22-26.08.2018
Kraftwerk Berlin
Live
Aasthma (Peder Mannerfelt + Pär Grindvik)
Live A/V
Actress
Live A/V
Astrid Sonne
presents Ephemeral
Live A/V
Alessandro Adriani
Live
Alpha 606
Batu
Live
Beatrice Dillon
Live
British Murder Boys
Bruta Non Calculant
Caroline Lethô
Changsie
Courtesy
Live A/V
CURA MACHINES with Rainer Kohlberger
Djrum
Eris Drew
Live A/V
Gábor Lázár
presents Unfold
Live
Giant Swan
Live A/V
group A with Dead Slow Ahead
Helena Hauff
Live A/V
Hiro Kone
presents Pure Expenditure
Live A/V
Iona Fortune
presents Chaotic Profusion
ishi vu
Live
Jay Glass Dubs
Live
June
Live A/V
Klara Lewis
Live A/V
Kolorit (Lowtec & Kassem Mosse)
Konx-om-Pax
presents Contemporary Hardcore
Live A/V
LABOUR
presents next time, die consciously (بیگانگی)
Live A/V
Lanark Artefax
Live
Layne
Live
Le Syndicat Electronique
Lena Willikens
Live A/V
Leslie Winer
presents ©ont. with Gazelle Misst’inkiette + Maeve Rose
Lil Mofo
Live A/V
Lucrecia Dalt
presents Syncline
Live
Machine Woman
Live
Martina Lussi
Live
Nikakoi
Live
object blue
Objekt
Optimo
Live
Ora Iso
Live A/V
Outer Space
presents Organic Dial
Live
Paradox
Live
Patricia
Live
Phantom Love
Photonz
Live A/V
Prequel Tapes
Live
PTU
Regis
Live
Rezzett
Liver Laser
Robin Fox
presents Single Origin
Samuel Kerridge
Live A/V
Shifted / Broken English Club / Ilpo Väisänen
Simo Cell b2b Low Jack
Sissel Wincent b2b Anastasia Kristensen
Skee Mask
Live
Sophia Loizou
Live
SW. / SVN
Live
Transcendence Orchestra
Veronica Vasicka
Live
YPY
More to be announced
Schedule
Wed. 22
Thu. 23
Fri. 24
Sat. 25
Sun. 26
Live A/V, W.P.
Astrid Sonne presents Ephemeral
Live
Beatrice Dillon
Caroline Lethô
Live A/V, W.P.
Gábor Lázár presents Unfold
Live
Jay Glass Dubs
Live A/V, W.P.
LABOUR presents next time, die consciously (بیگانگی)
Lena Willikens
Live A/V, W.P.
Lucrecia Dalt presents Syncline
Live
Nikakoi
Photonz
Live
PTU
Liver Laser, G.P.
Robin Fox presents Single Origin
Live
SW. / SVN
More to be announced
Live A/V, W.P.
Alessandro Adriani
Batu
Live
Bruta Non Calculant
Changsie
Live A/V, G.P.
CURA MACHINES with Rainer Kohlberger
Live A/V, W.P.
Iona Fortune presents Chaotic Profusion
Live
June
Live A/V
Klara Lewis
Live A/V
Lanark Artefax
Live
Le Syndicat Electronique
Lil Mofo
Live
Martina Lussi
Live
Phantom Love
More to be announced
Live
British Murder Boys
Courtesy
Live
Giant Swan
Live A/V, G.P.
group A with Dead Slow Ahead
Helena Hauff
Live A/V, W.P.
Hiro Kone presents Pure Expenditure
Live
Layne
Live
object blue
Live, G.P.
Ora Iso
Live
Paradox
Regis
Samuel Kerridge
Live
Sophia Loizou
More to be announced
Live, W.P.
Aasthma (Peder Mannerfelt + Pär Grindvik)
Live A/V
Actress
Live
Alpha 606
Djrum
Live A/V, W.P.
