photo by marco microbi
In 2012, an exclusive Hypnobeat live set for Serendip in Paris marked James Dean Brown's first solo appearance since more than 20 years under his former alias.
What was supposed to be a one-off event turned out to become a distinctive statement in the name of the groove and mechanical skills. In fact, the sequel introduced a new, exciting line-up: a year later, James Dean Brown and Helena Hauff played a live world premiere at Serendip Festival in Paris again. Their 2nd, stunning performance at Berghain in the course of CTM Festival Berlin optionally "killed the 6.1 system" or "saved the night". Rumour has it that seismic activities have been recorded.
Past and forthcoming events:
14.10.12 Festival Serendip #3 (JDB solo), Gare XP, Paris | flyer | program | FB
05.10.13 Festival Serendip #4, Le Soft, Paris | flyer | RA | FB
30.01.14 CTM Festival, Berghain, Berlin | flyer | RA | FB
19.04.14 Grundlos Glücklich (Happy Without Reason), ://about blank, Berlin | flyer | RA | FB | soundcheck
28.06.14 Les Siestes Électroniques, Compans-Caffarelli Public Park, Toulouse |
flyer | RA | FB
26.07.14 Écoutes au Vert, Motel Campo, Geneva | flyer | RA | FB | recording
25.10.14 Insomnia Festival, Driv, Tromsø | flyer | flyer | RA | FB
07.11.14 Hartzine présente Bleak Future 001, Petit Bain, Paris |
flyer | flyer | RA | FB
07.03.15 SAVE Festival, Arma/Tryokhgornaya Manufaktura, Moscow |
flyer | RA | FB
24.04.15 Intonal Festival, Inkonst, Malmö | flyer | RA | FB
25.04.15 Intonal Spaziale (JDB solo), Kontxt, Malmö | FB
18.07.15 Rural Festival, Mountain Park Tsunan, Niigata, Japan | flyer | RA | FB
08.08.15 (808 Day) Krake Festival, Urban Spree, Berlin | flyer | RA | FB
01.04.16 Arma Labelnight, OHM, Berlin | flyer | RA | FB
19.08.17 Atonal Festival, Kraftwerk, Berlin | program | RA | FB
07.10.17 Kaiku, Helsinki | flyer | RA | FB | livestream
30.11.17 Boiler Room – "Into the Dark", Vienna | flyer | livestream
12.01.18 Dark Entries, Säule/Berghain, Berlin (JDB solo) | flyer | RA | FB
02.02.18 Mmodemmnight, Ost-Stern, Frankfurt a.M. (JDB solo) | flyer | FB
02.06.18 Arma X, Berlin (JDB solo) | flyer | FB
video by Udo Boll
Between 1984 and 1987, Hypnobeat played live performances in Berlin, Frankfurt, Moers Jazz Festival 1985, Wiesbaden, Antwerp (Club Moral), Arnhem (AVE Festival), and other places where they shared live stages with Z'EV, Die Form, Borbetomagus, Vidna Obmana, among others.
There is an ancient lo-fi video document from 1984 which anticipates a kind of rhythmic energy that would be denoted Techno a few years later. Romulus Coeurque and Porn Flake operated various synchronized rhythm machines, tapes and effects, Pietro Insipido and Pink Elln added electronic percussion. After the intro track, the Hypnobeat "Prototech" approach becomes apparent for at least a bit more than a minute, starting at 06'39":
The excerpt has been filmed with a Punk attitude on VHS at GEMINOX Underground Festival, Frankfurt University on June 15th, 1984. The two days event, presenting music, films, videos and performance art, had been organized by Inka Gecco and cultural impresario Walter E. Baumann (r.i.p.).
Further participants included Club Moral (Antwerp), Der Plan (Duesseldorf), Exit Out (Hanover), Idiots Savants (Amsterdam), Mike Hentz (Lyon), Non Toxique Lost (Mainz) and NTH (Berlin), and a lot more.
After all there is a Walkman recording of the complete 3-tracks Hypnobeat live set of 35 minutes length two tracks of which are available for download.