Playlist: Best of the Berlin Festival 2012

by James Glazebrook

Is it too early to get excited about the Berlin Festival? Butbutbut… the line-up this year is actually pretty good! Gone are the Britpop hasbeens of 2011, and in their place are the hottest young indie-dance crossover bands, cutting-edge electronica, and a clutch of homegrown talent. The German scene is well-represented this year, by The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Digitalism, Raop (Rap + Pop) group Cro, and new blood Frittenbude and Etnik – as well as Berlin’s own Modeselektor, Dumme Jungs, I Heart Sharks and Paul Kalkbrenner.

All of that, plus Little Dragon, Grimes, SBTRKT, Orbital AND MORE will make for some difficult choices, but you will definitely find me front-and-centre when Sigur Rós hit the Tempelhof stage, with tears streaming down my stupid emo face. In order to get you as prematurely excited as I am, I’ve compiled a Spotify Playlist: Best of the Berlin Festival 2012 containing some of the guaranteed highlights. Click to listen or grab the link – and GET YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!

Berlin Festival 2012
7th – 8th September
Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin

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Berlin Calling: Symphony of a Great City

by James Glazebrook

YouTube Doubler

[EDIT: I’ve disabled autoplay on the videos as it was *super* annoying. To experience Berlin Calling: Symphony of a Great City, click the two play buttons above in quick succession. Enjoy!]

I’ve always loved mashups, and recently Zoë and I taken to blending Berlin content. We started by turning Fuckparade icon Techno Viking into a 1920s silent movie, and now I’ve mashed together two famous visions of Berlin past and present – Berlin: Symphony of a Great City and the soundtrack to Paul Kalkbrenner’s Berlin Calling.

I’ve had my eyes on Walter Ruttmann’s “city symphony” for some time, harbouring vague plans to replace its lost score with sounds recorded in modern-day Berlin. In the meantime, Kalkbrenner will do nicely (although I’m still pleased with my shortlist of possible soundtracks, local dub techno pioneer Monolake, Mogwai and Boys Noize at last year’s Berlin Festival, and Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 performance at Deutschlandhalle). I was able to knock together these video mashups with the help of the neat tool YouTube Doubler, and our Tweep 12pt9 who introduced us to it. Danke schön!

Think you have a better soundtrack for Symphony of a Great City? Got any ideas for other Berlin video mashups? Drop us a link in the comments below and we’ll check them out!

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City black and white

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