KLANGKELLER // DOCUMENTATION

These are the collected audio, video, text and photo documentation from Klangkeller events since 2016. Kindly provided by volunteer documentarians.

#035
Fri Nov 29 2019
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the video in a small keller / Kae San
10 minutes
Kind of projection Kind of installation Kind of movement It’ll be shown some kind of something
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Situation 11
20 minutes
Lorena izquierdo, voice + D K
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Seht Zhan and ?????
30 minutes
I will choose a partner spontaneously at the very last minute!! Be ready! Playing Voltage Uncontrollable Electronix and Voice here..

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Documentation: Giorgio Dursi

#034
Fri Nov 08 2019
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Francis Heery
30 minutes
"Cartesian Psychedelia" - Solo improvisation, live electronics
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Situation 7
20 minutes
performance art & experimental music
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Lunes Shines on Vinyl Dinosaur
20 minutes
Flute, found objects and live Electronics. Two human beings.

#033
Fri Sep 20 2019
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Situation 7
20 minutes
performance art + experimental music
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Tomomi Adachi with Someone
20 minutes
Music
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William "Bilwa" Costa
30 minutes
un/natural fields un/natural fields is a project that cultivates man-made, digital, analogue, and mechanical sounds, as well as other incidental sounds, which make up a city's soundscapes. Recordings are arranged in sound palettes which, combined with sine-tones, are used for experimental compositions; employing techniques associated with Musique Concrète, electronic music, generative music, and auditory illusion including: phasing, oscillation, binaural beating, cancellation, etc. soundcloud.com/bilwa

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Documentation: Giorgio Dursi

SUMMER FESTIVAL Hof Program & BBQ
Sat Jul 13 2019
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LAGOS
30 minutes
marta sainz, voice (ES) & enrique zaccagnini, percusión(ES)+ more...
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S. Hopper & Rosa Fernandes
30 minutes
on the run
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The People's Foley Theater
30 minutes
Workshop/performance of live Foley - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foley_(filmmaking) - using a graphic novel as our score. This will be a (short) guided workshop where we explore tactics and practice how to perform Foley as a group, we will be working with a scene from `The Adventures of Tintin: Breaking Free`, an anarchist parady of the Tintin series - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin:_Breaking_Free.
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El cangrejo y el caracol ||| Der Krebs und die Schnecke
30 minutes
Lorena Izquierdo - voice, action poetry ||| Aziz Lewandowski - cello, voice
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Golden Dark
30 minutes
A duo of musical meanderers presenting a selection of subconscious soungs.
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Ido Bukelman Trio - 3 Songs
20 minutes
The new trio presents a debut performance of three original songs, in the ancient language of the Hebrew man. Ido Bukelman - Banjo, Vocal Aziz Lewandowski - Cello, Vocals Borys slowikowski

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Bar/Door Staff: Alexander Dubovoy

SUMMER FESTIVAL Saturday Evening Kino Program
Sat Jul 13 2019
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improvised landscape by f:rar
20 minutes
solo electronic improvisation on modular synthesizers https://soundcloud.com/user-347128625
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Richard Scott & Insa Langhorst
42 minutes
electronics & film
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Kaj & Andreas
10 minutes
Kaj Duncan David (computer, electronics, ewi) and Andreas Dzialocha (computer, electric bass) present for the first time what they've been working on for a few days
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Amir Bolzman
20 minutes
Live Electronics - Computer and speakers

SUMMER FESTIVAL Saturday Evening Keller Program
Sat Jul 13 2019
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SKaBlitzer
30 minutes

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Stanimirovic/Craig
20 minutes
Marina Stanimirovic - computer and voice Daniel Craig - computer and electronics An improvised collage of various sounds from some machines and the world beyond those machines.  
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Paloma Carrasco López / Samuel Hall
30 minutes
H E X Paloma Carrasco López - Cello Samuel Hall - Drums / Percussion / Electronics Celebrating the release of their debut recording
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Schrödinger
42 minutes
Florian Kolb, drums Pablo Lienhard, no-input mixer

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Bar/Door Staff: Sam Andreae

SUMMER FESTIVAL Friday Evening Kino Program
Fri Jul 12 2019
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Seht Zhan & Eric Bauer
20 minutes
electroacoustic improvisation
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Smog aka Klaas Hübner
20 minutes
improvisation with electromagnetic fields
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Impro, Visuals and Opera
42 minutes
The free improvising trio incorporates fragments of opera with visual elements. Ligia Liberatori - vocals Edith Steyer - clarinet, alto saxophone, Guilherme Rodriguez - cello Katia Vonna Beltran - visuals
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Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson
20 minutes
solo finger-style acoustic guitar music, all original compositions, a Sydney-based musicians and philosopher.

