The first release of names for Berlin Atonal 2016 includes a historical, world premiere Death in Vegas show. This specially conceived full audio-visual live performance unites psychedelic auteur Richard Fearless and artist and actress Sasha Grey over a love of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey. A long time in the making, this show - entitled Transmission - features all new experimental material, resonating across the soundscapes of visceral techno and unsettling, discordant drones, weaving a state of dreamlike euphoria.
Drew McDowall (Coil, Psychic TV) also performs brand new material as part of a specially created live A/V show in another world premiere performance entitled Unnatural Channel, with a visual concept developed by Florence To. Imaginary Softwoods - the fabled and rarely heard kosmische/drone project from John Elliott (Emeralds, Outer Space, Spectrum Spools) will play an uncommon live show. Roly Porter and Marcel Weber combine for a violently hallucinogenic total visual and sonic artwork - Third Law - based around material from Porter’s latest release on Tri-Angle - a German premiere.
These Hidden Hands (the collaboration between British artists Alain Paul and Tommy Four Seven) present the world premiere of their Aphelion A/V project, while Raime return from three years of deep, dedicated studio research with a newly conceived show with live drums to be shown for the first time in Germany. The festival has commissioned a brand new trio consisting of Caterina Barbieri, Ellen Arkbro and Kali Malone (Upper Glossa), who will debut a new project entitled Fundament at Berlin Atonal 2016.
A further new collaboration unites Jealous God artist-in-chief Silent Servant and New York via Berlin artist Phase Fatale. Fusing post-punk to darker, harder and industrial-influenced techno, this new live project combines rigid drumming, cold synths and bleak samples - the image of future war. Croatian Amor (Lust for Youth, Damien Dubrovnik, Posh Isolation) uses the occasion of Berlin Atonal to premiere a brand new live audio-visual show entitled Love Means Taking Action, while Pyrolator (from legendary post-punk band D.A.F.) reworks material from seminal composer and concept artist Conrad Schnitzler (Tangerine Dream, Kluster) reinterpreting him as the leading pioneer of classic Berlin techno, in another premiere live A/V performance.
Berlin Atonal 2016 will carry on last year’s addition of the raw and intense Stage Null to host shows in the Kraftwerk megacomplex after the performances on the iconic cathedral-like main stage, while adding a third room showcasing audio-visual projection art on a site-specific panoramic screen.