Once again we experience some lag between reality and this blog… Things unfold here and Europe and it’s only later that we can find the time and focus to post a solid writeup on our adventures. So here goes on a wrap up on the Datacide conference and party in Berlin on October 20th! The event was wholly at an space in Berlin known as Subversiv, one of Berlin’s many ex-squat community resource projects. A really great project, and ideal for this event.
The night started out with a series of talks upstairs. First we heard from Cedric who spoke about his research on experimental music from areas normally left out of the formal discourse on the topic, for instance Africa and Asia ( http://syrphe.com/african&asian_database.htm ). Then we heard from the OKK Team who spoke on their cultural interventions in Germany. Split Horizon then rounded out the talks by presenting ‘Control and Freedom in Geographic Information Systems’ - both a primer and extension to his article for Datacide 12. Slides from the talk can ben downloaded here: http://www.voidtacticalmedia.org/control-and-freedom-in-geographic-information-syst.html The talk went well, with many people finding a new interest in 21st century cartography and lively interactions with new faces continued throughout the night and indeed now for a few weeks since. It was a pleasure to present these concepts to a new audience. Additionally, as simultaneously a tongue in cheek action and serious invitation Key set up http://www.communitywalk.com/20_years_of_breakcore, a suggestion of mapping the international activities of the broken-beat-breakcore underground.
Of course, after the talks it was time for music! As Nemeton had promised, the soundsystem left nothing to be desired. Of course with Xanopticon playing the party as well, Heather in spirited form, and Liz driving the dance, this event was the Berlin meetup for our circle. Key opened the party with ambience and industrial beats: http://soundcloud.com/ioekey/key-at-datacide-20-10-2012 ; Dimentia mixed it up for a hard sound leading to some quick step deep intensity http://soundcloud.com/dimentia/dimentia-live-datacide ; This night as Split Horizon I took an experimental feedback techno approach through to a funky noise finale, for which I give this excerpt: http://soundcloud.com/splithorizon/split-horizon-datacide-excerpt . By this hour it was time for Xanopticon to stake his claim, and the people were clearly ready for a long awaited return to Berlin from this splinterbeat sculpter, giving the party its peak intensity. Without a doubt we also thank Amboss, LFO Demon, and H-Kon for sonic support on this excellent night with the Datacide crew.