The Disappearance of Music


May–December 2020

Mark Dorf | untitled28, from the series PATH, 2012

Mark Dorf | untitled28, from the series PATH, 2012

 
 

Is music conceivable without musicians, instruments and recordings? “Traditional” instruments are becoming less and less important; easily accessible programs now make it possible to produce professional tracks even on a smartphone and software tools like auto-tune are becoming normalized. How does this change music, how does it change the live experience? And how are musicians dealing with the actual disappearance of concerts during the current pandemic?

Universally available, easy-to-use music tools are creating a new kind of musician: Anyone can produce music without any basic musical knowledge. In electronic music in particular, artists are breaking new ground in performances. The physical object of the sound carrier is also becoming a memory – files don’t develop a patina. What is this shakeup doing to the character of music? What new forms of live concerts will arise? The discursive digital music festival The Disappearance of Music revolves around these questions.

The festival’s title takes on an additional edge in the current COVID-19 pandemic: Music has actually disappeared from public life; concerts are only possible as live streams or under strict protective measures. In the run-up to the festival, a video series beginning in May 2020 shows how musicians are using the current restrictions productively: They digitally produce a new piece of music and document the process using DIY video.

Digital festival with concerts by s t a r g a z e, Andi Toma & Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars), Olivia Block, DeForrest Brown Jr., Forbes Graham, Bonnie Jones, George Lewis, Adi Gelbart & KNM; talks and installations by Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst, Agnès Gayraud, Interspecifics and many more

Video series with contributions from, among many others, Lucrecia Dalt, Barbara Morgenstern, Matias Aguayo, Lamin Fofana, Tellavision, Eblis Álvarez (Meridian Brothers)

Video series and festival curated by Zuri Maria Daiß and Detlef Diederichsen

Part of The New Alphabet

Video series
Until autumn 2020

Live streams, concert videos, talks
November & December 2020

Due to the current situation, the concerts, performances and talks will be published as a digital series without on-site audience.

Tickets that have already been purchased for on.site events will be taken back and refunded. Ticket holders will be contacted proactively by email by our ticket office (ticketinfo@berlinerfestspiele.de).

Digital festival



Matthew Herbert + s t a r g a z e: Alone

Concert | More information



Hauch: A sonic horror show by Marsha Ginsberg, Juliana Hodkinson, Katharina Schmitt

Performance | More information



Agnès Gayraud: The Hyper-Appearance of Music

Lecture | More information



Liz Pelly, Tobi Müller: Soundtracking Every Moment: Music as Data

Talk | More information



Maria Eriksson, Tobi Müller: Soundtracking Every Moment: Music as Data

Talk | More information



Robert Prey, Tobi Müller: Soundtracking Every Moment: Music as Data

Talk | More information



::vtol:: destructor

Sound installation | More information



Lars TCF Holdhus

Music video | More information



Isabel Lewis, Peter Kirn: Looking at Music: After the Laptop Performance

Talk | More information



Olivia Jack, Peter Kirn: Looking at Music: After the Laptop Performance

Talk | More information



Rebecca Fiebrink, Peter Kirn: Looking at Music: After the Laptop Performance

Talk | More information



Lars TCF Holdhus, Peter Kirn: Looking at Music: After the Laptop Performance

Talk | More information



Looking at Music: After the Laptop Performance | Conversation

Talk | More information



George Lewis: Spooky Interaction at a Distance: Telematic Afrofuturism

Keynote | More information



George Lewis: Voyager

Concert | More information



George Lewis: Timelike Weave

Concert | More information



Artist Talk with George Lewis & Magda Mayas

Artist Talk | More information



Jan St. Werner, Andi Toma (Mouse on Mars), Olivia Block, DeForrest Brown Jr., Forbes Graham, Bonnie Jones: Escape from America

Concert | More information



Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst & Frances Stonor Saunders: Interdependence

Live-Podcast | More information

Video series



Jana Rush: A Work in Progress



Gebrüder Teichmann: On the Drip


Music & video: Gebrüder Teichmann, Noland 2020


Substance (Cristian Vogel Remix), Arno Vancolen (EPM Music)




Perera Elsewhere: Hudu Homage




Kate NV: Untitled


Video: Kate NV and Pavel Kling


Jay Glass Dubs: #2 Song In Heaven (For Raissa)


Written, produced and recorded by Dimitris Papadatos, video by Panagiotis Mina
Love and thanks to Raissa Angeli


Gabber Modus Operandi: CELEPUK GENTAYANGAN (Haunted Owl)


Video & Music: Gabber Modus Operandi


DJ Raph: Deep State


Video: Victor Mutali


Eli Gras: Capillarity


Filmed by Eli Gras & Mar Morey


Astronauta Pinguim: The most beautiful card in the deck


Video and liquid wall projections by Ramiro Pissetti


Interspecifics: Untitled Data Composition


Recorded at Laboratorio Sensorial, Guadalajara, Mexico by Juan Villalobos (Sound) and Diego Gonzalez (Camera)


Rey Sapienz & MC Dogis Mechant: Tati Wata


Camera: Chrisman


Don Zilla & MC Ecko Bazz: Wagulu


Camera: Chrisman


Natalie Beridze: Holes




Ale Hop: The Very Little Band




Lamin Fofana: Note on Planetary Living




Lucrecia Dalt: Cosa


Camera and interview: Chris Shields


Matias Aguayo: New in the Forest




SOTE: Synthetic Wood


feat. Mazda Damadi (tonbak) and Arash Bolouri (video)


Guido Möbius: Zwiefacher


feat. Andrea Belfi (hihat) and Bettina Weber (violin)
Video: Anna Shirin


Tellavision: Love from a Distance


Video & Music: Tellavision


Barbara Morgenstern: Der Witz


Thanks to Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Potzlow-Lindenhagen


Meridian Brothers: Bucles y operadores en gran confrontación (presentando al Aparato del progreso)


Aparato del progreso built by Eblis Álvarez and Mateo Rivano
Camera: Bibiana Rojas