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Q&A and Premiere: Daniel Boon Releases Debut Album “Boon & Bane” on Neuhain Recordings

Boon & Bane is an exciting long player of Berlin techno DJ/Producer, Daniel Boon, a highly intelligent man who likes to think outside the box, creating a unique blend of underground sounds. His long-awaited first album which have been carefully built over the last year, reveals Daniel Boon’s widely rich musical identity through 10 awe-inspiring tracks!

The debut album comes out comes out on his own imprint Neuhain Recordings, a techno label with recent releases from David Ternessi, Crazy
Sonic and Superstrobe. Boon is responsible for numerous parties throughout Berlin in the late ’90s and early to mid 2000s, including club nights at the legendary old Tresor club and the now closed Maria Am Ostbahnhof. Furthermore Boon also founded Ostfunk Records with Oliver Tatsch in 2005 which became one of Berlin’s leading techno labels.

Boon & Bane is an exploration of textures. Each track has its own sonic character whether that’s the growling rumbles in “Fade Array” or the noise explosions in “Inside Symmetry”. The percussion is warm and expertly laid, often within the form of polyrhythms. “Demand Echoes” for example
bleeps in and out while carrying a crunch of a clap which is a welcome theme throughout. The reverse synth percs in Fallback Audio show Boon’s minimalistic calibre while tracks like “Rattle Blade” and “Shadow Forecast’s” vocal-use give rave nostalgia. “Humo Routine” sticks out as a garage house influenced shuffle techno hybrid with a wobble-esque bassline, perfectly giving the middle of the album a breath.

We spoke to Daniel ahead of the forthcoming release, from which we are also premiering “Rattle Blade”

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You Can Now Purchase a Piece of Berghain’s Iconic Mural

Want to own a piece of techno history? You now can if you get your hands on one of Berghain’s most treasured souvenirs!

The iconic mural that used to line up the club’s famed entrance has recently been taken down, with pieces now up for sale. The tiled mural, made by artist Piotr Nathan, was called Rituals Of Disappearance and had greeted club goers and Berghain rejects alike since the venue opened back in 2004.

Berghain ownership is renovating the club’s entrance area, which is why the art work was dismantled and all 171 aluminum panels of Rituals Of Disappearance put on sale. There is no denying that a piece of Berghain’s iconic entrance would be a pretty amazing art addition to any techno lover’s home.

Piotr himself explained that he hopes the pieces find their way into the home of those who have come to celebrate Berghain and inside it, “After all, this massive mural, although conceived in form and content for a museum, was ultimately designed and realized in this extraordinary club. I compare partying at Berghain to cultic celebrations of indigenous tribes.”

The price for each tile isn’t cheap, at $500 each. Pieces of Piotr Nathan’s Rituals Of Disappearance can be bought via an exclusive website hosted by Berghain.

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“Ever wanted to go to Berghain with a Berliner? Airbnb could soon help to make that happen”

No we are not making this up: Airbnb seriously thinks they can pair travelers up with Berliners for the ultimate clubbing experience inside Berghain/Panorama Bar.

The San Francisco tech giant is rolling out a new service soon which will focus on on allowing Berliners to offer “experiences” to those visiting the city as tourists. Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Airbnb, stated Friday that Berliners on Airbnb will be able to welcome visitors to the city as well as curious locals on paid experiences, beginning this coming May. These experiences will supposedly include going out for drinks and clubbing.

The app’s offerings are expanding, added Blecharczyk, “We’re really repositioning Airbnb as a platform for the entire trip.” According to his speech to entrepreneurs and tech workers at the Factory hub in the German City, soon Airbnb will aim to offer flights and other travel services through its app. The experiences idea isn’t new for Airbnb, with the company offering the service in 13 other cities throughout the world. The plan is to expand this to a total of 51 cities by the end of 2017, exponentially growing the list of experiences provided from the current number of 700 available through the app.

The billionaire explained how currently travelers can use the company’s experiences feature to go foraging for mushrooms, hiking, marathon training in Nairobi, or cycling in San Francisco. “Our most popular one [city] so far is Havana, Cuba,” he added. “You go to Havana and it’s really hard to get plugged into the local scene or know how to find things and experience the culture. It’s really a bi-directional thing. It’s not just a way to make money. It’s a way to meet people.”

It’s unclear how exactly Airbnb seems to intend to guarantee guests entry into Berghain, a feat considering the club’s door policy and the reason it exists in the first place is to prevent this type of situation from occurring. While a Berghain experience seems a little questionable, it’s entirely possible for Airbnb experiences to offer a more realistic clubbing experience in the city, with plenty of other options to choose from on any given weekend night.

After all, it happens to almost everyone to get turned away from Berghain at least once, and it hardly ever means that the party stops there!

H/T: Business Insider

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Berghain To Open New Säule Floor In March

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The famed Berghain is expanding next month with the opening of a brand-new floor called Säule.

Set to open on Thursday, March 23rd with experimental acts Alessandro Adriani, Natalia Escobar and Deena Abdelwahed billed for the occasion, it is unsure exactly where Säule will be located.

The room, which literally translates to “pillar” from German, is likely to be situated in a ground-floor area underneath the Berghain dance floor that has recently been closed for construction. Following opening night, Säule will be taken over by Dis Fig, Illum Sphere and Laura Clock at midnight on Friday, March 23rd.

