X-RAY AUDIO PROJECT
presentation & live performance
Many older people in Russia remember seeing and hearing strange vinyl type discs when they were young. The discs had partial images of skeletons on them, were called ‘Bones’ or ‘Ribs’ and originated in the Cold War years of the Soviet Union. In an era when the recording industry was ruthlessly controlled by the State, music-mad bootleggers had found an incredible alternative means of making illegal copies of forbidden recordings – they repurposed used x-ray plates obtained from local hospitals. The X-RAY AUDIO PROJECT is telling this amazing story of forbidden music, cold war culture, bootleg technology and human endeavour with an online archive, a book, documentary, live events and a travelling exhibition. Stephen Coates and Aleks Kolkowski will give a presentation about the history of this first bootleg culture and you will witness a live x-ray cutting from a musical performance.
ADLAS & DJ ION
ADLAS and DJ ION have been friends long before their musical career started. In their teen years they were unified by a mutual love for hip hop and graffiti, which to this day stays a strong influence. After hip hop there came techno for these two. Together they went on to discover gems of past decades and learn more about this new music they were into. The interest didn’t stay limited to techno tough. House, electro, dubstep and electronic music in general are relevant and important sources of inspiration to this day for both of them. Their sound can be described as a techno centered occupation with electronic music. In their sets they display a mix of old and contemporary techno, Electro, house and whatever fits the bpm with a special interest in UK and US sound. They try to keep their musical program diverse and interesting and renounce from the ever dark greyscale techno. In January 2015 Adlas and DJ Ion launched the KRACH party series together as a chance for them to share their musical pursuit with a bigger audience.
ALEC EMPIRE, the creator of digital hardcore on how to start a riot. “If The German capital’s music scene is a ‘historic accident,’ as Tobias Rapp once put it, then Empire is a quintessentially Berlin artist, a direct result of his unique history.” “Electronic music is not about memorizing – it’s about exploring the unknown & experimenting. That’s what sets us apart from traditional pop,” as Empire said. Germany in the eighties was deeply conservative and pop music in any form wasn’t welcome on TV and Radio. Berlin was an island of creativity and Alec Empire, (then Alexander Wilke-Steinhof), was infused with the invention and liberality that set the city apart. (more…)
Alienata is a returning guest, she played Krake Festival twice until now and since she is constantly developing and renewing herself and at the same time keeping her unique alienated style we decided to book her again this year. ALIENATA moved from Spain to Berlin in 2011 and has influenced the Berlin music scene since then in various ways. Not only did she play at selected events in clubs like Suicide Circus, Berghain Kantine, Berghain, CTM Festival, About Blank or Tresor, she also works in her natural habitat at Record Loft. She recently released her first production on her own label Kat Channel, a collaboration with Snuffo from Snuff Crew. When behind the decks, Alienata is closely attuned to both internal and external influences, and is unconcerned with providing listeners with an ‘easy experience.’ “My main intention when I play as Alienata is to alienate people,” she has said. There are not many DJs who always keep a little surprise for you, so we’re thrilled to have her on board again this year! Click the link to watch an interview we did with her last year.
ANNA BOLENA started in 1995 as techno DJ in the free parties alternative scene in Italy and Europe. She has an eclectic and experimental approach to both her live and music sets; a non-conformist and with a socio-political narrative around radical ideas in art and organization. Interested in innovations and challenges, she runs the label Idroscalo Dischi since 1999. She has a degree in psychology and a master in neurolinguistic programming and communication. Anna lives in Berlin since 2004. Her residency at Homopatik / Buttons started 2010 at ://about blank club. Next vinyl with selected live acts is out soon.
ANNO STAMM // TRANSFORMA
ANNO STAMM is the preferred moniker for the funkiest and wonkiest exploits of Anstam’s Lars Stoewe. For Krake he has developed a special performance with artist group Transforma, which will be performed for the first time exclusively at Krake 2016. Transforma have prepared a new live visual instrument for this special occasion which will accompany Anno Stamm’s live set. The artist group TRANSFORMA was founded in 2001 by Luke Bennett, Baris Hasselbach and Simon Krahl. They met while studying experimental film and media at the Berlin University of the Arts and soon moved from making videos, sound works and images to installations, live cinema and performance. (more…)
The best introduction to Ansome is to watch his performing live. ANSOME finds himself well-poised. A relatively new name in UK techno, he’s beginning to see the fruits of a couple years of hard work spent running two labels: Discos Dead from 2013 until 2014 and now South London Analogue Material (S.L.A.M.), a platform for both his own releases and those of like-minded producers. A university student whose background lies in electronic music and sound design, Kieran Whitefield, for Ansome is he, moved to London for study, with the city becoming the centre of his musical interests as he immersed himself in the sounds of fellow Londoner Ali Wells, aka Perc, and his Perc Trax label, which has risen to international acclaim in recent years by pushing its sound in ever harsher and more experimental directions. (more…)
No space for posing or attitude – it’s all about music! Berlin based AXIOM started playing electronic music in the 90s. The biggest impact on him in that time after a still rooted hip hop period was techno and electro. In the early 00’s, experimental sounds became the gravitational point of his musical interests. Electronica, IDM and ambient, stunning new grooves and feelings for harmonics took place in his approach for bringing high quality dancemusic to the audience. In 2006 he wanted to widen his view of what music is, especially the experimental electronic music scene by providing interesting music without putting it under pressure of the all-digesting and redigestive music market. (more…)
Rotterdam home-based DJ/producer BAS MOOY (1976) has been active on many fronts in the techno scene since 1999. Heavily influenced by a city that breaths industrial strength twenty-fourseven, he gradually found his way into creating a unique dark sound, which lead him to the forefront of the European techno scene. In 2002 he kickstarted the already legendary Audio Assault record label with label partner Jeroen Liebregts aka Radial, which resulted in the birth of sublabel Arms one year later. Since then the Audio Assault family built a strong and constantly growing fan-base worldwide, showcasing an impressive catalogue with a constant output of stand out twelve inches, setting the standard for today’s quality dark techno. (more…)
Bunai Carus is an IDM/Braindance/Ambient duo based on Brussels. Founded in 2013, BUNAI CARUS [bunaj kaʁys] is a collaboration between Jeremy Louis and Guillaume Quet that started in Montpellier and continues now in Brussels. Both former instrumental musicians from different backgrounds, they desired to create an audiovisual project that would draw inspiration from sound experimentation by such artists as Autechre or Aphex Twin to the ambient landscape of Vladislav Delay among others. They blend various type of sounds like field recordings, contemporary classical samples and generated sounds with a visual to which they attach a great importance. So far they released six EPs on various labels which have been referenced on Many Feet Under (ITA), Clear Error (US), Brainstormlab (UK), SymbioticCube (GE). They are now making part of Mindwaves Music (GE), where they are going to release their seventh EP, Neend.