Archive for April, 2011

Audible Approaches For A Better Place

Thursday, April 28th, 2011


What if artists composed music for a better world?

Audible Approaches For A Better Place

Haus der Kulturen der Welt,
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin
Doors open 19:30 / Concert begins 20:00 (sharp!)

One evening with 10 live performances by:
Casper Clausen and Mads Brauer (of EFTERKLANG) feat. Karim Ghahwagi
Christian Löffler
Eliad Wagner
Gold Panda
Glitterbug and Ronni Shendar feat. Enas Massalha
Jasmina Maschina
John Kameel Farah
and very special surprise guests (to be revealed in May!)

c.sides asked ten diverse artists (and bands) to create new works, all sharing one goal:
to make a humble contribution toward making this world a better, more just and beautiful place!

Artists had full freedom in their creative process. We provided only general guidelines to participating artists regarding the project’s concept and an intended timeframe of ten to fifteen minutes for each piece, in order to allow the artists to develop an idea beyond the limitations of a ‘regular track.’ We also encouraged artists to work with different musical means than they usually would!

This is an artistic experiment we have wanted to do for a very long time. It is a personal reaction to the overwhelming global and local injustices, catastrophes and troubles, and stems from a slightly naïve, yet sincere belief that art, in its essence, can be a political act and path to changing the world. The idea is self-critical and self-deprecating, yet genuine and heartfelt: to create something beautiful and thoughtful, to dedicate a bit of our creative time to pondering the world and our role in it.

And the results? Probably our most beautiful production yet!

And, it will take place on one of Berlin’s best sounding stages: the large auditorium at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

It has been an amazing experience for us to see the pieces come together, miraculously corresponding with one another and with our own individual works. And we don’t think anyone should miss out on this event.

One first step to making this world a better place is that entry costs only 8 Euros at the door, and 5 Euros for those eligible for discount!!!

A Second step is that a (double CD) release under the same title (Audible Approaches for a Better Place) will be released on the c.sides Label in September featuring all the works of all participating artists. The release will already be available for purchase on May 12th for those who attend the event. Yep, that’s 4 months before the official release date!

This evening is part of the HKW Lokal program, as part of the ÜBER LEBENSKUNST initiative, more info here.

Tomorrow: Vienna, Austria – with some amazing posters!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I will be leaving to Austria tomorrow (April 23rd, 2011), playing at the Fluc Wanne with the very nice Klub Kariert people. That’s old news. But look at those cute posters and flyers!!

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The next two shows: Electron Festival (Geneva) and Klub Kariert (Vienna)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Just a quick reminder for the next two live shows, coming up this week:

First up is Electron Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, the 21st of April 2011. My show will take place at KAB – PTR (USINE), Places des Volontaires 4, Geneva.

From there, I directly continue to play a show with the lovely Klub Kariert people in Vienna at the Fluc Wanne on Saturday, the 23rd of April 2011.

Swing by, say hi!

Kompakt Distribution Benefit Compilation For Japan out now.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011


From our friends at Kompakt:

“Even if the headlines are now dominated by other topics, many of our Japanese friends are still in a dire situation. Kompakt’s family of distributed labels feels the urge to help, so here it comes: 34 tracks handpicked by the owners of some of the world’s leading labels in electronic music: Ostgut Ton, Freude Am Tanzen, Bpitch Control, Dial, Kompakt, Comeme, Raster Noton, Monika, Rrygular, Vidab Records, Optimo Music, Anticipate and many more. Ranging from ethereal ambient sounds to pumping club sounds of Berlin, New York’s new disco underground and leftfield experimentations, there’s something for everyone.

There are many options as to where you can purchase this special compilation, but we encourage you to buy the compilation from Bandcamp or Other Music as 100% of the proceeds will go directly to The Red Cross Society Of Japan. The pricing for the compilation is € 7.99 for all 34 tracks, or € .99 per individual track. Bandcamp also offers you the option to pay more as an extra donation.”

How to buy:

  • Bandcamp: 100% of proceeds will be sent to the Red Cross. (You also have the option to pay more than the set price as an extra donation)
  • Other Music: 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.
  • Beatport
  • Boomkat
  • Trackitdown
  • Juno Download
  • iTunes USA
  • iTunes UK
  • iTunes Germany
  • iTunes Japan
  • We would like to thank the following labels and companies for participating in our effort to help:

    Oktaf, Anticipate, Bpitch Control, Optimo Music, Monika Enterprise, Steadfast, Dial Records, Italic, Best Works Records, Kompakt, 200 Records, Supersoul Recordings, Laid, Memo, Throne Of Blood, My Favorite Robot Records, And Music, Freude Am Tanzen, Ostgut Ton, Vidab Records, C.sides, Pro-Tez, Boxer Recordings, Rrygular / Mo’s Ferry Prod., Falkplatz, Foundsound Records, Cómeme, Raster-Noton, m=minimal, Musik Krause, Hypercolour, The Agriculture, and Greta Cottage Workshop.

