On 3 days, a variety of turntablists, DJs & Djanes, scientists, finger drummer and beatmakers will take over Cassiopeia Berlin, transforming it into an in & outdoor play space for sound nerds of all ages. Featuring more than 30 artists from around the world, this eclectic, futuristic event brings vibrancy to the sample music culture. We thank the many organizers, artists and sponsors who make this festival possible each year. Here you see the current status of the artists .... watch out for an update!
Donna Maya (a.k.a. Maya Consuelo Sternel) is a Berlin based musician, DJ and producer, combining bass music with theremin. She is also the first female Ableton certified trainer. Her creative style led to invitations to perform at Sonar in Barcelona, Transmediale in Berlin and at “Pinakothek der Moderne” in Munich.
Donna Maya studied audio engineering and made a Master of Arts in Systematic Musicology at the university of Hamburg with a focus on electronic music and DJ culture.
Donna Maya brings together the oldest available electronic instrument with most up-to-date tools for music production and performance. She creates music that has much bass, unique sound- textures and distinct, often polyrhythmic beats. Donna Maya will explain how to make a theremin sounds like a blank groove of a vinyl record, how to create a track out of one short speech sample and building multi-layered textures, bass lines and beats from that and how to use various features of Ableton Live and Push effectively to develop a live performance setup in combination with the theremin.
Doshy is a Berlin based producer whose music sounds like a combination of Eprom and Wuki’s styles — part experimental low end, part miami bass. During his career he collaborated with top cats of the 808 scene such as Bleep Bloop or Mad Zach. He played shows all over the globe and was part of the line up at LA`s famous LowEndTheory party.
At SMF 2018 you can jam with DOSHY on Saturday afternoon at the exhibition room or catch him during his live set in the evening. Future bass and 808 in full effect!
Paris based Hannibal Flynt is a legend among the legends of electronic music. He has rocked crowds internationally with sets deeply rooted in Clubbing Music (Hip-Hop, BassMusic, Club, Dancehall, Moombahton).
At 88 years young, this Grandpa intends to cap off his career at the world famous Californian festival Coachella... !
Despite extensively traveling the world 2015-16 (London, New York, Barcelona, Paris Nouveau Casino, Paris VIP Room, Chill Up Festival, Mirabelle Festival, etc ...), he managed to make time to launch his Electronic Music Label Ok.k!dZ in which he produced and collaborated on multiple projects.
This year we combine 12 brands that are known for high level scratching and battles. SampeMusicFestival Germany, Beat4Battle France, Dubai, Hungary & Belgium, SuperSkratchSunday UK, Cut2Cut USA, Greece, Solo turntablism Spain, Romania Battle and Community Skratch Games Ireland all come together for an epic battle. Each country will hold their own local battle in 2018, the winner of the local battle will head to Berlin for the final in September.
The format of the final is a 12 person, seeded bracket battle. Seeded brackets are typically used in sports and gaming tournaments.
Smf qualifying battle for COTT will take place before the main COTT battle. Each entrant will scratch over 8 bars, to a beat chosen by the organizer. It is a freestyle scratch battle. There may not be dvs plugged in, so come prepared with your own record.
If you have entered a previous regional qualifier for COTT, you will not be allowed to enter the Smf qualifier. There are no region restrictions for the qualifying battle, just show up to SMF. The competition starts on Saturday at 04:00 pm.
JayDeLarge started playing keyboards at an early age but found himself not practicing what he should but instead experimenting around with crazy sounds and effects on his keyboards.
His love for Hiphop and Scratching started when seeing Videos of the Beastie Boys and Mixmaster Mike.
10 Years of playing in local bands, producing at home, entering small scratch sessions and a diggin trip to Japan inspired JayDeLarge to produce his first album „Tears Of The Rising Sun“ - combining his love for vintage keyboards and sound effects with the growing passion for scratching and producing sample based music.
In 2014 he won the German IDA title in the showcase category with a 6 minute loop based set. Regarding the growing portablism scene in 2017 Jay released a 7“ called Portable Melodies Vol 1. A new take on scratchtools using more melodic and all skipless sounds. This unique record inspired turntablists around the globe to make loop based music. Rightnow Portable Melodies Vol 2 as well as other Beat-tapes and Albums are in the making.
