Various Artists

Berghain 09

Ostgut Ton O-Ton 119
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Since becoming a Berghain resident in 2017, Dominick Fernow’s risk-taking hybrid live/DJ sets as Vatican Shadow have become conduits for infusing techno with contrasting musical ideas – from noise, industrial and ambient to distorted melodies and rhythms that push the club’s borders in unexpected ways.

It’s an idiosyncratic approach to techno rooted not only in Fernow’s 25-plus years as an experimental and noise musician under more than a dozen aliases (e.g. Prurient, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement) but also in his role as founder of the vital New York-based Hospital Productions, whose discography exceeds some 500 releases. The label – which in 2017 celebrated its 20-year anniversary – is also home to the majority of Vatican Shadow output to date.

Under that alias, Fernow’s numerous albums and 12”s (including 2017’s Rubbish of The Floodwaters on Ostgut Ton) oscillate between ominous, distorted machine-funk, techno and ambient electronics; equal parts noise, melody and rhythm. Since 2011, the project’s intentionally ambiguous visual identity has been defined by War on Terror-related imagery and track titles – and the media’s role therein.

Both the Berghain 09 mix and accompanying exclusive 12”s – featuring exclusive tracks by Genesis P-Orridge, Virile Games, Los Angeles Death Cult, Ron Morelli, Volvox, JK Flesh, Alberich, Ugandan Methods | Prurient and Merzbow – reflect Vatican Shadow’s composite musical influences and relationship to Berghain as a club. Stylistically, the two vinyls are divided between clubbier and experimental electronics, with vocal samples of Genesis P-Orridge acting as a bridge between the two. All tracks on Side D end in locked grooves.

Various Artists: Berghain 09

Ritual Music Genesis Breyer P-Orridge 1' 31''
Black Iron Prison Virile Games 4' 48''
El Culto De Los Angeles De La Muerte Los Angeles Death Cult 6' 00''
Colts Neck Ron Morelli 6' 41''
Becoming Volvox 7' 04''
Decontrol JK Flesh 5' 55''
Werkstatt Alberich 5' 19''
Venom Timetables Ugandan Methods | Prurient 4' 13''
Loop 1 Merzbow 1' 02''
Loop 2 Merzbow 54''
Loop 3 Merzbow 54''
Loop 4 Merzbow 59''
One Being, One Orientation, One Power Genesis Breyer P-Orridge 2' 56''

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