Losing the concept of time and space…
Let’s just agree that starting the year with a trip to Berlin to attend the CTM Festival / Club Transmediale is a tradition we could get behind.
While most summer festivals seem to copy and paste their line-ups, this one is really well curated and demonstrates a real interest in beautiful music. The whole 2-week rollercoaster is now a blur of impressions but here are just a few of the highlights:
Yung Lean & Say Boys & Gravity Boys
Fantastic energy, unique style, need we say more?
An absolute journey of a set, droney, trippy, and claustrophobic.
A show that benefitted from a minimal but super-intense lightshow, the best in a long time, which perfectly complemented his abstract dance compositions.
Jan St. Werner & Karl Kliem
Fantastic audio-visual collaboration from St. Werner, one part of Mouse on Mars, and German visual artist Kliem, who has worked with the likes of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jan Jelinek, Thomas Köner, and Sleeparchive in the past. Together they produced a series of abstract audio-visual compositions featuring constantly and subtly shifting sounds and images.
The second half of his set was totally possessed by the kind of eclectic freedom you always want a DJ to bring…
Bodily techno-noise at its best, if only he could have acted a bit less egocentric.
Well this sure was one way to lose all concept of time and space…
And last but most def not least: the Greco-Roman night at Panorama Bar featuring Full Nelson, Roosevelt, Joe Goddard, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lxury and the Greco-Roman Soundsystem. Let’s just say it ended in a dance-off.