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Bar/Door Staff: Seht Zhan

SUMMER FESTIVAL Friday Evening Keller Program
Fri Jul 12 2019
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situation 3
30 minutes
voice, poetry, performance art and experimental music
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broken interface
10 minutes
why is it so hard to press the right buttons? get things done quickly. play some chopin. //sound//piano//brokenkeys//improv-piece
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Featuring Jukka Kaariainen
42 minutes
Jukka Kaariainen is an electric guitar player from Helsinki, Finland. This is a concert featuring him with Berlin Musicians
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illuminatedEffectSection
30 minutes
drones and noises

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Documentation: Juliette Braga

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Bar/Door Staff: Elo Masing

#032
Fri Jun 07 2019
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Transferences 2
5 minutes
Film By Roberto Duarte with Romy Schwarzer, Julek Kreutzer, Judith Förster & David Bloom. Berlin 2019
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duo turbulent flow: Ingo Reulecke (dance, movement), Jean Beers (music, piano)
42 minutes
Where will the flow takes us?
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Edith Steyer Solo
20 minutes
In this solo set i want to experiment with the clarinet on water and skin as bodies of resonance.

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Documentation: Giorgio

#001
Sat Jun 01 2019
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David Birchall
10 minutes

#031
Fri May 10 2019
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Daniel Craig
20 minutes
Electronics
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“2 x min. DJ sets” by Jean Beers
42 minutes
(live & recordings) – Do we need boundaries in musical styles to get into flow?
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Vilhelm Bromander & Fredrik Rasten
20 minutes
Vilhelm Bromander - double bass Fredrik Rasten - guidar improvised resonant acoustic music with double bass, guitar and subtle vocal additions. Together they explore the potential of just intonation and how it can be utilized in improvised music, as well as in fully composed pieces.

#030
Fri Apr 12 2019
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Abigail Sanders
20 minutes
Performance of humpback whalesong on the french horn
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dimitriadis / reulecke
42 minutes
Yorgos Dimitriadis - Drums, Electronic & Ingo Reulecke - Dance, Voice// The duo has been working on a language of movement and sound for an structured improvised performance.
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3 Short Video Works by Roberto Duarte
5 minutes
RWG 1 - Single Channel Video, Color 1 ́23. // Luises Fenster - Single Channel Silent Video, B&W 2’21. // 131 - Single Channel Video, Color 2´32.

#029
Fri Mar 22 2019
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perpetual attempt to reach out to further insigificance
42 minutes
rinus van alebeek tapes, slow evolving sonic mages built fr own recordings and found tapes. Lena Czerniawski, live drawing with use of overhead projector. please in kino. if 42 is too long can restrict to 20.
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pliant songs
20 minutes
abstract expressive exploratory turntapelism with rrill bell.
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Reflektionen
5 minutes
Reflektionen by Roberto Duarte // Single Channel Video, Color 6’50 // Discern, within the contingent reality, when and where multiple layers of random given information intersect, following their own path, a subtle perceptual space will be opened, re-connecting the communication device.

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Documentation: Astrid

#028
Fri Mar 15 2019
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Gregor Vidic/Markus Krispel
42 minutes
Gregor Vidic from Switzerland and Markus Krispel from Austria. Two saxophonists performs with a drummer.
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Ido Bukelman - The Unbelievable Is Simply Exists
5 minutes
Ido Bukelman - Banjo, Vocal "...As If, this morning the knowledge was illuminated for me: The unbelievable is simply exists And he stretches right in front of me, Up to the distance the eye is walking to him, to touch him And he is one of the simple things"
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Yep experimental yep
20 minutes
improvised sounds, performing art Kaoru Ishikawa/Object Performance Seht Zhan /modular synthesizer Kae San /voice, toy keyboard

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Documentation: Gregor Vidic/Markus Krispel

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Bar/Door Staff: Ido Bukelman

#027
Fri Feb 22 2019
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RAW-SCAPE
20 minutes
Ingo Reulecke - Dance, Voice / Roberto Duarte - Live Video, Sound Processing
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NOISE RETREAT
42 minutes
Amy Bryce Marina Schlagintweit Felix Mayer Yves Arques Roland Wendling Ole Jana
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Sam Andreae & Aziz Lewandowaski
20 minutes
Eine Mehrheit an Gedanken strukturiert die Hierarchie innerhalb des eigenen begrenzten Aktionsradius
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Project Blue Book
20 minutes
Francis Heery — amplified objects, laptop, synth; Adam Flint — Voice / From 1952 to 1970 the US Air Force conducted top secret investigations into UFO phenomena in an initiative called Project Blue Book. Using these declassified documents as raw material, poet Adam Flint will recite reconstructed fragments of the text. Francis Heery will provide an improvised sonic accompaniment.

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Bar/Door Staff: Diana Lewandowski

#038
Thu Feb 21 2019

#026
Fri Feb 01 2019
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Untitled
5 minutes
HD Color, Single Channel, 3:27. By Roberto Duarte with Ingo Reulecke - Dance, Voice, Yorgos Dimitriadis - Percussion, Electronics. //Part of a series of short video dance improvisations.
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FELIXBRODT | STEYER | KOROLCZUK | HALL
42 minutes
Maya Felixbrodt — violin | Edith Steyer — saxophone, clarinets | Kamil Korolczuk — tapes | Samuel Hall - drums
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Berlin Sounds – by Jean Beers
20 minutes
What does our environment sound like to us to? Exploring a unique listening experience of living and loving Berlin with its multitudinous soundscape. Jean Beers – composition and electronics

