Canadian experimental guitarists Aidan Baker (of Nadja) & Eric Quach (aka thisquietarmy) formed Hypnodrone Ensemble in Berlin, Germany in 2014. With a rotating line-up, though regularly featuring drummers Kristin Sebastian, Angela Muñoz Martínez, & Jérémie Mortier, the group creates music combining atmospheric, psychedelic textures with motorik, propulsive poly-rhythms. Their debut album was released in 2015 on Consouling Sounds in conjunction with an appearance at Incubate Festival. Their second album, The Shape of Space, was released in 2015 by Calostro Recordings/Little Crack’d Rabbit & the group’s third full-length, …Plays Orchestral Favourites, recorded as a 9-piece ensemble, was released in October 2018 on Wolves & Vibrancy.
THE PSYCHEDELIC CHOIR
The Psychedelic Choir* Vocals + bass, initiated by Zorka Wollny in 2019, is a musical band of 9 women:
Leah Buckareff, Lyllie Rouvière, Karoline Strys, Pauline Payen, Ana Kavalis, Irina Gheorghe, Gosia Gajdemska,
Florence Freitag, Zorka Wollny.
They intonate haunted ambient sounds in combination with witchcraft rituals. Their bass player Leah (NADJA) provides a mesmerizing sonic foundation of drones and processed sounds.
Tremor Hex is feedbacking drone from Hamburg City. The duo combines Super 8 and Hi8 visuals with massive bass and guitar driven soundscapes to create an encompassing audiovisual experience loaded with strong political content. The focus is clearly anti-fascist and anti-nationalist.
Ván Records//Into Endless Chaos Records
AA..LL is a Berlin based artist. In her experimental sound collages with self built electronics and taped reality she responds to the movement of body and mind, affected by our rushing era. A. L. showed her work at international festivals like WRO 09 (Wroclaw,PL), re:new (Copenhagen, DK), transmediale.10 (Berlin, DE)… as well she was performing at Loos Foundation in The Hague (NL), Laznia Art Centre in Gdansk (PL) and at Goethe-Institut in Dhaka (Bangladesh).
United by the hatred of melodies & structures of modern grindcore and inspired by acts like Seven Minutes Of Nausea, Fear Of God, Man is the Bastard or Sore Throat’s ,,Disgrace to the corpse of Sid”, CxTxD was founded in 2015 by Luki and Mogel. In the following years several Splits with Bands like Bizarre X or Sedem Minut Strachu were released on tape and vinyl. Mostly the gigs they played since then were around their home area, because everybody hates their disgusting amateurish stuff, so enjoy. This is not the kind of noise you like, but the one you deserve.
Acratep & AngelicSintesis
An acid and abrasive blend of techno-ambient and drone music with a post-industrial metallic taste. Hedonism is transfigured into dark and poisonous forms.
VVRNGDNG (read wrong doing) is a three piece band constituted in the wrong part of the city at the wrong time. Playing hard and loud, without compromise, the band delivers sharp as shark teeth noises mixed with beats like origami foldings, and bass bubbles from an unknown future.
LRTT* – Voice & Electronics
Hair Camp – Bass & Pedalboard
Tyrant Stik – Skins & Metals
Harsh and oppressive audial unit established in 2017 by Insasse M. and Insasse Z. Atonal martyrdom conceived through scrap metal abuse, electronics and vocal outbursts.
No talking, no breaks, no bullshit. Gall have earned a reputation for cold and fierce live sets, strinking seemingly unpredictable and with a speed that leaves the audience dazzled like a blunt force truma. A gut-wrenchling mixture of abstract shapes of sound better described as noise and power violent grindcore (in lack of better words) that leaves the listeniner alone with damaged neurons as quickly as it started. Various releases ( via Nerve Alta and Heavenly Vault Records),tours and live appearances have been absolved by this musical entity.
Medicine Noose are on the punky side of Sludge, embracing a dilletante style that has been shaped by bands such as Toadliquor,Grief and Methdrinker. So far they have brought forth three proper outputs (via Heavenly Vault Records, Dry Cough Records, Live Fast Die Records ) bearing angst ridden 90s style sludge inspired by modern day isolation and the crushing depression of day to day life. Several gigs throughout Germany as well as three tours covering nearly whole Europe have proven their (in-)ability to perform a proper live set.
THE BLACK CHEETAHS
The Black Cheetahs is a Berlin-based project which music bears the imprint of southern garage rock combined with post-modern electronics: a deep doomish sound of slow bpm’s and a dark bluesy feel with an edge.
Diane Barbé is a sound artist and recordist based in Berlin. She researches the way we relate to our acoustic environments, using sound as a gentle medium to understand, represent and expand perception. In her live sets and radio podcasts she mixes concrete sounds, acoustic instruments and minimalistic synthesis to achieve journeys much akin to lucid dreaming. Diane has released tapes wth Jungle Gym (USA), XYZ records (Czech Republic), and her ambient music is featured on the 2019 Nachtdigital Mint compilation (Germany). She is currently training as a field recordist for documentaries and studying music at the UdK Berlin.
Laure Boer combines the expected and the unexpected. As much music as ritual, performance as spell, Boer fittingly describes her sound as ‘witchtronic’. Out of sonic abstraction emerges a system of beat, chirrup and hum, then from nowhere a voice, singing or reciting in her native French. She directs her instruments–a sprawling table full of stringed artefacts–to perform, pushing them into odd contortions, and sometimes startling beauty. Boer also works extensively in the visual arts, and has collaborated with, among others, visual and performance artist Yan Gi Cheng, musicians such as Igor Titenko’s Radio Vostok and San Diego’s SKRAPEZ, with whom she released a split 8” in late 2018. In last fall 2019 she did a 2 month residency in Manila, Philippines, organized by CTM Festival, Goethe-Institut, Nusasonic and Musicboard Berlin. She performed at the WSK Festival in Manila as a duo with The Auspicious Family. In January 2020 she is resident at Amplify Berlin, ACUD.
Aidan Baker & Tomas Järmyr
Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician and writer currently based in Berlin, Germany. Classically trained in flute, he is self-taught on guitar, drums, and various other instruments.
As a solo artist, Baker explores the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar as a primary sound source, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary classical.
Baker has released numerous recordings on record labels around the world and has published several books of poetry. In addition to his solo work, he also performs in Nadja, BBS, Caudal, Adoran, Whisper Room, and ARC.
Tomas Järmyr is a Swedish drummer based in Norway. (also of Zu, Motorpsycho, YODOK III, etc.)
Black Metal / Crust
DJ Set Isabassi
Isabassi is a music composer, DJ and live performer based in Berlin. Approaching the “deconstructed-rhythmical-noise”, she expresses within the influences of industrial, harsh noise, breaks and experimental. Exploring different shapes of events she co-founded Hölle, a series of nights where handpoke tattoo and electronic music are combined, also featuring monthly curated music podcasts. Putting together several projects from the last two years, her first album ‘Utterly Prone To’ was released on Fox&Hound Recordings last July 2019, shortly after her debut on Säule (Berghain), presenting 8 tracks with distorted rhythms and harsh textures.