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Oral history of Berlin techno translated to English

Der Klang Der Familie, an oral history of techno in post-reunification Berlin has been translated into English. The book covers the emergence of techno and the club scene in the German capital after the Berlin wall came down, and includes transcripts of interviews with Juan Atkins, Mike Banks, Danielle De Piciotto, Alec Empire, Mark Ernestus, Thomas Fehlmann, Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Ron Murphy, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Van Dyke and others. It was originally published in 2012, written and edited by by Felix Denk (editor of Zitty magazine) and Sven von Thülen (DJ and editor of De:Bug). The English translation of Der Klang Der Familie will be published on 9 November, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

A reading will take place the day before (8 November) at Berlin's Berghain Kantine, along with a screening of the TV documentary based on the book, In This Place Called Techno. More information via the publishers, and watch a trailer for the documentary below.


I also recommend "We built this City" about electronic music from cologne!! The DVD was released 2006 though.

In my opinion, knowing Cologne's heritage is essential if you want to understand electronic music from Berlin today.

I can find only the credits, but you get an impression. Here:

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