Death in Vegas presents Transmissions [world premiere], Alessandro Cortini presents AVANTI [world premiere], Drew McDowall presents Unnatural Channel [world premiere], Mika Vainio + Daniel Pflumm [world premiere], Rashad Becker + Moritz von Oswald present fathom [world premiere], Roly Porter + Marcel Weber, Peter Zinovieff + Lucy Railton present THIS [world premiere], Orphx + JK Flesh [world premiere], Rose Kallal + many more.
Outside the Dream Syndicate (Tony Conrad + Faust), Shackleton presents Powerlant [world premiere], Alessandro Cortini presents SONNO, Lawrence English + Alessandro Cortini present Immediate Horizon [world premiere], David Borden + The Mother Mallard Ensemble, Paul Jebanasam + Tarik Barri present Continuum [world premiere], SUMS: Kangding Ray + Barry Burns (Mogwai) [world premiere], Clock DVA, Varg, Ben Frost, Shed, Rainer Kohlberger, Bruce Conner with Terry Riley, Roly Porter, Ellen Arkbro + many more.
“Now in its third year, the rejuvenated version of Berlin Atonal is quickly on the rise to becoming one of the world’s important contemporary electronic music festivals…. The world needs more unbridled art like this.” The Quietus, 08.09.2015
Cabaret Voltaire, Ensemble Modern play Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Donato Dozzy + Nuel present The Aquaplano Sessions [world premiere], Tim Hecker, Source Direct, Sendai, Fis, Biosphere [4D world premiere], Murcof [4D world premiere], Abdulla Rashim + many more.
“The Atonal festival is as fresh-faced and freethinking as it ever was, despite its lofty 30-year legacy.” Resident Advisor, 20.08.2014
Jon Hassell Ensemble presents Summerthrill, Glenn Branca presents Twisting in Space, Moritz von Oswald + Juan Atkins present Borderland, Murcof + Simon Geilfus, Actress, Cut Hands, Vatican Shadow, Raime, Vladislav Delay, Roly Porter, Voices from the Lake, Rashad Becker, Kassem Mosse + many more.
“The return of a Berlin legend.” Berliner Zeitung, 29.07.13
The history of Berlin Atonal begins in November 1982. Set up at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the festival became ground-zero for altogether new forms of musical experience; Einstürzende Neubauten, Sprung aus den Wolken, Malaria, Notorische Reflexe, Alu, White Russia, Didaktische Einheit and many other like-minded musical pioneers used Berlin Atonal to launch their entirely novel ideas about the possibilities of sonic expression. Throughout the 1980s Berlin Atonal was at the vanguard of the progressive electronic and experimental music and art scenes in Berlin. The festival closed in 1990 with the fall of the Berlin wall.
“The first Berlin Atonal Festival in 1982 belongs to the category of events that have the power to change our perception of a city entirely… the festival coined Berlin as a city that originated serious, existentialist music.”
Electronic Beats, 12.07.13