Q-O2 Residency

Post-Residency Concert

Scatter I


During the residency at Q-O2 Nika Son experiments on a new composition for a multi-channel sound piece in interaction with light and moving image.
For the presentation she’s following the thoughts and questions surrounding various states of mind in the wake of insomnia, the desperate striving for sleep and the longing to stay awake in a world of constant consumption and processing. How does our auditory sense shift at the brink of each state? Which senses take over when and why? When do we hear and when do we listen? What happens to the perception of time and its loss? Which overtones are produced? What rhythm do our thoughts set? What influence do surrounding noises and changes in light have on our hearing? When does the perception of space alter and what echoes are generated?

As it’s a work in progress, you will see and hear an intermediate state composed for differing speakers, video, flash lights and a fan.


at Q-O2




commissioned radio productions

Becky Šik & Nika Son  TONFALL – Remember, I must use the stairs

Saturday, 2nd September, 12pm – 12.30pm  + Sunday, 3rd September, 6 – 6.30pm


Two strangers matched together, their practices intertwine

A blank page

Growing from there

An open cupboard buzzes and humms

Sending snippets in stolen moments

The circle drops, opening a wide and generous hole

SlippageTalking, passing, exchanging, reasoning, corresponding, joking, transposing

Systems cycle in loops

Accents, language, tones, intonations, cues, pitch, syllables


The megalithic Ouroboros fun machine that is Barbie

Touching an elephant

Circles, water, falling sound

Escalators, circular systems, sleep, not sleep

Words that don’t exist


Walking with dizzy spells in saturation

Reflecting, twisting, alternating, translating, modulating, jumping from

On the edges – a Hallwall

Again the elephant, transponder, closed water, eyes

What does it mean to be open and what slips away?

Souffleuse, Echoschwelle, Tonfall

X1, mnemonic, delay

Asking, loops, deathbed

What’s wrong with my eyes, oscillating, brown noise


What is an orbit sound

Missing the radiator, voices, vertigo

I could spell it fownetikally/ foʊˈnet̬.ɪ.kəl.i

Meter eater

Mi devas uzi la ŝtuparon


This piece was developed during a week long residency at CCA funded by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow in collaboration with Radiophrenia.

15 JUL 23

Performance & Exhibition




15 JULI 23


Galerie Gemüse


Mutant Radio

photo by: Öncü Gültekin

time runs so fast
Papiripar is still resonating.
my post-papiripar mix for Mutant Radio

with pieces of most of the invited artists and others that are in my ear now and then and always


thank you so much for all the music !


Tot Onyx – Ishi Rhythm

Muqata’a – Quboor Mamila

Mazen Kerbaj – i always dreamt to be a guitar player / Just the three of us

Dali Guru & The Polyphonic Swarm – Lolutuuum

Roberto Musci – Shadow Player

France Sauvage – Brex me down

Thomas Lehn & Marcus Schmickler – Gelb

DJ Die Soon – Jon Stewart and Colonel Sanders with dog / Rantworth

PLF – Pop(e) Lost Faith

Phew – New World

Lolina – Chance

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson & Andy Heck Boyd – Mr Trampoline Man

Kinzua – Domestic affair

Nihiloxica – 190819

Inkasso – Familiendrama

Manja Ristic & Mark Vernon – Pjesma mora / Upao u raj

Hainbach – Tremors

Jennifer Walshe – Guillaume de Machaut_ Messe de Notre Dame, Agnus Dei

Saint Abdullah – Pluto’s porn

Nihiloxica – 160819

Pouya Ehsaei – #8

Dali Muru & Polyphonic Swarm – Bath Philosopher

eRikm – Lux Payllettes

Mika Levi & Oliver Coates – county h / say good bye to everyone

16 JUN 23


Ein Festival mit Performances, Lectures, Filmen und Musik zum Ende der Klasse Michaela Melián (2010 bis 2023)


Meine live performance:

