I made a new mix to promote the second edition of ≠ (not equal), my night at Berghain in Berlin.
01. Antti Rannisto - Numbers 02. Alva Noto - Xerrox Monophaser 2 03. Bastian Wegner - Face Down 04. Kouhei Matsunaga - 236 05. Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxing 06. Yves de Mey - Particle Match 07. Autechre - Tkakanren 08. Yoruba Drums from Benin - Repertoire for Oro and Ifa in Kétou 09. Machinefabriek + Stephen Vitiello - Field Recordings, Rocks, Speakers 10. Bernhard Hagen – Walze 13: Lagu Lang 11. Ben Frost - Through The Roof Of Your Mouth 12. Peterlicker - Always Right 13. Mika Vainio - Conquering the Solitude 14. Throbbing Gristle - Lyre Liar 15. Coil - Something 16. Porter Ricks - Biokinetics 2 17. Andy Stott - Execution 18. G.H. - Albedo 19. Tim Hecker - Aerial Silver 20. GAS - Königsforst 3 21. Fennesz - Saffron Revolution 22. BJ Nielsen - Black Light 23. Purl - Oceanima 24. Kreng - Wrak
The ≠ (not equal) series fathoms the intersecting trajectories of sound research, dramaturgy, narration and affect in contemporary electronic music. The line-up put together for its second edition leads through various musical phases, from listening thru club, in which dramaturgical density, deep timbres, and sound’s intense physicality and coarse materiality nevertheless always predominate.
While, in the millennium upheaval, the positive rush and futuristic drive of rave mapped out utopias based on egalitarian community spirit, emancipatory technologies, liberated locations 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 increasingly self-referential data streams that appear to live a life of their own.
With hypnotic depth, irresistible psychedelics, 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.