Yuri Landman (Experimental Instrument Design)

July 2020

Yuri Landman is a musician and an inventor of musical instruments. Based on prepared guitar techniques, he built his first instrument in 2001 to solve the inaccuracy of instant preparations. He has built experimental instruments for acts such as Sonic Youth, Half Japanese, Lou Barlow, Liars, HEALTH, Liam Finn, Kaki King, Melt-Banana, Micachu & The Shapes, The Go! Team, These Are Powers, Women, Rhys Chatham, Tomoko Sauvage and others.. Besides performing and inventing instruments, his main co-activity is giving instrument building courses and lectures. Since 2009 he has given over 200 DIY-instrument building workshops in Europe and the US at music festivals, music academies, art academies, concert venues and art spaces. In 2012 Yuri Landman and Bart Hopkin published Nice Noise, a book about string preparations and extended techniques for guitar. He also develops motorized sound installations and composes for dance. Landman is a regular guest teacher at the Academy for Pop Culture (Leeuwarden NL), Zadkine Pop Academy (Rotterdam NL), PXL Pop Academy (Hasselt BE), TAMK (Tampere FI), FH Joanneum (Graz AU), Aalto Uni (Helsinki FI) and he gave lectures and workshops at KHM (Cologne), Ghent University, RAM in London, Bradford University, Nantes University, Salford University (UK), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki FI) and Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam NL).
http://www.hypercustom.nl

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James Young (Darkstar)

June 2020

Since their early dancefloor 12”s on Hyperdub from 2008 and through two vocal-led albums in 2010 (‘North’) and 2013 (‘News From Nowhere’), Darkstar have been an influential force in the UK’s electronic scene. Following collaborations with the likes of Actress, Wild Beasts and Zomby they released their third album ‘Foam Island’, to critical acclaim in 2015 on Warp Records. It was a hugely ambitious record, buzzing with the energy and excitement of all the possibilities currently inherent in electronic music, yet it was also one that was shaped by the prevailing social and political climate at that point in time. Darkstar have continued their dedication to collaboration – releasing music with Empress Of (XL) and Gaika (Warp), collaborating with director Lucy Luscombe and Random Acts for Channel 4, working on ground-breaking live dance performances with choreographer Holly Blakey (Micah Levi) and scoring the Palm d’Or nominated short film ‘Dreamlands.’ Alongside these the band worked with Metal Liverpool, Arts Council England and Harthill Community centre to create an installation and performance piece with teens from migrant communities. The final performance, TRACKBED, was performed at the Barbican in London.
http://www.darkstar.ws

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Marie Davidson

May 2020

Cool and with a touch of classic French chanson, Marie Davidson’s heavy-lidded coldwave, synthpop and EBM has made her one of the year’s most talked-about talents. Trained in classical violin, the French-Canadian artist fell hard for analogue electronic music in high school, dropping out to become a fixture on Montreal’s thriving underground music scene. Davidson’s longest running project, the duo Essaie Pas, channels the noirish glamour and woozy mechanical groove of ’80s-era synthpop.
In 2012, Davidson also began recording under her own name, eschewing laptops and software in favour of a raft of analogue gear—synthesizers, drum machines, portable recorders, pedals. The resulting tracks, which layered French and English spoken word over spartan but muscular grooves, were collected onto a pair of EPs released via indie labels Holodeck and Weyrd Son—Perte D’Identité, in 2014, and Un Autre Voyage, in 2015. Her debut full-length, Adieux Au Dancefloor, arrived the following year. Imprinted with the DNA of techno, electro, dark Italo disco and synthpop, the album was a natural fit for Cititrax. In an interview with The FADER, Davidson revealed that the Adieux Au Dancefloor was born out of a stint in Berlin and “a fascination for dance music and club culture as much as a disgust from it”—an album that spurned the destructive behaviors of club culture while playing into its fetish for analogue sleaze. In 2018, she released her follow-up, Working Class Woman, on Ninja Tune and in 2019, announced her official departure from club music, with audiences waiting to find out what she will do next.
https://soundcloud.com/mariedavidson_official

