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Podcast: Berlin’s techno connection w/ Heiko Hoffmann

  • This podcast episode – the last one for 2022 – doesn’t concern audio equipment but the fuel that fires its engines. Today, we are talking about music. Specifically: techno music; and how the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 precipitated the arrival of the sound of machines to the German capital city and laid the foundations for Berlin to become a global hub for techno music.

    Leading this look back in time is one Heiko Hoffman – a friendly and talented music journalist, curator, lecturer, and consultant. He has a wealth of experience, having served as editor-in-chief of Groove magazine and hosted his own show for almost two decades. Hoffman is also an exhibition curator, having put together the No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin 1989 – Today” exhibit at C/O Berlin. He is currently working at the electronic music platform Beatport and is a visiting professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music.

    Listen via SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or the embedded player below:

    As a ‘show notes’ bonus, here are Heiko Hoffmann’s favourite electronic music albums of 2022:

    Anthony Naples + DJ Python – Air Texture VIII (Air Texture)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/227225835

    Axel Boman – Luz (Studio Barnhus)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/221098548

    Brainwaltzera – ITSAME (Film)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/212212522

    Daniel Avery – Ultra Truth (Phantasy Sound)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/253450985

    Daphni – Cherry (City Slang)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/223010940

    Move D / Dman – All You Can Tweak (Smallville)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/259668408

    Roman Flügel – Balmy Everything (Mule Musiq)
    https://www.beatport.com/release/balmy-evening/3860707

    rRoxymore – Perpetual Now (Smalltown Supersound)
    https://listen.tidal.com/album/240512449

    Sam Prekop and John McEntire – Sons Of (Thrill Jockey)
    https://open.spotify.com/album/5Zb3em703R0GO9k6LXh33a

    Sofie Birch – Holotropica (Intercourse)
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/219472514

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

    Darko.Audio is a member of EISA.

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