KRAKE FESTIVAL 2015 (3. – 9. AUG / Urban Spree / Berghain Kantine / Suicide Circus / Lok Dock)
Very limited festival passes available here:
weekend tickets will be available later via the same channels, RA and others.
KRAKE is an annual Berlin based festival for challenging electronic music brought to you by Killekill. KRAKE means octopus and the festival is organised in a comparable way: reaching out to selected locations during one week presenting the best in electronic music, whatever style it is. The festival is not huge, not expensive, does not have big sponsoring deals or four different colour area passes. It’s just a good and so far successful try to bring back the focus on artists who dare to step off the beaten tracks. A festival for music lovers.
But what’s new this year?
The over-all set up will be the same as last year: A week starting with an arty night on Monday, the classic Wednesday night at Berghain Kantine, a bomb night of modern techno on Friday at Suicide Circus, and the peak of the festival on the last day, where we combine the areal of Urban Spree with that of Suicide Circus to offer a massive festival place right in the center of the city to wander around between six floors full with music and arts.
Musicwise we have forged ahead into unknown depths again and compiled what we consider cutting edge: UNTOLD, CASSEGRAIN & TIN MAN, EOMAC, SENDAI or Power Vacuum’s BINTUS are names which should give you an idea of what we are talking about here… Putting together an inspiring line up is not enough for us though, and so we have stretched out our tentacles even further and pulled together all sorts of micro scenes to let them fertilize each other and make this week an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. May it be like-minded Berlin networks such as the Sameheads or Robot Army which both will run floors on the final mayhem on Saturday, or the vivid body art and performance scene which we present on the Wednesday night at Berghain Kantine. Highlight in this concern will definitely be the label boutique on Tuesday, where we have selected the finest labels of the Berlin underground to present themselves, sell their stuff and discuss big questions of modern times.
To round the whole thing off, we have set up an exhibition of music-related and interdisciplinary art featuring ROBERT HENKE’s laser installation “Destructive Observation Field” and SONIC ROBOTS’ “MR-808 Interactive”, a robotic 808 the size of your wardrobe, which will be accessible at Urban Spree all week.
We emphasize our claim to be more than just another music festival.
Come on down with us!
Yours, the Killekill and Krake Team
mon, aug 3rd – sat, aug 8th, open 14:00-20:00
KRAKE ART EXHIBITION
feat. works of
CHRISTIAN MORITZ GEIST
ANNA LUELLA ZAHNER
DESTRUCTIVE OBSERVATION FIELD – by Robert Henke
A bright multicolor laser beam points at a black reflective sheet of plastic hanging freely from the ceiling. Most of the light is absorbed by the plate, turned into heat. A small part is reflected to a white screen on the opposite side of the room. The heat creates deformations and induces structural changes of the surface of the plate, which leads to dynamic and complex reflection patterns. The laser beam scans over the surface of the plate in slow random movements and leaves traces of destruction. The light patterns on the projection screen make the process visible.
By adding more and more imperfections to the surface of the plastic plate, the resulting patterns become increasingly more interesting until a certain threshold is reached after which the process seems to reverse. More destruction leads to less interesting results, ending ultimately after a long time with just a diffuse reflection of light. The installation becomes blind.
MR-808 INTERACTIVE – by Moritz Simon Geist
Sonic Robots perform electronic music — with mechanic robots! The MR-808 is a robotic drum installation, which features eleven sounds of the famous electronic Drum machine “TR-808” were replaced by mechanical actuators and physical tone generators, placed in a 3.30m by 1.70m enclosure.
mon, aug 3rd
doors open: 18:00
entrance fee: donation
DAT POLITICS (sub rosa, chicks on speed) – live
5XL (magic power) – live
HURON (crazy language) – live + visuals by Sarge Grafx
AXIOM (crazy language)
SUBKUTAN (institut für Zukunft)
For the opening night of the festival we usually try to book a line up of live performers, experimental visual arts plus some special gimmicks to provide a night which is as wild and eclectic as the festival itself. This year we have DAT POLITICS from France who for us is one of the most interesting electric bands on the planet. Their combination of a garage band-like approach to electronic music with a finesse in production is just great! After several albums they were a bit out of focus lately, but there will be a new album coming soon plus a remix for our personal super-hero David Lynch, so the timing seemed perfect to finally include them. We are looking forward to one of their hot-wired and partly chaotic live shows, which we love so much. Another highlight of the opening night will be 5XL, a collaboration of 5 young musicians, who are all involved in other successful musical projects and use this alias for techno live jams of unheard raw energy on meters of hardware machines. Expect some serious madness coming from these young folks!
