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.
OPIUM HUM (DE)
Opium Hum – initiator of the not equal series and a progressive force on the Berlin club scene – nourishes his DJ sets on sombre, hazy drones and fantastical soundscapes permeated by deep and shifting rhythms to create what can only be called a wide-awake dream.
BEN FROST WITH BORGAR MAGNASON & SHAZAHD ISMAILY (IS/US)
Ben Frost has, in three albums, bred a new, visceral approach to sonic experimentation. Influenced by minimalism and punk rock, his penchant for classical composition emerges in his trio with -Magnason (contra bass) & Ismaily (drums, synth).
MIKA VAINIO (FI)
Known as one half of the legendary raw electronic duo Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio’s solo work explores disquieting and visceral sounds through contrasted noise and dismal ambience, shreeking guitar harshness and muffled electronic throbs, to create a mental vortex.
As Morphosis, Lebanese-born Rabih Beaini has been producing analog techno with krautrock and avant-garde references for over a decade. His retro-futuristic-esoteric debut album was released last year on Delsin.
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Best known as one half of Pendle Coven, G.H. has produced some of Modern Love’s deadliest output since the label was still in its beginnings. His thunderous music is infused with glints of cold metal, raw power, and gravity.
ROLY PORTER (UK)
Beginning as one half of Vex’d, Roly Porter has moved towards exploring the physicality of bass. The ice-cold, thick ambiance he contrasts with the warm reassurance of sweeping strings and dark synths navigates the line between beauty and brutality.
Since 2001 the artist collective MFO produces visual media in the form of live video performances, music videos, and installations. The captivating visual worlds of MFO are the result of rigorous experimentation with computers, optics, and real materials.
ANCIENT METHODS (DE)
Behind Ancient Methods stand producers Trias and Baeks, longstanding contributors to the Berlin techno scene. They have been releasing on their own eponymous label since 2007, crafting pitch black, raw techno with industrial connotations and 90s energy.
Vinyl-only label Perlon has defined the sound of electronic dance music over the last decade with a roster including Matthew Dear, Ricardo Villalobos, Cassy, Stefan Goldmann, Tobias Freund, Daniel Bell, Baby Ford and, more recently, Shackleton, Portable, or San Proper. Expansive sets from Get Perlonized’s two residents, Zip and Sammy Dee, and their rotating roster of special guests, have made the monthly Perlon night at Panorama Bar a Berlin institution since the early 00s. Mara Trax’s focus is a very special groove of old-school house, which they mix in their back-to-back sets with modern vinyl stripped-down to the essentials. Brit-born Baby Ford, a musical brother-in-spirit and long-time associate of Perlon, likewise remains averse to any hint of superfluity and pares his minimal funk down to the core.
MARA TRAX (IL/DE)
Mara Trax is a musical collaboration between Maayan Nidam, aka Miss Fitz, and Vera Heindel. Though both are busy DJs and producers in their own right, they share an enthusiasm for old school house and deep, minimal tracks, resulting in releases on Cyclical Tracks and Oslo Records.
BABY FORD (UK)
Baby Ford is a cornerstone of modern dance music, a DJ, acid house originator and techno pioneer who has been producing since 1988. His work has been released on labels including Rhythm King, Source, Force Inc. and Insumision, and he is also involved in running the esteemed labels Trelik and Ifach.
Thomas Franzmann aka Zip aka Dimbiman, is familiar with dancefloors around the world and famous for his tremendous minimal shifts within the 4/4 scheme. He is co-founder of the Perlon label with Markus Nikolai and a Panorama Bar resident.
SAMMY DEE (DE)
Sammy Dee (aka Mario Radecki) is a seasoned DJ who hosts Get Perlonized at Panorama Bar. Aside from his main home on Perlon, Sammy has released on Kanzleramt and Poker Flat. Together with Zip he formed the minimal veterans Panytec, releasing the album Pony Slaystation in 2002. Sammy Dee is also one half of Half Hawaii with Bruno Pronsato.
JÖRG FRANZMANN (DE)
Berlin-based video artist and DJ Jörg Franzmann studied design in Offenbach, Germany. He has been producing club visuals since 1996 having performed at venues such as Robert Johnson, Panorama Bar, WMF, and Watergate. He has made numerous videos for the Perlon label.
Mara Trax ist das gemeinsame DJ- und Produktions-Team von Maayan Nidam und Vera Heindel. Ihr Fokus liegt auf dem sehr speziellen Groove von Oldschool House, den sie bei ihren back-to-back-Sets mit auf das Wesentliche reduzierten, modernen Platten mischen. Obwohl inzwischen in Berlin lebend, wird Vera immer noch stark mit der Rhein-Main-Szene um Oslo assoziiert, einer Jahre währenden Robert-Johnson-Residency sei Dank. Maayan Nidam kann ebenfalls auf fruchtbare Solo-Aktivitäten zurückblicken, seien es ihre Platten als Miss Fitz, oder ihre unter eigenem Namen veröffentlichte Musik, die unter erfreulich experimentellen Aspekten den Dancefloor ins Visier nimmt. Ein musikalischer Bruder im Geist ist Baby Ford, der als langjähriger Perlonfreund wie kein anderer für konzentrierten Minimalfunk steht.