Resident Advisor has reported that the long-running Get Perlonized! party held at the upstairs Panorama Bar on March 4th may have been canceled, as the listing was deleted from their site this week. It’s unsure whether the Friday night events held there will no longer occur as of yet.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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Watch Ricardo Villalobos Perform Inside Berghain’s Panorama Bar

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It is hard if not practically impossible to find quality video or photo footage from inside Berghain/Panorama Bar. Upon entry to the famed Berlin techno institution patrons get their phone cameras blocked off by stickers and they are strictly prohibited from taking videos or pictures or risk getting kicked out at best, although it’s hard to know what really happens if the bouncers catch you sneaking footage of any kind.

Now a 2009 documentary video has surfaced, depicting Ricardo Villalobos performing inside the upstairs Panorama Bar in 2008. The documentary series is entitled “24h Berlin: Ein Tag Im Leben”, which translates to “A Day In The Life” and follows Villalobos from his studio where he is working on music to his DJ set inside Berghain/Panorama Bar.

While the video is understandably meagre as far as satisfying the craving of knowing what the true Berghain/Panorama Bar experience really looks like, it still provides an insight you might not see anywhere else.

Watch the 36 minute documentary below. English-only speakers beware, the audio is in German and there’s no subtitles.


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Marcel Dettmann Releases Free 2016 Edit of “Lattice”

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German techno producer Marcel Dettmann has given his 2008 classic “Lattice” track an updated edit this year, and has nowr eleased it for free to his fans via his official website.

The new version of “Lattice,” originally released on MDR04, is available for stream here. Just click here to download the MP3. This download will be available until January 3rd 2017.

Listen to the original below:

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Where To Go WHEN You Get Denied at Berghain/Panorama Bar on New Year’s Day

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In Berlin to celebrate New Year’s Eve and excited for Berghain/Panorama Bar’s three-day techno and house extravaganza? You might want to check yourself before expectations get the better of you and you find yourself rejected from the club and looking for where else to party 2017’s arrival with no real ideas in mind.

Everyone knows how complicated, for lack of a better word, getting into Berlin’s most coveted nightclub can get, and with lines bound to be extra long and rejection extra possible, we have compiled a selection of alternatives for you should Sven or one of his doorman give you the “Nein!” when you get to the door:

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Berghain Announces Massive 2017 New Year Celebration That Will Last 3 Days

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Berghain surely knows how to party for more than 48 hours, but they might have outdone themselves with 2017’s New Year celebration. The event is split into a two-part showcase with Silvester kicking things off from 1am January 1st and Erste Klubnacht (first club night) following immediately thereafter, and scheduled to go into the early morning of January 3rd at the earliest.

The Silvester lineup includes Ben Klock, DVS1, Kobosil, Skatebård, Massimiliano Pagliara, Muallem, Soundstream, The Orb and many more.

BerghainNewYearThe Erste Klubnacht lineup features Answer Code Request, Boris, Gerd Jansen, Honey Dijon, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, and Tama Sumo among others. To accommodate these performances, Berghain, Panorama Bar, XXX-Floor and the Elektroakustischer Salon will be open during this time for an all building event!

Queue into Berghain is expected to be lengthy and, given that it’s a New Year celebration, the entry fee is €35. If you were to leave prior to and return by the time Erste Klubnacht has already begun you will be asked for entrance payment again.

Here is the breakdown of who is playing where:

January 1st – Silvester

Berghain:
Ben Klock, DVS1, Etapp, Kyle Fiedel, Kobosil, Somewhen

Panorama Bar:
Efdemin, Margaret Dygas, Muallem, Nick Höppner, Nitam, Roi Perez

XXX-Floor:
Chris Cruse, Discodromo, Marcus Marr, October, Skatebård, Soundstream

Elektroakustischer Salon:
Barker, Drama, Gonsher, Martyn, Massimiliano Pagliara, Prurient, The Orb

January 2nd – Erste Klubnacht

Berghain:
Answer Code Request, Anthony Parasole, Boris, DJ Pete, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Norman Nodge

Panorama Bar:
Gerd Janson, Honey Dijon, nd_baumecker, Ryan Elliott, Steffi, Tama Sumo, Virginia

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Watch Video of Conan O’Brien Getting Rejected at Berghain

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We knew this was coming when social media alerted us that late-night TV talk show host Conan O’Brien was spotted filming outside Berghain earlier this year for a Berlin special of his show.

The footage went live on US television last night, and the clip of him outside the iconic Berlin club can be viewed below:

 

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Play Sven Marquardt In This New Berghain Card Game

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It seems that everybody wants to know how to get into the elusive Berghain, dubbed by many established publications as the hardest club to get into in the entire world.

Those attempting to get into the Berlin club plan ahead, working to perfect their strategy to ensure that Sven Marquardt, the club’s head bouncer, and his team allow them in. Arrival time, attire, facial expression, arriving in a group versus solo, etc. are all taken into consideration when planning a visit to the techno venue. We evaluated all of those factors when we partied in Berlin for 24 hours straight last month, getting into the club successfully as a result.

You might remember how earlier this year the often-frustrating Berghain door experience was turned into a simulation game. Well now it has also been translated into a card game. The catch? The roles are switched and you play Sven’s position rather than that of the club-goer attempting to be granted access to the club.

Berghain ze Game has players act as bouncers of the notorious club, and places you in Sven’s position. Specifically, the game’s creators specify that, “your job is to let the right people into legendary Berlin techno club Berghain. Take turns as the most powerful man in Germany and learn more about gay culture in the process!”

Of course the cards that come in the deck allow for a variety of differing characters, drawing inspiration from the diverse crowd that visits the high-culture venue each weekend. Included are a ketamine head, clueless tourist and of course a leather-clad patron or two.

Want to play the game? Help launch it via the Kickstarter campaign that is about to go live. You can view the promotional video and stay up to date on the Kickstarter launch date via Berghain ze Game’s Instagram page: