CDR Berlin and Firmament bring you a night of workshops and talks with music legends A Guy Called Gerald and Thomas Fehlmann, followed by an all-night party. Opening up conversation with music-makers alike, attendees are invited to submit their own productions to be played on Prince Charles’ Funktion One Soundsystem. Register free here, and read what the organisers have to say about the evening’s event below:
“We feel very honored to host 2 legendary musicians at this episode of CDR Berlin.
A GUY CALLED GERALD - the gateway between Chicago house / Detroit Techno and the UK dance music explosion in the late 80s. He is one of a few special producers who entered dance music in the jacking zone. He formed 808 State with a drum machine, a 303, 2 Roland SH101s and 2 other humans. His collaborations stem from Frankie Knuckles, Goldie, Finley Quaye and Derrick May through to Herbie Hancock, remixed for David Bowie, Lamb, Stone Roses, Black Uhuru, Can, Tricky, Roman Fluegel and The Orb and toured with New Order, Tricky and Bebel Gilberto. When the history of postmodern dance music is written he is ubiquitous: his visions, his stylistic versatility and open mindedness had a huge influence on the development of global dance culture. 2013 marks 25 years of A Guy Called Gerald in dance music and we are sure there are many stories to tell.
The roots of THOMAS FEHLMANN’s almost 30-year-long career lie in his work with German avant garde band ‘Palais Schaumburg’ he co-founded with partner Holger Hiller. In the late-eighties he produced as Ready Made, and in the nineties he worked together with Basic Channel’s Moritz Von Oswald and Juan Atkins as 3MB, helping to cement the Berlin-Detroit connection, as well as started a partnership with Alex Paterson and The Orb. To various extents he has collaborated on all Orb albums. Fehlmann produces a weekly radio show, OceanClubRadio, with Gudrun Gut and has been responsible for countless remixes and productions for a eclectic selection of artists ranging from Erasure to Einstuerzende Neubauten. In the 90s he was a resident at the legendary Tresor Berlin.
Every music producer knows the score: one can tinker away at a track for all eternity but it lacks something vital, and one still doesn’t quite know what. Is the sound right? Does the arrangement work? How will the tune work on the dance floor? What will my buddies think of it? When is the track really complete? These are the questions to be answered at CDR.
The aim of the event is not simply to give a straight lecture but to swap experiences, workshop style, in open discussion with all participants. A subsequent clubnight with previously submitted tracks will continue after the workshops. Upload your own tracks at www.cdrberlin.net and you’ll get to hear them later over the Prince Charles sound system when CDR residents DJs Dirk Rumpff, John B. Savary and Tony Nwachukwu pull them together in a plausible DJ set. The respective artists’ names will be displayed, if so wished, so as to facilitate immediate feedback.”