Shifted / Broken English Club / Ilpo Väisänen
Live A/V, W.P.
Kolorit (Lowtec & Kassem Mosse)
Konx-om-Pax presents Contemporary Hardcore
Live A/V, W.P.
Leslie Winer presents ©ont. with Gazelle Misst’inkiette + Maeve Rose
Optimo
Live
Patricia
Simo Cell b2b Low Jack
Veronica Vasicka
Live
YPY
More to be announced
Eris Drew
ishi vu
Live
Machine Woman
Objekt
Live A/V, W.P.
Outer Space presents Organic Dial
Live A/V
Prequel Tapes
Live
Rezzett
Sissel Wincent b2b Anastasia Kristensen
Skee Mask
Live
Transcendence Orchestra
More to be announced
Tickets

Final announcement with the full contingent of over 100 artists and the conclusive schedule will follow at the end of July.

Festival Passport

Festival Passports allow access to the entire festival complex for the duration of the festival, including the Main Stage, Stage Null and all installations and other programme activities, as well as Tresor, Globus and OHM.

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Wednesday Ticket

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Venue

Kraftwerk Berlin is found at Köpenicker Str. 70 in Mitte. The closest subway station (2 minutes walk) to the venue is at U Heinrich-Heine-Str. (U8).

The Kraftwerk complex contains the Main Stage, Stage Null and all installations and other programme activities, as well as Tresor, Globus and OHM.

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Live – World Premiere
Aasthma (Peder Mannerfelt + Pär Grindvik)
Aasthma is the new project of Swedish techno producers Peder Mannerfelt and Pär Grindvik. In this world premiere live performance, the raw potency of Mannerfelt's viscous noise is combined with Grindvik's freewheeling, heady abrasions. The live set at Atonal will be their premiere performance.
Live A/V
Actress
Actress is the enigmatic British producer Darren Cunningham. One of the most adventurous producers of these times, his ghostly electronics stutter and readily dissipate into unusual forms. Drawing on geometry, mythology and architecture, his deceptive sense of atmospherics provides a platform for heavy phantasmagorical contortions. His live performances symbolise his magnetic approach to the unusual: a performance of illusory forms and altered instrumentation.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Astrid Sonne presents Ephemeral
Copenhagen-based composer Astrid Sonne uses the occasion of Berlin Atonal 2018 to premiere a special new work entitled Ephemeral. Also featuring Cæcilie Trier (CTM), Xenia Xamanek and Henriette Motzfeldt (0.5 of Smerz), more information about this project will be released in the coming weeks.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Alessandro Adriani
Alessandro Adriani runs Mannequin Records, the crucial contemporary outlet for synth wave and industrial music. Sympathetic to unearthing forgotten obscurities as well as newly-emerging sounds, Adriani's vision is to place this musical experience singularly in the now. Alongside his label, he produces cranky, EBM-style techno and taints it with corrosive mechanics and abstract doom.
Live
Alpha 606
Born in Miami to Cuban immigrants, Alpha 606 is a multitalented multi instrumentalist. His innovation lies in blending the varied history of Electro, 20th Century Avant Garde and his native Cuban influences, ranging from the ritual music of Santeria to the Afro Cuban highs of 1930's Havana. With this patchwork of influences, he creates a dense and colourful sound, melding advanced electronics with intricately played live hand drums.
Batu
Batu's Timedance label has developed over the last few years into one of the most innovative sources of UK club music, while his own concussive productions constantly nudge bass heavy and broken beat electronic sounds into new directions that evade quick classification. Celestial melodics osmose expansively over challenging rhythms, with structures that flip-flop and divulge the far-out intentions of a versatile talent.