am 16.06. um 21 Uhr

zusammen mit meiner Videoarbeit

Imperfect Memories II



15./16. Juni 2023, 14-22 Uhr, Aula HFBK Hamburg

Mit Beiträgen von:
Bilge Aksaç, Clara Alisch, Charlotte Arnhold, Jacopo Asam, Eda Aslan, Kristina Batzel, Björn Beneditz, Silvia Berger, Nika Breithaupt, Felix Boekamp, Sarah Bohn, Johanna Bruckner, Oliver Bulas, Sarah Drath, Agnes Eeg-Olofsson, Janis Fisch, Jakob Flöss, Junya Fujita, Manuel Funk, Juri Gaensdorfer, Nina Gohl, Lorenz Goldstein, Anna Gröger, Sevda Güler, Dörte Habighorst, Manuel Haffner, Lennart Häusser, Mona Harry, Elen Harutyunyan, Abe Hendriks, Jessica Herden, Tom Holert, Alexander Iliashenko, Benjamin Janzen, Franziska Kabisch, Jori Kehn, Leonid Kharlamov, Jihie Kim, Till Knapp, Frank Koenen, Nikita Kotliar, Johannes Kuhn, Eve Larue, Paulina Laskowski, Philomena Lauprecht, Sophia Leitenmayer, Flora Lenzmann, Yi Li, Xinyi Li, Charlotte Livine, Hanne Loreck, Fabien Lübke, Laura Mahnke, Takeo Marquardt, Ruth May, Dominik Mayer, Simeon Melchior, Stefan Mildenberger, Toni Mosebach, André Mulzer, Seungheon Nam, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Jacobus North, Monika Orpik, Josie Overton, Alice Peragine, Jana Pfort, Felix Raeithel, Judith Rau, Signe Raunkjær Holm, Camilla Reisser, Jonna Roeper, Kervin Saint Pere, Pia Scheiner, Nicolaas Schmidt, Anja Steidinger, Nora Sternfeld, Maren Stocklöw, Julia Stolba, Nora Strömer, Zuza Spyczak von Brzezinska, Aleksandra Stadnik, Dominik Styk, Natalia Tikhonova, Samo Tomšič, Radoš Vujaklija, Janne Wagner, Leonie Wahler, Moritz Walker, Badrieh Wanli, Katharina Wild, Shuchang Xie, Martha Zonouzi




Hochschule für bildende Künste

Lerchenfeld 2, 22081 Hamburg


14 JUN 23

Poster: Thomas Baldischwyler <3

Im Rahmen von

blurred edges

im Golden Pudel





Das Projekt NO CUE formierte sich im Januar 2022 während einer Residency von Nika Son im ausland in Berlin. Sie lud die Musiker:innen Tintin Patrone, RVDS, Maximilian Glass und G E K ein, um einen gemeinsamen Konzertabend zu gestalten. Dabei entstanden rotierend-schwebende Soundessays mit unterschiedlichstem Instrumentarium.


Der Pudel wird ein quadrophonischer Puls.


Demnächst erscheint NO CUE auf Tape !

(mehr Infos bald!)

Aber am 14.06. schon

Pre-Sale Release Tape Party !

Djs: F#X, RVDS, Nika Son




18-21 MAY 23



18th – 21st MAY 2023


At long last: live! After two years of torpefying collective compliance, Hamburg’s experimental festival for pop, art and rotation has reawakened to the light of the day. Spotlight for our first post-Covid edition is “scope of movement”, in its broadest sense. For the Break Through in Play Room we are celebrating pop and art between centrifugal force, gambling disorder and alternating current.


Now in its fourth edition, PAPIRIPAR – Hamburg’s festival for recalcitrant trend waves interference for interval alarms during somnambulist periods of inaction – has fully recalibrated the colour and music scales. This time, the palette of acts set to tantalise eyes and ears ranges all the way from larger-than-life, breathing sound machines (Victoria Shen & Ivana Dama) and Dadaist monologues in clothing-free space (Sigtruyggur Berg Sigmarsson), afro-futurist syncopated industrial rhythms (Nihiloxica), otherworldly pop complexe (Lolina) and digitally deconstructed sound poetry (Jennifer Walshe & Thomas Lehn) to electro-acoustic concerts in the raw sound funnel of a Hamburg courtyard (Mazen Kerbaj & JD Zazie). There will also be a workshop on how to build a spectre detector (Tara Pattenden).


Curated by Felix Kubin, Nika Son and Florian Bräunlich, PAPIRIPAR once again executes mesmerising and delirious back flips and adulterous flings with and between the fiercely patrolled disciplines of art, music and performance in order to set off aesthetic electrical sparks capable of jump-starting our slumbering cultural bohemia.



Victoria Shen + Ivana Dama



Tara Pattenden


C O N C E R T S / P E R F O R M A N C E S

Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm


Companion Species (Jennifer Walshe & Thomas Lehn)

Mazen Kerbaj

JD Zazie




France Sauvage

Phantom Chips

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson


Kris Kuldkepp


D J s



Internet Offline

Semi-Nice & Elazer

Libyscher Wald

1 MAY 23

Anticipating PAPIRIPAR festival from 18th – 21st May. . . .For those who are too impatient can gather already on 1 May at the festival teaser PAPIRIPAR LABOR at Golden Pudel Club, where the Japanese no-wave legend PHEW, flanked by DJ DIE SOON and the artist Tanita Olbrich, will invoke an iridescent black sun.



at Golden Pudel Club

1st May 23 / 20 h


Live/ PHEW

In the late 1970s, Hiromi Moritani flew from Japan to Great Britain in pursuit of subcultural insight. She wanted to experience the Sex Pistols at the ground zero of their greatest veracity. Fired up by this journey, she formed the short-lived punk band Aunt Sally. After disbanding it she called herself Phew and again found herself in the right place at the right time: she recorded her first LP with musicians from CAN and DAF in Conny Plank’s studio on an old farm in the Rhineland. After this came further collaborations with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto and the Einstürzende Neubauten. Phew’s many tentacled globalist approach has continued to this day in her ongoing mission to forge an authentic synthesis of vocals and experimental electronic music.