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Colin Self

April 2020

Colin Self is an artist, composer and choreographer based in New York and Berlin. He creates music and performance pieces designed to expand consciousness, trouble binaries and play with the boundaries of perception. Self works with a broad range of communities using voices, bodies, and computers as tools to interface with biological and technological software. From his early years experiencing Riot Grrrl shows around his childhood home of Oregon, to his involvement with Brooklyn’s avant-performance collective Chez Deep, Self’s work reimagines “Do-It-Yourself” as “Do-It-Together.” He recently released the album Siblings, the final installment of his career-spanning, six-part opera, Elation. The series is about queer family and global transfiguration and covers disciplines including sculpture, video, recording and performance. In his practice, Self works across media with many collaborators. He has made music for various choreographers, including a score with Miguel Gutierrez for Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s Everything Fits in the Room. He works closely with Holly Herndon (4AD) and since 2015 has performed as one third of the Holly Herndon trio. He has also served as the vocalist for electronic duo Amnesia Scanner (PAN) and runs XOIR – an international non-utilitarian vocal workshop focused on alternative modalities of group singing.
http://colin-self.com

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Catnapp

March 2020

Catnapp is the guise of Argentinian artist Amparo Battaglia. She combines R&B, rap, breakbeat, pop, drum and bass and other genres resulting in an intense and nostalgic atmosphere with heavy beats. In her lyrics she speaks about love, anger and hate, but also about fear, darkness and nightmarish memories. Her music can go from the simplest 4/4 beat to broken experimental percussion with deep, huge pads and synths, resulting in a unique and original sound. Now based in Berlin , Catnapp is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having started in 2010, Catnapp continuously mutates and evolves. After (in 2017) founding her own label ‘NAPP Records’, she released the EPs “Fear” and “No Cover” in 2018 on Monkeytown, followed (in 2019) by the album “BREAK”, including the collaboration with Modeselektor for “The Mover”. Having released 6 EPs, 4 LPs, 2 Remix Albums and 3 Singles, she performed, among others, at Berghain, Boiler Room, Fusion, Melt, Secret Garden Party, Latitude Festival, ARS Electronica and will go on an extended album tour worldwide this year.
https://soundcloud.com/catnapp

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Sasha Perera

February 2020

Perera Elsewhere (AKA Sasha Perera) is a London-born, Berlin-based musician, producer, songwriter and DJ. Using everything from gritty, indigenous sounds to her own warped vocals or trumpet, oscillat- ing synths or dread-heavy basses, Perera creates soundscapes to house her songs as well as shape-shifting, psychedelic instrumentals. The result sees eerie ambient-blues, avant R&B & extra-terrestrial folk that seamlessly co-exist in the land of ‘elsewhere.’ She’s received critical acclaim from media outlets such as the BBC, NPR, Pitchfork, Fader & The Guardian. Sasha was songwriter & vocalist of the project Jahcoozi. BBC radio icon John Peel played their first EP and called it ‘pop music from the future’ Sasha bought some basic audio production gear in the mid-00s and started DJing ‘for fun’ in 2008. Slowly, Ableton changed her life and mindset forever. She has gone on to give audio production workshops for for Ableton Loop & Native Instruments and has co-curated / participated in various music projects in Asia and Africa via the Goethe Institut.
https://soundcloud.com/perera-elsewhere
https://www.pereraelsewhere.com

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Rabih Beaini

January 2020

Lebanese-born producer and DJ Rabih Beaini (formerly known as Morphosis) specializes in grainy, imaginative analogue techno. As Morphosis, Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the 90s. Having cut his teeth as a DJ, a move to Italy in 1996 proved the catalyst to start experimenting in the studio.
Beaini’s genuine musical ability and a range of influences—from krautrock to new wave—seep into his inventive, dark, and emotional productions and immersive DJ sets. These influences also find their way into Beani’s productions with the Upperground Orchestra, a multi-headed improvisational ensemble that explores the terrain between electronica, techno, and improvisational jazz. While his productions join the dots between raw, elementary electronica, and jazz, his Morphine label has put forward an equally forward-thinking selection of techno from the likes of Madteo, Hieroglyphic Being, and Anthony “Shake” Shakir. Beaini served as a producer for a retrospective collection of Buchla synth pioneer Charles Cohen and others of composer Pauline Oliveros, French mechanical-orchestra creator Pierre Bastien, and explosive Indonesian duo Senyawa.
http://www.morphinerecords.com
https://soundcloud.com/rabih