    A special thanks goes out to Other Music, and Ripblock for donating 100% of their work!

    Audible Approaches For A Better Place

    Friday, April 8th, 2011

    I usually don’t steal from other blogs, but in this specific case, I would like to point to a very exciting project that Ronni Shendar and I have been working on for the past few months, and that is slowly wrapping up. And why writing it all over again if somebody else already said it all, and even so beautifully?

    The video bellow was created by Ronni Shendar, the soundtrack was made by me.

    You can find the original post on Ronni’s blog here.


    “I created the video above for the HKW Lokal concert series at the Haus der Kulturn der Welt as part of the ÜBER LEBENSKUNST (Art of Living) initiative, in Berlin.

    The 4-part concert series brings Berlin’s international music scene to set the climate change to music: From “Apocalypse Culture” to “Audible Approaches for a Better Place”, from Trucker Songs in the age of electric engines to “climate change” between human voice and computer-generated sounds.

    Till Rohmann aka Glitterbug not only created the soundtrack for the video, but he and myself also curated the last event “Audible Approaches for a Better Place” – an evening of 10 performances of diverse artists who each created a new dedicated piece for this evening, all sharing one common goal of making a humble contribution to making this world better and more just through audible means.

    You can read more about the project and its upcoming release on the c.sides Label in my previous post. Participants include: Mads Brauer and Casper Clausen (of Efterklang), Gold Panda, Khan (Oral), Jasmina Maschina, Christian Löffler, John Farah, Eliad Wagner, Enas Massalha and the joint project of Glitterbug & Enas Massalha, as well as some very special guests.

    HKW Lokal Concert Series

    7 April, 8pm
    DM Bob & Speedy Jake 

    Jimmy Trash & the Gunpowder Temple of Heaven 

    28 April, 8pm
September Collective feat. Chor der Kulturen der Welt

    5 May 2011, 8pm
    Animal Cops
Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz

    12 May 8 pm
    Mini festival with 10 acts including:
    Casper Clausen and Mads Brauer (of EFTERKLANG) feat. Karim Ghahwagi (visuals)
    Christian Löffler
    Eliad Wagner
    Enas Massalha
    Gold Panda
    Glitterbug & Ronni Shendar feat. Enas Massalha
    Jasmina Maschina
    John Farah
    and very special surprise guests (to be revealed in May)

    Japan and the world in general.

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    In the past few weeks and months, I (and pretty much my entire personal and artistic surrounding) have been occupied by the disasters, catastrophes and the political turmoil happening around the world.

    Much of my music that I have been working on in the last few months is deeply influenced by the current state of the world and the concurrence of greatly impactful events, providing a new and uncanny undertone.

    Our next c.sides Label release is a double CD compilation with all-new commissioned works under the title “Audible Approaches For A Better Place” a project that will also be performed by all participants on the 12th of May at the HKW in Berlin (more info here)

    I have an upcoming abstract ambient EP under the title “Egress EP” that will be released on the Israeli label False Ind., an EP that investigates the search and hope of finding new places and new prospects in the wreckage, when everything familiar has turned to rubble, and even more so,  my next album which will be titled “Cancerboy”,  a darker Glitterbug than previously known. An album that deals, as the title says, with cancer on a very personal and autobiographical level.

    I have barely felt so hope- and helpless watching the news, and not that I actually would believe that giving tracks to benefit compilations and playing in benefit concerts makes that much of a difference, I do not see any other way of getting involved at the moment, so I think it’s still better than doing nothing.

    Dear collegue and appreciated artist and musician Terre Thaemlitz wrote a nice text about the cons of participating in such things (you can read it here), and while I certainly agree with much of his criticism, I still do believe that it doesn’t hurt to give a little bit of something if you don’t have the means or framework to give more or other things.

    So, below are two projects that I / we participate in.

    Firstly, a compilation that our friends at Kompakt are putting out:


    “Even if the headlines are now dominated by other topics – many of our Japanese friends are still in a dire situation. Kompakt’s family of distributed labels feels the urge to help, so here it comes: 34 tracks handpicked by the owners of some of the world’s leading labels in electronic music: Ostgut Ton, Freude Am Tanzen, Bpitch Control, Dial, Kompakt, Comeme, Raster Noton, Monika, Rrygular, Vidab, Optimo, Anticipate and many more. Ranging from etherical ambient sounds to pumping club sounds of Berlin, New York’s new disco underground and leftfield experimentations there’s something for everyone. All money generated from this unique compilation goes directly to help organizations in Japan.”

