Under the theme »Sustain,« the festival presents the latest in music from dancefloor saturnalia to entrancing experimentalism. With a programme that transcends genres, the festival consciously and resolutely moves between the cracks, tireless despite 25 years of an ongoing search for new (or newly unearthed) ideas, connections, and sonic extremes beyond fixed relationships. With the 2024 edition, CTM Festival asks what if »sustain« was a sound? What would it sound like? What music would emerge from it? Would it perhaps be music that not only offers refuge or escape from the world, but also music that reminds us of the possibility of turning towards brighter horizons? In this sense, CTM 2024 presents itself as a mixture of sensitive and thoughtful, disturbing and liberating sound journeys by both musicians and artists who will appear at CTM for the first time as well as returning guests and collaborators.
At Swine Daily, we try to provide a selection of recommendations for acts to see at CTM every year – in other words, what we will definitely not miss this year.
The works of composer and sound artist Kali Malone implement specific tuning systems in minimalist structures for pipe organ, choir, chamber music ensembles, and electroacoustic formats. Malone’s compositions are rich with harmonic texture through synthetic and acoustic instrumentation in repetitive motions and extended durations, emitting distinct emotive, dynamic, and affective hues which bring forth a stunning depth of focus. Sounding the massive organ in Berlin’s iconic Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Malone’s performance at CTM includes additional accompaniment by Stephen O’Malley – the guitarist and composer behind SUNN O))), KTL, and Khanate among other – on several four-handed organ pieces. The performance takes place only days ahead of the release of her latest album All Life Long, highlighting the organ segments contained therein.
*After seeing Kali Malone perform at the Sunn O))) tour stop in Vienna last year, her concert with Stephen O’Malley is one of our most anticipated shows of CTM 2024.
Petra Hermanova’s new release, In Death’s Eyes, combines folk and sacred musical technique and instrumentation which drift between song and heavy distorted drones. Performing on autoharp and voice, the SHAPE+ supported artist, will be accompanied by Jon Eirik Boska (percussion and voice) and the organist Elizaveta Suslova as they perform material from the album. To Hermanova, religious music offers spiritual solace from grief, but folk speaks to the human and earthly as told by the individual, through songs of suffering or joy, sin or salvation. With lyrics riddled with symbolism and allusion and contrasting the affordable and easy-to-master autoharp with the gargantuan organ reserved for skilled performers, In Death’s Eyes blends and contrasts the sounds of transcendence with the worldly, poignantly expressing Hermanova’s struggle for spiritual resolution against the reality of death and loss.
Club Acts – O Ghettão, Kampire, Skrillex, and more
Moving on to club acts, RSO.Berlin’s main floor lineup is expanded with O Ghettão, a new supergroup from Príncipe Discos reps DJ N* Fox, DJ Danifox, and DJ Firmeza. An electrifying and rebellious fusion of polyrhythmic afro-deep-house, shape-shifting kuduro, and minimal povera jazz stylings. Armed with self-built controllers as they dive into and disrupt the crowd, the high-intensity live duo FITNESSS feat Lung combine into a suspenseful sonic assault of high-precision sound design and raw intense vocals, coursing with the distilled rage and sorrow of a decimated Los Angeles. Appearing with a live AV show crafted from his latest concept album Syntheism, experimental bass producer EPROM dives deep into ultra-digitalized soundscapes, chirurgic sound design and erratic showers of breakbeats, paying homage to acid, dubstep, drum’n’bass, breakcore, and many other genres, albeit with the always recognizable EPROM touch. Finally, Skrillex was recently added to the lineup, and seeing him play in Berghain feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Festival passes are on sale in limited quantities and tickets to most events are now on sale. See you in Berlin!
Source: CTM Berlin PR