Berlin Atonal Festival give us a platform to love its sound from ’80s industrial to modern techno.
The second fifth edition of Berlin Atonal is ongoing, one of the German capital’s two major experimental festivals alongside ICAS network affiliate CTM.
It’s referred as the second fifth edition because the first fifth edition happened in 1990, when Atonal founder and Tresor nightclub proprietor Dimitri Hegemann hosted the last one before discontinuing the series. During the ’80s he booked many now-iconic talents from the local industrial, new wave and noise-oriented scenes, like Alexander Hacke of Sprung Aus Den Wolken, Gudrun Gut’s project Malaria!, Psychic TV and Einstürzende Neubauten.
Berlin Atonal 2017, involves five days of avant-garde music, audio/visual performances and DJ sets that run the gamut from Romanian spectralist compositions to industrial noise live jams to all manners of hard and ambient techno stylings. The 2017 lineup includes noise pranksters Wolf Eyes (who chatted with L.I.E.S. label head Ron Morelli for us here), Copenhagen ‘s SHAPE program techno DJ trio Apeiron Crew, deep house classicist Pépé Braddock and mid-century spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu. And while that may sound like a pretty erratic selection, those familiar with Atonal and its legacy will recognize a common thread that stretches back to the spirit and tastes of its original incarnation.
Check the Berlin Atonal 2017 full schedule berlin-atonal.com