    1. Marsen Jules – Trio Les Fleurs (Oktaf)
    2. Ezekiel Honig – Past Tense Kitchen Movement (Anticipate)
    3. Jahcoozi – Lost In The Bass (Bpitch Ctrl)
    4. Space System – Petik (Optimo Music)
    5. Greie Gut Fraktion – Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt Wolfgang Voigt Remix (Monika)
    6. Manaboo – Unhuh (Steadfast)
    7. Efdemin – Time (Dial)
    8. Antonelli – Waiting For You (Italic)
    9. André Lodemann – Searchin’ (Best Works)
    10. Lawrence – Dwelling On The Dunes (Laid)
    11. Michael Mayer – Picanha Frenesi (Kompakt)
    12. Nhar – Megumi (200 Records)
    13. Xaver von Treyer – Lunar Rover (Supersoul)
    14. Cosmic Kids – Reginald’s Groove (Throne Of Blood)
    15. My Favorite Robot – The Future Will Judge (My Favorite Robot)
    16. Kaito – Open My Window (Kompakt)
    17. Audision – Red Sky (And)
    18. Monkey Maffia – Yo Baby Yo (Freude Am Tanzen)
    19. Nick Höppner – Makeover (Ostgut Ton)
    20. Gowentgone – Love & Respect (Vidab)
    21. Glitterbug – Parted (C.Sides)
    22. SCSI-9 – Electric Flowers (Pro-Tez)
    23. Dusty Kid – America (Boxer)
    24. Tassilo – Petite Patate (Rrygular)
    25. Davenport & Deutschmann – Trump (Falkplatz)
    26. Mr. Statik – Smoothest Cat On The Block (Memo)
    27. Someone Else – Funny Day Elsewhere (Foundsound)
    28. Ana Helder – El Groove De Tu Corazon (Comeme)
    29. Anne-James Chaton – Vendredi 26 Juin 2009 – Événement N°23 (Raster)
    30. Borngräber & Strüver – People Crying (M=Minimal)
    31. Metaboman – Stony (Musik Krause)
    32. Maya Jane Coles – You (Hypercolour)
    33. DJ Olive – Kokanee’s Drop (Agriculture)
    34. Out Of Plato’s Cave – Rainbow For Dawn Shane Berrys Rainbow for Japan Mix (Greta Cottage Workshop)

    Secondly, Ronni Shendar and I will be performing in a benefit concert on the 8th of May in Berlin at Maria Club.

    Kizuna is the japanese word for bond.

    “After the catastrophic happening in Japan, which has not directly affected us, who live here in Berlin, it became a frustrating and helpless situation. Obliqued by the international media, we are concerned about the people and our friends and family in Japan.

    After many years of intense exchange of art and culture between Berlin and Tokyo, our friends stand by us and share the situation. This strong bond encouraged our team, of Berlin DJ ́s and promoters, to become active supporters and demonstrate a KI.ZUNA to Japan.

    With the KI.ZUNA event, we want to show our sympathy and friendship with a benefit party. Together with an Berlin located international artist collective of DJ ́s, musicians, promoters and media, we want to support the reconstruction in the effected areas.

    The location Maria am Ostbahnhof, is a strong partner who instantly commited to the KI.ZUNA benefiz. All crew, location, technical support, promotion, artist fees will be sponsored.The entrance fee will be 100% donated.

    Not only the natural cathastrophy, as well the nuclear desaster has and furtherly will cause a lot of victims. We will make sure that the money will be recieved in the areas of (for example) Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate – the three most affected places.

    As our official donation partner, we chose as the biggest donation platform in Germany, to keep the lowest production costs and show the most transparency to all supporters.

    On the following link, you will get all needed information about the supported projects and follow your donation:

    Aerea Negrot bpitch control | live
    Akiko Kiyama | live – japan
    Glitterbug & Ronni Shendar c.sides | audiovisual live performance
    Kai Taro | live – japan
    Shingo Suwa merkur | live – japan
    Roman Flügel (tbc)
    Kiki bpitch control
    Soundstream soundstream
    Stewart Walker persona
    Gebrüder Teichmann
    Ryo Fujimoto
    humanelectro | japan
    Mieko Suzuki koo koo | japan
    Mijk Van Dijk
    Mary Jane | ritterbutzke
    Frank Mueller | müller rec
    Didier de la Boutique | tonkind
    Akira Hwaks | japan
    Ara | groove magazin
    Aroma | aromamusic
    Charles Tone | pentagonik
    Bad Jakob Richter | maria
    Hito | japan