Looping with Ableton – or „How to learn to work with the things you have“. In the workshop I will show how I set up my ableton to use it as a looping device. It's way more flexible than just using a hardware pedal but it also comes with some downsides you will have to learn to overcome. I will also focus more on the creative aspects and the philosophy of using the tools you have to make good music instead of being a intelligent tech nerd with crappy music.
Smith is a composer, performer, and educator currently based in the Catskills region of New York State. Smith has performed throughout the US, Europe and UK, including performances at MoMA and PS1 [NYC] and Le Centre Pompidou [Paris, FR], has had his music performed throughout North America, Iceland, Denmark, Australia and the UK, has presented his work and research at conferences including NIME, ISEA, ICLI, ICLC, SMF and TENOR, and has lectured at various colleges and universities. Smith is best known for his work with Animated Music Notation and as one-half of the live-coding duo The Rebel Scum [with Shawn Lawson]. His Ph.D. research website is archived at animatednotation.com. Please visit ryanrosssmith.com for more information.
In this lecture, Dr. Ryan Ross Smith will provide a brief overview of live-coding in the context of the Algorave format. Using Alex McLean's TidalCycles, Smith will demonstrate basic
functionalities, including a basic overview of how the TidalCycles language is structured, pattern generation and manipulation, sample creation and modification, and tips and tricks for the
development and performance of a live set. The lecture will also include a demonstration of Smith's work as one-half of the live-coding duo The Rebel Scum using Smith and Lawson's
audio-visual, telematic platform The Dark Side.
Originally from Nantes, France, L.Atipik began the mix in 2006, self-taught, and passionate of scratch, she takes her first steps on stage alongside the rapper Ismael by creating the Rhapsody duo. This first experience will be most rewarding, allowing them to learn the scene.
Over time, several musical encounters followed one another, notably with the artist DEEZ and the group LOWSCHOOL with whom she shares the stage today.
Alongside these collaborations, she joined Dj's "Opus Magnum" collective in 2010, allowing her to be musically enriched alongside all the members of this eclectic association.
Always in a spirit of openness to different worlds, she created in 2014 a dance company, the company S with her friend and colleague Julie Olivier. 2 shows will be created between 2015 and 2017, including one for young audiences whose goal is to introduce the practice of turntablism to the youngest.
One big focus of the event is the linking of sponsors and attendees in an intuitive way so that everyone who attends SMF 2018 can benefit. We strive to stray from the regular exhibition set up for purely commercial purposes, to do this we plan to install a "musical interaction room“.
The aim is to animate the attendees to use sponsor products in this musical context. All the equipment will be daisy chained with the PA in the room and so the users may conduct jam sessions in between the hourly product related showcases.
Check the time schedule to get some infos on the artists who will play with you during the jam session.
Surrounded on stage by Machines (sampler, looper, midi controller) the french/english Beat Matazz - a finger drummer prince - offers a highly precise pulse and speed playing electronic instruments live.
Rooted in the abstract hip-hop moovement and ancient drummer, its very naturally that he follows the path of artists such as Araab Musik or Jeremy Ellis. The Brain of his set up : The MPC, legendary sampler in rap history is coupled with a looper used to build up beats like a hip-hop version of the artist Binkbeats.
You’ll feel power, it comes from the trap influence and more refined IDM from warp label or beat music such as Flying Lotus, Samiyam and rappers like Roots Manuva. London and Los Angeles are not so far.
With Herrmutt Lobby there are no loops, no sequences, no backing tracks, no groove machines. Their primary objective is to develop both hardware and software aimed at performing live. Their devices are intended for direct interpretation, producing movement-driven music in real time.
At the festival they will perform on the MultitouchPlayground - a huge tablet with a custom drum machine map. So join our jam installment to get a clue on this device.
Tim Kroker is a professional drummer (e.g. Front 242) and finger drummer, who in the last few years has become interested in the question whether a controller (e.g. Native Instruments Maschine, Akai MPC) can be regarded as a proper musical instrument. In this context he seeks to transfer exercises and methods from the realm of already existing musical instruments to pad controllers. Moreover, he investigates the many options this new instrument may offer.
At this years festival he will lead a discussion on finger drumming inviting artist who are engaged in this form of making music. His aim is to put this craft more in the public focus gaining valuable insights from different players.
The Project “SampleSlam” was founded in March 2015 in Munich. Since then over 10 Slams across Germany, in Berlin, Leipzig, Munich and Heidelberg have been carried out. The philosophy of the project is to give young unknown music producers the chance of being heard and seen on a stage.