Both in interviews and in her distinctive singing style, her words are plain-spoken. The intentionally half-sung lyrics serve as a thread that connects all of her works. The persistency with which over many years she has pursued her devotion to a single idea while fostering curiosity for all other ideas makes younger generations appear alarmingly unmindful of sustainability. Prior to the reissue of her aforementioned debut LP „Our Likeness„, London-based label Mute released Phew’s latest solo album „A New Decade“ in 2021. This record gathers recordings made during the past pandemic in her flat in the  Tokyo suburb of Kawasaki. „Personally, I can no longer see a future that goes beyond the present,“ she said about the paradigm shift hinted at in the title. So there should be no doubt that Phew’s Hamburg performance will be another enlightning permutation of space and time!




In 1997 Daniel Dumile aka MF DOOM entered the hip hop scene in a mask inspired by the Marvel evil genius Doctor Doom. Since then, following Dumile’s initiative, increasing numbers of protagonists in this genre have also donned camouflage. Why exactly Berlin’s German rap scene took such a fancy to this cultural stunt remains a puzzle. That the Japanese musician Daisuke Imamura, who happens to live there too, has something to do with hip hop cannot be denied. Using the sampler SP-404, a stock favourite of many traditional beats producers, he compiles rhythms on which increasing numbers of international rappers have laid their verses. But his sound design is more reminiscent of European industrial music from the early 1980s and when he obscures his face as DJ DIE SOON it feels more like being beamed into a psychedelic reinvention of Japanese Noh mask theatre rather than into some US American superhero comic. He also creates an artistic universe with his drawings, which he infuses with elements of Japanese culture. His live concerts, albums, exhibitions and publications thus merge to form an original and complex total work of art recurrently fired up with shock effects.


Exhibition/ Tanita Olbrich

At it’s beginning, video art was a very costly endeavour. Early works by American artist Dan Graham, such as „Time Delay Room“ and „Present Continuous Past(s),“ both from 1974, resembled high-tech simulations of a dystopian future. In the 1990s, digital multiplexing was developed, allowing for the simultaneous recording of multiple cameras, as well as time-lapse and motion tracking. This saved time and money and led to an increased use of video surveillance. The capture of public and private spaces led to extensive social discussions, which resulted in changes in laws, especially in European countries, at the beginning of the current millennium. More recently, CCTV technology has been improved and monetized through a shift towards the „Internet of Things.“ The distinguished Berlin filmmaker Tanita Olbrich belongs to a current generation of artists who deal with contemporary issues of surveillance and pop-cultural self-documentation. With the installation of the home security camera system Ring in Hamburg’s Pudel Club for one evening, she creates a depiction of a space in which the current problems of private surveillance technologies are reflected semi-publicly.


Before, between and after


Felix Kubin, Nika Son, Fleurop


Texts: Thomas Baldischwyler

Poster: Alex Solman

9 APR 23

18 Jahre Sissi & Die Chinesische Wäscherei


Gush (featuring Steven Warwick (fka Heatsick) and Iván Brito (aka Vanya)),

Clemens Schittko (XS-Verlag, Moloko Print, Ritter Verlag),

Nika Son (Golden Pudel Club, Entr‘acte)

DJ Shlucht (Spam, Stenze Quo)

15 MAR 23







Pouya Ehsaei is a British-Iranian musician, sound designer, producer and curator currently residing in London.
He is the leader of the band Ariwo and the figure behind the electronic and live music club night Parasang.
Pouya Ehsaei started his musical career in the late 90s, at the underground scene of his hometown Tehran. His music is heavily influenced by his Iranian heritage and his experiences with the traditional music of his country, as well as his passion for experimental and electronic music.

His practice involves experimenting with different compositional and sound synthesis techniques to create a sonic passage through hypnotic soundscapes, industrial beats, intricate sound miniatures, epic soundscapes, fractal polymeric rhythms and pulsating hard hitting sub frequencies.



Next Time dj alltimers:

Ratkat & Nika Son




11 FEB 23

Nika Son
Marschnerstr. 2

2 FEB 23




LENA WILLIKENS >> wird nachgeholt !


Born and raised in Germany, Willikens first honed her unique approach to playing records during a long residency at Düsseldorf’s beloved Salon des Amateurs. These days, however, she’s based in Amsterdam, where her transportative impulses have been plugged into a variety of outlets with a global reach. On the radio, she pilots the monthly Lightning Conductor program on NTS. On record, she recently curated the fifth installment of Dekmantel’s acclaimed Selectors compilation series, and she’s also been tapped to remix the likes of Lena Platonos, S U R V I V E, rRoxymore, Simian Mobile Disco and Ana Helder, amongst others. On stage, Willikens works with artist Sarah Szczesny on Phantom Kino Ballett, an immersive audio-visual performance art project that defies routine explanation.


aaaand Ratkat & Nika Son



Golden Pudel Club

21 JAN 23


Festival 2023


Nika Son & Helena Wittmann

Cae la Noche (2021)

performative Video-Sound Installation


Nika Son 6-channel-sound

Helena Wittmann 2-channel-video


Foto: Jann Wilke

18 JAN 23


daadgalerie Berlin


Performance / Talk / Screening


18.01.2023 / 19:00 – 21:00


Curated by Burak Çevik



Helena Wittmann

Nika Son

Theresa George

8 DEC 22



Golden Pudel Club



(L.I.E.S/Suction Records/Nation/…)

A vinyl and cassette collector since his teenage years, Beau Wanzer has forged a musical culture around more or less obscure industrial projects. Influenced by the European EBM of the 80s, he released his first record on L.I.E.S., followed by a number of techno releases with punk overtones, testifying to his love for live music and analogue machines. He also collaborated with Traxx on Mutant Beat Dance, with Maoupa Mazzochetti on De-Bons-en-Pierre and with two friends on Corporate Park.

