KONTAKTE '22 – Festival for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art
The Studio for Electroacoustic Music at the Akademie der Künste is hosting the KONTAKTE Festival for the fourth time in September 2022. Including premieres, revivals and a diverse range of performances, the festival offers a spectrum of current artistic trends and developments in the fields of electroacoustic music and sound art. For five days, the entire Akademie building on Hanseatenweg is transformed through concerts, performances, sound installations and discussion panels.
KONTAKTE '22 sheds light on fundamental issues surrounding electroacoustic music, artistic production, and their reception.
The festival continues productive cooperation with the Month of Contemporary Music in Berlin, and intensively collaborates with artists in Berlin’s independent scene as well as others in the German-speaking and international music scene, including the ensemble mosaik, Lange//Berweck//Lorenz, the Pony Says trio and the Female Laptop Orchestra.
This year again supports a variety of new productions created in the Studio for Electroacoustic Music presented at the festival.
Once again, cooperations have been established, among others, with the Institut für Neue Musik KLANGZEITORT, the Berlin University of Arts (UdK), the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (HfM), the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik (DEGEM).
The festival is funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin.
Thursday, 22 September 2022
8 – 10 pm, Studio
Pony Says with works by Uikyung Lee (UA), Yiran Zhao and Jessie Marino and Martin Schüttler
Pony Says is a trio specialising in contemporary music and free improvisation. Its members perform solo or as a duo/trio and collaborate with other creative artists from the fields of video, performance and site-specific art.
Friday, 23 September 2022
6 – 7:30 pm, Studio
Lange//Berweck//Lorenz, Works for a Synthesizer Trio, by Kirsten Reese, Christof Ogiermann, Midori Hirano, Korhan Erel and Alvin Lucier. Includes performances on historical synthesizers at the Akademie der Künste.
Lange//Berweck//Lorenz is an electroacoustic trio in Berlin. In this lineup, the trio performs scores for electric and electronic musical instruments reviving a repertoire from the past and collaborating with present-day composers on new works.
8 – 10 pm, Hall 3
Concert / Walking Concert
Netta Weiser, Radio-Choreographies: Hereafter (UA)
In her Radio-Choreographies, Netta Weiser uses choreographic practise to explore the possibilities of acoustic translations, using multichannel electronics for the concert installation.
10 pm, Beech Garden or the Studio Lobby
Late Night Performance
Female Laptop Orchestra, Site-specific performance
Saturday, 24 September 2022
11 am ‒ 12 noon, Clubroom
Female Laptop Orchestra: bridging continents, countries and culture through telematic music performance
Nela Brown on the Female Laptop Orchestra
12 noon – 1.30 pm, Clubroom
Discussion Panel with pioneers of electroacoustic music about our today
Moderation: Elena Ungeheuer
With the honorary members of DEGEM
2 ‒ 3:30 pm, Clubroom
Upheavals/Cracks/Outbursts – Moments of Artistic “Reset” / Experiencing (Artistic) Crises
New orientation, reevaluations, changing perspectives
Discussion panel with Nela Brown, Johannes Kreidler, Netta Weiser and Maximilian Marcoll
4 – 6 pm, Hall 3
Students at the HfM and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) present new works of electroacoustic music, including a piece by Akademie member Kirsten Reese.
KLANGZEITORT, the Institut für Neue Musik Berlin, perceives itself as a laboratory for musical composition and a reflective approach to contemporary music. A joint institution of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” (HfM), KLANGZEITORT is, above all, a forum for students and teachers.
6 – 8 pm, Hall 3
DEGEM annual concert and the awarding of the Thomas Seelig Fixed Media Prize
9 – 11 pm, Studio
ACHK: ACHK DREI, Performance for two electric guitars and live electronics
Maximilian Marcoll ‒ composer, sound artist and performer. Marcoll’swork explores the political potential of music and sound.
Sunday, 25 September 2022
11 am ‒ 6 pm, ONLINE, FM 88.4
concept and moderation by Netta Weiser and Anna Leon
live auf reboot.fm: 88,4 MHz in Berlin & 90,7 MHz in Potsdam & online
Netta Weiser, Radio Conference, Radio-Choreography
© Excerpts from the trailer of the festival KONTAKTE, Camera: Susanne Elgeti, Martin Wolff; Edit: Susanne Elgeti, Music: Tony Elieh & Mazen Kerbaj, Animation: Rimini Berlin