The project is not based on making profit. Its main purpose is to act as a connector for creative individuals who seek to collaborate to come up with new ideas and to share their art.
The concept is simple. Six music producers with different backgrounds in genre, receive a selected packet of samples four weeks before the slam evening. Within that time they have to produce four tracks with each track being not longer than three minutes.
For the production of the tracks they can only use the given samples. No external instruments are allowed. Effects and tools for music production can be used. All genres are allowed.
At the actual SampleSlam event the producers then meet and battle each other in front of a jury and the crowd. The slammers can now use “organic” instruments such as guitar, beatbox or live vocals to supplement their sets. The jury and partially the audience then decide which slammer makes the way to the finals and becomes the winner. At the battle Techno meets HipHop meets House meets Downbeat. The first three winners receive a price. However, all the slammers gain from a strong and active network of producers from beginners to professional label owners, who use the SampleSlam to find new skilled individuals.
The project SampleSlam is part of the non-profit society “SampleSlam Musikerförderung e.V.”
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As label owner, founder and curator of BeatEvolution Le Bob Bierkoven belongs to Berlins most prolific DJs in the hip hop music scene. In 2011 he launched with famous beat producer Suff Daddy the project BeatGeeks. Their love for hiphop, jazz, future music and everything in between translated into a bi-weekly producer -night at The Monarch in Berlin/Kreuzberg.
At SampleMusicFestival 2018 he will play a DJ set after the beat making competition which will be presented by our friends from SampleScience. Look forward to some experimental boom bap future tracks and jazzy rhythms that put you on the floor. Get a taste of one of Berlins most creative producers collective.
Jonny Crash is probably one of the most innovative Bands that the Landscape ‚Lausitz‘ in Germany has ever released and claims that the future consists of more than just one genre. Stefan Friedrich ' (The Noise with singer Arthur ' Gogoy ' King, ex-Misfits) on drums and SMF resident‚ Kelle ' on the Machines started 15 years ago and are known for their sound buildings from jazz, gipsy and drum ' n ' bass fragments. For years, the two from Cottbus have been working on soundtracks for film and theatre and let this flow into their band. Jonny Cräsh is based on intensive use of samples and live drumming. The pieces are created by a multitude of sounds, complex beats and moved structures. The Live-Shows are more like a cinema visit, and are anything but not a normal rock concert.
MIN t is a composer, producer and a vocalist, hailing from Wrocław, Poland where she has graduated from a couple of public music schools. Currently, she is a BIMM Berlin student. Her solo career began about three years ago, having automatically received critical acclaim and stolen hearts of audiences throughout the country and abroad. Her vibrant style, consisting of boundless, often contradictory influences, combines downtempo arrangements, neo-soul grooves and an energetic resultant of modern hip-hop and electronic music. Composition-wise, Martyna mentions such acts as Moloko, A/T/O/S and Flying Lotus as her biggest inspirations.
The avalanche of her original productions and remarkably striking, passionate vocals manifests itself not only on her records, but also during her explosive, hypnotizing live performances. MIN t has supported GusGus, Vitalic, Angel Haze, HVOB and xxanaxx during their tours and shows in Poland. Furthermore, she has performed at major music festivals such as Open’er, Rixpop, Reeperbahn, Loftas, Y NOT, Wooded, Soundrive, Gamma or Spring Break, and travelled around Poland to play at the most significant venues in the country. Live performances are one of MIN t’s prime assets. This concert will be presented by BIMM music college Berlin.
In 2017 at the Sample Music Festival in Berlin, Symatic and Moschops presented their ideas on the history and design of skipless scratch records.
For 2018 they have furthered their studies, completed projects that were in development at the time of the original talk, and will return to Berlin for a second lecture. This time the focus will be more on the implementation of these design concepts, and exploring the relationship between the design of the records and music theory and the science of sound.
With anindie-electronic symbiosis Eveline are playing the soundtrack for night and day. With their first single„Cliff“ Lisa Kögler and Jan Eric Markert were touringtogether with Queen singer„Adam Lambert“ (US) across Germany. In Berlin`s famous techno club„Berghain“they supported„Låpsley“(UK). The release of their own debut EP„Scared“ in february 2017 was at Berghain’s Kantine. Now they are going to win their hearts on every stage they play.
Berlin indie-electro-pop at it ́s best!// KALTBLUT Magazine extremely expressive// SPINNUP Distribution
the energy shines through the musicof Eveline// LOLA Magazine. This concert will be presented by BIMM music college Berlin.