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Documentation: Giorgio

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Bar/Door Staff: Ole


drawings by Lena Czerniawska
#025
Fri Jan 11 2019
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Berliner Improvisation
42 minutes
43'26 HD Color, DE/EN with EN Subtitles. Documentary film by Roberto Duarte. Deep and subjective observation on free improvisation made in Berlin.
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Ido bukelman
20 minutes
Tba

#024 KELLER
Fri Dec 21 2018
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Gubbins / Lewandowski
5 minutes
Tomás Gubbins - electric guitar Aziz Lewandowski - organ
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knuspriges Brot
20 minutes
Antipodean, but through where? Expect electromechanical sounds, consumer technology, and unyielding non-musicianship between two bodies and other gadgets. A collaboration with Vinyl Dinosaur.
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Modular Cello
42 minutes
Seht Zhan & Helene Winkler explores animistic interactions between modular synthesis and a cello.


photos by Roberto Duarte
#024 KINO (ONLY ACOUSTIC)
Fri Dec 21 2018
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Duo performance:Lorena & Kae
20 minutes
Duo performance:Lorena & Kae Lorena Izquierdo / action poetic Kae San / voice アコースティックduo私たちは体、マテリアル、声を使い、何かが起こる事を実に楽しみにしています。
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Jean in Wonderland
42 minutes
shared authorship, a composition created from the sounds of a Klangkeller audience inspired by Alice in Wonderland excerpts. Close your eyes and be immersed into the sounds of absurd train carriages with giant tickets...
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Transferences
5 minutes
(HD, Single Channel Color, 4:02) by Roberto Duarte with Kai Evans, Julieta Figueroa & Ingo Reulecke Berlin 2018 the primal whisper travels through edges concentric circles of reciprocity embodying landscapes of resonant breath first one, then many merging each other, becoming the other

#023
Fri Dec 07 2018
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"We a composer" by Jean Beers
5 minutes
Shared authorship, a shared experience of ambient sounds
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improvised landscape by f:rar
20 minutes
synthesized sound structures generated by electronic and mechanical sources forming a set of 20 minutes of ambient-drone-noise https://soundcloud.com/user-347128625
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Golden Dark Collective
42 minutes
"Between easy and uneasy listening." www.goldendark.net

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Documentation: Denis

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Bar/Door Staff: Jolon Dixon

#022 [Bologna - Berlin: improvisers/composers bash]
Fri Nov 30 2018
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Henkel
5 minutes
Brad Henkel - trumpet
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Friegato/Bussi/Steyer
42 minutes
The 2 Italien composer/Improviser Friegato and Bussi are visiting Berlin and will play in trio with Steyrer. The three of them met this year at a festival in Sicily and felt a deep musical connection, that led to the wish of further cooperation. Pietro Friegato - guitar, electronics, Marco Bussi - electronics, Edith Steyer - clarinet, alto saxophone, preparations
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Bauer/Takahashi
20 minutes
Eric Bauer - electronics Marie Takahashi - violin

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Bar/Door Staff: Edith Steyer

#021
Fri Nov 16 2018
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Giorgio Dursi - Real Time Mental Image Manipulation Transmitted Through Monophonic Chant (Variation #Speedy)
5 minutes
I start recalling to my mind the objects that surround me: a chair, a table, the air in the room, whatever might be. They appear as floating mental images. I translate those visual images into images of words which stand for those objects: “CUP OF COFFEE ON THE TABLE*”. At this point I start to decompose the image, improvising and transmitting to the outer environment through Monophonic Chant: “FOPUCOOOO OOOONEFFEEECO THEONLEEEBTAAAAA*”. *However I will be using my native Italian language. The slow, atemporal, repetitive but always changing pace of the Monophonic Chant, the like you can find for example in Medieval sacred music as Plainchant, follows the natural flux of the mental process.
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Ido Bukelman - Solo
20 minutes
25 min for solo strings & percussion
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Golden Dark
42 minutes
Experimental songs between easy and uneasy listening.

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Documentation: Aziz Lewandowski

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Bar/Door Staff: Insa Langhorst

#020
Fri Oct 05 2018
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Mohn und Wut
5 minutes
solo by Lorena Izquierdo, a Spanish performer living in Berlin who works on the relationship between objects, body sound, voice and poetry, influenced by the movement Fluxus and post-structuralist philosophy and the speed of falling leaves.
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Embodied Piano
20 minutes
Free improvisation on electronic piano with sound collage on tape. Performer, Jean Beers (concert pianist, composer, experimenter, academic)
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Stephen Peng & Aziz Lewandowski
42 minutes
L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L L O C E L&

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Documentation: Giorgio Dursi

#019
Fri Sep 21 2018
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Eric Wong & Johnny Chang
42 minutes
Eric Wong, guitar Johnny Chang, violin Antoine Beuger: three drops of rain / east wind / ocean
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Political Sadness 2016 (and onwards)
20 minutes
Electronically presented real life acoustic sounds, phenomena. Performer, Jean Beers, composer, pianist, improviser
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Joshua Weitzel
5 minutes
Vibrations for Solo Shamisen

SUMMER FESTIVAL Saturday Evening Kino Program
Sat Jul 14 2018
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Natalia Pschenitschnikova : „Zangezi / Birds
10 minutes
Voice performance based on a poem of Velimir Khlebnikov
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Richard Scott & Insa Langhorst
20 minutes
Glass Parade: Audiovisual film and modular synthesiser
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People Who Scrape, Construct, and Shoot
35 minutes
Kaoru Ishikawa/scrape a chair, Kae San/voice & sound performance, aveuna/streaming live video from Tokyo
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Leila Monsegur and Mariana Carvalho
20 minutes
Leila Monsegur (clarinet, projection), Mariana Carvalho (prepared piano). Improvisation.

