With a background in breakcore, weirdo electronic music and a love for video game soundtracks disrupt and a trashy laptop set out on a mission to unite bits and bytes with the goodness of DUB back in 2003. Starting the Jahtari imprint as an outlet for those humble but fun experiments helped to gain momentum for the sound and DIY approach the label is now known for. A fair heap of releases followed since 2007.
Tatsumi Ryusui (Drone/Ambient Guitar) is a Japanese-born, Berlin based experimental/noise/ambient sound artist. He processes several proper, accidental or self-build instruments to generate delicate, yet powerful and astonishing ambient textures that connect drone with the cathartic side of noise.
The Karmic Laws
The Karmic Laws is an original collaborative audio-visual performance between Erfurt based animator and film-maker Marcus Gryszock and Dirk Markham, a Scottish musician resident in Berlin.
The soundtrack is provided by Markham who uses a strictly real-time process with no parts prepared in advance. All loops and samples are created from scratch using processed guitar, effects and samplers in the moment and layered to create an evocative soundscape of ambient drones resulting in an instant composition.
Giants of the Sun is an ambient live performance of the EDM formation Huellkurve. They use close-ups of the sun as a visual foil for their musical interpretation of massive solar flares.
See the full set including live footage from their performance here:
For h1, everything started in the late 90s with his father’s computer, recording loops on cassette tape through crappy desktop speakers. Nowadays he’s noodling around with algorithmic compositions, modular synthesis and building his own gear. Everything needs to fit into the backpack. h1 is part of the electronic music collective Sonic Ground.
Joseph Noise paints the dark vision of a violent society collapsing. As history tends to repeat, he uses two poems by Erich Kästner from 1928. Unfortunately the walkman breaks after the first verse of Der Mensch ist gut. Besides breaking walkmans, you hear all kinds of samples, some spring reverb feedback and some distortion from a gritty old mixer.
The electronic act Monocube was founded in Odessa (UKR) and is active since 2008, currently based in Berlin and Odessa. Monocube is exploring the fields of electronic music using a wide range of analogue instruments combining various styles of electronic music, such as drone, industrial and experimental ambient. Since 2017 Monocube have been collaborating with the visual artist M. Kardinal in the APPARITIONS series of audio-visual performances at Spektrum (2017/2018, Berlin) and transmediale Vorspiel (2018, Berlin).
Monocube and M. Kardinal premiered the fourth part of APPARITIONS – an ongoing series of collaborative audio-visual performances. APPARITIONS IV. POST-CRISIS REMEMBRANCE is an audio-visual remembrance through post-crisis moments of urban landscapes and their sounds reflecting on contemporary crisis events such as disasters, and other critical incidents. These events may demolish people’s fundamental sense of safety and security, leaving them feeling jeopardized and vulnerable. These events often disrupt the worldview or profound beliefs people have about their lives and ethical order. People’s psychological notions can be annihilated and many people experience a crisis of meaning or purpose.
Gregor Dys explores the sonic architectures of the modular synthesizers, controllers and gadgets at his fingertips. Taking a performative approach, the listener is guided through an semi-improvised exploration of electroacoustic ambients, howling drones, thickening soundscapes and unexpected noises.
Der Berliner Experimentalmusiker Felix-Florian Tödtloff (ehemals Sferics) arrangiert elektrische Gitarre und Synthesizer zu Klangcollagen zwischen Minimal und Melancholie.
DuChamp is an Italian scientist, musician and curator based in Berlin, religiously devoted to drone. Drone is related to a precise childhood memory: the sound of the hair dryer, that her mother used to fix her hair. That was the sound of care, bliss, and infinite love. Since 2017, DuChamp started to incorporate real field recordings, related to her personal memory, into her drone compositions, by adding layers of sounds and noise in attempt to recreate some kind of apophonias.