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Pan Daijing

November 2019

Pan Daijing is an artist and musician from Guiyang. Her raw approach as composer and performer takes many forms: sound, choreography, installation, and storytelling. Soul-baring utterances and sonic, aesthetic outbursts are the main tendons of her practice. Her poetic, uncanny work interweaves vehicles of power and vulnerability, and often oscillates along paradoxical conceptual states and spatial interactions. Since the release of her acclaimed album debut ‘Lack’ on Berlin based label PAN in 2017, she has also presented multidisciplinary pieces at Kraftwerk, Barbican, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Hamburg Elbphilarmonie, amongst others.
http://www.pandaijing.com

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Black Cracker

October 2019

Black Cracker (Ellison Glenn) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sound, text, video and installation. After a late graduation he enrolled at the Memphis College of Art in 1996 where he studied fine art with an emphasis in conceptual art and art history. Excelling as an award winning slam poet locally and nationally, he was also a vital activist and educator, mentoring teenagers all over the city from 2000-2009 as Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC (formerly Youth Speaks NYC). In 2004 Black Cracker began exploring music production, collaborating, producing and touring with a number of avant garde groups. He is currently a vocalist in jazz trio Grand Pianoramax and Kiku along side Blixa Bargeld. Black Cracker has released 3 solo albums, and has toured the globe extensively, most recently as the support act for Peaches in Europe and Australia. In 2016, Black Cracker presented his interpretation of Mozart’s Cosi Fani Tutte at the Deutsche Oper. In 2017, he performed at the Museum of New and Old in Hobart Tasmania and at Documenta 14’s opening weekend in Kassel. He created performance installations for Volksbuhne, Tanznacht, NBK Gallery (assisting Peaches) and returned to The Deutsche Oper with his comment on Wozzeck in 2018.

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Andrea Belfi

September 2019

Italian-born Andrea Belfi is a drummer, composer, and experimental musician. Artfully blending the acoustic with the electronic, his performances are equal parts energetic and hypnotic, featuring long-arching soundscapes that are rich and immersive. Belfi’s music pulses on the exploration of deep and mysterious nocturnal spaces. Strikingly atmospheric and replete with vivid timbres, his music is oftentimes rhythmically complex but also pure and reductive. A live performer at heart, Belfi’s music comes to life on stage where he’s built a reputation for electrifying drum solos and off the cuff improvisations. He has collaborated and recorded with musicians like Nils Frahm, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mike Watt, David Grubbs among others, and he has performed at the likes of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Barbican Centre (London), Issue Project Room (New York), CTM festival (Berlin). July 2019 sees the release of Andrea Belfi’s next studio EP, Strata, on the London-based label FLOAT.
http://www.andreabelfi.com

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Max Boss of Easter

July 2019

Max Boss (along with writer Stine Omar) is one half of Easter, who place the deadpan delivery of riddling rhymes atop synthetic post-Eurodance beats, distilled into stark minimalism. Easter’s sonic identity is bolstered by a playfully clinical visual language – their 15 self-directed music videos show the sophisticated DIY aesthetic they have crafted, equally suitable for laptop screens as in white cubes.
easterjesus.com

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Drew McDowall

June 2019

Drew McDowall is a Scottish born- NYC based composer and musician. He was a member of Coil in the 90’s contributing heavily to some of their most respected and influential works. Recently he has presented his hallucinatory, darkly experimental work at international festivals such as CTM, Berlin Atonal, Labyrinth, UH Festival, Dark Mofo and Unsound. He has collaborated with Hiro Kone, Puce Mary, Croatian Amor, Varg and Rabit amongst others. His latest solo album The Third Helix was released on Dais Records in September 2018.
daisrecords.com/collections/Drew-McDowall

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Andi Toma

May 2019

Andi Toma is a founding member of Mouse on Mars – one of the most defining and versatile electronic music projects from Germany. Since they started in 1993, Andi Toma and band partner Jan St. Werner have recorded 15 albums and have started various collaborations, such as with outsider composer Moondog, The Falls Mark E. Smith and avant-pop-outfit Stereolab. Additionally to Mouse on Mars the duo started a label called sonig where they showcase experimental music. Originally from Düsseldorf, Andi Toma now lives and works in Berlin.
mouseonmars.com
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Ville Haimala

