The third floor at YAAM will be the site of headier, if also crowd-pleasing, acts and one of the hotbeds of CTM's Berlin Current initiative as well as a collaboration with Unsound.
Three Polish artists associated with the Skoczów-based Mik.Musik! initiative (“aint no label, aint no collective, just some expression, action, and freedom”) will perform over the course of the evening. RSS B0ys, two nameless artists known for performing in elaborate veils, will present a rowdy shamanistic techno project combining analogue hardware with e-drums. Ignited by a meeting in Africa and inspired by the transformative potential of the drum circle, the project celebrates the archaic roots of techno by paying tribute to tribal musical traditions that are at once intricate and gut-level, provocative and hypnotizing. Sound artist and experimental musician Pawel Kulczynski aka Wilhelm Bras, equally at home building instruments, developing video installations, and producing saturated, glitchy, and atmospheric invitations to dance, will use the performance to investigate “uncertainty, random occurrences, laziness, boredom, and psychedelia” (in his own words). Wojciech Kucharczyk, the founder of the aforementioned Mik Musik.!. community, has recently begun pursuing raw, noisy, mechanized dance music via hardware under his real name after over a decade of artistic experiments.
Canadian autodidact and multimedia artist Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, one of many performers brought to the YAAM evening by Berlin Current will oscillate between the beat-driven and the more widely immersive, delivering his mixture of dub-infused techno and crackling static noise. Fellow Berlin resident Ketev assembles post-techno creations using reel-to-reel tape loops; heavy bass does all it can to drag sludgy, haunted textures behind it. Lastly, Olle Holmberg, the man behind Moon Wheel, the hazier, dubbier project that will enhance a night at Berghain earlier in the week, presents a more rhythmically potent approach this time around.
Ketev and RSS B0ys are presented within SHAPE, a new 3-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which unites 16 likeminded organisations in supporting emerging experimental sound-based artists in Europe .
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