Also we will open the Krake art exhibition that night, which will be open all week long. This exhibition is a new thing to us and we are super-excited about it! Amongst many others it will feature “Destructive Observation Field” by Robert Henke, a mulit-colour laser beam burning a plastic plate creating expanding and contracting forms which have a semi-organic appearance. A piece that fascinated us for a while already.
tue, aug 4th
doors open: 14:00 entrance
In order to create a platform for Berlin’s vivid electronic music scene we contacted our favourite Berlin labels, record stores and agencies to set up this market, where you can browse their releases and merchandise for rarities and goodies. The market will be accompanied by dj sets, a panel on music rights management in modern times and a live performance by Julia Drouhin, who creates chocolate records with hits from dead musicians, which can be heard and eaten by the audience. Also the art exhibition will be open all day long.
special live performance:
DISCO GHOST by Julia Drouhin
The French artist living in Tasmania/Australia creates chocolate records with hits from dead musicians, which can be heard and eaten by the audience.
wed, aug 5th
BODIES & MINDS
doors open: 20:00
entrance fee: 15€
body performances by:
FEDERICA DAURI & STEFANO TAIUTI
ambient dj set: JOANA (werk, bodies)
live sets: INNER8 (undogmatisch) – live
KEN KARTER (kript, sa monad series) – live
ALIENATA (killekill, snuff trax)
DJ FLUSH (killekill)
FIST VAN ODOR (killekill)
The Wednesday night at Berghain Kantine is a classic for us. This is where the whole KILLEKILL story started and this night has been part of every edition of the Krake Festival so far. Whatever happens contentwise, this night is something special for us with its intimate atmosphere and all the fans and friends coming down.
For this year we are cooperating with BODIES, a Berlin collective which has been setting up a few nights in Berlin lately combining extreme body performances and techno. They have been setting up a few nights only until now, but the result was impressive every time. So we are curious what they will come up with for us. On the musical side of things we present live sets of INNER8 and KEN KARTER, before, later in the night, the Killekill djs will take over: ALIENATA, who has built up a solid reputation with her extraordinary selection and outstanding sensibility for the crowd, Killekill boss hog DJ FLUSH and FIST VAN ODOR whose mixes have names like “I smear butter on your belly” or “eating a horse”. He is a freak and he’ll teach you how to be one, too, tonight!
thu, aug 6th
MUSIC PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS
doors open: 14:00
entrance fee: free entry, registration via Eventbrite
You are invited to a day of creative workshops and music-making hosted by Ableton at Krake Festival. EOMAC and ARAD – who make up the duo Lakker – will present in-depth track deconstructions and insights into performing on stage with Live. Ableton Product Specialist Jesse Abayomi will demonstrate Ableton Push and its workflow, and workshop participants will be able to try out Push for themselves at the Push playground. To round things off, The Ableton User Group Berlin will present a live laptop/hardware jam, hosted by Ableton Certified Trainers Maya Sternel and Brian Smith. Online registration is free through Eventbrite.
fri, aug 7th
KRAKE CLUB NIGHT
doors open: 23:00
entrance fee: 18€
suicide club floor:
SENDAI (time to express) – live
CASSEGRAIN & TIN MAN (killekill) – live
ELECTRIC INDIGO & THOMAS WAGENSOMMERER – a/v live show
THE29NOV FILMS live visuals & SEBASTIAN KÖKOW dj set
MONDKOPF – a/v live show
BALAS & FABIAN GARRIDO (werk)
TALLA KOVICS (ifz)
open air floor:
rROXYMORE (noise manifesto) – live
EMIKA (emika records)
VINILETTE (the hum)
SÖREN MIEHE (our hobby is different)
BASTUS (our hobby is different)
On Friday, we get to the final stage and kick off the Krake weekend!
One of the performances I am looking forward to the most, is CASSEGRAIN & TIN MAN, a cooperation between the Greek/British/Turkish/Asian duo Cassegrain and Tin Man from Vienna, who in their collabs have combined both their distinctive sounds — classic connoisseur acid and modern techno — to something really special. After some outstanding releases they have finally set up a live show together, and we are really proud and to have them.
ELECTRIC INDIGO is undoubtedly one of the most shining people in techno music for us. Leaving the fact, that she is one the first major player in techno for over 20 years aside, she is also an artist searching for new challenges and fields constantly, without ever leaning back and getting cosy in the comfortable couch of success. We are proud to present her cooperation with the Austrian visual artist THOMAS WAGENSOMMERER, a subtle piece exploring the possibilities of organic growth and change in electronic music.
