Hör dich glücklich: XYZ project
and Czech Centre Berlin present a night of conversation and music.
What was the difference of the music innovations between Prague and Berlin in the 1990s? Two cities affected by similar aspects, with a vastly different musical journey. This question will be discussed by Mark Reeder
, Robert Carrithers and two of the artists behind XYZ project Oliver Torr and Jakob Schubert, as well as Martin Kulhanek (fleika
), the artist they have invited to perform with them afterwards. The talk will be moderated by Peter Kirn (CDM
), and will be an informal conversation about Mark’s and Robert’s links to the Czech music and art scene, which are not discussed as much in popular culture as other European music scenes linked to the two artists.
The night will be presented within the series of listening concerts „Hör dich glücklich“ and after the talk the evening will continue with audiovisual live performances from fleika
, Oliver Torr
and St. Jakob
, who will be using sonic snippets of 90s material, putting them into a different context.
18:30 — 20:00 Discussion w/ Mark Reeder, Robert Carrithers, Oliver Torr, Jakob Schubert and Peter Kirn
20:00 — 22:00 Live performance — fleika
, Oliver Torr
, St. Jakob
You might know Mark Reeder from the soon-to-be cult film ‘B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989ʼ amongst many other successes in his career. He was the German representative for Factory Records (Joy Division and others), formed a band with Simply Redʼs Mick Hucknall (The Frantic Elevators), also worked for many bands, including the now legendary punk band Die Toten Hosen. He also formed a synthpop duo ‘Die Unbekanntenʼ, with drummer of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Alistair Gray. He has been described as one of the Godfathers of early electronic music and goth rock. Organizing secret gigs around Berlin (and in Prague, as we will get to know) he is definitely one of the deepest roots in electronic music that we experience today. His remix catalogue spans across a plethora of artists across many genres, including John Foxx, Depeche Mode, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Anne Clark, Die Toten Hosen, Westbam, and many many others.
Robert Carrithers is a photographer, film director and producer. He also works as a cameraman, writes and develops scripts and has worked as an actor. He has been deeply involved in underground music, art and club scenes going all the way back to New York in the early 1980s. He was a freelance photographer covering cultural events for various magazines and newspapers in New York, London and Paris. He photographed personalities in the art scene, such as Keith Haring or Jean-Michel Basquiat. He has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, and Berlin. He has been involved in seminal New York clubs such as the Mudd Club and The Danceteria. He is scheduled to exhibit at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool this year.
Peter Kirn is a producer/DJ, technologist, and journalist. He is a prolific music artist himself, and also builds platforms around new use of technology in music. Classically trained as a composer and pianist, Kirn now produces adventurous techno and experimental music. Collaborative projects include Nerk/Kirn (V-Records, Snork Enterprises, with Nerk of Toktok fame), Alchemic Harm (dark ambient work, with a release with Lower Order Ethics), work with contemporary dance, sound art, and a collaboration with Robert Lippok (raster-noton), including a project on the 4DSOUND spatial audio system with architect Arno Brandhlhuber. He also releases solo techno and experimental music. He has for over a decade run CDM (createdigitalmusic.com
) which has evolved into a daily destination for analysis of cutting-edge use of technology in all aspects of music. He is also co-creator with engineer James Grahame of the award-winning MeeBlip line of hardware synthesizers. Peter has collaborated with the European Space Agency, Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, and various festivals and conferences (TED, South by Southwest, re:publica), and produced workshops and open performance laboratories (MusicMakers Hacklab) around the world
The XYZ project
artists Oliver Torr and Jakob Schubert have been involved in the alternative arts and music scenes in Prague for some time, Torr having also lived in London where he studied music, and in Berlin studying audiovisual art. They have been regulars at Pragueʼs young electronic music club Ankali, as well as other venues around Europe. They host their own radio show on Radio 1, run their own vinyl and cassette label, have hosted many events in Prague, and have exhibited their audiovisual works in many galleries around Prague, as well as participating in the Signal festival and Lunchmeat festival along with the rest of the XYZ crew.
is a DJ and producer from Pragueʼs Polygon crew, resident of Ankali club. He has recently started to perform live, concentrating on the ambient spectrum of music.
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