Berlin Atonal is delighted to announce that it will host the very first Cabaret Voltaire Official live performance in over 20 years. Throughout their long story beginning in Sheffield in 1978, Cabaret Voltaire, in its various iterations, have been credited with founding and destroying genres, introducing new musical technologies while simultaneously modifying and developing beyond them. Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimentalism made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 40 years. The fabled Cabaret Voltaire live show has changed considerably since it was the first live act ever at the legendary Manchester's Hacienda club, but in outlook and spirit remains the same. With a line up now consisting solely of machines, multi-screen projections and Richard H Kirk, the first Cabaret Voltaire performance of the 21st Century promises to be formidable.
When the now-fabled Aquaplano records were first released in 2008 and 2009, they were distinctly out of step with the way techno appeared to be heading. Tribal rhythms and ambient textures sketched out a much more heady, psychedelic form of techno. Italians Donato Dozzy and Nuel would go a long way towards creating the template for a brand of deep, atmospheric techno that has become much more prominent in the years since. And while many have sought to imitate this sound, few - if any - have matched what first emerged from the Aquaplano sessions. Almost 6 years later, and after a tremendously received re-release on Spectrum Spools, the two masters have prepared the first ever Aquaplano live show.
The ’14 edition of the festival is also happy to host the world premiere of Bleed Turquoise - the new project from James Ginzburg, continuing on from his work with Emptyset, Ginz and the Faint Wild Light, presented live as an A/V collaboration with Marcel Weber (MFO). Sonically the project ignites elements of post-punk with an aggressively colourful production process, while this uncontrolled complexity is expressed visually in the language of hyperreal abstraction. Neel (one half of Voices from the Lake) will present the European premiere of his shapeshifting A/V project which debuted at MUTEK Montreal in May. Highly regarded Blackest Ever Black artist Dalhous will also perform the Berlin debut of his A/V show, following his recent release on the esteemed label.
A few additions to the aftershow party roster can also be announced: Our Circula Sound boss and Blueprint favourite Sigha, Swedish duo Shxcxchcxsh and Young Echo artist Vessel. Many, more names are still to be announced for the Opening Concert (featuring Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians), the main stage festival program and the extensive afterparty schedule.