SUMMER FESTIVAL Saturday Evening Keller Program
Sat Jul 14 2018
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CORPORAL MECHANISM
20 minutes
CORPORAL MECHANISM is an immersive performance, done by Camille Laurent and Stefanie Egedy, that puts the audience with other spatial and sensorial perceptions using light impulses and sound waves.
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SKlation
30 minutes
Modern creativ trio (Piano, drums, cello) from Dresden - free improvisation
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Yr Lovely Dead Moon
30 minutes
experimental electronics/performative music
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Stepha Schweiger & Adam Goodwin
42 minutes
NOW I'M A PLANT (release) and new production with Stepha Schweiger (vocals, keys, sounds) & Adam Goodwin (double bass)

SUMMER FESTIVAL Hof Program & BBQ
Fri Jul 13 2018
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Visible Poem
30 minutes
With high and low technology devices Leila Monsegur and Romulo Alexis propose a performance in which the manipulation and the overlayers of elements will present other relations between the visual and sound scopes. Through the convergence of visual arts, shadow theater and improvisational music, the duo will develop an immersive experience in which their devices, mixed sculpture and installation, will serve as the basis for their Expanded Cinema.
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dirar kalash
20 minutes
oud or whatever resonator
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Animismos Impetuosos
15 minutes
Seht Zhan (outdoor postmodular) Anni Lattunen (body and movement)
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Collection of beautiful things
1 minutes
A small exhibition of beautiful things by Mio Ebisu
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Golden Dark
30 minutes
Golden Dark (David Hull - vocals, guitar; Elo Masing - violin) is a duo of musical nonconformists that moulds their meanderings through uncharted sonic territories into subconscious songs, creating a melange of moods that cannot leave the listener untouched.
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Aziz Lewandowski & Sam Andreae
30 minutes

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You are a circuit
10 minutes
Collective performance by Tomomi Adachi
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SELF REVERSING
20 minutes
by Olga Kozmanidze

SUMMER FESTIVAL Friday Evening Kino Program
Fri Jul 13 2018
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Rieko Okuda/Antti Virtaranta/Kamil Korolczuk/Oliver Orthuber
30 minutes
Rieko Okuda - voice, electronics, viola; Antti Virtaranta - kontrabass; Kamil Korolczuk - electronics; Oliver Orthuber - visual art
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FAF
30 minutes
2 fluffy ferrets romping on their playground.
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Ido Bukelman - Solo
25 minutes
Acoustic guitar & banjo

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Documentation: Mariana Carvalho

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Bar/Door Staff: Richard Scott

SUMMER FESTIVAL Friday Evening Keller Program
Fri Jul 13 2018
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the entertainers' dry eye
30 minutes
christoph rothmeier drums + synthie + voc The entertainers' dry eye, the scenario of a multimasked solo entertainer, playing it's way through an acrobatic cocktail of minimal pop and noise fragments. https://theedryeye.bandcamp.com/album/chewing-hum
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Hermann Müntzin/Adam Pultz Melbye
20 minutes
Hermann Müntzing: Electronics, Adam Pultz Melbye: Double Bass
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Kamil K + Adam Frankiewicz
35 minutes
Kamil Korolczuk — tapes and electronics Sound collage made of field recordings, rhythmical textures, found tapes and all kinds of noise
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opera maleta
35 minutes
Lorena izquierdo, voice & performance art Ulf Mengersen, double bass Eric Bauer, modular Al García, drums

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Bar/Door Staff: Rieko Okuda

#018
Fri Mar 23 2018
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Seht Z & Surprise Ensemble
20 minutes
Seht Zhan is back in town and will perform improvised pataphysical music with surprise guests.
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Confindustrial Sinfonietta
45 minutes
The Confindustrial Sinfonietta has been born around a few years ago, with the purpose to create based on the music of Futurism and its descendents, from contemporary music to noise, from ambient to industrial. With the slow flow of time, its a-synchronous production moved towards the blurred representation of noisy soundscape, whose roots are ideally connected to the futurist manifesto “The art of noise” (“L'arte dei rumori”, L.Russolo, 1913). Contemporary music tracks, early 1900's recordings, natural and industrial field recordings, drone-music and electronic intrusions, reverse playing, extracts from rallies and speeches, sonic interferences and random noises… overlapped and crossed, like the metamorphic phases of a rock mass, create these “futurist phono-schists”. Something that goes past the human limit of listenability. The Confindustrial Sinfonietta is ad indefinite number of tape, played with a few decks, with different form, age and brand. It is one of the first sonic expressions of the Brown Bloc, a regiment of creative laziness: an existential choice that brings to the constant attempt to awake the “inner sofa” of every listener. confindustrial.noblogs.org/sinfonietta mixcloud.com/confindustrial/ confindustrial.bandcamp.com facebook.com/confindustrial.sinfonietta * Video live set, february 2018 http://www.ursss.com/2018/03/confindustrial-sinfonietta/ * Audio live set 14.07.017: https://www.mixcloud.com/confindustrial/tana-live-per-ctrl-al-leoncavallo-1407017/ * Audio live set, 18.02.016: https://www.mixcloud.com/confindustrial/piano-terra-sessions-n0/
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Tomomi Adachi / 17 pieces for voice and electronics
5 minutes
Adachi composes new 17 pieces on the performance day.

