POOLcast

The POOL Berlin

The POOL Berlin is an open collective of Berliners active in the minimal and experimental techno scene in Berlin.

The group has its origin in private meetings at Dr.Nojoke´s kitchen, which were started in 2014 as a platform for like-minded Berliner producers, DJs, supporter, VJs, fans and for getting in touch with international artists, who were visiting Berlin - such as David Last, Ingemar Stalholm, Pachyderme, The Automatic Messages, Elysée, Attentat, Dugong, Yes Ma´am, Matt and Mark Thibideau, Dinelka et cetera.. //

PROJECTS //

THE KITCHEN / quasi private, intimate events in small venues as a lab-space for performances, works in progress, jam-sessions, workshops, for communication, knowledge transfer, for talking, drinking, having fun, getting to know each other, building up a network and for our friends from Berlin and from all over the world, who visit Berlin. /

POOLcast / Monthly podcasts curated by Ann and Sebastian Mehl. /

PLO - pool lab orchestra / https://www.facebook.com/PLOberlin /

POOLtracks / label imprint of the POOL Berlin.


POOLcast 078 - Collab Special - IMT + The Artist Formerly Known as From Karaoke to Stardom
May 15 2022
POOLcast 078 - Collab Special - IMT + The Artist Formerly Known as From Karaoke to Stardom
POOLcast 078 - Collab Special - Infinite Monkey Theorem + The Artist Formerly known as From Karaoke to Stardom Issue 078 of our POOLcast series brings you another collaboration special. This time we have an excerpt of the session of the Infinite Monkey Theorem Duo, consisting of Marcus Block and Sebastian Mehl, and The Artist Formerly Known as From Karaoke to Stardom. The session is completely improvised and played and recorded live with all kinds of electronic devices and software. Such sessions have become an integral part of the POOL universe and vary greatly in their outcome depending on the field of participants. The combination of the fragile ambient and drone, which IMT have written themselves on the flag and the melodic and effect-rich playfulness of From Karaoke to Stardom creates a lively, filigree in-between world. A kind of musical bubble that seems to be coated by a thin membrane. At first you seem to recognize something inside or perceive reflections on the surface. But piece by piece, elements diffuse in and out quite inconspicuously, until over time a homogeneous, isotropic whole emerges, which no longer reveals any real boundaries. After a while, you ask yourself, are you looking at a world from the outside or are you part of it? Like the cosmological principle, a new world is created through the mixing of two realities, which could most simply be described as romantic surrealism. Unreal and yet familiar, luminously bright, but with perceivable shades. Somehow shadowy and twisted, yet detailed and inviting in an unexplainable way. Where else can you hear romantic surrealism? Enjoy. // Infinite Monkey Theorem - The Artist Formerly known as From Karaoke to Stardom POOL Berlin
POOLcast 066 - Massud Matin
May 15 2021
POOLcast 066 - Massud Matin
POOLcast 066 - Massud Matin For our sixty-sixth edition of POOLcast we have a submission from Massud Matin for you. Matin has sent us a mix with which he leaves his comfort zone and ventures into new realms of electronic music for the first time. As we have discussed many times before, POOLcast is a platform to expand the prevailing comfort zones. This is true for all three parties involved, the artists who are given a stage without any genre classifications and are free to experiment or share another facet of their work with others. Furthermore, it is also always an incentive for our listeners to engage with each episode of our podcast series in a new way, loosening up perhaps entrenched listening habits a bit. The third and perhaps most trivial comfort zone to break open again and again is our own, that of the curators of POOLcast. This is where visions of what POOLcast is and should be fed from many different minds. This results in a zone that seems to be pinned down by compromises. Recognizing and admitting this is an important part of everyone's creative life. That's why we are glad to receive submissions that encourage us to leave our one comfort zone. What we want from others, we should always look for in ourselves. Therefore, we are happy to present you this month with Massud Matin, a POOLcast that fits wonderfully into the current season, is refreshingly lightheartedly curated and brings a flow of optimism that we all surely appreciate. Enjoy. // Massud Matin Massud Matin is a minimal producer and performer based in the city of