Live
Beatrice Dillon
London’s Beatrice Dillon is a producer, artist and NTS DJ with acclaimed solo releases, remixes and collaborations across Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN, Boomkat Editions, Timedance and Where To Now?. Recent performances include MUTEK Montreal, Dekmantel, Documenta Athens, Masåfåt Cairo, Moscow Save, Borealis Norway and Barbican Centre, London. She has collaborated with award-winning visual artists at ICA, Tate, Lisson Gallery, Southbank Centre, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Nasher Sculpture Dallas and Mona Tasmania amongst others. Dillon was the recipient of Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency in 2016 and is a resident at Somerset House Studios, London.
Live
British Murder Boys
British Murder Boys represents the infamous collaboration of UK techno figureheads Surgeon and Regis. Aimed at pushing the farthest boundaries of techno, they deliver a pummeling live show, featuring their trademark off-centre industrial sounds layered with cutting-edge rhythmic advancements. Berlin Atonal 2018 hosts their live performance in Germany for the first time in a decade.
Live
Bruta Non Calculant
“The raw stone is as beautiful as the diamond”. Named after this Latin expression, Bruta Non Calculant is a project from Alaxis Andreas G, of Le Syndicat Electronique, and his brother Victor-Yann, who makes music since the late 1970s as De Frontanel. The brothers' collaborative voice distinctively carries a sound of dischordant beauty, combining new wave elements that drip with folkloric allure. An overwhelmingly dark European atmosphere pervades with themes of death, lust and unrequited love at the heart of this thrilling work.
Caroline Lethô
Caroline Lethô is a crucial member of the underground Lisbon scene, an advocate of the distinct electronic mutations of the city. Lethô's DJ sets embrace her deep knowledge of all dance music, intuitively weaving through genre cross-pollinations with an adventurous nature that emulates the simultaneously dense and light atmospheres of her native Portugal.
Changsie
Originally from Japan's east coast, Changsie comes highly recommended following her DJ set at New Codes in Tokyo. She has been pivotal in introducing the sounds of UK bass and black music to the local scene. A close affiliate with Lil Mofo, her Psycho Rhythmic events showcase a careful selection of dubstep, 2-step and techno, and have found her regularly supporting touring DJs from Europe and USA.
Courtesy
Former member of Apeiron Crew, Danish DJ Courtesy is known for her multi-faceted approach to club music - combining the often emotive melodics of the rave with unrelenting sonics of the Copenhagen underground she represents as label owner of Ectotherm. Unafraid to draw in inspirations from jungle and trance, her sound offers a riposte to staid mass-techno and releases the unexpected in thrilling approaches.
Live A/V – German Premiere
CURA MACHINES with Rainer Kohlberger
CURA MACHINES is the new pseudonym of composer, producer and sound designer Daniel Lea. Densely fluctuating synthesizers and heavily amplified textures form an immersive experience, intensely visual and filmic, rising to a narrative that firmly pushes contemporary music and new-classical boundaries. For the first time in Germany, CURA MACHINES will reveal at Berlin Atonal 2018 this live A/V collaboration with Austrian visual artist Rainer Kohlberger, whose algorithmic approach meddles digital aesthetics and noise to provoke visual incoherencies.
Djrum
Jazz musician Djrum concocts a late-night melting pot of dubstep, garage, techno and dub after his August 2018 album release on R&S Records.
Eris Drew
Eris Drew is a DJ, musician and trans mystic. As a resident at Chicago's Smart Bar, Eris is known for her ecstatic and intensely rhythmic sets which channel the Motherbeat, her concept of “a language of resonant pulsation” found in the “archaic impulse” of rave. This transcendent primordial healing energy and mathematics speaks through music and all things, from bird songs and locomotives to U.K. hardcore and krautrock.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Gábor Lázár presents Unfold
Gábor Lázár presents his signature flux of zinging mentasms and affective rhythms with a cyber-mongrel gnash, drawing upon his new album Unfold for The Death Of Rave for a world premiere live A/V performance. With a knowing glance to various revered scenes of techno culture, this celebrated Hungarian artist unleashes his singular forte in syncopation and razor sharp production. This new album represents the elevation of his idiosyncratic syntax of gestural hyper-focus and unexpected emotive relief, firmly establishing Gábor Lázár as one of the more gripping producers of contemporary music.
