The origins of Atonal go way back. It were the early 80ies when the infamous Kreuzberger SO36 hosted the festival featuring bands like Einstürzende Neubauten. One of the initiators was the later Tresor-Founder Dimitri Hegemann. So its no coincidence that the new Atonal takes place in the same building that is home to Tresor: The Heizkraftwerk Mitte.
There could be no better place for an event like this. Atonal is dedicated to experimental electronic sound (to say it in a easy way) and we all know that electronic music and post-industrial sceneries need each other.
The powerful architecture of the old power plant frames 4 days of audio-visual experiments of cognition. Ambient soundscapes crawl along the monumental columns, heavy bass rains down from the incredibly high ceilings and flashing light waves break above the seesawing crowd. Atonal is not really for dancing. It is for getting lost in a ocean of sound, getting hugged by harmonic acoustic sensations and irritated by weird noise attacks.
Atonal is not really for dancing. It is for getting lost in a ocean of sound, getting hugged by harmonic acoustic sensations and irritated by weird noise attacks.
During the closing concert by Tim Hecker I found myself in a trance-like dance yoga. So i can just highly recommend that you make sure to catch Atonal in 2015!