2015-08-03 KRAKE FESTIVAL 2015

By nico
Juni 3, 2015
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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
Urban Spree

feat. works of

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
Urban Spree
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
Urban Spree
doors open: 14:00 entrance
fee: 3€

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
Berghain Kan­tine
doors open: 20:00
entrance fee: 15€

body performances by:
ambient dj set: JOANA (werk, bodies)
live sets: INNER8 (undogmatisch) - live
KEN KARTER (kript, sa monad series) - live
killekill takeover:
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
by Ableton
Urban Spree
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
SuicideCircus Berlin
doors open: 23:00
entrance fee: 18€

suicide club floor:
SENDAI (time to express) - live
CASSEGRAIN & TIN MAN (killekill) - live
THE29NOV FILMS live visuals & SEBASTIAN KÖKOW dj set
MONDKOPF - a/v live show
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!


UNTOLD (hemlock) - a/v live show
BINTUS (power vacuum) - live
EOMAC (killekill, lakker) - live
KAMIKAZE SPACE PROGRAMME (mote evolver) - live
ARAD (electric deluxe, lakker)
XVII (ifz)

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.


HYPNOBEAT (James Dean Brown & Helena Hauff) - live
EKMAN (berceuse heroique) - live
NIGHTJARS (enlightened wax) - live
UMWELT (new flesh)
GEN.HECTIC (Metaphysik)

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.


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 - 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!


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.


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
Lokdock Berlin

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.



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