Ben Klock – resident DJ at Berlin’s Berghain, Ostgut Ton recording artist and creator of a staggeringly popular FACT Mix – will be in London on Monday 9 November to soundtrack the, er, fall of the Berlin Wall.

Over to the Goethe-Institut, who are playing host to ‘Klock Time’:

"For one night only the Goethe-Institut recreates the soundtrack to the Fall of the Berlin Wall with DJ Ben Klock from the Techno club Berghain.

"On the night of 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall separating East and West Germany collapsed and soon after German reunification was in full gear on the dance floors at Techno parties. Differences between West and East Germans dissolved in a frenzy of electronic rhythms and strobe lights. Young people from East Berlin streamed into clubs in West Berlin, ready to party, and Techno activists from the West took over spaces in the eastern half of the city. A few months later the first Techno clubs opened in East Berlin. The occupation of unused spaces and derelict areas enabled an underground scene to flourish and in these temporary autonomous zones Techno culture unfolded, its need for self-determination and its nightly excesses undisturbed. Disregarding origin, class and appearance, the foundation for Berlin’s present club culture was laid and its cosmopolitan and egalitarian reputation was established.

"Since the new millennium the scene has been flourishing more than ever. Berlin has become the capital of international club culture, every weekend thousands of party tourists descend on Berlin. One of the most vibrant venues of today’s Techno community is without a doubt the Berghain, located close to the former no-man’s land around the Berlin Wall. In 2008 the Berghain scene spawned an original sound that was to make an indelible mark on the international Techno scene. Berghain’s resident DJs such as Ben Klock started to release recordings that drew heavily on the experience they had gained from their live DJ sets. His productions are unequivocally Techno and clearly set themselves apart from the minimal sounds of the past few years. Hard, rough and reduced, the tracks refer to earlier sounds without sounding nostalgic. They are often slow, at least by Techno standards, and allow space for subtle sound."

The party is FREE, and no booking is required; thus we advise turning up early to avoid disappointment. The Goethe-Institut is hosting an extensive programme of other events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s fall; including the UK premiere of The Invisible Frame, a documentary film from Tilda Swinton and Cynthia Beatt; a companion piece to their 1988 work Cycling The Frame, it finds the biking duo re-tracing the "invisible frame" that used to divide East and West Berlin. For more information about this and other events at the Goethe-Institut, click here.

Oh, and while we’re (vaguely) on the suspect of Berghain, we were mildly amused to hear that Richie Hawtin was kicked out of the club on Saturday,


"U know what, BERGHEIM (sic) is a great club once you are inside, but why does the door policy have to be so fucking ridiculously hard. Come on guys, you have a great club but don’t act so egotistically cool. We would all love to play and work with y…ou, but you need a serious atitude adjustment!!! Good luck and remember those who have been supporting your scene before you even opened……."

Yes, well. Cheers to RA for the tip; visit their comments section for eyewitness testimony from Dubfire, or something. It’s like Perry Mason y’all.  



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