On the occasion of the second edition of Ableton’s Loop - A Summit for Music Makers, which takes place 4 – 6 November 2016 in Berlin, Ableton and CTM are teaming up for an evening at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Closing the conference, CTM and Ableton also present “Fragile Territories”, a spectacular laser-sound installation by Robert Henke at Funkhaus Nalepastraße. A second evening created by Ableton and CDR takes place on Saturday 5 November.
Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, creativity, and technology. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow. DJs and live acts take over diverse spaces within the Volksbühne, inviting you to move around across styles and genres in a programme as varied as Ableton’s Loop summit.
Brood Ma + Werkflow
Charlotte Bendiks (DJ)
Philip Sherburne (DJ)
Born in Flamez (DJ)
Fatima al Qadiri
DJ Earl featuring Sirr Tmo & Dre
Why Be (DJ)
The main room opens with Chino Amobi, co-founder of NON records with Angel Ho and Nkisi. Amobi provides music that reflects the violence of everyday life‚ the fragmented quality of post-internet existence, the lonely sensation of every place almost feeling like home.
A self-described “Trans-Evangelist”, Bolivian-American Elysia Crampton explores Latinx culture, queer identity and its historic roots, subversion of macho cultural tropes and South American spirituality. Her second album, Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City was released this summer and included collaborations with Rabit, Why Be, Lexxi and Chino Amobi.
Brood Ma, a London-based producer and key member of the Quantum Natives collective, performs a live A/V show in support of his latest Daze album released via Tri Angle. His pastiche of metallic textures, schizophrenic found sounds, rap beats, and explosive future jungle are joined by thrilling HD visuals by Werkflow.
Nonotak appear in Berlin for the first time, with their dazzling fusion of electronic music, strobe-lit shadow-strewn lighting design and multiple screens built into structures that surround the artists. Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto blur virtual and real in hypnotic performances with names like Daydream, Isotopes and Dream Collapse, crafting a universe of interactive sound and light that envelops not only the artists but also audiences.
The program at Roter Salon will be opened with a special DJ-set by Berlin’s genre bending transhuman experimentalist Born in Flamez, followed by Ziúr, who gained notoriety by supporting electro legend Peaches on her recent tour, contributing a wicked edit to her Rub remix LP in May. Ziúr’s debut EP, Taiga, splices sample-based, industrial beats with almost anti-harmonic intent.
Fatima Al Qadiri follows with a dizzying array of music genres into her intriguing blend from traditional Muslim chant, dubstep, juke or 90s New Age-y electronic pop. The new generation of Chicago’s footwork sound is represented by DJ Earl, straddling jazz and funk tunes, devilish synthesizers, unstructured hip hop samples, heavy sub basses and mesmerizing snares. A protégée of DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad, DJ Earl will perform a new hybrid set based on a new record released on Teklife, with the support of footwork dancers Sirr Tmo & Dre.
Ahead of DJ Earl is another Teklife collaborator, Nik Nowak, who appears with beat producer Spa¨nk and video artist Moritz Stumm as Schockglatze. Their audiovisual "Schock-Sound" performance is the distillate of their longstanding collaboration across several fields. Shockglatze recently teamed up with Berlin-based Through My Speakers collective to release their debut Warlord EP.
Rounding out the room is Why Be, who, after spending years intentionally on the fringes of experimental dance music, has embraced the conventional release format, establishing himself as a formidable emergent voice in dance music's conversation.
In the foyer upstairs: Norwegian Coméme family member Charlotte Bendiks fuses classic house, disco, African groove and Latin-inspired beats while Pitchfork columnist and avid music lover Philip Sherburne joins the evening with one of his eclectic sets as does Berlin-based Raster-Noton affiliate Kyoka.
Nonotak, Nik Nowak/Schockglatze and Charlotte Bendiks are participants of the 2016 SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Ziúr, Born in Flamez and Why Be are presented via Berlin Current, an initiative profiling the German capital’s talent, supported by Musicboard Berlin.