April 2019

Ville Haimala is a Finnish born Berlin based artist and producer best known as one half of music duo, performing arts troupe, experience design studio and production house Amnesia Scanner. Amnesia Scanner has released a series of critically acclaimed albums/records on labels like Young Turks and PAN and presented work at art institutions such as ICA London, HKW Berlin, and the Serpentine Gallery Marathon in London. Aside working on Amnesia Scanner, Ville is also working as a composer and music producer collaborating with visual and musical artists like FKA Twigs, David Byrne, Holly Herndon and Oliver Laric.
amnesiascanner.net

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Born in Flamez

March 2019

Born in Flamez is a Berlin-based producer and DJ who subverts gender and genre with a range of influences somewhere between deconstructed club, lofi pop, grime, and classical music. The project has released tracks on Infinite Machine, Monkeytown and UnReal and collaborated with the likes of WWWings, Ziúr and Modeselektor. They have produced with LA based noise trio Health, whom she also supported on tour. They also supported canadian multitalent OPN in Europe and co-curated CTM festival 2018.
soundcloud.com/born-in-flamez

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Ziúr

Februar 2019

Ziúr is a Berlin-based DJ/producer. In 2015 Ziúr self-released her first mixtape /xuːx/ featuring Brooklyn’s Samantha Urbani and Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) and San Francisco rapper MicahTron. In 2016 her official debut EP “Taiga” followed, she also contributed to Peaches’ remix album. Her first full-length album “U Feel Anything?” was released October 2017 on Planet Mu. Ziúr played festivals such as Unsound, CTM, Lunchmeat, 3hd and shared stage with Kablam, Amnesia Scanner, Patten and DJ PayPal.
http://planet.mu/artists/ziur/

Mentees
BORA
Nancy Drone

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Robert Lippok

January 2019

Robert Lippok is an avant-garde musician and visual artist and composer who has been an influential player in Berlin’s thriving experimental music scene from a very early age. In the 80’s his brother Ronald and him played dissident music under the name Ornament und Verbrechen. In the 90’s they started post-rock outfit To Rococo Rot together with Stefan Schneider and published on various labels such as Kitty-Yo, City Slang or Staubgold. His solo work has been featured on the renowned label Raster-Noton.
raster-media.net/artists/robert-lippok

Mentees
The Allegorist (Anna Jordan)
Jana Irmert

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Lucrecia Dalt

November 2018

Lucrecia Dalt is a Berlin-based songwriter who dove into music full-time after working as a civil engineer in Colombia. Her pursuit of avant-garde sound brought her to Barcelona and then to Berlin, where she currently resides. Over the years, she has collaborated with Berlin’s F.S. Blumm, Barbara Morgenstern, Gudrun Gut, Julia Holter, and, in the project Terepa, with a group comprised of Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, NHK’Koyxen, and Grégoire Simon. She has recorded five albums on labels such as Human Ear Music, Care of Editions and Nicolas Jaar’s imprint Syzygy.
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Mentees
Albertine Sarges
Daniela Huerta (AKA Baby Vulture)

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Laurel Halo

October 2018

Laurel Halo is a Berlin-based recording artist. Her eccentric, genre-defying productions have earned her a reputation as a producer with a singular, distinctive voice. Originally from the North-American Midwest, Laurel Halo has released three albums and several EP’s via the renowned labels Hyperdub, Honest John, Hippos in Tanks and NNA Tapes. Her last album “Dust” featured contributions by Julia Holter, Klein, Lafawnda who like Laurel Halo channel the Zeitgeist of today in their work.
laurelhalo.com

Mentees
Baal & Mortimer (Alexandra Gruebler)
xin

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Caterina Barbieri

September 2018

Caterina Barbieri is a Berlin-based Italian composer. Her debut album “Vertical” was produced between Elektronmusikstudion and the Royal University of Music in Stockholm. Since then, her work has been presented in festivals and venues such as The Long Now, MaerzMusik, Atonal, CTM, HKW, Ableton Loop, Moogfest, Mutek, Barbican Centre and Biennale di Venezia 2017. Her last solo LP “Patterns of Consciousness” has received critical acclaim and has been named in several “Best of 2017” music round-ups (Fact Mag, The Wire, Boomkat).
caterinabarbieri.com

Mentees
Ionian Death Robes (Abigail Toll)
Maya Shenfeld

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