To celebrate the publication of the English edition of Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen’s 2012 book “Der Klang Der Familie” on 9th November 2014, we’re offering two separate winners, one from London, the other from Berlin, the chance to win a copy of the book “Der Klang Der Familie” (London winner) and tickets to the reading of the book at Berghain Kantine, plus a screening of the documentary “In This Place Called Techno” (with English subtitles) on Saturday 8th November (Berlin winner). To enter, scroll down and answer the question.
“Der Klang Der Familie” tells the fascinating story of the first days of Techno in Berlin – the music that brought the kids from the east and west together. When you have a look at the context in which techno music merged as a fresh new form of expression, be it in Detroit or Berlin, there is one particular fact you can quickly identify as a driving force: techno music takes its roots in cities touched by either economical or political collapses, industrial breakdown or administration debacle. Following those dark events, clubs rapidly grew as a point of convergence and techno music a political way to prevent any stagnation in those fragile humus.
In 1989, the Fall of the Berlin wall has been tantamout to warehouses starting humming again, bereft buildings’ walls trembling anew. Not for the wrong reasons this time, not at all. This time, the Wall both figuratively and literally fell. People being reunited around speakers, getting back to the primitive joy of dancing together. No more barbwires in the streets but razor-sharp bass lines, no more concrete barricades but skyscraping kicks. The revolution was in motion.
To celebrate the birth of this new era and bring back the vivid memories of the origins, authors Felix Denk & Sven von Thülen knuckled down to writing this epic story with ‘Der Klang Der Familie: Berlin, Techno and the Fall of the Wall’ (the main title translating to ‘The Sound of the Family’), the book being for the first time translated to English.
To accompany the publishing of the book on November 9th – coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin wall, a reading has been organized at the Berghain Kantine the 8th which will be followed by a screening of the documentary ‘Wendeklang/In this place called techno’, for the first time with English subtitles. As the icing on the cake, a party helped curated by the authors themselves will take place at Berghain. A special techno lineup that you can check below.
To enter the competition please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your full name, postal address and the answer to the question below with the subject heading “Der Klang Der Familie”.
Q: In what year did Tresor release 3 Phase Featuring Dr. Motte ”Der Klang Der Familie”?
Competition ends 31st October. Each winner will be contacted via email.
Octave One (live)
Scion aka Substance/ DJ Pete & Vainqueur
Sven von Thülen
Dark Comedy aka Kenny Larkin