After a longer summer break we are back with our seventh podcast featuring a collaboration of two Sonic Ground members that started playing together just recently. Usually part of Crouds and Anoserica, Jay Nagel and Arne Kappen fuse their respective styles to create a voyage of swelling, atmospheric tension and intricate sound design combined with groove-obsessed drums and truly seductive bass lines. As per usual, enjoy a full hour of improvised live techno.
With clubs and event promoters searching for alternative methods to combat the unprecedented calamity social isolation brings to the sector, we are happy to show that our podcast series remains unscathed. With #006 h1 showcases the inimitability of intricate modular sound generation all the while bursting through the limitations of his patch with self-developed hard- and software. h1 combines virulent lead movements with a myriad of bits and bytes from techno, EBM and other electronic styles to put his own taste to the Sonic Ground portfolio. Needless to say, the set is a fully improvised display of instrument building and performance and we highly recommend you check it out!
Due to the current health situation and in the interest of our guests and artists,
we have decided to postpone our workshop event planned for next thursday at Arkaoda to a later date.
As most clubs and other cultural events are being shut down, we hope that you understand this decision
and most importantly stay safe and healthy.
Sonic Ground is proudly bringing back it’s workshop concept event.
On march 19 it’s time to unscrew the front panels and take a deeper look at the creation of electronic live music with Emme Moisés from Modular Field, who will be participating in an hour long “round-table” workshop from 8pm onwards, showcasing different parts of her live-set alongside resident artists from Sonic Ground. The event will be hosted at arkaoda in Berlin.
After our very successful first club night we are happy to present the start of our second event series.
GLUE will be our platform to invite selected DJs and provide a more classical club night approach. Nevertheless, h1 will set the stage for the night with his intricate full modular liveset and polish what’s already a sparkling line-up.
The 5th instalment of our podcast series brings a psychedelic and groovy hour of techno from our resident duo @anoserica.
Smart acid lines, psychedelia infused driving rhythms and groovy modular bleep hooks are perfect examples of the sound behind the Sonic Ground artist duo, anoserica. To achieve their signature touch, the pair decided to play completely on hardware instruments without any prepared loops – just as they do in their club performances.
For their Sonic Ground podcast, crouds have cooked up a one-hour improvised live set, feeding from the experience of their last three live performances played in and around Shanghai in November this year. This podcast also includes live-remixes of unreleased and about-to-be-released tracks, showcasing the duo’s artistic evolution during the last few months.
Next up in our resident artist introduction series, we proudly present the Berlin-based live techno duo crouds. The project was founded by Andreas Schuller and Jay Nagel in 2017 based on their similar artistic idea of creating improvised performances of electronic club music. Before joining forces, both have been producing and performing live sets on their own. Andreas has been hosting events in his hometown Munich, including his latest and biggest one in early 2019, the Sonic Ground Festival for electronic live music. Jay’s background in experimental music composition enabled him to travel abroad multiple times as artist in residency, leading to an extended network and collaborations with local artists in Latin America and Asia.
When combining their experience on stage, crouds are presenting a wide spectrum of genres, ranging from house influenced slow-burners to psychedelic hard hitters with a recent interest in broken, layered percussion patterns. While always preserving the flow, the mood during a set can change drastically if the crowd is in sync – with unexpected turns willingly provoked.
During their performances, Andreas is working his modular system playing basslines and sequences, while Jay is responsible for polyphonic sounds and percussion grooves. They are driven by continuously refining their setup that underwent numerous iterations in the past few years.
In the last couple of years, the duo has performed in well-established locations such as Mensch Meier (Berlin), Harry Klein (Munich) and 44KW (Shanghai) but their affinity to play smaller venues to create an intimate atmosphere is as big as ever.
When it comes to production and sound-design they combine heavily processed field recordings, analogue synthesizers and hard-hitting drums resulting in their signature driving and psychedelic straight and broken techno.
Their debut album ‘Cabin Pressure’ will be released on Neuzeit later this month: a well-crafted fusion of melancholia and strong dance-floor oriented drum patterns.
Also make sure to check out crouds’ newest set, as they provide us with a great fourth installment of Sonic Ground’s Podcast!
2020 is rapidly approaching and we will start the year right off with our very first club event at Griessmühle.
BODEN will (you might have guessed it) revolve around live performed techno and will feature well established live veteran Redshape alongside many Sonic Ground artists. Get involved and join us at 15. January to celebrate Sonic Ground’s club kickoff!
The anonymous fløw7nåke’s early impressions of the Berlin underground scene completely changed his perspective on music. After years of musical output as a drummer, he decided to start producing his own electronic music, and leave his acoustic instruments behind. After hearing the track “Marionette” from Mathew Jonson for the first time, fløw7nåke decided to purchase a drum machine and a synthesizer the following week to recreate this track, which is – as an homage – still part of his live sets today. Quickly getting hooked on sequencing complex and evolving electronic sounds, the artist started building his own tracks on analogue hardware. Early attempts of improvisational sets started to embody themselves into full live performances capturing interested ears around Berlin. With time, his sound would evolve to become harder, faster, more industrial and more abstract. Drawing parallels from his past as a jazz and metal drummer, the artist’s music is rhythm orientated with the added flavour of trance-inducing textures. Exploring his penchant for experimental and academic music, he is constantly incorporating diverse elements of musical concepts and is never afraid to push the envelope when it comes to creating hard hitting but groovy beats for the night club. Make sure to check out fløw7nåke’s feature on our latest podcast!