Live
Giant Swan
An explosion of punk at the pulsing heart of techno, duo Giant Swan are a maelstrom of potential energy, bleeding between several sonic movements that both obliterate and invigorate. A manifestation of the rich musical core of Bristol, their live shows are much-revered, exposing a modern retaliation to passivity. Building on a foundation of rhythmic tension and frenzied improvisation, no two performances are the same as the duo re-build and destroy their twisted vision of techno-not-techno.
Live A/V – German Premiere
group A with Dead Slow Ahead
Japanese duo group A marry droning violin, abstract noise and throbbing repetitions to severe performance art. Their excursions induce a synaptic hyperactivity, through metallic dance constructs and psychotomimetic waves. This performance on the main stage of Berlin Atonal sees them collaborating with mind-bending video producers Dead Slow Ahead to create an A/V performance that demands attention.
Helena Hauff
Helena Hauff represents a soundworld intense, electrified and futuristic. A former resident at Hamburg's Golden Pudel club, her DJ sets are ever uncompromising, indicating a sense of unpredictability, developed chaos in acid-tinged brute electro. Her soulful machine music has found Hauff a natural home on James Dean Brown's notorious proto-tribal techno Hynobeat project which she has joined since 2013, alongside her solo productions for the likes of PAN, Ninja Tune and Panzerkreuz.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Hiro Kone presents Pure Expenditure
No stranger to manipulating macabre disorientations into enchanting new shapes, Hiro Kone is the New York City musician Nicky Mao, here at Berlin Atonal 2018 presenting her new album “Pure Expenditure” for the first time. A long-time collaborator of Drew McDowell, her music exposes the unsettling and sublime. Her cascades of twisted field recordings find an inherent partner in the effervescent current of synthesis and forge new terrains that respond to the precariousness of humanity.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Iona Fortune presents Chaotic Profusion
above K'AN THE ABYSMAL, WATER below CHêN THE AROUSING, THUNDER The 3rd hexagram of the I-Ching relays how heaven and earth bring forth individual beings, with difficulty present in the beginning as a form of chaotic profusion. Iona Fortune is a composer from Glasgow embarking on an investigation of Eastern philosophy, building an 8-part series of releases exploring the hexagrams of the I-Ching. Using the Guzheng, Gamelan and EMS Synthi AKS to submit the audience to her extraordinary atmospheres and rattling rhythms, she represents the new cadre of artists linked with Jon Hassell's “Fourth World” concept.
ishi vu
Gotenberg producer ishi vu dwells on mortality and the spirit in conjuring his poly-sensual universe. His trance-inspired works flicker with the bass-heavy palette of rave, a surrealist digital sheen. A snatch of nostalgia and a soulful irreverence induces a pared-down, hard-hitting sound that testifies to hazy disjunct and abstract logic.
Live
Jay Glass Dubs
Jay Glass Dubs is an exercise of style focusing on a counter-factual historical approach of dub music, stripped down to its basic drum/bass/vox/effects form. With a clear understanding of the mystic leanings to this style, the Athens-based producer Dimitris Papadatos has emerged as one of the most exciting producers in the ever-buoyant dub-dancehall scene. His chimerical sound-world of dank, mesmerizing rhythms formed the base of a crucial collaboration with Leslie Winer and was included in the riddim fuego of Duppy Gun's recent Miro Tape released on the closely affiliated Bokeh Versions.
Live
June
Berlin-based Greek producer June creates synth and drum machine jams indebted to punk, acid, Belgian new beat and the sound of The Hague. His vision exhibits the alienating sounds of the once sleazy streets of gentrifying Europe, shot through with the acrid electric melancholy of a future turning sour. He co-runs June Records, a hub for the claustrophobic spaces of bulbous analogue electro.
