WED. 16TH
OKTOPHONIE
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Live, German Premiere
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
World Premiere, performed by Reinhold Friedl
Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Piano High Energy / KLAVIERUTOPIE
Oktophonic, World Premiere
Ena + Rashad Becker
Live, World Premiere
PYUR presents Oratorio for the Underworld
Live
Wolf Eyes
Live
Carla dal Forno
Live
Equiknoxx
Live
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
DJ
Iueke
+ more tba
THU. 17TH
Live, World Premiere
Mick Harris presents Fret
Live A/V, World Premiere
Demdike Stare + Michael England
Live A/V, World Premiere
Damien Dubrovnik presents Great Many Arrows
Live A/V
Abul Mogard
Live A/V, German Premiere
LCC with Pedro Maia
Live
CoH
DJ
Mark Reeder
DJ, European Premiere
Yousuke Yukimatsu
Live
Goner
DJ
JASSS
+ more tba
FRI. 18TH
Live, World Premiere
Main / Regis
Live A/V, World Premiere
Roly Porter + Paul Jebanasam present ALTAR
Live, World Premiere
Puce Mary presents A Feast Before the Drought
Live, World Premiere
Belief Defect
Live, European Premiere
Killer Bong
Live, World Premiere
Lemna presents Sediment
Live
Crossing Avenue
Live, European Premiere
The Lefty
DJ
Errorbeauty
DJ
Anastasia Kristensen
+ more tba
SAT. 19TH
Live A/V, World Premiere
Powell + Wolfgang Tillmans
Live A/V, World Premiere
Shackleton + Anika with Strawalde + Pedro Maia present Behind the Glass
Live A/V, World Premiere
Roll The Dice
Live A/V, World Premiere
Renick Bell + Fis
Live A/V, World Premiere
Anthony Linell + Kimberly Ihre
Live
Hypnobeat
Live, World Premiere
Inga Mauer
Live
Broken English Club
DJ
Richard Fearless
DJ
Compuma
DJ
DJ Yazi
+ more tba
SUN. 20TH
Live A/V
Emptyset
Live, World Premiere
Pan Daijing presents Fist Piece
Live, World Premiere
Varg presents Nordic Flora
Live, World Premiere
Pact Infernal
Live
Belong play October Language
DJ
DJ Stingray
DJ
Trevor Jackson
DJ
Apeiron Crew
+ more tba
Main / Regis
Shackleton + Anika with Strawalde + Pedro Maia
present Behind the Glass
Powell + Wolfgang Tillmans
Roly Porter + Paul Jebanasam
present ALTAR
Pan Daijing
presents Fist Piece
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Roll The Dice
Mick Harris
presents Fret
OKTOPHONIE
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Piano High Energy / KLAVIERUTOPIE
Demdike Stare + Michael England
Emptyset
Renick Bell + Fis
Damien Dubrovnik
presents Great Many Arrows
Wolf Eyes
Puce Mary
presents A Feast Before the Drought
Ena + Rashad Becker
PYUR
presents Oratorio for the Underworld
Varg
presents Nordic Flora
Pact Infernal
Anthony Linell + Kimberly Ihre
Abul Mogard
LCC
with Pedro Maia
Inga Mauer
The Lefty
Belief Defect
Carla dal Forno
Killer Bong
Hypnobeat
Belong
play October Language
Broken English Club
Crossing Avenue
CoH
Equiknoxx
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
DJ Stingray
Lemna
presents Sediment
Errorbeauty
Goner
Mark Reeder
Trevor Jackson
Compuma
Richard Fearless
Yousuke Yukimatsu
Anastasia Kristensen
DJ Yazi
JASSS
Apeiron Crew
Iueke
+ more to be announced
Festival Passports allow full entry into the Kraftwerk complex for the duration of the festival (16.08–20.08) including aftershow parties.
Hard copy tickets are available for purchase in Berlin from Spacehall and Koka36.
