In 1985, BERLIN ATONAL festival featured Hungarian band Art Deco. In 1987, another art collective from Budapest, Natural Disasters, was discovered during DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS IV festival through a performance with a soundtrack by György Árvai and a choregraphy by Yvette Bozsik.
The self-released cassette uploaded here has never been truly distributed and I even wonder if it was officially released.
"Berlin Atonal" festival has become mythic in the odyssey of 80s industrial & post-industrial musics. Unfortunately, I've not found anywhere a detailed history of the festival, except in an old interview (1985) of the festival organizers (Dimitri Leningrad & Adi Atonal) published in french magazine Hello Happy Taxpayers #4/5 (see below).
The festival began in 1982 and ended in 1990. The first edition took place at SO36 on 26-28 november 1982 with only Berlin bands : Einstürzende Neubauten, Sprung Aus Den Wolken, Die Haut, Notorische Reflexe, etc. In december 1983, the second edition featured international artists such as Psychic TV and Z'EV. Berlin Atonal 3 took place in february 1985 ; the cassette uploaded here contains recordings from that third edition. The festival occured until 1990 but the history of the second decade is obscure to me... In 1999, a new edition was organized during several days, but was it the last and least ? Anyone more info ?
Amongst the many artists who performed live in Berlin Atonal, let's mention Einstürzende Neubauten (for the first and last edition, in 1982 and 1999), Etant Donnés, Laibach, Malaria!, Non Toxique Lost, Psychic TV, Test Dept., Z'EV, Zos Kia...
A record label named Atonal Records was also created, releasing vinyls and CDs, some of these being live recordings from the festival.
Live recordings from the festival can be heard on those releases :
"Berlin Atonal 85" cassette is an unofficial release featuring excerpts from the concerts recorded during the Berlin Atonal festival, February 17-18 1985. That cassette was sold by french magazine Hello Happy Taxpayers #4/5, that also contained an interesting interview of Berlin Atonal organizers (see below).
All the bands here are "celebrities" needing no introduction, except Art Deco, a band from Budapest (Hungary) ; they have a discreet page on the Web but it doesn't help much. I'd love to hear more from/about them... And thank to Phoenix Hairpins, those who don't know Zahgurim can download their excellent Moral Rearmament LP !
A1. Intro Atonal (1:27)
A2. Club Moral - Nazis Of The Night (7:02)
A3. Test Dept. - [???] / The Fall From Light / Total State Machine (18:24)
A4. Art Deco - [???] (7:47)
A5. Étant Donnés - [???] (9:49)
B1. Zahgurim - [???] / Shower Scene (14:59)
B2. Laibach - [???] / Ti Ki Izzivas (11:28)
B3. The Anti Group / Clock DVA - Morpheus' Baby (7:39)
B4. Gerechtigkeits Liga - [???] / [???] (12:36)
paphio23 and I have decided to make a tribute to DMA2.
DMA2 was a french Bordeaux-based organization created when a previous one, DMA1, disappeared [a short history of DMA1 can be heard in the audio file Sur Un Bordeaux Différent].
DMA2 organized many concerts in Bordeaux during the eighties and early nineties.
DMA2 was especially known for its annual festival DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS, that was one of the most important festivals of industrial music of the eighties (with "Berlin Atonal").
From 1984 to 1989, DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS has featured :
DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS I (27-28 February 1984)
Anne Gillis / DDAA / Die Form / Étant Donnés / Ptôse / Un Département / Yuca Ferdanzen (All from France)
DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS II (21-22 March 1985)
Bernard Nguyen (France) / Legendary Pink Dots (UK) / Linea Tactica (Spain) / Nocturnal Emissions (UK) / ORA + Pacific 231 + Le Syndicat (France) / Pascal Comelade & Bel Canto Orchestra (France) / Such Interesting People (Belgium)
DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS III (14-15 March 1986)
Anthon Shield & DZ Lectric (France) / Das Synthetische Mischgewebe (Germany) / DDAA (France) / Esplendor Geometrico (Spain) / FâLX çèrêbRi (Germany) / Laibach (Yougoslavia) / Sol Dièse + Phil Gaz (France) / Vivenza (France)
DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS IV (10-11 April 1987)
Ghédalia Tazartès & Alain Rigout (France) / Hervé Diasnas (France) / Joan La Barbara (US) / Natural Disasters (Hungary) / Paul Panhuysen & Johan Goedhart (Netherlands) / Test Dept. (UK)
DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS V(11-12 March 1988)
Anne Gillis (France) / Bourbonese Qualk (UK) / Étant Donnés (France) / Fotini (France) / Greater Than One (UK) / In The Nursery (UK) / Laibach (Yougoslavia) / The Hafler Trio (UK) / Von Magnet (France) / Z’EV (US)
Images of DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS V can be seen HERE
Images of Étant Donnés performance can be seen HERE
DOWNLOAD the 1984-1988 complete programs (scanned by paphio23)
DOWNLOAD a review of DIVERGENCES/DIVISIONS III in french fanzine Vision Du Monde (scanned by Continuo - Thanks !)
DOWNLOAD a french radio program on France Culture radio station, "Multipiste", 1988, about DMA2, with André Lombardo and Stéphane Santini interviews (ripped by Continuo - Thanks !)
DMA2 was also a record label that released five cassettes and two LPs :
Label : DMA2, France, 1984
Ripped by paphio23
The first DMA2 cassette features experimental artists from Bordeaux, including the mysterious and talented Anne Gillis.
A1. Zarfati Bund - Moide Ani (2:34)
A2. Patrice Eresue - Performance 1 (Ne Prétend Pas À Une Forme De Musique Nouvelle Mais Considère Cet Acte Inscrit Dans Une Plastique Auditive) (4:12)
A3. Anne Gillis - Untitled (1:50)
A4. Bernard Nguyen - To Climb A Mountain (4:56)
A5. Yuca Ferdanzen - Série "Histoire & Théorie De L'Art", Section Musique, Document N° 13 (3:12)
A6. Thierry Dumaine - Untitled (2:25)
B1. Thierry Dumaine - Untitled (2:23)
B2. Bernard Nguyen - Le Jour De La Conférence (5:00)
B3. Yuca Ferdanzen - Série "Histoire & Théorie De L'Art", Section Musique, Document N° 47 (6:12)
B4. Jocelyn Medrano - Untitled (2:10)
B5. Serge Teyssot-Gay - Untitled (3:02)
The beginner may be lost in front of the dozens of cassettes released by Big City Orchestra during the two last decades... "Massacre Of The Innocents" is a good place to start. It's still one of my favourite Big City Orchestra tapes since I bought it twenty years ago.
From an old Sound Of Pig catalog : "BCO & DR collaborate on a tape that is dark & ominous, at times even orchestral, yet humorous too. A new growth and a new step. Insanity rules!"
More Big City Orchestra and Deathranch music will be posted here in the future...
A1. Blue Note Blue Noise (8:22)
A2. Tu Pa Pa Au (6:31)
A3. Cannibals (15:33)
A4. Iron Works (6:38)
A5. Cerebral Edema (4:26)
A6. Blind Bat (2:32)
A7. Warsaw (1:56)
B1. Burial (3:19)
B2. Norwahl (6:25)
B3. Whatever You Want (7:20)
B4. Relax (6:23)
B5. YAMC (Yet Another Madonna Clone) (3:48)
B6. For We Love No One (4:28)
B7. Womyns Muzik (7:57)
B8. Education (3:01)
B9. Biting Through (3:20)