Bremen, Germany. His first release came out in 2014 and he made waves with his vinyl only EPs at prominent labels such as Tupiar Records (Romania, 2017), LumièresLaNuit (France, 2018) and Norse Project (UK, 2019). Bold, forward organic rhythms as well as experimental sampling and warm frequencies are part of his signature sounds. For the Year 2021 Massud got together with label chief and artist known as Muninn aka Sugheh Apul to create the Damavand Project which will feature vinyl EPs and digital singles dedicated to the Dub and Roots culture in combination with minimal music production and art form. Damavand is a loving and playful translation of a musical approach dedicated to the pioneer Ruddock Osbourne better known as King Tubby and brings this legacy in music history to another conclusion. The first limited vinyl only release of the Damavand Series will feature 4 original tracks by Massud Matin and is set to hit stores in a few months. // The POOL Berlin
POOLcast 065 - Collab Special - Demas + The Artist formly known as From Karaoke to Stardom
Apr 15 2021
POOLcast 065 - Collab Special - Demas + The Artist formly known as From Karaoke to Stardom
POOLcast 065 - Collab Special - Demas + The Artist Formerly Known As From Karaoke To Stardom For our 65th issue we have another collaboration. Demas and The Artist Formerly Known As From Karaoke To Stardom have once again put their modular synthesizers together and provided us with their recording for you. It's always amazing what the combination of two artists and their instruments can produce in terms of creative expression. Thomas and Jeremy have already shared their modular sessions with us several times. But although artist and instrument are identical each time, each recording is unique. A kind of multidimensional interaction takes place here. The senses communicate with the artist, the artist with the body and the body with the instrument, but that's not all. The fact multiplies here, the instruments and senses of the artists also interact with each other, just like the artists themselves. Interactions that take place on several levels. Electronic, chemical-physical and interpersonal influences turn the individual parts into something uncontrollable.This is reason enough for us to give this form of creative work a stage again and again with great enthusiasm. POOLcast 065 finds itself somewhere between IDM, Techno, Experimental and Ambient.It is not possible to say exactly with this edition. Thomas and Jeremy have created a multidimensional construct from the interplay between two artists and their instruments that leaves out almost no twists and turns. From almost complete stasis to all-out chaos, everything can be experienced here. Enjoy. // Demas The Artist Formerly Known As From Karaoke To Stardom // The POOL Berlin
POOLcast 064 - ANN
Mar 15 2021
POOLcast 064 - ANN
POOLcast 064 - ANN The March edition of our POOLcast series is provided by ANN. One of the founders and integral part of The POOL Berlin, as well as curator of POOLcast. ANN has been exploring the different layers of electronic music for about 20 years now. A period of time in which you constantly search, find and comprehend yourself anew between different genres, styles, media and times. POOLcast 064 could be titled "Between". Not only did his connection with electronic music originate between two formative decades in Berlin. ANN also witnessed many electronic music styles, media and developments that shaped the zeitgeist of the time. Never simply doing what was in the manual or what the past demanded, he always tried to look between the shell and the core. In the space between experiencing music and making music, an area is created which makes room for something new. ANN creates and experiences his music simultaneously. This is not limited to the temporal moment, but also to the use of media and instruments used for listening and making music. When the boundaries between generating and reproducing sounds become blurred, a cycle between experiencing music and generating music is formed. The space between action and reaction leads to the fact that it is not clear where the beginning and end of this creative cycle. It is often impossible to tell whether ANN is listening to music or making music. A disadvantage for outsiders, because if they are not there live, they do not often get to enjoy his work. Therefore, we are of course even more pleased that ANN again provides us with one of his works. This time a mixtape that was created from his constantly growing vinyl collection. Somewhere between Jazz, Ambient and Musique Concrete. POOL Berlin