Live A/V
Klara Lewis
Swedish artist Klara Lewis is a master of organically built momentum, drawing on field recordings that twist and smear into discordant squeals and backdrop rhythms. This style ekes out dubbed rhythms built from noise, solemn melodies from former environments. These coarse, abstracted realities seemingly exist in the in-between, slowly edging out into vast expanses.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Kolorit (Lowtec & Kassem Mosse)
Kolorit is a collaborative project between Workshop records stalwarts Lowtec & Kassem Mosse that sees them engage in live dialogue somewhere beyond the frayed edges of techno music. As producers they are known for their mesmerising abstractions tugging at the confines of house and techno, a textured rhythmic identity rarely unearthed. Their debut double EP will be released by Workshop records in 2018 while Berlin Atonal hosts the world premiere live outing of the project.
Konx-om-Pax presents Contemporary Hardcore
Glaswegian Tom Scholefield, also known as Konx-om-Pax, is one of the most vital designers in electronic music culture, with a decade of work defining the visual identities of the very forefront labels and artists of this era. Strands of neurological pathways, neon slabs and early modernist cues are recurrent themes in a vivid aesthetic that's instantly recognisable. These digital tones crossover into his musical output, swirling and euphoric, a bottomless mesh of jubilant rave. For this years edition of Berlin Atonal, Konx-om-Pax curates a selected programme that reinforces this distinct digital aesthetic.
Live A/V – World Premiere
LABOUR presents next time, die consciously (بیگانگی)
LABOUR is a new collaborative project which seeks to contribute towards a space of nonconforming social practices and identities, and recasts the nature of work as a potentially transformative activity. This performance for Berlin Atonal marks the launch of the project. Their sonic intents locate themselves on multiple temporalities— from microsounds and stochastic synthesis to rhythmic cycles to acknowledging that which propels beyond. LABOUR disregards notions of regulated time via processes of disruption. Meshing instability within drums, electronic signals and customized lights, the output is a sound both hybrid and hardcore.
Live A/V
Lanark Artefax
Lanark Artefax is Scottish producer Calum MacRae whose pared down sonic palette continues to be broken off into new fractures. His live A/V show configures semiotics and linguistics in the visual realm, forming a cross-pollination with his coarsely stuttering choral samples and sculptural techno rhythms. Often cinematic and unceasingly intense, MacRae deploys a deeper thinking that persuades of an all-encompassing approach to the art form.
Live
Layne
American synthesist and composer Rachel Aiello welds field recordings and felt-like auditory textures with concrète churns, creating a dredging hypnosis and spirited undertones. Her vast soundscapes find her a natural home on Regis' Downwards label and her spatial atmospheres offer a glimpse into her work as assistant to electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani.
Live
Le Syndicat Electronique
Alaxis Andreas G's Le Syndicat Electronique is one of the most radical known projects for electronic music in France. This martial electro is a ménage of violent rhythms, knee-jerk minimal wave synthesizers and clipped chants delivered raw and sexualised. Fiercely independent and anonymised through use of a balaclava, this is the stand-out project of his many aliases whose origins emerge from the Invasion Planète Recordings label, founded in 1998 from the insurance proceeds of a car crash.
Lena Willikens
Longtime figurehead of the Cómeme and Salon Des Amateurs families, Lena Willikens' sets are built around her relentlessly eclectic taste and ongoing attraction to unusual sounds. Her dedicated approach to the craft of DJing ensures her esteemed sets are site-specific occasions in themselves, and perfectly suited to the investigative ears of Atonal regulars.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Leslie Winer presents ©ont. with Gazelle Misst’inkiette + Maeve Rose
Leslie Winer's seminal cult classic 1990 album 'Witch' precisely dissected sexual politics over primal, cut-up beats in frank, uncompromising fashion. This world premiere A/V show at Berlin Atonal finds her performing with French percussionist Gazelle Misst'inkiette and Copenhagen-based vocalist Maeve Rose. Featuring found, appropriated and archival video manipulated, mixed, and given the old Burroughsian one-two by Winer herself.
