Music Montag: Lust and Sound in West Berlin

by James Glazebrook

Music activist Mark Reeder selects tracks from the 80s underground, to celebrate the release of his film “B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin”. Featuring Bowie, Einstürzende Neubauten and lesser known artists, this was originally posted on Red Bull Music Academy (tracklist here).

Mark Reeder grew up in Manchester, England, and just at the turn of his twenties, he moved to Berlin, after co-founding The Frantic Elevators with Neil Moss and Mick Hucknall. It wasn’t long before Mark had formed his synth wave band Die Unbekannten, while he was also Factory Records’ German representative, and general cultural activist around the Berlin Wall – he took the popular UK TV show The Tube around Berlin, organized gigs behind the Iron Curtain and wrote the soundtrack music and played a leading role in Jörg Buttgereit’s controversial movie Nekromantik 2. As well as being the founder and owner of the first East German electronic dance music label MFS (Masterminded For Success), he also mentored a young Paul van Dyk, helping the DJ to his world-conquering career. Apart from remixing several groups, such as Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and John Foxx, he has also made the film B Movie: Lust & Sound In West-Berlin, a documentary about the city’s hedonistic melting pot of music.

Mark Reeder 80s West Berlin

Wir Sind Hier: The Art of Noise

by James Glazebrook

Composer FM Einheit, an ex-member of the legendary Berlin industrial band , has launched an artistic experiment that will open the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. WIR SIND HIER draws on user participation, inviting anyone to have their say and submit content via the project’s website, and become an active part of the live multimedia performance.

We’re particularly interested in the Sounds of Destruction action, which aims to explore the sounds of censorship and the destruction of culture. Users can upload recordings of their ideas of cultural destruction to SoundCloud, and FM Einheit will integrate these into the live performance of WIR SIND HIER. So far, so noisy 🙂

Other interesting-sounding strands of the project include a massive digital protest choir, Occupy History – in which users “remix” history using Vine – and an ambitious attempt to create a crowdsourced sculpture. To take part in this brilliant Berlin-based project, check out the WIR SIND HIER website now.

Win 2 tickets to Berlin Atonal 2013: Forming Space

by James Glazebrook

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions] 

Berlin Atonal flyer

There’s no shortage of summer festivals in Germany, but few of them have the legendary status of Berlin Atonal. The festival for sonic and visual art, first held in SO36 in 1982, hosted innovative and experimental acts like Einstürzende Neubauten, Psychic TV and 808 State before closing in 1990, when founder Dimitri Hegemann went on to open the iconic club Tresor.

Back after a 23 year(!) hiatus, the 2013 edition of Berlin Atonal is relaunching with an intriguing theme, “Forming Space”, an exciting new venue – the labyrinth former industrial complex of Kraftwerk Berlin – and a jaw-dropping line up. The stunning six-day programme includes techno founding father Juan Atkins performing alongside Basic Channel’s Moritz von Oswald, überlin faves Brandt Brauer Frick and Francesco Tristano, as well as Kanding Ray, Raime, Actress and a host of other great artists. Tune into the acts on Last.fm, and scroll down for your chance to win 2 x one-day passes to Berlin Atonal 2013.

Kraftwerk Berlin


Want to win 2 passes to the day of your choice, at the Berlin Atonal 2013 festival? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Simply go to the Berlin Atonal website and tell us which day you would like to attend. We know it’s a difficult choice, but one worth making – because you and a friend could win the chance to catch the artists of your choosing!

You have until 6pm on Friday 6th July. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winners.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Saturday 7th July.