Kraftwerk Berlin is found at Köpenicker Strasse 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. One festival ticket allows entry to all areas. Streetfood is on sale each night until midnight.
Kraftwerk Berlin
Köpenicker Str. 70
10179 Berlin
ORG Systems UG
(Haftungsbeschränkt)
Frankfurter Allee 14
10247 Berlin
Sponsors
Main / Regis
Live – World Premiere
Main aka Robert Hampson was the founder and lead force behind cult band Loop. His work under his name, and as Main, has to date focused on exploring intricacies in acousmatic sound diffusion. 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. In this world premiere collaborative performance, noisy drone and industrial techno clash.
Shackleton + Anika with Strawalde + Pedro Maia present Behind the Glass
Live A/V – World Premiere
Behind the Glass is the unapologetically ambitious new project coming out of the overlapping creative forces of Shackleton, Anika, Strawalde and Pedro Maia. Shackleton - of Skull Disco and Honest Jon's semi-fame - provides a vivid backdrop of infinitely detailed sonic complexity that conjures up something between devotional music and avant trance with the use non-standard time signatures often running against each other, an unusual and occasionally atonal sound palette, repetitive melodic motifs and a blatant disregard for the conventional 3 minute song format. Over this canvas Anika - perhaps best known for her self-titled debut album -narrates a tale of love, longing, fate and compulsion which stretches out in the style of a surreal fable. Her deadpan vocals and priestlike sermons meanwhile stand in direct counterpoint to the tales of unbridled lust, fury and the themes of dominance and submission in the world of love, romance and all their related afflictions. The whole is ably backed for the stage by keyboard maestro Takumi Motokawa and the human metronome Raphael Meinhart on mallets. The visual side sets Pedro Maia's constructive and reconstructive filmic talents against the ink of legendary Berlin artist Strawalde.
Powell + Wolfgang Tillmans
Live A/V – World Premiere
This premiere show sees Atonal regular and electronic music enfant terrible Powell on stage performing with Turner prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans. The two artists have been collaborating on music which will reach ears for the first time in this live A/V show.
Roly Porter + Paul Jebanasam present ALTAR
Live A/V – World Premiere
ALTAR is a collaboration from Roly Porter and Paul Jebanasam based on a performance of ritual system music. A new approach uniting the technical and creative abilities of two of contemporary music's most powerful composers, this project finds its world premiere in the context of Berlin Atonal 2017.
Pan Daijing presents Fist Piece
Live – World Premiere
Chinese performance artist and composer Pan Daijing presents at Berlin Atonal the world premiere of Fist Piece. “I am rubbing my eyes. I am putting it back. I am taking them away. I am stretching. I am holding. I am denying. I am losing."
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Live – German Premiere
Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. Drawing on the principles of musique concréte, found sounds, early electronics, oscillators, handmade equipment, synths and crude tape loops the Workshop created the other-worldly soundtrack to some of BBC television and radio’s most iconic programs. Now, more than 20 years after the Workshop was decommissioned, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and Mark Ayres have reformed the workshop and are making new music that justifies their improbable description as the Buena Vista Social Club of electronic music.
Roll The Dice
Live A/V – World Premiere
Roll the Dice is the Swedish duo consisting of Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt. Pardon is a storied composer of film and television music. Mannerfelt's acclaimed third solo album ‘Controlling Body’ cemented him as in the top handful of creative forces working in experimental electronic music. This theatrical, surprising, world premiere performance cements the two musicians as spearheads of a fractured type of future basement jazz.
Mick Harris presents Fret
Live – World Premiere
The combined effect of Mick Harris' work in the realms of music is hard to overstate. As the drummer for pioneering grindcore band Napalm Death he invented the blast beat - one of the defining tropes of all subsequent black metal and death metal. After leaving Napalm Death, Harris played drums for Doom and Extreme Noise Terror, started the projects Defecation and Scorn. His ambient and electronic productions – Quoit, Monrella – deserve better recognition as high-water marks of 90s and 00s electronica. The dark lord Mick Harris plays Berlin Atonal 2017 under his own name, presenting his Fret project.