Lil Mofo
The unpredictable selections of Lil Mofo have gained her reverence far beyond her native Japan and London, where she formerly resided. Her radio mixes have illustrated this deep knowledge of the outlier sounds of dub, crisp excursions in techno and the ever-burning flame of vocal pitch-correction in contemporary dancehall.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Lucrecia Dalt presents Syncline
Berlin-based Colombian musician Lucrecia Dalt draws on a vast range of influences to provoke her essential, telluric sounds. Synclines is a site-specific live work designed to complement her recent Anticlines release. Anticlines is a volume of bodily and geological substrates within poetic theory and sound. It is a place where skins and minerals dissolve and commingle, where gaseous subterranean leaks inflate lungs, where brain cavities echo interplanetary waves bent from passing through atmospheres.
Live
Machine Woman
Russian sound artist Anastasia Vtorova's Machine Woman moniker effortlessly reveals an ingrained humour with reverberations of the ruder ends of UK club music. Her spontaneous and prolific music making is reflected in her track titling, of whimsical inspirations from the daily environment. This music speaks to a piercing and vibrant physicality, with snipped voices, synths reduced to their emotional core and house beats that propel into heart-racing territory.
Live
Martina Lussi
Martina Lussi works at the intersection of sound art, composition, installation and live performance. Orbiting around a musical solar system that includes electroacoustic tropes as well as deconstructed techniques and ideas from more recent electronic music traditions, Lussi has a characteristically decentred approach to musical exploration.
Live
Nikakoi
Nikakoi is the nom de plume of Nika Machaidze. He is one of the most well known and respected Georgian electronic musicians - active since the 1990s - and has become a widely regarded composer for film and television music. Atonal hosts a rare foreign show for this underrecognised master of IDM, broken, Sheffield-via-Tbilisi electronic music.
Live
object blue
Originally from Beijing and Tokyo but now living in London, object blue concentrates on the combination of experimental sounds with techno, focusing deeply on their performative potential. Zippy hi-hats shape-shift, urgent spoken-word and TR-808 bass frequencies smear, as propulsive beats slide through wonky spaces reflecting the leftfield terrains of contemporary club music.
Objekt
Objekt has built up a reputation as not only a technically skilled but also regularly surprising and dynamic DJ. His sets, while broadly focused on techno, frequently duck and dive between the hypnotic and engrossing, incorporating off-kilter broken beats, breakneck electro, acid, dubstep, house, EBM and anything else necessary to illustrate his version of events, sometimes taking large jumps in tempo and drawing fully from the last 30 years of recorded electronic music.
Optimo
Optimo is the DJ duo JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, whose legendary club night of the same name established them as underground dance music legends. Founded from an aversion to mainstream machinations and the predictability of 4x4 techno sets, these Sunday night sessions developed a reputation as the duo ranged through all kinds of unconventional music. Such selections delivered a clubbing experience that struck into territories far beyond the accepted boundaries of dance music .
Live – German Premiere
Ora Iso
Ora Iso is the duo Kathleen Malay and Jason Kudo, formed in New York City but now based in Indonesia and New Hampshire respectively. Their ever-present rhythmic dirge from mechanical drums is met by sombre rituals of distortion and Stoic apocalypses. Newly released on Regis' label Downwards their album “Image Certifies” navigates the ruptured fringes of acerbic abstraction and provides a distinct annihilation for which their world is designed.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Outer Space presents Organic Dial
Outer Space is the project of John Elliot and Andrew Veres. Their arpeggiated tones and analogue strings are reminiscent of kosmiche pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Tangerine Dream, a coiling mass of vintage synth-electronica and relentless polyrhythmic workouts. The duo exploit a modern techno essence for accumulating tension towards an eventual release that uncontrollably spirals into the tripped-out distance. Organic Dial is a world premiere presentation of the next chapter in their musical story.