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Documentation: Ole

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Bar/Door Staff: Mio

#017
Fri Mar 09 2018
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Astrid Baumgaertner
5 minutes
Improvisation for voices and sound
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Simon Rose and Joshua Weitzel
45 minutes
Improvised. Baritone Saxophone and Shamisen duo.

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Bar/Door Staff: Mio

#016
Fri Feb 16 2018
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"But I think... "
20 minutes
free Improvisation with voice and electronics Marina Schlagintweit
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The memories of the artist couple
5 minutes
Short film by various Japanese artists inspired by Alpha Project which is a studio setting of special effect in 70's in Japan . by Yoh Yasuda Naoko Nakamura, Kiichi Kawamura, Takeshi Tanabe
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Andreae / Birchall / Willberg
45 minutes
"Shared Acts of Bathing" The Experience. Improvised music and memories from an Onsen. Live in Beppu CD Launch at much much more. (Saxophone / Bass / Guitar).

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Documentation: Aziz Lewandowski

#015
Fri Feb 09 2018
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Painting of improvised story.
45 minutes
Mio Ebisu will make a painting based on her improvised random story. *oil painting
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The memories of the artist couple
20 minutes
Short films by various Japanese artists inspired by Alpha Project which is a studio setting of special effect in 70's in Japan .
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Neo, Sam and Andreas
5 minutes
play some more very short pieces.

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Documentation: Sam Andreae

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Bar/Door Staff: Aziz

#014
Fri Jan 26 2018
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45 minutes
Aziz Lewandowski - solo Violoncello
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Neo and Sam
5 minutes
play some very small pieces.
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Ultra-red "Practice Sessions"
20 minutes
Ultra-red’s three-part “Practice Sessions” video introduces the basics of the sound art collective’s practice. Adopting the conventions of an instructional video, the video walks viewers through the steps in what the collective calls, militant sound research.

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Documentation: Neo Hülcker

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Bar/Door Staff: Mio

conversation following the viewing of 3 Ultra-red instructional videos

recorded by Neo, transcribed by Sam

……

I was wondering about the results. Like what did they find out, for example?

I found it horrible.

I get claustrophobic feelings when I listen to this, I can not relate to this at all, I find it complete academic bullshit and I think you know some people who voted maybe for Trump voted for him because they think there is this kind of upper elite who's having their kind of discourse about things that have nothing to do with the life of people. I don't think there is any new kind of social practice developing out a academic analytic thing that they do. They think something is gunna grow out of this? I mean for me, it's horrible.

I second that, but I think it's worse than that, because I think it's actually, what I think is interesting about it is how is how, what a physical reaction one has to how hideous those presentations are, because they adopt the corporate manner while pretending to be about some struggle completely absorbed by the worst office aesthetic there is. I mean hideous. It makes me come out in palpitations of sweat that I'm working in some sort of hideous room like that. Anonymous, de-aesthetisized to the point of, like, there's no character, no personality. I can only hope, that they are intelligent enough to know that that is the response and that this is some kind of joke.

I found these quite funny, like, watching these, I think they had to be very funny.

It must be a joke.

It must be a joke.

But, I mean, they're made in this very corporate way, and like super educational way, I can't imagine it isn't a joke. I mean even the voices, an English guy isn't it? I'm pretty sure they're not English, so it's that very educational teacherly voice.

It sounds very very very very important, it's like very banal, but they make it like .. bla bla bla.. it sounds very serious, but you wonder what's so serious. Why not talk like human beeings, like say what we do. It's funny yeh, it's strange.

I guess these three videos, they are like are educational videos, so I imagine they're, they would, I dunno, if it's serious then they would think that they could, people could watch this…. and then you know, if they were interested in doing something like this…..

I mean there was a point where I was thinking that it cannot be serious.

It can't be serious.

What they do is, they this this seriously, the thing they're describing.

And they do this for years.

They've done it for 20 years. But I dunno if this video is..

I think it just doesn't sound like fun when they talk about it, but if you are like ok we want to do this, then you could always stop and repeat and stop and repeat it's just like, it's just like, and I think what they do, the text I was reading it before, I think the person who is talking is just reading down the text, so but it doesn't make interest to do this method, but I was reading the text before and I was like, wow, that's a really cool method, to combine community exchange and… listening and make a method and then just spread it, and it's like really easy, if somebody would moderate this method and do a workshop it could be like really fun, but like listening to this, I can agree to what you said, it's like really dry and not fun, and it's really boring.

And it's made for certain people with certain education and who are able to understand this language, which is also very problematic.

But there's not so much to understand.

There's not much to understand.

