Metro is one of my all time favorite songs. Check out Berlin’s lead singer Terri Nunn on Terri on VH1′s Where Are They Now? She talks about what pushed her to make the vocals and she says what I always say: The best music comes from frustration. Synths and sex forever people.
“Berlin is an American synthpop band. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford (bass guitar). Bandmembers included Crawford, Terri Nunn (vocals), David Diamond (keyboards), Ric Olsen (guitar), Matt Reid (keyboards) and Rod Learned (drums). Learned left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill (drums). The band gained mainstream-commercial success in the early 1980s with singles including “The Metro”, “Sex (I’m A…)”, “No More Words” and then in the mid 80s with chart-topping single “Take My Breath Away” from the 1986 film Top Gun.” – Wikipedia
For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_(band)
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I’m performing on January 19th in Aachen, Germany for DODT. It will be a record release party for my next full length album Fire Funmania and also my birthday party. One of the other bands performing is Knothole from Berlin. Just check out the video above. I can’t wait!
“Schwefelgelb´s sid dancefloorfucking SOLOPROJECT!!!” – Michael Hilgers
For more info: facebook.com/events/320977971348751/?ref=22
Ableton promotional video certainly have a modern Berlin aesthetic to them. Two new videos show Robert Lippok using Live 9 and a video on making beats with the new controller Push.
“he sounds like his dog died that morning. C’mon! Enjoy Life!” – johnnyjules2008
For more info: ableton.com
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One of the most friendly people you can meet in this world is Andreas Schneider. If you go to his synth store in Berlin he will enthusiastically show you all his toys and then set you free to play with everything. When I lived in Berlin I bought a few things when the store was at Alexanderplatz. Now they have moved to Kruezberg and lucky us Musotalk has uploaded a video showing us the new place.
“Our showroom in Berlin .. is called Schneidersladen now at the Kottbusser Tor above ‘Kaisers’ with quite limited opening hours: On Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 2pm til 6pm you are very welcome, wednesdays the showroom is closed (!).”
For more info: schneidersbuero.de
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I imagine if something like the Maxtrix is real music like that of Rastko Lazic would be playing in the server rooms of our masters. These are some pretty sounding and looking modular synth videos.
“Rastko Lazic (born 1970 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a composer and improviser of electronic music based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been composing music for contemporary dance, theatre and television since 1996. As a member of the `Recoil Performance Group` (Denmark) he toured the Middle East and Europe.”
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I finally had time to start going through the large amounts of photos and videos I took during my recent week in Berlin (and 4 shows). Here is the first set of photos from the live show in Berlin. The show was at Raum 20 in the Neukölln section of the city. The party was the 2 Year Anniversary of an event called Sabbat thrown by Petra Flurr. This event turned out to be one of my most favorite shows I ever played! I met a lot of very interesting people. A near perfect evening.
See the entire photo set here: flickr.com/thingstocomerecords/7215…
“INVASION OF ELEKTRO, TEKKNO, APOCALYPTIC, RAVE, CRIMINAL WAVE, OLDSKOOL, NOIZE ….” – Sabbat
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I performed with David Dexter Lab in Berlin last month. Above you see a few photos of his recent show in Zürich. I see some nice Horrorist stickers on his laptop! Be sure to check out his Facebook pages to hear more of his madness.
“David Dexter LAB electronic music performer,producer,founder of TEKKEN SOUND HEAD in 2004. He Grow up in punk & electronic punk free tekkno music parties and festival’s,in year 2004 start with independent label TEKKEN SOUND HEAD. From 2009 located in Berlin where released different kind of electronic music styles albums,EP and songs from his 2 music projects (Dexter LAB & PsychoBunny23) under his label. Now still workin for himself but also cooperate with vocalists (sound design) ,musicans.agencys,producers.”
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I’ve been waiting to see a bit more of what the Jomox Moonwind can do and this week Jurgen has posted three new videos. This is the kind of interesting (and expensive) boutique gear you can really love. I think it’s really great he designs and makes this stuff himself.
“Moonwind Analog Filter Tracker is a true analog stereo filter with built-in step sequencer, a fantastic sounding digital FX chip, 2 LFOs and envelope modulation. Everything is storable and controllable via Midi.” – Jomox
For more info: jomox.de/…product_id=15
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Music. It’s everything to me. It’s very complicated and simple at the same time. Some songs have lyrics and the few minutes they play their story shows itself. Often I relate or even think the story was written specifically for me. Techno however relies on the experience. It’s why some people can’t understand the obsession. Last week in Berlin a few close friends and I went to Golden Gate. It’s a very small club that gets going usually in the morning hours. Although I played four live shows on my recent trip; like after a long day at the beach it’s the sounds from Golden Gate they have me still swaying, pining, wanting to be there on the dance floor again. If you were to hear any single song the DJ played that night on it’s own, say at work at your desk, or driving to the convient store you may appreciate the production or like it but unless you can reference it to a night out like I had your missing the point completely. I stood there somewhat knowing I’m at the peak of my existence. Successful, skinny and with no guilt I watched terrifically beautiful people from Italy, Spain and Germany dance. Like a movement chameleon I picked up the Berlin sashay and joined in. Song after song just got me. Each one clearer than the last. Each one a better bass than the last, a better hook than the last… it just kept on going. When I left in the early afternoon those sweet Berlin birds were singing and the taxi driver told me his story as his smooth Mercedes took me to my rental apartment. Berlin is so beautiful. The trees make incredible shadows on the streets.
“Nestled beneath the Jannowitzbrücke train stop, Golden Gate is one of Berlin’s grittiest clubs. The interior is small, dark and mostly free of decoration. It’s known for having exceptionally long operating hours, even for Berlin—most weeks there’s one party on Thursday night that finishes on Friday afternoon, then a second one that starts on Friday at midnight and lasts until Monday morning. The club consists of one main dance floor, a small sitting area, a bathroom section upstairs and a small garden in the summer.” – RA
For more info: goldengate-berlin.de
One of my favorite city’s streets has been recorded into 55 takes and 10 Ableton scenes. Download the City Traffic set over at Detunized. The set is 4.80€.
“City Traffic brings the daily noise of Berlin to the your library. The Pack contains recordings of main roads during the morning rush hour, when the trolley car rumbles over the rails and the trucks are roaring through the kettles. In between a bunch of honking mopeds and cars with broken exhaust pipes are fighting for their space. Commuter trains are crossing every minute, the omnibus arrives just in time and the long-distance trains pass the station with squeaking brakes. In the evening it is rainy and at least the suburb calms down a little bit.” – detunized.com
For more info: detunized.com
photo credit: cattleclasstraveler