For Berghain Fünfzehn Luke Slater has gone through the complete Ostgut Ton discography and created new compositions from previous releases, chopping, looping tweaking and deploying sounds into a 130-minute mix that is both a playful retrospective of the label and future-facing vision for mixing and dance music. From micro-sampled noise and hi- hats to longer basslines, breaks and vocals snippets, the 15-year arc of the label history can be found in Berghain Fünfzehn.
Describing the technique as “rip the cut,” Slater worked chronologically through the catalogue, creating new individual tracks from multiple batches of ten releases. While mixing these together however, Slater departs from the linear timeline to intertwine the sonic strands of Ostgut Ton’s history. It’s an unprecedented approach to thinking about a DJ mix, combining both different layers composition and rough and ready improvisation.
Following the mix, seven of the exclusive tracks will be released on two 12″s and for streaming/digital download.
While Slater’s method can be described as experimental, the result remains loyal to Ostgut Ton’s foundation in dance music – and Berghain / Panorama Bar’s foundation for the label.
Berghain Fünfzehn marks the first installment of this year’s anniversary celebration.