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Electronic Music in the Berlin Philharmoniel

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Dates and Tickets

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Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 20:00

Philharmonie

Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 20:00

Philharmonie

Programme

The Berlin Philharmonie opens its doors to the genre of techno music for the first time with a two-day programme. Concert and multimedia formats will be juxtaposed with club sets in the main auditorium and the foyer, produced by Stefan Goldmann. Along with leading international artists, many younger DJs and live acts will also be presented.

The history of electronic music goes back to the 19th century, but it did not become a global phenomenon until the advent of affordable production equipment in the 1980s. Since then, entire genres have developed from the formative characteristics of specific synthesizers, samplers or drum machines and the ideas that musicians worked out while experimenting with them. House in Chicago and techno in Detroit emerged in quick succession, soon followed by offshoots, for example, in Great Britain and Germany. Although this new music borrowed from the popular dance music of that time and was influenced by the African-American musical tradition, it did not fit the existing structures. The “tracks” – a work form that broke clearly with the song format and condensed its musical message into brief units – were too rhythmic, atonal and vehement.

The music was produced by outsiders in bedrooms. What was new was the fact that it did not stay there. Independent institutions were formed almost out of nothing: labels, distributors, radio stations, record shops. Above all, however, clubs were established – places where DJs played music that was created directly in the recording medium and initially had no interpreters in the narrower sense. Historically, this development coincided with the fall of the Wall in Berlin and the sudden availability of the unused real estate holdings of the former GDR. There were experimental spaces that seemed to be made for what would soon become the standard for a techno club: a “black cube” in which nothing distracts from music played at high volume. Today, techno and its offshoots are global, highly differentiated musical phenomena.

Starting with the basic form of the loop, in which the fundamental shape of the work is encoded and only develops through continuous repetition, artists have created highly individual musical patterns that enjoy tremendous popularity. At the same time, they influence musical practices all over the world, for example, through the adoption of production methods and stylistic elements.

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