OKTOPHONIE
Karlheinz Stockhausen
OKTOPHONIE is the 8-channel spatial acousmatic piece composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen as part of his monumental opera cycle LICHT. According to the octophonic system Stockhausen conceptualised the electronic sounds (meant to represent the chaotic soundfield of modern warfare) exist in three-dimensional space, with the audience listening inside a "cube of sound". Berlin Atonal recreates Stockhausen's octophonic set-up on its opening night, for a presentation of OKTOPHONIE projected by long time Stockhausen collaborator and director of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kathinka Pasveer.
Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Piano High Energy / KLAVIERUTOPIE
World Premiere – performed by Reinhold Friedl
Atonal is proud to present two new works by two of Romania's leading composers - Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram. Both compositions are for prepared piano and are dedicated to, and will be performed by, Reinhold Friedl - artistic director of the zeitkratzer ensemble and one of the leading researchers and performers on inside-piano techniques.
Demdike Stare + Michael England
Live A/V – World Premiere
Demdike Stare are the Manchester duo who unpredictably extract the best from ‘90s jungle, drum n bass, industrial and ambient techno sound design. Existing in the outskirts of convention and genre allows the pair to let their intuitive grasp of rhythm and sound breathe freely in their own rarefied air. At Berlin Atonal 2017 they present their own new live A/V show on the Main Stage with visuals by Michael England, while also curated a night at OHM under the auspices of their innovative DDS label.
Emptyset
Live A/V
Emptyset is the project of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas dedicated to examining the material properties of sound and its correspondence with architecture, performance and physical modes of production. This show marks the first time they have adapted their live presentation for Berlin Atonal and the sublime industrial grandeur of the Kraftwerk space.
Renick Bell + Fis
Live A/V – World Premiere
Renick Bell and Fis link up in search of next-level sonic happenings. Starting with an injection of Fis' gastric, sinuous sound into the cutting-edge expressive power of Bell's live-coded algorithms, their performance plays on apparent distinctions between their live modalities.
Damien Dubrovnik presents Great Many Arrows
Live A/V – World Premiere
"Formed in 2009, Damien Dubrovnik is a Danish electronic duo of Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek, founders of the Copenhagen based record label Posh Isolation. In their day job as label managers, Stadsgaard and Rahbek have been instrumental in presenting and promoting a new Scandinavian expression and sound. As a label Posh Isolation has outgrown its humble beginning, achieving the cult status of cultural entity that serves as an outlet for experimental music and art through now 200 releases that have reached remarkably wide international fan following. The newest release by Damien Dubrovnik, Great Many Arrows, being label release number 200. Damien Dubrovnik is the duo’s longest running project that has published work across half a dozen LPs. Damien Dubrovnik’s live shows are well known for their raw intensity and expressiveness, incorporating elements of performance art and body acoustics into their powerful physical sound where harsh industrial meets poetic ambience to leave long lasting impression.
Wolf Eyes
Live
Formed in Detroit in 1996, Wolf Eyes has a hard to summarise history of samizdat micro-run releases, improbable collaborations and impromptu gigs in many of the world's seedy basements. Wolf Eyes has the unending thirst to explore every shadowy unknown sonic corner of the homespun audio universe, with over 500 releases since 1998. Their live shows mirror this approach with every show being an audio document in itself and another mark in the history of this genre mangling free group of trip-metal/psy-jazz audio trouble makers.
Puce Mary presents A Feast Before the Drought
Live – World Premiere
Puce Mary is the solo moniker of Copenhagen based noisenik Frederikke Hoffmeier. Since 2013 she has been invigorating industrial and noise music through the exquisite power of her releases on Posh Isolation and, especially, her transfixing live shows. For Berlin Atonal 2017 she has prepared a brand new live performance entitled A Feast Before the Drought.