But maybe, I was asking, did I understand them right? What is this actually about. Because the basis, or the basic idea, this thing of coming together to listening to a recording and talking about what we hear is a super nice thing, it's a community building element and it's great.

So I was wondering, what is that actually, is it a joke, is it ironic, or what…

I sort of feel, I don't know, I think they might be, and they might have done it badly, but I think they might be, cos I think they're an art group, they see themselves, they're in that art context, but their practices as they describe it are based in communities, so i think they're, it feels like they're somehow making an effort, if it's misguided or not, or like badly done, kind of communicate these methods really simply, in a way that somebody could apply it who is not from an art context, and apply these like, cos there are a lot of listening practice, and apply them in a more social work or more, cos I think it's similar things, if you went to an alcoholics anonymous meeting, they would be talking about almost the same stuff, like listening and respecting, giving space and giving time, and then ultra-red as a group are talking about the same things in a contemporary art context, they're probably very self-aware of that, like ahh, we're actually just a bunch of artists talking about working with activists and calling this bullshit militant listening, I would hope they're very self conscious of that. Maybe this is them, you know, this is probably one project they did, maybe this is like an educational pedagogical thing. If that makes it better or worse, I dunno.

But I think listening for example to a concert like the one we just listened to before Is much more educational than this. I mean, you can be totally uneducated but if you take the time to listen to someone playing on stage, you also learn alot, about silence ablout time, you maybe hear the room differently you hear your neighbours differently, you hear the environment. I mean all these things we already know because we listen to weird music and improvised music and sounds, I think this is, even for people with no education, I mean all people are sensitive, I mean even the people we think they are the most stupid, they are not so stupid, there are things everyone understands immediately. Like kids also understand a lot of things, they will get it, they don't need a talk like that.

But this has been very helpful, I mean what's interesting, are you sure that this isn't, a double bluff, in that this is the thing that they're basically provoking, so that we a basically, we've listened to something, something very deadening, and it's completely provoked us to have, like a proper discussion, hoe often do you have a discussion with strangers, that's wuite rare.

But what nobody is talking about is like actually what they talk about, like this method is really simple and easy and kind of cool, the way they present it might be like boring and academic and be like “ahhh, we didn't wanna listen to this for this 15 minutes”. But actually what they are talking about is like really cool, it's a method where everyone is practically doing something, making a question, and it's like really simple, you know. And then you go somewhere and you do something and then you come together again, you could make this really fun, because for me it's interesting becaouse I think there is not so much community building in Germany, and in California there is more talk about community, in Berlin there is like some movements, but there is no community building or community talking, people don't really talk openly about politics and stuff, and so this is why I think this is like really cool because also I always feel like Germans are often a lot about rules and technic and stuff and so this could actually work for German quite well, like having some how can we talk to each other, like…

My one problm, I mean I agree the aim is really laudable and nice, but I do think there are political problems to what they're saying there as well though, I mean this idea of the community, it's just like 19th Century talk of “the masses”, it's quite problematic I think for me to talk about the community as if we're not part of it, we're above it, and we're holding out our hand to the sort of..

But they're not saying community, they're saying communities plural, that's something very different.

I just think that, in there terminology, community is something holy and pure, a bit like the %&%&% went out to the masses to bathe themselves in glory at how good they were at giving charity. And in a way there is sort of a problem when you don't situate yourself in the world, and you sort of think of yourself as the savior of these communities that need help in some way that are always homogenized, I mean the idea that they're all struggling against oppression, some of them are, some of them might want to talk about things that we wouldn't want to talk about, Brexit… That's a community issue that would be really radical to talk about, right..

Nah, I think it wouldn't be radical to talk about this.

All I'm saying is that if you really go into the community you'll find very unpleasant things, and they're not sort of addressing this, they're just addressing it from one point of view, so politically I think it's very…. it's very introverted and problematic.

But you say from one point of view, but what do you mean by one point of view?

What I mean is that I don't think they understand the multiplicity of voices within communities, that we are part of communities ourselves, we are not above community, the terminology is very… “we” go “us better people who know stuff” go down to these people who are in communities and need help, I find that very problematic, it must be, we need to be on the same plane as everyone.

But I didn't understand it like that.

No I didn't get that from this, I get your problem with this..

I understand it more like we become a group that tries to find something out in society, whatever it is, and we become this community of people who have big ears and try to listen. That's how I understood it about the community.

I had the idea that this is something that people picked up from social movements and they made it into this which looks like there is somebody coming away from the community and looking from above, but actually more for me it's more a documentary of tools that are probably already used from people like listening and then writing down and then listening again…

…..silence….

I don't know if this goes to far away from what we actually discuss, but you mentioned this thing about community in the States, and this term about communities, and you compared it to the what is happening in Germany. And what I realized visiting the states several times and being at places like Detroit or New Orleans, I realized that our system here in Germany, I mean there are problems here as well, but our system works quite well. And these place where disasters happened, like Katrina in new Orleans 2005 or Detroit where a lot of people leave the city, they had no electricity grid for a while, no water supply, a lot of violence, community means something completely different, they really needed each other, our state system really catches a lot of things, and it's kind of working well, our social system. So I never understood what do these Americans mean when they say community, but then after a while I understood, they really talk about their neighborhood and the people, because they really help each other, they have little organizations to make things work, because if you don't have the police you need to watch out for your neighbor, if there is a lot of violence. And these problems we don't have here. Or if you don't have a health insurance, you need to know someone who could maybe treat you for small money, or who is helping musicians in need who don't have health insurance, so all this is what they mean when they talk about community, and we don't have it because our health insurance works so well.

