Berlin Atonal announces their new one-off 3-day festival concept, X100, to pay tribute to and reassess Yannis Xenakis’s legacy 100 years after his birth. 

X100 will present X100 Xenakis’ works alongside new commissions, installation-based presentations, world premieres, and special live performances from some of the most innovative artists working in experimental and performative electronic music today: Puce Mary X Bill Kouligas X special guests, multi-disciplinary artist Pan Daijing, Lee Gamble, Moritz von Oswald, Dreamcrusher, Florian Hecker X Russell Haswell, experimental rapper JJJJJerome, Kali Malone, Valentina Magaletti, LABOUR, and more, all playing with the Xenakis devised UPIC System.

Pioneering seminal composer and architect Yannis Xenakis started directions and techniques that continue to inspire today’s experimental electronic music, from architecture to acoustics, light design, immersive experiences, stochastic synthesis, and beyond. X100 will take place at Kraftwerk Berlin next November 18th—20th. 

X100 follows Tresor 31: Techno, Berlin und die große Freiheit 2-month long exhibition and concert series to celebrate Tresor 31 years after its opening.

Puce Mary with Bill Kouligas and special guests premiere Ride of Discord, inspired by Xenakis’ many uses of mathematical models and game theory. Commissioned by X100.

Pan Daijing premieres a new live performance with an ensemble of opera singers to explore the possibility of sounding architecture.

Moritz von Oswald premieres Metameric 1.2, joining percussionist Adam Weisman and pianist Prodromos Symeonids to re-image four classic Xenakis pieces.

Marcus Schmickler premieres Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy, an acoustic rendering of what it sounds like when two galaxies collide by gravitational forces between experimental music and modern techno.

Iancu Dumitrescu premieres a new concert with his 1972-formed Hyperion experimental music Ensemble.

LABOUR premieres sungazing, an experience of acoustic space with a large mixed ensemble of strings, percussion and voice, drumsets and electronics made with Xenakian stochastic distribution and sieves theory techniques.

Kali Malone presents Living Torch, composed at GRM studios in Paris between 2020-2021.

Lee Gamble’s compositions combine the sculptural sound objects of Musique Concrète and the ever-mutating dancefloor mechanics of the Hardcore Continuum. He releeased on PAN and Hyperdub.

Valentina Magaletti’s works enrich a folkloristic and eclectic palette through endless listening and experimentation with new materials and sounds, taking the percussive narrative to more experimental territories. She collaborated with Nicolas Jaar, Raime, Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Jamie XX, and Floating Points.

Haswell & Hecker performs UPIC Diffusion Session #23, following their research at the Centre for Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX), Paris.

New York’s Dreamcrusher premieres their NIHILIST QUEER RE-VOLT MUSIK for the first time in Berlin.

JJJJJerome Ellis is an animal, stutterer, and artist raised by Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants in Tidewater, VA, performing in Berlin for the first time. He researches relationships between blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time through music, literature, performance, and video.

Rashad Becker’s compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities, some smug, some shy, some agitators, others ready to surrender. He released on PAN.

Sergio Luque performs his electroacoustic pieces generated through nonstandard synthesis techniques and computer programming, using extensions to Xenakis’s stochastic synthesis algorithms.

November 18—20, 2022
Kraftwerk Berlin

Christian Benning Percussion Group / Christian Niculescu / 
Diana Miron / Diana Mos / Dreamcrusher / Haswell & Hecker / 
Iancu Dumitrescu / JJJJJerome Ellis / Kali Malone / 
LABOUR / Lee Gamble / Marcus Schmickler / 
Moritz von Oswald / Okkyung Lee / Pan Daijing / 
PHØNIX16 / Puce Mary with Bill Kouligas and special guests / 
Rashad Becker / Sergio Luque / Valentina Magaletti

Artistic director: Reinhold Friedl
Curators: Farahnaz Hatam, Colin Hacklander, Harry Glass, Laurens von Oswald