11 OCT 22

Akustische Bänderdehnung w/ Nika Son


A radio show created by wonderful Toben Piel aka FM Aether aka Das Kinn, broadcasted on dublab Radio.
Now on their mixcloud archive website…next to many more great tape music flaneurs.

Toben invited me in august to wander around Hamburg while talking, climbing and listening to tapes from my wild cassette shelf.

very happy and honoured to being asked to contribute to this very special, entertaining and intimite way of creating a radio mix.

with great music on tape from my bag, with lovely homies: qp (aka Pose Dia), F#X, Cosmic Cars

and Human Heads, Das Ding, Pakasteet, Ubek, …Georgian chorals


Akustische Bänderdehnung explores the winding wonders and hissy oddities of the tape universe on a monthly basis.

An audible journey through mixes, features and interviews by Frankfurts own Toben Piel aka FM Aether.

13 OCT 22


NO BRA live

No Bra is an electronic dance and industrial solo act formed in the UK in 2003 and based in NYC since 2010.

No Bra’s confrontational and gender ambiguous performances deal with sexual fantasy, morality and performance of social rules among other things, undermining a level of comfort expected in consuming pop culture by women and marginalized groups in particular.

No Bra had an underground hit with the song “Munchausen”, has released 3 full length albums, several singles and compilations and is featured on tracks by Arca and Mykki Blanco. She has collaborated with the Raincoats, Wolfgang Tillmans, Slava Mogutin, Abdu Ali, Bruce LaBruce among others, and written and performed original songs for the Vivienne Westwood FW ’20 show in Paris. She has performed at the Tate Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, the Centre Pompidou, the ICA London, Artists’ Space NYC, MoMa, Performa NYC, Sonic Acts, numerous gig venues and clubs, as well as opening for acts like the Gossip, Patrick Wolf and Yves Tumor.

Fleurop & Nika Son & Ratkat

2 OCT 22




Eyül Deniz, Cid Hohner, Nika Son, Baernd Anders, Gazza, Semi Nice, Elazer, DJ AOL



Hallo Radio

10 SEPT 22

Alexandra Phillips (NL), Mark Vernon (UK), Julia Reidy & Morten Joh (DE), Nika Son (DE), Das Ding (NL)


After curating multiple concerts in Roodkapje, Futura Resistenza is hosting a very special label night! Expect an evening full of groundbreaking performances and concerts.

Futura Resistenza is a label and platform from Brussels and Rotterdam, that operates somewhere on the border between performance, music and visual arts. Roodkapje invited the label to program a series of concerts in our venue. Throughout this year they’ve invited musicians and artists who already have a connection with the label, as well as people who they simply admire and wanted to see perform.
DJ – Lucija Gregov 20:00 – 02:00
LIVE Alexandra Phillips  20:30
LIVE Mark Vernon  21:00
LIVE Julia Reidy & Morten Joh 22:00
LIVE Nika Son  23:00
LIVE Das Ding 00:00
Roodkapje, Rotterdam

08 SEPT 22

MARK VERNON (Gagarin/Ultra Eczema/Entr’acte/Kye/….)


will perform a live soundtrack to an extended cut of the film ‚Tape Letters from the Waiting Room’ directed by Steven McInerney, also released as an LP on the Psyché Tropes label last year. An existential drama exploring the universal themes of death and rebirth ‚Tape Letters from the Waiting Room‘ is an experiment in film archaeology and magnetic memory as it navigates past life experiences. Shifting in succession from the mundane to the metaphysical, the film is composed of extant 16mm found footage from the past century and features an original soundtrack by MARK VERNON culled from his collection of domestic tape recordings, audio letters, found sounds and other lost voices.
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow based sound artist who works with found tapes and acousmatic presence. His oeuvre explores themes of magnetic memory, audio archaeology, voyeurism and nostalgia.


Trailer Film: https://www.psyche-tropes.com/


playing records before and after:

Felix Kubin & Nika Son

18 AUG 22

SOUNDCUTE presents:
YVES DE MEY – live
NIKA SON – live
QUAI ALLON // Entr’acte label – dj
at Café Central – Brussels

12 AUG 22


Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Manchmal artet es in Musik aus


The aim of the project Conrad Schnitzler: “Sometimes it gets out of hand and turns into music”, which includes an exhibition and a festival program, is to reassess the extensive work of Conrad Schnitzler (*1937 in Düsseldorf, †2011 in Berlin).

