For the second year in a row, CTM joins forces with Red Bull Music Academy for the presentation of the festival’s grand finale.
London’s Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points appears together with a live band for a rendition of his new kaleidoscopic debut LP Elaenia. Constructed mainly with analogue synths, Fender Rhodes, and live instruments, the album, whose title was inspired by a dream about a lone migratory bird disappearing into a wild forest, is less electronic than its widely-lauded predecessor EPs. The scientist-turned-producer is inspired by a range of musical styles from classical and jazz to electronic, soul, and Brazillian pop, and is a long-time friend of the Red Bull Music Academy programme. Over the years he has established himself as one of the most beloved and versatile figures in electronic music, and as a mindful and curious explorer of new territories.
Floating Points shares the bill with Berlin experimental dub veteran Stefan Betke aka Pole and MFO. This is the first Berlin performance of material from Betke’s recent album and first release in eight years, titled Wald. The record was inspired by long walks through Germany’s forests, and intricately portrays the spatial complexity, distinctive sonic signatures, and psychedelic patterning of the woods, resulting in a sound that’s as rugged and knotty as it is detail-oriented. For the performance, MFO, a prolific audiovisual-, installation-, and video artist, uses images of nature as his primary visual material. As he manipulates the sequences of stills, they slowly morph into animations.
Rising Istanbul scene presence and Red Bull Music Academy alumna Başak Günak aka Ah! Kosmos will also take the stage with a two-piece band in tow. Her debut LP, Bastards, was released by Denovali Records in April 2015 and combines buoyant, crunchy percussion with minor-key, determined melodic soundscapes. Günak splits her time between producing for live performance and composing for dance, theater, film, and visual art.
Stefan Betke has helped define Berlin dub techno with his productions, DJing and label, ~scape. Well known for his minimalist re-configuration of Jamaican dub on the Blue, Red and Yellow albums at the turn of the decade, the Düsseldorf-born Betke has gone on to build dubstep alliances between Berlin and Bristol, collaborated with artists such as Four Tet and his fellows in the Pole Band and mentored emerging artists as part of CTM’s Berlin Current initiative.
Subliminal beats and shifting textures: Turkish producer and instrumentalist Ah! Kosmos describes her music as "a study of how sound bounces off walls and between bodies, as they do in outer space between planets and other heavenly bodies."
Marcel Weber is a visual artist who creates dynamic, surreal environments using a mix of analogue- and digitally generated imagery and light. He has collaborated with many esteemed artists, including Roly Porter and Jed Kurzel, Biosphere, James Ginzburg, Ben Frost, Clark, Kuedo, and Kode9.
London producer and classically trained composer Floating Points has established himself as one of the most beloved and versatile figures in electronic music and a mindful excavator of musics from the African diaspora.