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Ellen Allien and Vinyl: A Love Affair

This coming May 12th, BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien will release her upcoming LP Nost, her first club-ready album since 2010.

Nost is short for “nostalgia,” each track a homage to her twenty-five-plus years on dance floors all over the world. During her long career Ellen has emerged from Berlin’s fertile, post-wall era and gone on to secure an impressive list of achievements which have undoubtedly made her a consistent positive and progressive contributor to the evolution of the city’s techno scene. Her DJ sets, musical productions and her iconic label, BPitch Control have become intrinsic elements of the city’s effervescent techno culture, as well as that of the techno movement around the globe.

Throughout her career Ellen has remained an avid lover and collector of vinyl, still today choosing to play records at clubs and festivals whenever possible. Her love for vinyl has taken her to launch a series of events called Vinylism that see her perform very intimate vinyl-only sets at some of her favorite record stores around the world.


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Listen to 6AM’s May 2017 Techno Playlist

May promises to be a memorable and exciting month for techno, but then again which month isn’t?

For your listening pleasure we have prepared a Spotify playlist of techno artists scheduled to perform at some of the world’s best techno nightclubs and festivals throughout this month,  which we hope you enjoy below:

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Watergate Berlin Could Close Down As Landlord Doubles Rent

Watergate, one of Berlin’s iconic nightclubs, is at risk of shutting down.

The new landlord has decided to spike up rent by literally doubling it, following the entire building’s recent sale for €6.3 million. This is in some way a result of the club’s own success, falling victim of gentrification after 15 years of extremely successful operation.

Founder Steffen ‘Stoffel’ Hack spoke to Resident Advisor recently on the subject, staying: “In unbridled capitalism, the market regulates the price and there is no protection of business tenants or rental ceilings to counter this, [which] leaves the successful management of Watergate on very fragile terrain. In the end, we will all leave.”

The rent increase is substantial, meaning that the club could decide to shut down if it’s unable to find creative ways to bring in enough revenue to make up for the added costs. Hack has explained how the club has to “expand conceptually as well as in terms of content.” This includes a forthcoming world tour that will see the venue celebrate its 15th anniversary with stops in Spain, Brazil, Morocco, Switzerland, France and the United States.

Coming up at Watergate in Berlin are acts the likes of Solomun, Soul Clap, Pan-Pot, Adriatique, Coyu, Prosumer, Gui Boratto, Kerry Chandler and many more. Full list of upcoming shows can be found here.

 

The History of Electronic Music Exhibit Opens in Berlin

If you have an interest in music history, especially electronic dance music history, then this recently-opened exhibit in Berlin is something you should check out! Called “Good Vibrations,” the exhibit showcases some of the most iconic electronic instruments of the last 100 years, the instruments that helped shape music as we know it today.

Among those are an early Theremin produced in Russsia in the 1920s and a Trautonium, an early monophonic electronic instrument invented in 1929 by Friedrich Trautwein in Berlin. There is also the collection of iconic synthesizers, from the Fairlight CMI, to the Buchla music easel and the EMS VCS 3, among several other models on display. Alongside these vintage classic analogue equipment, visitors are also treated with a glimpse of the future through the selection of prototypes of new inventions on display.

Good Vibrations also features workshops and opportunities to play a selection of the instruments on display.

The exhibit currently runs at State Institute for Music Research at Tiergarten 1, Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin, Germany. Its run will end on June 25.

H/T: The Vinyl Factory

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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.

“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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Music Monday: Listen to Thomas Hessler’s Guest Mix for Deep Space Helsinki

Good morning and welcome back to our weekly appointment with Music Monday, the 6AM feature where we feature to you our favorite live set recording or mix from the weekend.

Today we present to you two hours of top-notch techno soundscapes mixed by Thomas Hessler. Born and raised in East Germany, the producer and DJ has already graced the sound system of esteemed clubbing institutions the likes of Berghain, Tresor and Bassiani, delivering intense and atmospheric journeys of techno.

Thomas is featured on the 30th and latest edition of Deep Space Helsinki, a record label and weekly radio show on Basso Radio FM frequency 102,4 MHz in the Helsinki area hosted by Samuli Kemppi and Juho Kusti. The two-hour mix contains tracks from Planetary Assault Systems, Matrixxman, Dax J, Amotik, Kangding Ray and many more. Full track list at the end of the article.

Listen to the mix below:

Tracklist:
1. Dettmann & Klock – Phantom Studies
2. Claudio PRC- Ostinato
3. Oliver Deutschmann – Blind
4. Planetary Assault Systems – Temporary Suspension (Slam Rework)
5. Kessel – Sensorium (Reeko Remix)
6. Matrixxman – Arrival 1
7. Ambivalent – Drag (Amotik Remix)
8. Peter Eilmes – Gluon
9. Aboyomi – Centaurus
10. Alex.Do – Sentionaut
11. DVS1 – Rise
12. Woo York – Alien Worlds (The Advent Jacking Remix)
13. Phase – Alone In Time (Floor Mix)
14. Alderaan – Blue Moon
15. Farceb – Exoplanet War
16. Fjaak – Wolves
17. Matrixxman – Mainframe 2.0
18. 2000 & One – Bonus Beat Thang
19. Planetary Assault Systems – Twelve (Psyk Rework)
20. Noncompliant – More Than Surviving (Ambivalent Remix)
21. Oliver Deutschmann – Tide
22. Anders Hellberg – Over The Hills
23. Kaelan – Self Deception
24. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Die Geliebe Des Anderen (Shlomo Version)
25. Blush Response – Beyond Flesh
26. Operation Amplified – #32500432
27. Dax J – Harry The Hatchet
28. Pfirter – Sut (Thomas Hessler Remix)
29. Planetary Assault Systems – Whistle Viper (P.A.S. Live Rework)
30. Setaoc Mass – Passive
31. Cleric – Unwritten Future
32. Amotik – Unnees
33. Kangding Ray – Epsilon

Connect with Thomas Hessler: Resident Advisor | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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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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Interview: Out-ER Founders Celebrate 5 Years with Compilation Featuring Efdemin, Terrence Dixon and Juan Atkins

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Founded by Simone Gatto and Andrea Santoro, Berlin-based Out-ER (Out Electronic Recordings) is in the midst of celebrating 5 years of operations with an international tour and double 12″ compilation featuring some of techno’s most notable figures and Out-ER favorites.

Available for pre-order already, the December 5th release includes works from Efdemin, Aubrey, Juan Atkins, Orlando Voorn, The Analogue Cops, Terrence Dixon, Civilian, label co-founder Simone Gatto, Haiku, Irakli and Regen. Snippets of all nine tracks forming the compilation can be heard below:

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