Ena + Rashad Becker
Oktophonic – World Premiere
Japanese producer Ena and Berlin based musician Rashad Becker will collaborate on a new piece especially conceived for the Stockhausen Oktophonic set-up. The two artists previously worked together on a new piece for the first time in the context of Berlin Atonal's New Assembly Tokyo festival in February, creating an exceptionally detailed soundscape, benefitting from Ena's remarkable sound design and Rashad Becker's masterful control of dynamics and spacing.
PYUR presents Oratorio for the Underworld
Live – World Premiere
Sophie Schnell’s (aka PYUR) newest musical venture Oratorio for the Underworld is a vibrant, fantastical chronicling of the subconscious. As demonstrated in her low-key tardis of a debut album, Schnell’s signature strikes rare balances between familiarity and remoteness bordering on all-consuming, mothership potential, particularly when heard on a full range, sophisticated sound system, such as it will be presented on during Berlin Atonal 2017.
Varg presents Nordic Flora
Live – World Premiere
Details of Varg's Nordic Flora live performance(s) will be released closer to the date of the festival.
Pact Infernal
Live – World Premiere
Preferring to let their conceptually driven music stand in place of interviews and biographical information, Pact Infernal is the latest shadowy project to emerge from the impeccable Horo arsenal. The music arranges a broad palette of sonic resources into mutated tribalistic patterns, verging on but never quite fully settling with genres including ritual ambient and techno as well as those that haven't been invented yet.
Anthony Linell + Kimberly Ihre
Live A/V – World Premiere
The new eponymous project from Northern Electronics leader Anthony Linell sees him explore a more textured, ambient direction to his hitherto better known alias Abdulla Rashim. This premiere live A/V show follows Linell's subtle Consolidate release, a considered piece of work that rewards careful listening, and adds Kimberly Ihre on visuals.
Abul Mogard
Live A/V
With an origin story as enigmatic as the music itself, Abul Mogard seems to have made an impact on everyone who hears his rich and moving work - from Thom Yorke to Rob Booth. Internet sources refer to Abul Mogard as a retired Serbian factory worker but further information is elusive. His bitter tracks trigger a tortuous bliss rarely found in the world of contemporary electronic music. Berlin Atonal 2017 hosts the first ever live performance of Abul Mogard.
LCC with Pedro Maia
Live A/V – German Premiere
Editions Mego affiliates LCC are a duo from northern Spain. Working with Serge and Buchla 200 synthesisers, they recently completed a residency at the lauded EMS Stockholm studios. This new live A/V show is made in collaboration with Portuguese filmmaker and archivist Pedro Maia, and will be shown for the first time after its debut at Sonar festival in Barcelona.
Inga Mauer
Live – World Premiere
Inga Mauer has quickly made a name for herself as an explosive and surprising DJ, honing her craft at the famous Stackenschneider club in St. Petersberg. She has now turned her instinctive taste for industrial, EBM and new wave music into a first live show.
The Lefty
Live – European Premiere
The Lefty unites the two main forces behind the legendary Japanese label/collective Black Smoker - Killer Bong and Jube. To help Black Smoker celebrate its 20th year in the game, The Lefty link up for their European debut, taking hip-hop past its logical limits and into another realm.
Belief Defect
Live – World Premiere
Nihilistic and hopeful, melodious and jarring, Belief Defect is the anonymous new project that attempts to soundtrack the apocalypse with primal anger and self-annihilating noise. Berlin Atonal 2017 hosts the world premiere of this new project with a debut release slated on Raster.
Carla dal Forno
Live
Carla dal Forno - of F ingers and Tarcar - brings her laconic vocal style to centre stage for her eponymous solo project. Her dub-disoriented pop sensibilities leak through the sparse, Spartan arrangements, resulting in an honest, direct and unsentimental live show.
Killer Bong
Live – European Premiere
Killer Bong aka K-Bomb is the Tokyo-based enfant terrible of Japanese experimental hip-hop and the head honcho of the long running left-field collective Black Smoker. Mutant jazz-infused beats spiral around distorted vocals, watching a live show of his has recently been described as like 'gazing at an uncontrollable vehicle driving at full speed’.
Hypnobeat
Live
Compared to many live hardware acts on the circuit today, Hypnobeat has been going longer than most. The concept of the group hinges on an array of 808s and other drum machines hooked up to a plentiful spread of pedals and other effects units, seeking to find exciting new codes in a blast of syncopated rhythms. James Dean Brown reactivated the project in 2012, and invited Helena Hauff to join in and the pair have performed a number of live shows since.
Belong play October Language
Live
Belong is the New Orleans based project that blends early 1990s shoegaze, ambient electronica, and drone. Guitar based, heavily processed and distorted loops that seem to go on forever layer on top of each other creating unashamedly beautiful and powerful textures. Their 2006 album October Language was a high-water mark for this kind of often emulated and rarely mastered music and at Berlin Atonal they prepare a special set based on this material.
Broken English Club
Live
Oliver Ho’s early productions made clear his ability to inject a dark narrative into functional electronics. With Broken English Club, he delivers monotone vocals and shards of live instrumentation over stuttering beats and bleak synths. The blank-stared, pinpoint focused electronics and layers of noise betray no/wave and post punk influences, dragging together industrial experimentation and pitch-black techno.
Crossing Avenue
Live
Hi-fi, cerebral techno is the modus operandi of Crossing Avenue. The Italian duo's release on Spazio Disponibile acts like a programmatic statement of intent for a style of techno dominated by their label mates including Donato Dozzy, Mike Parker and Marco Shuttle. This new addition to the label and the scene might end up being the best of the pack.
CoH
Live
CoH (pronounced "sohn") is a Russian sound artist, based in Sweden, who has been active since 1998. He has released numerous works on esteemed experimental labels like raster-noton, Editions Mego, Coil's Eskaton, and more. Characterised by exquisite, tactile detail and subtle sound manipulation, his live shows tend to build up rhythmical content by layering waves and pulses in unexpected ways.
Equiknoxx
Live
Jamaican future dancehall group Equiknoxx are the latest project to be highlighted by Demdike Stare’s DDS label. The high-energy live show twists, splits and recomposes jagged riddims, combining precise sound design with mutant dancefloor vibes.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Live
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a multi instrumentalist working primarily with modular synthesis and its intersection with the human voice. Creating patches with synthesisers and singing to them has been a focus of live performance and recordings. In his music the sensitivity of analogue modular systems is supposed to echoe the organic nature of vocal expression. He plays as part of the DDS curated showcase.
DJ Stingray
DJ
DJ Stingray is the veteran Detroit techno producer whose career has spanned over 20 years. Initially creating his Urban Tribe alias in the 90s, while working with Carl Craig, Anthony Shakir and Kenny Dixon Jr., Stingray first donned his trademark balaclava while touring with Drexciya, to hide his identity on stage. He has been representing Detroit's sound for over 25 years with masked performances around the world, and three dozen releases - including records on labels like Planet E and Mahogani Music as well as collaborations with Dopplereffekt's Heinrich Mueller. In the process, his DJ sets have attained legendary status.
Lemna presents Sediment
Live – World Premiere
Lemna is the alias of Tokyo-based producer Maiko Okimoto. She is a regular at underground clubs in Japan, and since she only performs live and never DJs, which has honed her approach to music making. A debut LP for Horo and the premiere live show at Berlin Atonal 2017 will propel Lemna out of the Tanizakian shadows into the international experimental music consciousness.
Errorbeauty
DJ
Bulgarian born, London-based Errorbeauty has been meticulously piecing together her already impressive catalogue of releases since beginning DJing back in 2003. A professional flute musician by way of background, she gradually became drawn to electronic music’s intricately textured soundscapes – more specifically the broken, aggressive shades of Detroit Electro.
Goner
Live
Goner is Berlin based sound artist and music producer Martin Maischein. His current release on Hospital Productions - Yogascum - circles around combining electronic soundsources with natural instruments, chief among the cello of noise artist UnterLala.