In the exhibition, the audiovisual works of the sculptor, musician, composer, as well as video, performance, and conceptual artist will be brought together and made tangible. The festival program invites Schnitzler’s contemporaries and successors to intervene in spaces at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and to contextualize and reflect on his work through discussions, installations, performances, screenings, and concerts.

To this day, Schnitzler is revered around the world as a pioneer of electronic music, even though he did not seek to make music himself and strictly rejected the commercial sale of his works. A lively international network developed around him, which propagated and realized the free circulation, reproduction, and performance of his audio and visual works. Schnitzler’s artistic legacy will now be institutionally recognized for the first time together with the artistic community around him.

Participating artists: Conrad Schnitzler, Noemi Büchi, Cengiz Mengüç, Ken Montgomery, Ulrike Rosenbach, Wolfgang Seidel, Nika Son, Tolouse Low Trax, Keiko Yamamoto, and many others


The exhibition is curated by Stefan Schneider (artist, musician) and Linnea Semmerling (Inter Media Art Institute) with Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen (both Kunsthalle Düsseldorf).


12th August

concerts by

Tolouse Low Trax

Nika Son

Noemi Büchi


7 AUG 22









script & direction & camera HELENA WITTMANN

music and sound design NIKA SON

assistant director LUISE DONSCHEN

Production and costume design ANNA OSTBY

Dramaturgical advice BIRGIT GLOMBITZA


Underwater images KEVIN SEMPE

Microscopic images VILIUS MACHIULSKIS


Color grading and mastering TIM LIEBE


Casting Marseille and production management JULIE AGUTTES


Coproduction CHRISTOPHE BOUFFIL, FRED PREMEL, JULIE AGUTTES (Tita Productions, France)

28 JUL 22

live: Inkasso & ML (Ósare! /Kashual Plastik),
djs: Ratkat & Nika Son


Inkasso (Ósare! / Kashual Plastik)
Turbulent synths ooze and oscillate, roaming like searchlight beacons across darkened shores. The experimental and idiosyncratic sound of duo Inkasso explores the feeling of being cast adrift in disorientating, mechanical worlds. In the studio, the pair jam with drills, string instruments, field recordings and everyday objects to create a hypnotic cacophony. Hear the penny drop on ‚Asso,’ chains rattle on ‘Träume aus Draht;’ the junglist murk of ‘Tag der Imker,’ and the sharp, crystalline beat of ‘Punkervirtel.’ Inkasso invites you to get lost in the uncanny spaces between dub, drone and techno; static introspection and the primal desire to dance.


ML (Kashual Plastik)
Everything makes me dream…
Id comes to life achromatic, briefly thoroughly illuminated by light. Instantly colors leak from above and slowly darkness covers the spreadsheet with all that many allegorical, symbolic, mystic shades. Noble, good, useful, mean, unnecessary, common, and beautiful. Mélancolies du voyage, floating in an ocean of mixed ratios.


Golden Pudel

20 JUL 22

a special 2-day event with a lot of great artists hosted by Kashual Plastik


Wednesday 20.07. – 8pm


J. Stoy

Mark Harwood

A.K. Klosowski

Nika Son





Thursday 21.07. – 8pm



Pierre Bastien

Nein Rodere

Red Brut

M. Klein



Laura Not


Insatallation, Video and Grafik


Laura Not

Edition D Art

Malvern Brume

A Method To Exist

1 JUN 22

I’m very happy to be part of this very special exhibition project



You can listen to all sound works until 4th sept !

and watch out for the sunset at dawn !

with:::: Ferdinand Försch, Douniah, Louis d’Heudières, TINTIN PATRONE, Tam Thi Pham, Jesseline Preach, Carlos Andrés Rico, Freja Sandkamm, Nika Son und Derya Yıldırım.

For my multi-channel sound piece „Echoes of Insomnia“ i talked to several people who live between day and night. They recount their perception and memories of sleep / awake states – and the moments in between. In the piece these echos dissolve the boundaries between body and mind, and thoughts repeatedly elude their grasp.
Thank you: Janine Jembere, Lilli Strasdas, Martin Jehmel, Bernd Meiners, Ellen Doeg und Yannick Kaftan
Location: Schuppen 29, Baakenhöft, HafenCity Hamburg

8 APR 22

urban string »state of [‘stasis]«


In seinem Buch Experimental Music. Cage and Beyond sieht der Komponist Michael Nyman den Tonkünstler La Monte Young als Vater des musikalischen Minimalism. Die Ursprünge dieser prozesshaften Musik findet er überraschenderweise im europäischen Serialismus. So erkannte Young im Spätwerk von Anton Webern nicht nur die Fortsetzung des Prinzips der „ständigen Variation“, das die europäische Musikgeschichte bestimmt. Er zog außerdem Inspiration aus Elementen, die einen ganz anderen Weg wiesen: einen Zustand der Richtungslosigkeit, eine Art musikalische Stille, „die als ‚STASIS‘ gehört werden konnte, weil dieselbe Form über die gesamte Länge des Stücks verwendet wird … die gleiche Information wird immer wieder wiederholt“, so Nyman.