After the big success of the first Finger Drumming Competition at SMF 2017 we ring the next round. Participants from all over the globe will compete against each others on Saturday, 02.09.2018. Depending on the numbers of participants we plan already a qualification on Friday at GENERATOR Hostel. So keep your eyes open and check our website regularly.
But you can already register under email@example.com. The first 6 participants will get free accommodation for 3 nights at GENERATO Hostel Prenzlauer Berg... so hurry up!
In the current public debate about the role of females and queers in the music business it comes out that there is not only a gender gap but also that violence against women is an everyday issue. The recent allegations against numerous men in the entertainment business seem to support the fact that our society’s system of power still supports the emotional and physical exploitation and exclusion of women and queers, ranging from subtle rhetoric undertones to sexual harassment. Furthermore, there is also research that shows that most of the musicians being able to perform in public are cis-male (around 86 %).
It is thus one of the aims of the " Gender in DJing and Music Production" (GiDaMP) as part of the SMF to create a protected area in modern music in order to empower women and queers to participate as fully accepted and integrated members of the music scene. Female representative and founder of GiDaMP Dada Scratch (picture above) will lead a round table on this subject matter inviting different guests of the female DJ community.
Imagine if The Roots & Snarky Puppy had a baby, then Mike Skinner & Andre3000 also had a baby, and these babies both happened to meet at the Berlin love pool and create a happy accident. The result would be Lexodus.
Lexodus is a live hip hop experience: A quintet of multi-instrumentalists, fronted by the man LxD himself; locked, loaded, and ready to deliver a rich and electric live performance.
The music of Lexodus is brash and loud, warm and inviting, and always bursting with laughter and spontaneous dancing energy. Taking influence from many genres, the sound is deep and complex. Lexodus captures the crowd with a commanding stage presence and shoots them space-ward bound.
“Lexodus is an UFO in the current hip-hop landscape” Rock School Barbey Watch him perform on Saturday at SMF2018.
This concert will be presented by BIMM music college Berlin.
Messkla from France had been brought up on Hip-Hop culture and started mixing Dubstep on vinyles in free underground parties in 2006.
Being fond of fat bass scores and of dark atmospheres, her sets are extremely varied, going from Dubstep, Grime, Bassline to Bass House, Dark Garage & Hip-Hop.
Narrowly-specialized in her selection, she targets as well purists as curious audience.
For 2009, as a radio presenter, she has been broadcasting Hip-Hop and Bass Music on FMR, a 36-years old local radio station.
In 2014 she has been part of HertZ'Hyene, a female Dj's & producers crew from Toulouse.
She also makes Dark Dubstep remixes with her sidekick Flashball13 ! Look forward to a DJ set on Saturday evening.
Microphonic Soundbox is an experimental instrument and a sound design tool. Depending on how you integrate it in a soft- or hardware setup, it lets you enter new and otherworldly sound spheres.
The story of our Microphonic Soundbox is a personal story, going back to the year 1997, when LeafAudio‘s Manuel Richter was exploding the experimental music scene. One of the first devices he was building himself was the Microphonic Soundbox, which he simply called „the woodblock“ at that time. Twenty years after it‘s creation, the original woodblock was still in use, still an exiting tool to create unique atmospheres.
When increasing processing power of computers in the mid 2000's made it possible to work with live-sampling and realtime audio processing without much latency, also the way to use the Microphonic Soundbox was changing. The Microphonic Soundbox, Midi controllers and Ableton became one instrument and the perfect tool for intuitive live improvisation of atmospheric, other-worldly and unique layers of sounds. It‘s a brilliant sound design tool!
In our Microphonic Soundbox workshops we want to build the Soundbox as an instrument, but also want to show it's integration in various audio systems and give you some ideas for further processing.
WHATTAGIRLZ is a project consisting of DJane Praktyczna Pani & Agnieszka Trzeszczak on the drums. Praktyczna started DJing in 2006 and became finalist of the polish Red Bull 3Style Championships. She has been taking part in several MTV shows, the Orange Warsaw Festival and other events in Europe. Her partner Agnieszka is the female face of polish drumming. In 2009 she took the second place in a readers' survey conducted by the ‚Top Drummer’ magazine and became in 2014 a double winner of the first edition of the polish awards ‚Eugeniusz’. Look forward to an incredible live performance of two prolific musicians.