Jam & Create

Jam Room

Come make music with your fellow Loop attendees!

Were setting up a studio with some hand-picked analogue and digital gear, synching it all up with Link, and inviting you to come and play. Everybody’s welcome, regardless of skill level, and if the gear looks unfamiliar to you, there’ll be Ableton CT’s on hand to help talk you through it. We’ve also invited some of our favourite Berlin artists to host jam sessions, including musical games, listening exercises, and strategies for spontaneous creation.

Minimal Jam with Maya Shenfeld, Friday - 14:00 - 15:00

Start out slow and get in tune in this electronic meditation hosted by composer and guitarist Maya Shenfeld. Inspired by the ‘Deep Listening’ philosophy of Pauline Oliveros, Shenfeld focuses on long sustained sounds and slowly building textures and harmonies.

Female:pressure presents: Call Me Maybe with Akkamiau, Friday - 17:00 - 18:00

DJ and producer Akkamiau began her now-famous Elektrojams at spontaneous meetings by the coffee machine at art school in the Czech republic. Today, she still sees jamming as a social process, akin to conversation, where the first thing you need to do is introduce yourself. Learn how to say your name electronically, and let Akkamiau make the introductions.

Female:pressure presents: La Grande Conversation des Synthés with Akkamiau - Saturday - 14:00 - 15:00

Could you describe the weather using only sound? How would you say ‘electricity’ or ‘annoying cat’ using a synth module or a sequencer? Akkamiau invites you to join in a musical dialogue on these topics and more. In synth conversation, as in the regular kind, listening is key; so keep your ears open.

The Sonic Oracle: Compositional Strategies by Alexander Hacke, Saturday - 17:00 - 18:00

In 2008 Einstürzende Neubauten released “The Jewels”, an album comprised of 15 pieces, which were written using a divinatory card decked they invented, called DAVE. For founding member Alexander Hacke, DAVE represented one part of a career-long interest in divinatory compositional processes, concepts for channeling and guiding creativity in the world of music. In ‘The Sonic Oracle, Hacke will discuss and demonstrate these ideas, and create original pieces of electronic music with you, guided by the Oracle.

Female:pressure presents: Silent Movie Jam with Akkamiau, Sunday - 16:00 - 17:00

So-called ‘silent movies’ were rarely watched in silence, being usually accompanied by a live piano or organ onstage. Akkamiau’s jam invites you to take part in a 21st century version of the silent movie soundtrack, using instruments the creators of Metropolis and A Trip to The Moon would have considered pure science fiction. Jam and create spontaneous accompaniments to these films and more, including The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein, The Great White Silence by Herbert Ponting and A Page of Madness by Teinosuke Kinugasa.