Young fand dieses Prinzip der „STASIS“, also der Stockung, auch in Musiken außerhalb der westlichen Tradition vor – und in ganz alter Musik: „Höhepunkt und Richtungsweisung gehören zu den wichtigsten leitenden Faktoren westlichen Komponierens seit dem 13. Jahrhundert, während die Musik vor dieser Zeit, von den ältesten Gesängen über das Organum bis Guillaume de Machaut, durchaus ‚STASIS‘ als strukturelles Konzept in der Art verwendete, wie es auch östliche musikalische Systeme taten.“


Dieser Abend erforscht Vorbilder und Nachfolger:innen des Minimalismus von La Monte Young und Guillaume de Machaut bis hin zu Julia Wolfe und Lou Reed.


6.4.22 >> Bucerius Kunstforum, Hamburg

8.4.22 >> Resonanzraum, Hamburg



Mix for Chambre Noire


with music from: Teiji Ito/Maya Deren, Varvara Stepanova, Mark Vernon, Yves de Mey, Human Heads, Nika Son, Tom White, Phew, Moor Mother, Lil Asaf, Steven Roden, Tomoko Sauvage, Graham Lambkin, Ana da Silva & Phew, ß 70, Kiera Mulhern, Asmus Tietchens & Miki Yui, Saint Abdullah, John Kameel Farah & Thomas Brinkmann

15 JAN 22

Nika Son & Guests / Craving Coincidence – CC No.2


A night of solo sets & collaborations with



Maximilian Glass

Nika Son


TiNTiN Patrone



For the series „CC No. 2 – Craving Coincidence“, ausland invited six musicians to curate one long night each, in between concert evening, salon and club night.
The start of „CC No.2“ was disrupted by the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020, which unfortunately also affected Nika Son’s CC2-edition under the title „Underwater“, which was already announced for April 2020 and would have featured a larger line-up including many international artists for a programme between film, live-concerts and sound art.
Other than we hoped, the pandemic has everything but eased in the winter of 2021/22. Thus, Nika and ausland decided for a reconception, presenting tonight’s format as a dense and compact concert night of solo sets and possible surprise collaborations involving electronic musicians who’re based in Berlin or close nearby.

Cae La Noche


Es fällt die Nacht/Cae La Noche


by Helena Wittmann & Nika Son


A live-performance within a 6-channel sound and 2-channel video installation.

Premiere on Saturday, 11th September 2021 at Vanguardias live / Filmadrid

At El Instante Fundación, Madrid


La nuit tombe. Two projectors whir in the dark, their bright beams covered up. A masked crowd gathers and sits on the floor. Six speakers, tall and small, are scattered around us. Cicadas join in their daily celebration of sunset. Sound fills in social distances, caressing our skins. On the wall a fountain fades out of darkness. A female body lays behind it, her back turned to us. Taxis swirling around keep their night watch. She dissolves back into darkness, and so do I. Side-by-side, two screens probe the many shapes of nighttime. Bats waltz around out-of-focus street lights. My eye sinks into the concrete guts of a metro station. In ghostly slow motion, human bodies merge into the multilayered architecture. For thirty minutes, Nika Son and Helena Wittmann suspend all coordinates of daylight vision. Eerie sonic compositions alienate landscapes while neon lightning flattens all shadows. No depth, no opacity, no distances. I experience a world of ultrasonic radiology.

What is it like to be a bat? This famous philosophical interrogation has come to reflect our inherent limitations to bridge the gap of knowledge and communication with other species. Yet, in pandemic wake, much remains to be learned from bats beyond our viral likenesses. For months, the whole world fell into slumber. Night swallowed up optical legibility and daytime certainties. Physical boundaries were blurred. But domestic invisibility also opened spaces of possibility for our ears. In Es Fällt die Nacht, Wittmann and Son take up bats’ challenge – to feel the night on our eardrums. It is techno dancers’ womb, nightshifters’ cave. Like bats, I listen to pulsing lightwaves and see-through walls. Like bats, I enjoy the rugged surfaces resounding in my stomach. Like bats, I trade sharpness and colorfulness for intimacy.

(Text by Jade de Cock, 2021)

21 SEP 21


Zodiak Festival – Bildet Nischen!

at Hebbel am Ufer, HAU 1 – Berlin


With Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Manuel Göttsching, Günter Schickert, Wolfgang Seidel, Taste Tribes (Alfred 23 Harth, Hans Joachim Irmler, Wolfgang Seidel, Günter Müller), Nika Son, Galina Ozeran, Etkin Çekin, Detlef Krenz, Sebastian Lee Philipp, Monika Werkstatt (Gudrun Gut, Midori Hirano, Islaja, Pilocka Krach), The Notwist, Die ANGEL (Dirk Dresselhaus & Ilpo Väisänen), Christoph Dallach & Andreas Dorau, Valentina Magaletti, Andrea Belfi, Katharina Ernst, Marta Salogni, Air Cushion Finish, Niklas Kraft, Sven-Åke Johansson, Jan Jelinek, Contagious, Datashock, Kulku