Live
Paradox
Paradox, the pseudonym of British producer Dev Pandya, is one of the most longstanding contributors to drum and bass. A certified breakbeat addict, he is one of the most dynamic producers of the canon, championing a new sub-genre known as drumfunk, which pivots on transforming breakbeats into constantly shifting drum patterns, noticeably different from their traditional sound and placement.
Live
Patricia
Max Ravitz is a composer of murky, melodic electronic music designed to elicit movement in the body. For several years Ravitz has been a fixture in New York’s world of do-it-yourself house and techno, performing under his own name or in duos Inhalants, Masks, or Pulpo, but most frequently as Patricia. At times abstract, overlapping melodies exist over rasping beats, irregular sounds floating in wobbly transience.
Live
Phantom Love
Phantom Love is the project of Italian experimental artist Valentina Fanigliulo, whose Mushy project is regarded as one of Italy's most vital contributors to the cold-wave sound. Phantom Love represents a shift towards cosmic music for dancing, with electronic drums brought more to the forefront. Against an arcane melodic canvas, tribal and shape-shifting drums structures fight and discipline the liquid interplay and superimposition of cymbals and cowbells delays.
Photonz
Photonz is the main musical alias of Marco Rodrigues - a Portuguese DJ, producer and driving force for Lisbon's underground scene. For over a decade now he's been crafting his own personal style of eerie yet potent machine funk. As a DJ, Photonz has developed a reputation for intensely euphoric sets and in 2017 co-founded the famed Mina parties, a sex-positive, queer and intersectional-feminist techno party aimed at using the dissociative potential of intense raving to create a temporary space of suspension away from patriarchal expectations.
Live A/V
Prequel Tapes
Prequel Tapes is a work of deep synthesis. A haunting excavation of UK rave culture and traces of nostalgia that seep into the recorded output and live shows. Layered on minimalist rhythms, explorations in post-punk and Sheffield-based electronica are overwhelmed by drones and filtered webs of reverb and fuzz. A hazy soundscape in which its difficult to tell where old sounds end and new ones begin.
Live
PTU
PTU is the duo of Alina Izolenta and Kamil Ea, whose Soviet Union upbringing informs their acronym name. PTUs were Professional Technical Schools, that inadvertently became a refuge for freedom before military service or getting married - ideas and values imposed by the state machine. Their brazen sound is a disassembled joint of IDM, techno and house performed live with a clear improvisational understanding.
Regis
Regis is the co-founder of hugely influential techno label Downwards and one of the most highly regarded creative impulses in the British electronic scene. From degenerate inspirations, Regis forges a surging, chaotic sound that aggressively bridges the gap between techno and post-punk. Through his various guises, be it his solo work, collaborations as British Murder Boys, Sandwell District or with his label, his provocative influence on electronic music may not be understated.
Live
Rezzett
Quasi-mysterious project Rezzett warps grimy techno inflections until a distorted husk scrapes into form. With a series of releases including the new self-titled album on The Trilogy Tapes, their reliable lo-fidelity and sunken percussions reflect a dubwise leaning with their label, while distant, harmonically wavering synths place tar-stained clouds forefront. This corroded jungle of fleeting vocals, Amen breaks and bit-crushed whatever sounds like nobody else, raw and off-kilter.
Liver Laser – German Premiere
Robin Fox presents Single Origin
Leading Australian audiovisual artist Robin Fox returns to Berlin Atonal to show the next installment in his trilogy for virtuosic laser. Described as a concerto for a single laser beam, this is the first showing in Germany after its debut at last year's Unsound festival.
Samuel Kerridge
Samuel Kerridge is known for his powerful waves of explosive noise layered over disfigured stop-start rhythms. His DJ set promises to be provocative and retaliatory, pushing the audience in uncompromising revolutions. This aggressive physicality is mirrored in his productions, a recoiling, shivering and screaming approach to noise-techno. Vexed monotony brings forth mirage-like overtones and agitating melodies.
