Set for release on 4AD on May 10, PROTO is Holly Herndon's highly-anticipated third album. It sees Herndon and longtime collaborator Mathew Dryhurst bring together their contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers, and an inhuman intelligence in the form of Spawn (an AI housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC, initiated in partnership with Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace). PROTO spans live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, placing an emphasis on alien song craft and potential new forms of communion. The accompanying live show opens the stage to attendees, experimenting with and extending the traditional concert format. It arrives at Berlin’s Volksbühne on June 14, accompanied by a programme curated by Herndon and Dryhurst themselves.
For over twenty years, Sunn O))) have been challenging the way we think about music. This spring and summer 2019 they return to Berlin twice for the first time since 2015, in support of Life Metal, their first studio album in four years. On 3 April 2019, Southern Lord Records (co-founded by Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson themselves) collaborates with Editions Mego sub-label Ideologic Organ (run by O’Malley) to present a listening session at Berghain's Säule, before O'Malley closes the evening with a DJ set as Caveman Skull. 30 and 31 July will see two special performances by Sunn O))) descend upon Festsaal Kreuzberg, supported by singular guitarist Caspar Brötzmann.
We’ve been busy preparing a collection of interviews, reviews, radio broadcasts, and images documenting our 20th anniversary edition. It’s been over a month, but we’re still glowing from the positive feedback and enthusiastic coverage CTM 2019 has received! More audio and video recordings of this year’s Discourse programme will be available on SoundCloud and YouTube in the coming month. Check them out here!
The CTM 2019 magazine, a publication investigating various topics related to the 20th edition's Persistence theme, is still available for purchase. Both this issue and past issues starting with 2014's Dis Continuity edition can be bought in-store or ordered online from Motto in Berlin.
Cure any post-festival blues and continue nurturing recoveries over at our CTM 2019 in Review page! Browse a collection of interviews, reviews, radio broadcasts, video recordings, and images documenting our 20th anniversary edition. More audio and video recordings of this year's discourse programme will be available on SoundCloud and YouTube soon.
We are pleased to announce a residency opportunity for Berlin-based artists, within WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila, The Philippines). The residency can take place for up to two months within the timeframe of September and November 2019. It is a collaborative initiative between Nusasonic (a multi-year collaboration between WSK, Yes No Wave (Yogyakarta), Playfreely (Singapore), CTM Festival, and Goethe-Institut, and Musicboard Berlin. Application deadline is 15 March.
We are pleased to announce a residency opportunity for Berlin-based artists, in collaboration with Nyege Nyege Festival, Musicboard Berlin, and Goethe-Institut. Set in Nyege Nyege's home base of Kampala, Uganda, the residency can take place for up to two months between July and September 2019. Application deadline is 15 March.
Words cannot do our gratitude and delight justice—but we'll still try!
A huge and all-encompassing thank you to each and everyone of you who attended and participated: to our artists for consistently kicking so much ass both on stage and off, to every member of our team who helped us make it all happen, to the volunteers who supported us, to the venues and clubs for providing us with space yet again, and to our audience for listening and dancing persistently and for sharing in this journey with us over the years.
As editions pass, the festival has really become more and more of a celebration of making contact and exchanging in all possible ways. 10 days of sharing ideas, knowledge, art, and emotions has a colossal impact; new friendships are forged, and new collaborations are sparked. In thinking of this footprint, and these ripples that extend far beyond the actual festival, we feel incredibly grateful for and excited by the echo of these few fleeting moments.
Thank you all once again, and we hope to see you next year!