MONDKOPF’s cooperation with a French visual artist, the video collective THE29NOV FILMS and many more will be on duty that night — indoor and outdoor. Besides all the other great acts we have indoor we are particularly looking forward to rROXYMORE’s performance on the open air floor. The recording of her Boiler Room show really fascinated us. Super subtle house with an experimental touch, her beautiful voice and all that performed in a proper live manner – just great!
sat, aug 8th
Suicide Circus & Urban Spree
doors open: 23:00
entrance fee: 20€
The Saturday undoubtedly is the peak of the festival, where we combine the professional club situation of Suicide Circus with the DIY style of Urban Spree. Crossing all over from subtle electronica and ambient to the freakiest shit in techno and electro, this night will be a fourdimensional blast filled with great music, outstanding visual art and everything that goes in between categories. There is a floor focussing on UK Bass sound featuring Eomac, Arad, Kamikaze Space Programme, Bintus and last but not least UNTOLD, who we consider one of the most progressive producers in electronic music of the last years. He has a new extremely reduced A/V show, which we are super excited about. Second highlight of the night is an electro floor, headlined by legendary project HYPNOBEAT who “invented techno in the early 80s” as they modestly claim. True or not, their percussive session with uncountable drum machines is a unique experience.
Anyway, besides particular acts here and there, the most special thing about this night, is the diversity we can offer with all the little Berlin networks that we are including. The atmosphere on this huge playground right in the middle of the city was something that left me standing with my mouth open again and again last year.
Come on down and freak with us!
SUICIDE CLUB FLOOR
UNTOLD (hemlock) – a/v live show
BINTUS (power vacuum) – live
EOMAC (killekill, lakker) – live
KAMIKAZE SPACE PROGRAMME (mote evolver) – live
ARAD (electric deluxe, lakker)
Dance music is dead? Well, there are certain people who definitely still push the envelope!
Wether you call it techno, electro or bass music – we have gathered some of them for you tonight.
URBAN SPREE CONCERT ROOM
HYPNOBEAT (James Dean Brown & Helena Hauff) – live
EKMAN (berceuse heroique) – live
NIGHTJARS (enlightened wax) – live
UMWELT (new flesh)
On this floor we present a killer line up of international electro artists, headed by legendary project HYPNOBEAT who “invented techno in the early 80s” as they modestly claim. True or not, their percussive sessions with uncountable drum machines are a unique experience.
SUICIDE GARDEN hosted by SAMEHEADS
GATTO FRITTO (international feel, fritto morto)
SKISM (wasn & wunderwaffel)
VERA MONA (berlin) – live
This floor will be hosted by the Neukölln-based Sameheads Berlin Berlin crew, a collective, which is defined by its unique blend of creative perspectives and fiercely independent production values. Based in Berlin since 2006, Sameheads provide a setting where artists with backgrounds in Fashion, Art, Music, Film and Media converge, collaborate and influence each other’s creative approach. Edgy, experimental cross-pollination with one eye on the role art can play in cultural exchange and integration. They have brought together a fine selection of artists presenting long lost European disco tracks, pulsating contemporary electronic jams and experimental live showcases.
The dj set of Greek dj and producer KONDAKTOR from last year was a revelation. So in the morning hours we leave this floor to him again to take you on an eclectic trip through his musical world.
ROBOT ARMY FLOOR @ URBAN SPREE BASEMENT
Robot Army – A Berlin collective which truly knows how to rock a floor. All Tresor residents of the 90s, these guys will bring their punky basement techno to our festival. We are proud to have them here. Put on your dancing shoes, and beware of serious dj skills on this floor!
URBAN SPREE GALLERY
In the Gallery the Art Exhibition will be accessible all night long featuring another Disco Ghost performance by Julia Drouhin.
As another special there will be a patch wrestling competition. Think geeky nerds tweaking their modular systems, think the World Wrestling Federation – think it together and you are almost there.
MFOC FLOOR @ URBAN SPREE GARDEN
RALF KÖSTER (mfoc, golden pudel club)
ALEX SOLMAN (mfoc, golden pudel club)
MFOC = Music for our Children, Mother Fuckers of Califonia or Musik Fetischisten Ohren Charakter. For 20 years, every Sunday night at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel Club, MFOC is coming to Berlin’s Krake Festival!
Alex Solman, best postcard painter since the war, and Ralf Köster, a toothless E-Musik-monster will bring their armchair techno, deep-flying drones and senile insomnia all night long. Might be good or special. Or not.
Just open the window and try out! (Brian Eno)
sun, aug 9th
There will be a private closing party for the team, friends, and owners of festival passes in a very special location. Please check our website or facebook for details.