“Bildet Nischen! Rückkopplungen aus dem Zodiak Free Arts Lab” (“Build niches! Feedback from the Zodiak Free Arts Lab”) examines the club’s historical influence, illuminating the connections among the political, social and cultural conditions that shaped the scene that emerged. Which conflicts release creative energy that continue to manifest in (pop) cultural developments today? How does counterculture form, and what kinds of spaces are needed for that to happen? Can Zodiak’s traces and connections be found in the cultural practice of later subcultural developments in the Berlin underground? To this day, these questions remain relevant to the development of artistic positions that HAU is exploring with a festival programme of concerts, collaborations, installations, talks and a lecture performance.


my concert is on the 21th Sept at 19h

>>>   https://www.hebbel-am-ufer.de/en/programme/pdetail/zodiak-nika-son/


Internationales Sommerfestival 2021


N. Son, A. Kahrs, F. Kubin, C. Marthaler, M. Melián, W. Müller,:
Für Dieter Roth


I composed a Sound Piece walking through the Dieter Roth Foundation in Hamburg, while recompiling and garbling the poem

Mein Mund ist ein Auge by Dieter Roth


Zwischen U und dem Nix

[Mein Gehirn ist mein Magengrab]



Stimmen: Sanna, Dora, Eliska, Zuzana, Tatyana, Alice, Vitoria, Nika

Übersetzung: google-translate


Danke: Dieter Roth, Kathrin Haaßengier, Marcel Bisevic, Kris Jakob




some live performances and sound works


25/7 poetry&sound > Studio im Hochhaus, Berlin

August > Klangturm Veddel

4-20/8 Für Dieter Roth (Audio-Guide), Dieter Roth Museum > Kampnagel sommerfestival

6/8 MFOC Pudel in Rothenburgsort, Hamburg

19/8 Hans Resonanz, Hamburg

5/9 Heart of noise festival, Innsbruck

12/9 Vanguardias live (Video-Sound Installation with Helena Wittmann), Madrid

21/9 Zodiak Festival, HAU Berlin


NEXT: Klangturm Veddel


Hamburg now has a sound tower, and it is located in Veddel, a district close to the city centre that is unusual in many ways. In the tower of the Lutheran Immanuelkirche, which was rebuilt in 1952, the bells no longer ring; now sounds come from loudspeakers. The sound programmes by 12 artists and a school class serve like chimes to signal the time. The sounds can be heard from 01.07.2021 to 31.07.2022 every day except Mondays from 8 am to 8 pm at quarter-hourly intervals.

Initiated and programmed by Benjamin Brunn


visit Veddel already in July….beautiful sounds from Andrew Pekler every quarter hour !

27 MAY 21



Due to the corona pandemic Klub Katarakt Festival #16 will take place without live-audience and with reduced line-up


Digital-stream via KAMPNAGEL



Matthias Kaul in memoriam

Ensemble L’art pour l’art & Frauke Aulbert

The centerpiece of the evening is a memorial concert for Matthias Kaul. The percussionist and composer passed away on July 1, 2020. klubkatarakt presented Kaul in the 2014 edition as a guest composer with his music theater piece Relax. In past editions, he often appeared as a performer and was also collegially linked to the festival, among other things by lending instruments.

To commemorate this notable musician and exceptional human being, klubkatarakt dedicates a portrait concert, conceived by flutist Astrid Schmeling. The program includes five very different compositions by Kaul, ranging from solo to ensemble pieces. Performers are the musicians of the ensemble L’art pour l’art, which was co-founded by Kaul himself, and the vocal artist and singer Frauke Aulbert.



Nika Son

Nika Son is a musician, artist, film composer, dj and curator, based in Hamburg. In her work, sounds and noises of different origins are translated into an unusual musical language, as if watching the audible. She elaborates her compositions from modified and fragmented field recordings, interwoven with analog synth surfaces, broken rhythms, scattered vocal scraps and filtered tapeloops.

For Klub Katarakt Nika Son will perform fragments from her album „To Eeyore“ (2020) mixed with new material. Next to her live-set she will show a video work especially created for this performance. It’s a collage playing with shade, darkness and light, interrupted by visual thoughts and memories that appeared and disappeared while commuting from her home flat in St. Pauli to her studio at Veddel in Hamburg.



Huthwelker & Hoffmann

René Huthwelker and Carl-John Hoffmann will perform an audiovisual concert. In his solo performances, Huthwelker uses analog-synthetic feedback loops to create a form of repetitive minimalism, which gradually consolidates itself into pulsating structures. Video artist Hoffmann adds another aesthetic dimension to Huthwelker’s sound layer through his live visuals. Both artists are members in the polymedial artist collective Niedervolthoudini from Hamburg.

No you II

Soundpiece (20min) for PARA


PARA – Unset Time and Pace⁠ is still on display until 30th April 2021:


Together with more than 40 national and international artists from the fields of experimental music, sound art, new radio concepts, performance and sound installation, PARA presents a radio takeover and digital sound exhibition that intervenes in the inherent linearity of conventional radio programs and offers versatile artistic proposals on the subject of sound.