I think that's one thing, but there is also something else about Germans not looking after one another, but thank you for saying these things.

Yeh, but I was astonished by this idea, I maybe it's not true, it's funny, but because we have some system that takes care of us, which means we don't need to take care of each other, because our system takes care. It was the first time that I really though, ah, there is also something negative in this, cos actually I don't care. These unemployed guys, they are always anonymous, these guys who don't have a job because maybe they are lazy, or they don't know how to fit in or something. But if you think as a community and you try to help each other and you see real persons, like your neighbour or something, I don't know if I can really make a statement about the whole States, but this is what I had understood, that maybe there is really a difference, and people really help each other… and I was like wow, that's really crazy …(laughter)… we don't do this!

….silence….

Well, but as I said, maybe it's a bit too far from the topic.

…silence…

Yeh, I think it's a big chapter about this communities, because there might be micro communities and other micro communities, communities that we are not aware of in Germany as well.

…silence….

I guess, regardless of how… terrible these videos were…laughter….the like, the practice they're describing, and I've read some stuff as well, so maybe I'm thinking of it from my understanding of the reading not just the videos, I could imagine the practice they're describing being really rewarding and.. I like how they describe things really clearly, I think that is quite friendly, or like enabling in a way, like ok we don't have to conceptualize this thing as a group, we can just follow these, like a composition you know, we can follow the instructions… I think they said something like, listening in these non-judgmental ways, I think that's a lot what, as musicians or sound artists, you might do as well, but then to have that same practice, but to be explicitly about communicating your ideas, not making music, but communicating with each other, I think that.. could be effective, like that could be powerful. I think that's what they're describing, there are loads of other methods and stuff, but like maybe we're not all alcoholics and we don't need to go to alcoholics anonymous, but we are maybe artists and stuff… but I did, I struggled to think of what sort of question would I want to pose, you know they say there is a question for the group you're in, then I got stuck, where would I wanna do this and who with and what would it be, then I was not sure, that was also quite interesting.

…long silence…

I hear the fridge.

yeh.

(laughter)

…long silence…

Wer bist du eigentlich?

Ich bin?

&%$&%$

This is my father by the way.

Ahh, I was wondering because you are looking a bit similar, are they related.

…laughter…

But in a way for me, I didn't get anything from the videos, I don't know why, perhaps I was still occupied with before, but could someone summarize for me what (lot's of laughter).

That's what I thought, I think you can summarizer, not the whole thing, but the important thing, in one or two minutes… and that was 15 minutes, and that was to me strange, it felt very cold, very frozen in the brain.

I mean, I studied art, and I am not very academic, but I've been in the academy, and there is these kind of talks, I wouldn't be surprised if they mean it.

Yeh yeh, I know, from the architecture some…

It wasn't very academic, it wasn't academic enough, it wasn't at all academic. It was patronizing. People on the street record things all the time. I mean the idea that we have to teach people. You know, “this is a recorder” ok, listen, you know I just find that..

No but the way they present it, the way they speak that seems very academic.

Yeh, I think the idea was to get closer to an issue, that's, let find a way to talk about for example, let's talk about discrimination against people in wheelchairs, and lets try to find a way to talk about this, as you said, it's summarizing. And so, I think they made up a way to discuss about something, and then people can make a sound outside, instead of sounds, and then you know, talk about is it. How is it for people sitting in a wheelchair, and how is it for people not sitting in a wheelchair, then making up different social differences, how do people see it from different perspectives, then recalling this, then again talking about this, analyze it, then…

Why is it that we always have the feeling like if we do something in this way it will be more worthful..

Maybe it will be fun.

It doesn't sound like fun..

But it is just the video that is not fun.

Sometimes we have this kind of very complicated way, and then you meet someone who is maybe a very simple person, and he will give you a hug and say lets go for a swim. And this will help you much more. You know. I mean, being there, like what they say, for them it's theory, but I wonder if they are actually doing what they are thinking that they do.

Yeh, they really are.

Some people do that much more without losing a lot of words about it, they just do it very natural.

But you can do that very natural too, it's like going to swim is like going for a recording session.

Yeh, I mean this was now a stupid example, but I just wanted to say something very simple, some people over complicate very simple things, in the academic world that happens very very often, I don't want to say the academy is not necessary, or everything that happens there is stupid, I don't want to say that. Something there is a lot of discourse that is much ado about nothing, you could cut it very sort, and it's ok.

But I think academics who academically talk about gentrification would be something different than, let's make a workshop where we talk and make sounds and stuff, and if somebody would be leading this you wouldn't have to think about the method, but maybe this could also be like making fun of academic, because, the way it's taught and it's really boring and stuff, I think there is a lot in this. But there is like one, the video, and there is the other thing, actually a workshop where this could be really practical. But also maybe it's like the ironic part of all of this, the video is just like…

I mean it's called militant listening, and the whole video was like a training video for soldiers.

