Music Montag: Milwalkie

by James Glazebrook

Here at überlin, we love a good Scottish accent. It’s just one of the reasons that our all-time favourite rock bands include Idlewild, Biffy Clyro and now, Milwalkie. Lazy (and regionally insensitive) comparisons aside, Aberdonian brothers Matthew David Morris and Steve Morris – and token German Jan Pfennig – distinguish themselves with a taste for epic atmospherics and shimmering, slightly-shoegaze melodies.

We’re stoked that Milwalkie gave us the exclusive to new video “Land” (above), which features singer Matt walking Verve-style through the streets of Berlin, encountering the people and places who’ve made the band feel at home here. They were also good enough to record this interview, which explains how the brothers arrived in Berlin, what they think of the indie scene here, and some tips for places to explore and, more importantly, get coffee! Enjoy this video Berlin Portrait, check out Milwalkie on Facebook and buy “Land” on iTunes.

BERG: a soundscape for Berlin

by James Glazebrook

The video that originally inspired the new iPhone app BERG, a sound collage combining elements from classic espionage and Cold War movies laid over a series of panning shots describing the architecture of Teufelsberg listening station:

BERG is a site specific sound art project and a GPS-triggered soundscape for iPhone designed for Teufelsberg, a man-made hill and an abandoned National Security Agency listening station in Grunewald forest, in the former West Berlin. The app contains an archive of manipulated audio samples. As the user walks through Grunewald, the iPhone’s GPS activates a series of overlapping tracks, radio broadcasts, spoken word, manipulated field recordings, inspired by Cold War espionage, short wave frequencies and classic cinema. While the user moves in and out of the “sound clouds” – marked on the map by circular graphic elements – the tracks are overlaid and mixed according to his location, as detected by the GPS. The user’s perception of an architectural relic, with a mysterious history and surrounding landscape, is mediated by a semi-fictional, cinematic soundtrack mixed in real time. 

Through the localization of an audio path, the application plunges the user into an evocative and estranging experience of the urban space.

Get BERG for iPhone here.

The 10 best 360° views of Berlin

by James Glazebrook

Wish you were here? Just in case you can’t be in Berlin to enjoy the onset of summer, or indeed if you’ve never been, here – in no particular order – are some great 360° panoramas of the city that might go some way to making you feel like you’re actually here. All images courtesy of 360Cities.net.

1. The Victory Column (Siegessäule), Tiergarten

2. The View from the TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

3. The Top of Teufelsberg (Abandoned Spy Station)

4. Behind the Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery)

5. Winter at the Brandenburg Gate (Unter den Linden)

6. Inside the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

7. The Soviet War Memorial, Treptower Park

8. Ghost U-Bahn Station (Dresdener Strasse)

9. Park Sanssouci, Potsdam

10. Oberbaumbrücke by Night