Every year, Berlin attracts musicians from all around the globe who move to the German capital thanks to its reputation for a strong and creative music industry. This week, BIMM Berlin’s Computer Music 1 & Mixing & Arrangement module leader, Adam Winchester – who’s just joined us from BIMM Bristol – shares his thoughts on the city so far.
Adam is an electronic music producer, composer and performer, widely known for being part of the first wave of Dubstep artists in Bristol circa 2004, where he made a name for himself as DJ Wedge. These days he’s one half of the duo Dot Product, who are known for their radical experimental approach to sound design and improvised performance with bespoke instruments and obscure sound sources, such as noise, feedback and field recordings. The pair have performed at various high-profile events such as Berlin Atonal, Krake Festival and Simple Things, and have supported artists such as Red Snapper and Alessandro Cortini.
IF YOUR FRIENDS WERE VISITING BERLIN FOR ONE WEEKEND ONLY, WHERE WOULD YOU TELL THEM TO GO?
The list of interesting, fun, cool places to visit in this city is seemingly never-ending and hard to narrow down. My mum and dad visited recently and I took them to Teufelsberg in Grunewald Forest. It’s an old abandoned American spy tower that was built during the Cold War to spy on the Russians. It’s long since become a tourist attraction for its wall-to-wall graffiti and junk art sculptures. It’s a crazy building with geodesic domes that used to house the radar and spy apparatus, and you can explore inside and amaze yourself with the way sound behaves in the domes. Crazy echoes and ping pong delays make it an off-the-wall sound lover’s haven. It was my mum and dad’s favourite thing in Berlin.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT IN BERLIN AND WHY?
I don’t have a particular favourite place as yet, but I have a few go-to areas for food. Neukölln has a wealth of great Turkish and Middle Eastern food, Kreuzberg has some great Asian places, and Friedrichshain has loads of Italians selling really good pizza by the slice. Sehr lecker!
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC IN BERLIN AND WHY?
It depends what mood I’m in. Some great clubs are OHM, Tresor, Griessmuhle and, obviously, Berghain. But the king venue of them all has to be Kraftwerk Berlin! It’s particularly worth getting a ticket to Berlin Atonal festival in the summer for some crazy experimental noise music. Kraftwerk used to be a power station back in the day, and the main arena is the giant turbine hall!
WHAT MAKES BERLIN SO DIFFERENT TO WHERE YOU’RE ORIGINALLY FROM?
Definitely the variety of things to do and places to see. Berlin comes alive at night and keeps going for days. Just when you think you have it all worked out, it goes and surprises you with some other bonkers thing!
To find out more about our Music Production course, which Adam is a tutor on, follow this link.