In a year which made impossible the now highly anticipated annual unveiling of new projects and collaborations that usually accompanies Berlin Atonal, the festival has put together an artist-led collection featuring new music, art prints and garments.
The centre-point of the campaign is a major selection of new works by a range of artists from across the advanced musical landscape. Entitled ‘MORE LIGHT’, the compilation traverses the vast spectrum of musical energy which the festival radiates, from 19 different projects, representing 14 nationalities and over 30 years of musical experience.
French producer Aho Ssan has smelted the vocals of Exzald S into a multi-layered track that gestures towards a future language for computer-produced music. New York’s Hiro Kone pairs with group A’s Tot Onyx to debut their collaboration with an outstanding show- piece of groaning power-surge electronics, while legendary futurist Gerald Donald (Drexciya, Dopplereffekt) contributes a track under his XOR Gate alias.
Speculative widescreen-electronics protagonists Roly Porter and Paul Jebanasam unveil the first recorded track of their collaborative Altar project, while Nkisi hones in on a section of her Atonal 2019 set ‘’Initiation” and reworks it into a brawling, bleak, hard-edged trampler. These tracks sit beside a transformational collab between Abdullah Miniawy and Carl Gari, evocative synthesised works from Caterina Barbieri and Laurel Halo, unclassifiable post-ambient from exael and Kazakh-British violinist Galya Bisengalieva and much much more.
Available now in digital format (with the vinyl releasing January 29th), the festival’s legendary revived imprint, which has previously hosted contributions from Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV, Marshstepper and others now has a new chapter.