Future Soundscapes Festival – Tag 1

Concerts, AV performances, dome projections, exhibition

Future Soundscapes invites you on an audiovisual trip through time: Over four days, artists from the fields of music, media art and sound art will explore the history and present of futuristic sound between pop culture, music and technology.
While the narratives and images of the sci-fi genre are already omnipresent and firmly anchored in the collective memory, Future Soundscapes makes sound tangible as an essential element in the design of future worlds - be it as noise, sound or music.

Betonhalle | 20:00 doors
21:00 Carmen Villain
22:00 Plaid

Kuppelhalle I 18:00–24:00
Ale Hop – Why Is It They Say a City Like Any City? I AV dome projection

transmediale studio I 18:00–24:00
!K7 Records X-MIX: Continuum I exhibition

Innovative duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been expanding the world of electronic music as Plaid since they split from trio The Black Dog in the early 90s. Their live performances have found them at home in both contemporary music and clubs, filling venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Southbank, Bloc and Berghain.

Carmen Villain
Norwegian-Mexican artist/producer Carmen Villain makes atmospheric music made up of tapestries of fifield-recordings, woodwinds, samples and synths, culminating in her own distinctive, cosmic sound combining elements of fourth world, dub and ambient. She has released music for labels such as Smalltown Supersound, Geographic North and Longform Editions.

Ale Hop - Why Is It They Say a City Like Any City?
The audiovisual installation by experimental artist Ale Hop was conceived in a context of immobility, and imagines a hallucinatory travel along South American territories, through sound and visual vignettes created in collaboration with thirteen musicians around the world, and an AI tool used to "translate" and "misstranslate" speech into image, creating different temporalities and points of view.
During the lockdown months, with the idea of challenging the digital resources that appear to dilute distances, Ale started a process of remote collaboration by sending messages to other musicians. She journaled her impressions of places familiar to her, to an intimate fictional character while reflecting on matters of time, sound, cosmovision and colonial memory, asking the artists to respond with sound collaborations. The idea behind this experiment was that her messages and the places they describe could be a catalyzer for a composition, allowing new soundscapes to emerge. Field recordings, mouth drumming, drone cellos, electronic loops, arrhythmic rhythms and voices came as responses to this experiment.
Collaborating artists: Ana Quiroga, Concepcion Huerta, Daniela Huerta, Elsa M’bala, Felicity Magan, Fil Uno, Ignacio Briceño, KMRU, Manongo Mujica, Moises Horta, Nicole L’huillier, Raul Jardín, Sukitoa Onamau, Tomas Tello.

!K7 Records X-MIX: Continuum
In November 1989, the eyes of the world were on Berlin. The wall separating East and West had fallen, paving the way for German reunification the following year; spawning one of the most vibrant club scenes on the planet. At that time, !K7 Records wanted to create visuals to go with the techno soundtrack that the German capital was dancing to. Combining the most innovative artists and DJs with the cutting edge of computer animation, the X-MIX concept saw the visualisation of techno begin to sweep into 3D, and was one of the few outlets for the emerging digital art scene. The first edition was compiled by a young Paul Van Dyk in 1993. From then on, the X-MIX videos began appearing everywhere - from primetime MTV slots to illegal warehouse raves. By placing a DJ at the centre of each mix, X-MIX inadvertently became the first mix CD series over ten instalments. With musical contributions from Dave Angel, Dave Clarke, Hardfloor, DJ Hell, John Acquaviva, Ken Ishii, Kevin Saunderson, Mr C, Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin and Paul Van Dyk, the series is an integral part of techno’s history.
As part of the exhibition at transmediale studio, all 10 editions from the landmark audiovisual X-MIX series will be played non-stop and in chronological order. On 24.9, the series will be experienced as a live installation in the Kuppelhalle. The mixes will also be available to stream individually throughout the festival.

Thursday, September 22
Betonhalle/Kuppelhalle/transmediale Studio
Start: 6 pm