Welcome to the 16th Edition

CTM 2015 – Un Tune

Welcome to the 16th edition of CTM Festival! Taking the thematic umbrella of "Un Tune" as its gravitational centre, the 2015 festival highlights, more than ever, the adventurous, exploratory side of music and art, presenting many special projects and premieres. Here’s an overview of the programme, encompassing concerts, performances, exhibition, a discourse series, workshops and more, to help you find your bearings during the journey.

We look forward to welcoming you in Berlin January 2015!

CTM 2015 Trailer

CTM 2015 Theme

Un Tune

Through its Un Tune theme, CTM 2015 aims to engage with the direct bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music as well as with their synergistic effects with other sensory stimuli. The festival will thus highlight, more than ever, the adventurous, exploratory side of music and art.

Artistic experimentation with the affective and somatic effects of sounds and frequencies opens up possibilities of tuning and de-tuning the composite that interconnects body, matter, energy and (musical) machines – and of exploring our perception.

‘Un Tune’ also serves as an overarching metaphor that refers to the potentials that might be unlocked by temporarily destabilizing our habitual and consensual states.

Day by Day Schedule

CTM 2015 Programme

The full CTM 2015 concert. lecture and exhibition programme in a day by day schedule. Seperated into "Day" and "Night" activities.


CTM 2015 Live Gallery

Follow the festival – new photos added daily by our photographers.


CTM 2015 Press Reviews

A selection of CTM 2015 reviews of that can be found on the internet.

Listen to CTM 2015 Artists

CTM 2015 X RBMA Radio

RBMA Radio has pulled a great selection of recording from their archives, offering a taste of what to expect at CTM 2015.

Listen to the talks and lectures of CTM 2015

Recordings of the CTM 2015 Discourse Series

Recordings of almost all lectures and talks of the CTM 2015 – Un Tune discourse series are archived on our soundcloud page, and available for listening.


CTM 2015 in Sound and Image

A selection of CTM 2015-related photos, videos, and audio that can be found on the internet.

Festival for Art and Digital Culture

transmediale 2015 – Capture All

From 28 January to 1 February CTM' sister festival, transmediale 2015, explores the current ongoing capture of life into data as quantification becomes part of our daily routines under the title of CAPTURE ALL. 

Taking place at the iconic House of World Cultures, a dense programme of conferences, screenings, workshops, an exhibition, and performances – some of which presented in collaboration with CTM – invite for critical debate and exchange. transmediale and CTM offer joint passes, that give access to the events of both festivals.

CTM 2015 Un Tune Magazine

A 104 page publication that explores select trajectories of CTM 2015's Un Tune thematic.

Open Collaborative Laboratory

MusicMakers Hacklab

MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music  and musician and media artist Leslie Garcia. It allows practitioners from a range of disciplines to find new ways of exploring hybrid systems of human body, biology, and sound.

Adventurous Berlin Sound at CTM 2015

Berlin Current X CTM 2015

Berlin Current is CTM Festival's initiative to showcase and support new and adventurous configurations of pop and club music from young Berlin-based artists. An impressive number of Berlin Current artists will be featured at CTM 2015, including Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, Moon Wheel, OAKE, Sara Farina, KABLAM, Phoebe Kiddo, Shaddah Tuum, Amnesia Scanner, TCF, Born in Flamez, Opium Hum, and rRoxymore.  

CTM and transmediale city-wide partner programme

Vorspiel 2015

Now in its fourth year, Vorspiel takes place as a city-wide programme where over 30 Berlin-based initiatives and venues invite the public to a series of exhibition openings, performances, interventions, artist talks, and special events.

Un Tune Exhibition

With its annual exhibition, the CTM Festival explores the possibilities and limits of music and sound, and their interference with contemporary art. The 2015 exhibition sounds out various threads connected to the festival theme "Un Tune". With works by Anita Ackermann, Anke Eckardt, Emptyset, Graw Böckler, Derek Holzer, Matthijs Munnik, Nik Nowak, Konrad Smoleński, Claire Tolan, Mario de Vega, Zorka Wollny, Zimoun.

Performative Installation


“Ilinx” by Chris Salter + TeZ + Valerie Lamontagne plays with the power of disorientation through light and sound via sensory substitution. By temporarily disrupting the viewer’s perception, “Ilinx” opens up spaces for new experiences that extend past the body’s senses into new realms of experience.

Commissioned Works

CTM 2015 Radio Lab

Returning for a second edition, the CTM 2015 Radio Lab is dedicated to exploration and experimentation within the medium of radio. Through an open call we thought ideas for pairing the specific artistic possibilities of radio with the potentials of live performance or installation. The Lab programme will present two projects by Claire Tolan and Sol Rezza commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur – Hörspiel/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and ICAS/ECAS – International Cities for Advanced Sound.

A Series of Lectures, Talks, and Presentations


Through panels, lectures, one-on-one interviews, and performances, the Discourse programme, stimulates a broad and free-roaming discussion on the ramications of CTM 2015's theme "Un Tune" from the multiple perspectives of different artists, cultural theorists, writers, lecturers, and more. Revolving around the wide range of artistic strategies and movements examined during CTM’s programme, the interconnected series of Discourse events give rise to a special kind of think tank.

Lectures, Panel Discussion and Special a Capella Concert

Archaeoacoustics – Sound, Myths and Meanings of the Ancient

Delving into the sonic mysteries of humanity's distant past, CTM 2015 has dedicated a special series of events exploring the emerging field of archaeoacoustics or archaeology of sound. On Wednesday, 28 January at Kunstquartier Bethanien, lectures by pioneers and leading figures of the field, panel discussions and a special benefit concert (whose proceeds will go towards the aid of Syrian refugees) will reflect on the role of sound in ancient sites and architecture. This gives occasion not only to speculate on ancient listening practices, but also to reflect upon how these might differ from or overlap with contemporary sound practices.

3 years x 12 organisations x 144 artists


A new 3-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the SHAPE project reunites 16 European non-profit organisations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange innovative and aspiring emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound. For three consecutive years beginning with this year, the organisations will support a total of 144 artists.

Live from Berlin

NTS Radio X CTM 2015

CTM will collaborate with Dalston's NTS Radio to provide a live radio broadcast that extends the reaches of the festival's tentacles by giving CTM artists the chance to elaborate on their live sets in an informal context.

Benefit Concert by Iegor Reznikoff

Early Christian Chant and Cantata Grand Magnificat

On Wednesday, January 28th at the Kunstquartier Bethanien's Studio 1, a very special benefit concert and the festival's only exclusively acoustic programme will act as the rich denouement of a day devoted to investigating themes related to archaeoacoustics. Antiquity specialist Iegor Reznikoff will perform a programme consisting of  selections of Early Gregorian chant (4th-11th Century) and his own composition, "Cantata Grand Magnificat". The performance features Reznikoff's exploration (with his unamplified voice) of the resonant properties of the space, which served as a chapel when the Kunstquartier was still used as a hospital.