultures in Southeast Asia, brings a slew of sonic experimenters over from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and others. Gabber Modus Operandi, Kok Siew-Wai, Setabuhan, Pisitakun, Sarana, Zoo, and many more will venture through improvised noise, rock fusion, and gabber-tinged digital sarcasm. Död Mark, Yung Lean’s punk band with GUD, make their live debut, and Fatima al Qadiri gives a live rendition of her latest album, Shaneera. Croatian Amor performs on the eve of his Isa album release. LSDXOXO presents Floorgasm, a night including contemporary club mainstays Juliana Huxtable and Wallis. Berlin femme-forward, sex-positive queer collective Lecken presents a takeover at SchwuZ. Russian political provocateurs IC3PEAK provide a voice for a generation of frustrated youth. Singular voices such as innovative producer and vocalist Deena Abdelwahed, enigmatic noise duo Prison Religion, and club spiritualist TSVI round out an already extensive programme. Groundbreaking writers, theorists, and researchers including Robin James, Liz Pelly, and Brandon Labelle offer Discourse programme highlights.

Read the full announcement.

Focus on Southeast Asia

Nusasonic at CTM

Adopting a multi-perspective approach, Nusasonic is a collaboration between CTM Festival and Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila, The Philippines), and Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore) that explores how contemporary sound practices enable connections and dialogues within the Southeast Asian region, and with Europe. Thanks to Nusasonic, a large number of musicians and projects from Southeast Asia will be featured in the CTM 2019 programme.

CTM 2019 Tickets & Passes

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

2nd Programme Announcement

CTM 2019 – Second Wave of Confirmed Artists & Projects

With Linn da Quebrada’s 10-person live performance pushing firmly against political violences; headlining shows by breakcore pioneer Venetian Snares and ferocious noise rock duo Lightning Bolt; a night in collaboration with Tbilisi’s famed Bassiani featuring residents HVL, Zitto, NDRX and Kancheli plus guests Anastasia Kristensen, Temp-Illusion, and Machine Woman; and a survey of some of Africa’s latest rap and club sounds from the likes of Slikback, Sho Madjozi, Phatstoki, and MCO & Duke together with Sarah Farina’s Through My Speakers collective; CTM 2019’s music programme swells to enviable proportions.

1st Programme Announcement

CTM 2019 – First Wave of Confirmed Artists & Projects

CTM will celebrate 20 years in 2019! CTM 2019 will invite both longtime and new artistic collaborators and partners to collectively consider the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability. Complementing performances by artists such as Gazelle Twin, Lotic, Actress + Young Paint, A Tribe Called Red, Khyam Allami, Riobamba, and Eartheater, CTM's daytime programme will once again feature a Discourse programme of talks, an exhibiton and installations, the MusicMakers Hacklab and Research Networking Day.

CTM 2019 Theme


With Persistence, CTM 2019 examines the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite: the transient and the provisional, and considers the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability.

Open Collaborative Laboratory

MusicMakers Hacklab

MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music. 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. The open call for participants is now closed. Selected 2019 Hacklab fellows will be announced late December.


Research Networking Day

The Research Networking Day 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 2019 call for papers is now closed. Selected participants and talk programme will be announced late December.



With the premiere of Labor, seminal electronic imprint Raster and CTM celebrate a collaboration almost as old as the festival itself. Byetone + Mieko Suzuki, Dasha Rush, Frank Bretschneider, Grischa Lichtenberger, and Robert Lippok will take part in the inaugural edition of the piece, utilising sparse hardware setups to craft perpetual, regenerating compositions. 

Installation & Performance

The Mantis

Nik Nowak will premiere his new sound sculpture, "The Mantis" in a face-off against his earlier “Panzer” loudspeaker tank across a border fence, harkening back to the sonic wars that took place during the Cold War at the German/German border in the early 1960s. Live musical interventions by Nowak and sub bass addict Kode9, as well as video projections by Moritz Stumm, will punctuate the installation’s weeklong showing within Halle am Berghain.

Connecting Radio Art & Performance

CTM 2019 Radio Lab

The CTM 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 support new works by Aurélie Nyirabilaki Lierman and Israel Martínez. The Radio Lab is commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur – Hörspiel/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration Ö1 Kunstradio and ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst. Media partner: The Wire.

CTM Partner Festival

transmediale 2019

As in previous years, the CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with the transmediale/festival.

Citywide Partner Programme

Vorspiel 2019

Vorspiel is a citywide programme of events before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals. In 2019 it counts 58 participating initiatives and project spaces, the largest number to date! Vorspiel 2019 will launch its 9th edition with an opening event on 18 January at ACUD Macht Neu. The full programme will be published in January.

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 2019.

Special Partner Event

MONOM x CTM 2019

CTM 2019 returns again to MONOM, Berlin’s Center for Spatial Sound. The programme spans new virtuosic experiments in 4DSOUND, sound sculptures of past commissioned works by adventurous and experimental music innovators, and ends in a second edition of an overnight extended listening session, offering multiple occasions and formats through which to engage with deep and multi-dimensional listening.