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Berlin haunted city by DuChamp
January 31, 2011, 3:53 pm
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Since me and Alice have started talking about ghosts, EVP  and so on as inspiration for Occultofest , I realize how much my city is haunted….

Two weeks ago I was at Tatsumi birthaday party.  The synth guy known as Max/Part Objects then was telling me “uh, this year Transmediale seems pretty nice. There is also Marianne Amacher sheduled”. “As EVP I suppose. Unfortunately she died some years ago”. “Really? She´s on the program, really!” . “Yes, but I´m sure she´s dead. I went to see Pauline Oliveros last year with Will, and that was a concert in her memory”. “She´s on the program, look here”. Well, she is.

And, hauting part two. Just two days before Occultofest, another haunted amazing thing, in Berghaim, Lux Eterna, starring  Iancu Duminitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram and other great artists…


The Transcendence of Music

A spectre is haunting the world – the spectre of music.

Music today is often simply perceived as commodity and is reduced to the functional. The digital revolution has seemingly left music in an eternal return. Since its beginnings, music has fought against such limitations by allowing us to experience a space beyond the everyday. Whether composed or improvised, whether soaring ecstatically or mathematically arranging time – music’s spiritual moments deal with transcendence in all cultures. The magic of sound builds a bridge to those spaces that elude language and leave the natural sciences baffled. Although we can talk about it, only a moment’s soul actually brings us together. Music transcends the borders to a deeper understanding of transience and a conscious experience of life: We All Get It In The End.

Even today, the memento mori of the Middle Ages resounds in blues, folk, metal and avant-garde music. The Ars Nova Ensemble passes through this last gate into the realm of luminous shadows with liturgically inspired choral compositions by György Ligeti, Jonathan Harvey and Claude Vivier.Albert Ayler was also searching for magical sounds when he conferred a loud voice to the African diaspora’s culture of remembrance with Ghosts. Evan Parker & Kammerflimmer Kollektief will transform this ascension into the tonal here-and-now in a unique cooperation. The Romanian composersAna-Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu employ computers for this journey, just as science fiction uses technology: as a medium into other dimensions and unknown spheres. In collaboration with theensemble mosaik, this magick will be conjured into being for Lux Aeterna with the premier of the commissioned piece Lux Animae.

PopMusic is also propelled by such epiphanies, which transform sound into a bodily experience and lead all synapses to one certitude. Past, present and future form the promise of a better life in freedom.Dietmar Dath situates this musical metaphysics in cultural theory with his lecture Woran wir Menschen merken werden, daß wir gestorben sind. Mark Fisher follows this up with his Birth, School, Work, Death And Music, in which he uses Jacques Derrida’s concept of Hauntology to describe developments in digital culture that use nostalgic codes to enter new spaces and break through reality. Mordant Music,The Caretaker and Vindicatrix transpose this coup into the ghostly. Berghain’s world-renowned Funktion One sound system will play host to the proceedings.

The future belongs to the spectres.


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