Program & participating artists:⁠


[MONRHEA] / Abdullah Miniawy / Aho Ssan / autotom.ia / Benedikt Brachtel & Black Pearl De Almeida / Constanza Bizraelli / Dominik Lekavski / Farzané / Giulia Zabarella / Hampus Lindwall & Studio for Propositional Cinema / Hanne Lippard / Institute for Incongruous Translation (Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand) / Jan Erbelding / Jay Glass Dubs & ML / Kalas Liebfried / Katatonic Silentio / KMRU / Konrad Wehrmeister & Jakob Braito / Lea Bertucci / Martin Brugger & Carlos Cipa / Martina Lussi & Tim Shaw / Mira Mann / Nika Son / Noémi Büchi / Olaf Nicolai / OMSK Social Club & Alexander lezzi / Perila / PYUR / Rosa Anschütz / Sol Rezza / Wisdom Warriors / Zoë Mc Pherson




with remixes by TOLOUSE LOW TRAX, MM/KM and NIKA SON !


>> Bandcamp or via boomkat, anost, forced exposure, kompakt, rush hour….

Cwelle Mix for Zelle

Cwelle mix for Zelle (hosted by Charlotte Simon & Anna Hjalmarsson) on Radio 80000


First hour Nika Son, second hour F#X.

Recorded Sunday night while waiting for the blizzard.


Originally broadcasted on 9th February 2021



thank you for the music by

Michael Speers, Ka Baird, Jessica Ekomane, Ubek, Moormother, Bernard Parmegiani, Phew, Bruno Spoerri, Mark Vernon, Lil asaf, Ghédalia Tazartès, Marc Barreca, Pakasteet Ja Draama-Helmi, Group A, Marja Ahti, Possessed Factory, Mylan Hoezen, Black To Comm, Bourbonese Qualk, Anna Holmer, Tomoko Sauvage, RVDS, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Flora Yin-Wong, Daphne Oram, Mark Fell & Will Guthrie, Otto Sidharta, Mentocome, Aleksi Perälä, Ena, Auvinen, Electronome, Leila, Russell Haswell


photo: Phil Struck


a commissioned work for RADIOPHRENIA GLASGOW




a piece of walk

30″18 min


wander in square waves | from my thought i’m at my shoes and from my step i’m on the ground, the surface of matter | asphalt | a moving bicycle chain spinning sound into my right ear | my notions roam again | i deliberately step aside | gras | a crumpled piece of foil | it resonates | bits of voices carrying information | i know that street | do i? | it used to sound different | treading on some pebble stones, chrunching them |  the underground is empty | sleeping not sleeping | aiming for a rhythm | getting lost | not marching but walking along lines | more lines | trying to avoid them | throbbing | noises appear loader this year | a puddle’s echo | my feet shuffle | imagining quadrat II without a middle | is it a rumble or a murmur behind that pole | trying to unlearn what i hear and see | wind purrs | a crow just shat on me | i remember | traipse is a word i didn’t know | meander


“…thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking.” [Rebecca Solnit in Wanderlust]


It will be broadcasted on

Tuesday, 17th November, 12pm – 12.30pm

Wednesday, 18th November, 3pm – 3.30pm

(GMT +00:00)


RADIOPHRENIA is a temporary art radio station – a two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts.

24 HOURS A DAY: 9th – 22nd November, 2020

The broadcast schedule includes a series of 20 newly commissioned radio works, live shows and pre-recorded features.

As in previous years the majority of the programme is made up from selections submitted to an international open call for sound art and radio works.

>>  https://radiophrenia.scot/


22 AUG – 11 OKT


Corona Sound System


Kunstverein Hamburg

22nd Aug – 11th Oct 2020



Die Apotheke (Konstanze Habermann, Bela B & Thomas Zipp), Jenny Beyer, Lucrecia Dalt, Carola Ernst, Tobias Euler, Pascal Fuhlbrügge, Graindelavoix/Björn Schmelzer, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Holly Herndon, Annika Kahrs, Felix Kubin, Hanne Lippard, Melissa E Logan, Thies Mynther, Charlotte Pfeiffer, Robert Rehnig, Jenny Schäfer, Schwabinggrad Ballet, Daniel Schulz, Nika Son, Mounira Al Solh, Jakob Spengemann, Veit Sprenger, Wolfgang Tillmans, C. W. Winter


For this exhibition i worked on my composition

Surfacing underneath you sea asu lapis

and transformed it into a 6-channel sound installation.



9 APR 20

Der Geheime Salon – Randständige elektronische Hausmusik


Folge 3: TIEFTEICH – Eine Eule sucht den Tunnel


„Der Geheime Salon“ ist eine Konzertreihe von MMODEMM und Künstlerhaus Mousonturm und wird gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser. Für die Dauer der Schließung des Mousonturms verlegen wir den Geheimen Salon in den virtuellen Raum und funken von dort jeden Donnerstag live nach Sonnenuntergang klangliche Randnotizen in den Äther.


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