Mark Reeder
DJ
The storied musical career of Mark Reeder extends over three decades. He founded and led the first East German EDM label, acted as mentor for the young Paul van Dyk and has remixed groups including Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and John Foxx. His DJ sets are just as diverse, interesting and remarkable as his fabled career to date.
Trevor Jackson
DJ
Trevor Jackson has been at the forefront of audio visual culture for nearly 3 decades as a graphic designer, moving image maker, producer & DJ. His Output Recordings label (1996-2006) was responsible for launching the careers of Four Tet, and LCD Soundsystem. His critically acclaimed DJ Kicks, Metal Dance & On U Sound 'Science Fiction Dancehall Classics' compilations catalogue the foundations of contemporary electronic dance music, helping to play a pivotal role in the revived interest in seminal Post Punk, Industrial & EBM music thats hugely relevant today. Trevor also hosts a regular fortnightly show on NTS radio - 'Music for Sick Minds & Warm Hearts' presenting the very best in brand new experimental music & obscure vintage oddities of every genre.
Compuma
DJ
To describe Compuma as the ultimate DJs DJ is not to label him inaccessible or hermetic, but points to his immaculate skills behind the decks and extended knowledge across so many styles of music that raise the task of taking a crowd on a journey to an artform. His sets in the context of Atonal's New Assembly festival in Tokyo were a thing to behold and treasure, and he shares his skill in Europe for the first time during the 2017 edition of Berlin Atonal.
Richard Fearless
DJ
Visual artist, producer, world-conquering bandleader; Richard Fearless is many things. Most of all, this moniker represents the label boss of Drone and a DJ at the top of his game. In his sets Fearless glides effortlessly between techno, industrial, and the more obscure reaches of an immensely deep and well-travelled record bag.
Yousuke Yukimatsu
DJ – European Premiere
Hailing from Osaka, Yousuke Yukimatsu’s profile in Japan has been quickly rising on account of his powerful and experimental DJ sets that seem to take on a rangy, surprising life of their own. He was one of the highlights of Berlin Atonal's recent New Assembly excursion in Tokyo and comes to play for the first time in Europe at the 2017 festival.
Anastasia Kristensen
DJ
The Copenhagen-via-Moscow DJ and producer Anastasia Kristensen brings many different influences to bear in her bountiful sets. Gliding effortlessly between breaks, flaming techno and buoyant electro, Kristensen has a relentless onwardness that carries the audience with her through every set.
DJ Yazi
DJ
DJ Yazi is a fixture of the Tokyo scene, someone who has been quietly honing his craft for over two decades. He played the recent New Assembly festival in Tokyo and will come to Berlin Atonal in 2017 to give Europe its first taste of his carefully executed sets which segue from dubbed out psychedelic hiphop to uncompromising kick heavy techno.
JASSS
DJ
JASSS is a sound artist and producer born and raised on the northern coast of Spain, where Jazz, African, and South American rhythms became some of the first and most formative influences of her life. As a DJ she has a distinct, eclectic style that covers the diverse ground between industrial, dub and experimental music.
Apeiron Crew
DJ
Apeiron Crew are a DJ trio coming from out of Copenhagen's underground techno scene. Sara Svanholm, Simone Øster and Emma Blake share an unusual ability to utilise divergent tastes into a unifying force - covering the ground between techno, house, electro and hip-hop and just about every stop in between.
Iueke
DJ
Antinote’s label founder and longtime producer Iueke is another recruit to Demdike Stare's DDS label and another invitee to their showcase during Berlin Atonal 2017. In his music mutant samples and short-circuited hardware blur the lines between early electro-acoustic abstraction, techno and noise tropes. Add surreal folk recordings and sonorous metal klangkunst and you have an artist confident to stretch his legs in all directions.
+ more to be announced
This is the second announcement. Further information as well as more detailed timetables will be released in July.