Live A/V – World Premiere
Shifted / Broken English Club / Ilpo Väisänen
Shifted, Broken English Club and Ilpo Väisänen come together for a crucial new collaboration commissioned by Berlin Atonal. Shifted is Guy Brewer, a producer of fluttering, hissing techno. Oliver Ho's Broken English Club focuses his body of work on the dark friction emerging as a byproduct from the collision of human and machine. Finnish experimental producer Ilpo Väisänen, formerly half of the legendary duo Pan Sonic, scratches a textured maelstrom through noise and sunken pads.
Simo Cell b2b Low Jack
Simo Cell is a regular guest, having established himself as a festival favourite after various performances over the years. His effective combinations of UK forms with his French electronic sensibilities create a synthesis of the danceable and listenable in equal parts. For Berlin Atonal 2018, he goes back to back with Low Jack, who runs Editions Gravats. Of Honduran background, Philippe Hallais is celebrated for his distinct club deconstructions, fluidly stepping between dancehall, sound art and techno territories.
Sissel Wincent b2b Anastasia Kristensen
Sissel Wincent and Anastasia Kristensen are two of the most exciting young forces of nature in mesmeric techno. Together, a whirlwind of emboldened intensity, the two DJ/producers combine for a hypnotic and all-encompassing rare back-to-back set.
Skee Mask
Skee Mask echoes the relationship between music and our technologies, a near-cinematic investigation of advancements and organic emotionality. Steering breakbeats away from navel-gazing nostalgia and into fresh terrain for the Munich-based label Ilian Tape, Skee Mask excites the additive particles of raw youth. His new album “Compro” embeds him as a standout producer of modern electronica with an array of precisely unravelling ambient techno and forward-leaning sample manipulation.
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Sophia Loizou
Bristol-based sound artist and producer Sophia Loizou's practice exposes the importance of human intimacy in the face of large scale technological advancements. Ghostly remnants of hardcore and early jungle percolate throughout while fragments of radio transmissions seep in and out through tape-based processes and spectral processing, leaving the listener in a hauntingly beautiful landscape filled with both solidity and disintegration.
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SW. / SVN
SW. / SVN are producers and DJs Sven Rieger and Stefan Wust, who run the label SUED together. This much beloved label releases leftfield tracks inspired by - but not always sounding like - Detroit techno and Chicago house. Their idiosyncratic atmospheres reflect their withdrawn nature behind a music that blurs broken beat, deep house and worn-out analogue textures into their very own dancefloor deviations.
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Transcendence Orchestra
Transcendence Orchestra is a collaboration between Anthony Child (Surgeon) and Daniel Bean, a member of the collective running Bleep43 events in London. This project explores the combination of synthesis with a panoply of esoteric acoustic instruments, exploring the effect of tone and improvisation on consciousness. The result is a potent weight of recondite and wrangled sounds that guide the mind into less-chartered forays.
Veronica Vasicka
Veronica Vasicka can almost be considered an institution unto herself judging by her contribution to electronic music. Founder of Minimal Wave Records, she is one of a small group of true specialists to have re-introduced underground 80s machine music with a new focus. Her influence can be felt as new productions reflect the thumping EBM, darkwave and techno beats that she has been promoting for more than a decade.
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YPY
YPY is the solo alias of Koshiro Hino, guitarist and sonic architect of the Osaka-based band goat. His solo work focuses on minimalistic gestures on experimental percussion and mechanical rhythms, performed with a pair of multitrack cassette recorders. His pulsating compositions are marked by frequent use of unruly sounds and overtones that operate outside standard chromatic scales and reveal a heightened sense of humour in his craft.
More to be announced
The final announcement for Berlin Atonal 2018 including the comprehensive release of artists, as well as further scheduling and room breakdowns will be made available on the 31 July. Watch this page for more details.