No city has a deeper connection to electronic music than Berlin. To describe it in the words of Techno legend Dimitri Hegeman, founder and owner of Tresor: “East and West celebrated the new freedom to the sound of electronic music. Berlin became the place for uncompromised youth culture and Tresor was the centre of this movement.”
Right next to Tresor electronic music will discover its avant-garde spirit this week with the Berlin Atonal Festival. The permanent home of this event which had its debut back in 1982, is an abandoned power plant called Kraftwerk Mitte. With several artistic installations it has been turned into a darkly majestic industrial complex for the duration of the festival.
We heartly recommend to check out the line up of this unique celebration of contemporary music and maybe discover one pearl or another between the several highlights. Also we think that the location and its audio-visual installations are an incredible source of inspiration for the music and light artists presenting their work there. After the jump we show you some of the most impressive pictures of the location.
Our new guest contributor and talented photographer Ole Ukena has a very unique way of exploring and viewing the world surrounding us. For iHeartBerlin.de he discovered a totally different side of Fusion Festival, far away from the big dance floors and main stages. Enjoy his captivating pictures and his thoughts.
It’s been 4 years since my last Fusion. It’s been quiet a journey with this festival which started in 1997. Like most festivals it started really small and it’s goal is to create a “parallel society” without borders, vacation communism (Ferienkommunismus) as they call it. You can dive in on many different levels, watch acrobatics, learn finnish tango, dance to techno, discover amazing bands from all parts of the world, watch art installations or just get as fucked up as possible and stumble around. The choice is yours. More pictures and thoughts after the jump.
This is yet another shout-out to one of my favorite musicians of all time: Tori Amos. She is virtuosic piano player and incredible songwriter with a voice made of honey – although she herself describes it as the sound of a fairy on crack. Last week she published her 196th studio album (okay I exaggerated, it’s the 14th, but still!) and tomorrow she will be playing live here in Berlin at Tempodrom. I realize that probably many of you, especially the younger ones, are not familiar with her. But I’m telling you, if you like magical piano sounds and fairy voices, you will love Tori. Her concerts are always very moving and often strike a nerve and reduce me to tears, in a good way.
The new album titled Unrepentant Geraldines has chosen a quite poppy and easily approachable style compared to the previous two that were very classical in sound with orchestras and all that jazz. From all her records this could very well be the least confusing one with friendly melodies and gentle arragements. For me as a die-hard fan it’s actually a little bit to smooth, I like it more crazy. But I have some dear favorites on the record already such as Selkie which she already performed here in Berlin at a press preview a few weeks ago where I also had the chance to shake her hand, as well as Oysters which is a total Tori classic that could easily be on one of her early records, and the amazing duett Promise with her daughter Tash who has such a brilliant jazz voice with so much soul in it. Can’t wait for the concert tomorrow!
After the jump a few samples from the new album Unrepentant Geraldines, a photo of my meet and great with Tori as well as some interview snippets that I really liked. If you want to educate yourself a bit more about her music you have to check this older article of mine with some of her best music videos.
Berlin is the perfect meeting place for creative people. They come here from all over the world with many ideas, some they share and than they start projects together. Music producer Robar from Australia and vocalist and songwriter Dominique from the USA went through exactly that and have their own Berlin baby that was born sometime last year. Forsthays is its name and I like to describe it as “Future RnB” because it walks a unique path between RnB vocals and electro pop music. Last year a small series of singles and remixes for other artists where released that caught my attention and admiration. And even though the two of them went seperate paths – one of them staying here in Berlin and the other one going to the United States – they continued their work over the long-distance and created their first EP titled Begins With You that was released just a few days ago. You can listen to 3 of the 5 songs after the jump and if you like it, you should buy the EP over at their bandcamp.
We’re currently on a little Holiday hiatus as you might have noticed. But I still wanted to send you some Christmas cheer. Firstly I would like to announce the winners of our 3 Christmas packages. The first package is already on its way to Svenja (comment #50), the second package will be going to Anna (comment #14) and the third one goes to Elisa (comment #20). Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for taking part! We wish you all a merry Christmas. After the jump our fellow bloggers from Dandy Diary are singing a little Christmas song for you in authentic 90′s boyband style. Enjoy!
After Kele’s little excursion into the land of solo artists he now got back together with his band Bloc Party to make another album. The new single Octopus just came out and it sounds just like the old Bloc Party. I personally preferred Kele’s more electro-driven solo songs, that’s why I really like the RAC Remix more then the normal video version. You can download the Octopus RAC Remix over at Melt! legally and for free for a limited time. And for the video just head over the jump.
There are songs about more or less any mayor city in the world: „New York, New York“, „London Calling“ or Scott McKenzie’s „San Francisco“ are some of them. Naturally, there are also numerous songs about Berlin. Here is a selection of 10 great songs about Berlin . More after the jump.
I am in full festival mode, as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is currently on and I am part of the team. So I worked heaps but also saw a lot of films since last Thursday. The MuVis, our Music Video Program is one that I look forward to every year. Inspired or even driven by music the filmmakers creat perfect little symbioses between film and music and my colleague really digs out the best of them.
So instead of long films, this week it’s short music videos we’ll be taking a look at.
Oh my, how many times did you get asked what you are doing for New Year’s Eve these past days? So many parties, so many choices, but you don’t know what to do? Then we have a little surprise for you: We are inviting you to our iHeartBerlin New Year’s Eve House Party! Yes, all of you. We have invited six of our favorite DJs to give us the best music for the most celebrated night of the year: Hara Katsiki, Eliza Foxxx, Oh Sophia, Joey Hansom, Hannes Smith and Mate.
And where does the party take place? At YOUR house, silly! Our DJs made some exclusive mixes and mixtapes for your NYE house or warm-up party. We have something for everyone: party pop, indie rock, techno, electro, wave and old time classics. And to bring all of our iHeartBerlin readers into your house, we made the biggest iHeartBerlin party photo slideshow from our favorite parties of the past years. Have fun with our mixes and photos after the jump. Here’s to the New Year!
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
Berlin-based online music channel tape.tv has asked us and many other German bloggers: What were your favorite music videos this year? These results mixed with the favorites of the tape.tv editorial team make up a big chart show that is going to sum up this year in music and pictures perfectly. Have a look after the jump to see my personal top ten or head over to the best of 2011 channel on tape.tv.