The ≠ (not equal) series at Berghain fathoms the intersecting trajectories of sound research, dramaturgy, narration, and affect in contemporary electronic music. The 2nd edition’s line-up, collaboratively put together by Berghain and CTM, leads us through various musical phases, from listening thru club, in which dramaturgical density, deep timbres, and sound’s intense physicality and coarse materiality predominate. Whereas during the millennium upheaval the positive rush and futuristic drive of rave mapped out utopias based on egalitarian community spirit, emancipatory technologies, liberated spaces, and unrestrained bodies, electronic music today, with its disquieting tonality, frequently also reflects the oppressive repercussions of our current submergence in medial dematerialization, the control society, and the increasingly self-referential data streams that appear to live a life of their own. With hypnotic depth, grainy textures and raw frequencies, the artists at this special concert/club night neutralize or amplify the internalized unease triggered by such perceptions as well as their psycho-social impact.
Latest tracks by Ben Frost
Latest tracks by Rabih Beaini
Mika Vainio - life (...it eats you up) (album preview) by experimedia
G.H. - Ground EP by modernlove
Roly Porter - Aftertime (album preview) by experimedia&
Ancient Methods Mix 070411 by Trioxyn
Opium Hum - promo mix for ≠ (not equal)#1 11.11.11. @ Berghain Berlin by Boiler Room