But it didn't seem militant, I don't see the connection, or the meaning of militant in that context.

I think it was so cold and neutral and clear somehow, like you would imagine an educational video from the military to teach you how to use… an object from the military.

Or how to fix a mechanic you don't know anything about. How to fix this.

But, for understanding, the things was just they went out to record sounds, and then they listened together and then they talked about it.

I think so, they made sound recordings from their environment, before they had a certain question, like “how does anti-racism sound”, “how does democracy sound”, and then they were discussing the results, like listening to the recordings together and were writing down things and were analyzing these things, but I was wondering what came out of this?

What was happening with the cutting and putting together?? They cut the sound files?

That part I didn't gt at all.

I don't know the answers to any of these questions.. I have no affiliation with this group.

I mean the irony is, I was working at the Serpentine Gallery when they did a project there..

Oh you know them!!

(laughter)

I know them, yeh yeh, I realized halfway through, oh Ultra-red that really rings a bell.

You were so bored you forgot about it.

(lot's of laughter)

But I think there is, I mean what's interesting about that, you know there is thinking cynically and structurally about, why is there room for this? I mean it is quite basic, and there are other models, much more humane models, ground up models, like AA, community groups, obviously I mean they don't have listening component, academical listening component, but it wouldn't take that much to adapt it without going full bore-fest, and I think the reason they go so full on, like this is serious, is because they have funding models, and you know galleries, galleries, especially private galleries that get a lot of corporate funding basically need the community, this special holy group of people, to basically confer kind of legitimacy onto the fact that they're getting lots and lots of corporate money, Arab money, oil money, terrible money from all over the world, 90%, and then they get in these guys and they whitewash the whole thing and it's like “it's fine, it's fine, look we do this thing with …..” and so they have to become corporate and they're just as bad as the things that they're trying to undermine through listening. Which they're clearly not going to undermine just through listening. So I think there's a marketing side, it' slightly rancid actually.

I mean, maybe I don't know how much in the music world, but in the art world you have to do something like this to be taken seriously. You could do a great project, but if you don't have a good text for it then no one will look at it seriously. So it is a kind of marketing.

It could also be like nobody is listening to it anyway so let's make a joke of it and make it really boring because nobody is gunna make anything with this anyway, or they just paid somebody to read it and then it was really bad but then they just took it this way, and somebody else who would have talked about it, like made the voice in this video, could have made it really interesting for us and then we would have though, oh that's something really radical and cool.

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#013
Fri Jan 19 2018
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Karen Power & Johnny Chang
20 minutes
Field Recordings & String Instrument (acoustic/tuned/live/amplified)
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The Living Room
5 minutes
**the virtual reality experience** Liebig12 residency exhibition by Soramame
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**Audience Choice Films** The Last Angel of History OR Ultra-red Practice Sessions
45 minutes
"The Last Angel of History" directed in 1996 by John Akomfrah and written and researched by Edward George of Black Audio Film Collective, is a 45-minute science-fiction documentary that deals with concepts of Afrofuturism as a metaphor for the displacement of black culture and roots. **OR** Ultra-red’s three-part “Practice Sessions” video introduces the basics of the sound art collective’s practice. Adopting the conventions of an instructional video, the video walks viewers through the steps in what the collective calls, militant sound research.

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Documentation: Sam Andreae

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Bar/Door Staff: Mio

#012 [BLATT 3000 #09 Release Special]
Fri Dec 15 2017
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sediment&smog
45 minutes
simon berz (lithophone&electronics)klaas hüebner (hardrives and power suplies)
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come whatever may
20 minutes
christopher jakobi (guitar&electronics)
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Cybernetic Gamelan Future Automaton
5 minutes
Cybernetic Gamelan Future Automaton with Sam and Andreas

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Documentation: Mio Ebisu

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Bar/Door Staff: Neo

HOFFNUNG 3000
Thu Aug 24 2017
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HOFFNUNG 3000
minutes
HOFFNUNG 3000 was a 3 day festival organised in collaboration with BLATT 3000, more information here: https://blatt3000.de/hoffnung3000/

#032
Wed Jun 07 2017

2016 program
#001 Laurie Tompkins and Susie Whaites
#002 Richard Scott, Lan Cao, Gregor Siedl and Adam Pultz Melbye
#003 Klaas Hübner, Laurie Tompkins and Susie Whaites
#004 Casey Moir, Gregor Siedl, Samuel Hall and Sam Weaver
#005 Dale Gorefinkel, Peter Farrar, Richard Scott and Julia Reidy
#006 Otto Willberg, Mio Ebisu, Sam Andreae and Rogier Smal
#007 Julia Reidy, Laura Weber, Adam Pultz Melbye, Sam Andreae, Shasta Ellenbogen and Klaas Huebner
#008 Alexander Frangenheim, Niklas Fite, Sam Andreae, Vilhelm Bromander and IGNITE
#009 Andreas Dzialocha, Sam Andreae, NOR, Lan Cao
#010 Kelly Jayne Jones, Laura Weber, Christopher Jakobi, Mio Ebisu, Malte Kobel and Niklas Fite