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November 23, 2009
This week two of the mainstays of the minimal electronic music world, the German labels Minus and Raster-Noton, will converge for a collaborative event in Berlin. Code-named CONTAINER, the event "will cut the usual club night performative scheme of solo performers by introducing an experimental platform of performative interaction that promotes the labels' overlapping conceptual structures to form a unique laboratory of sound."

If that sounds like a mouthful, there is good reason. Both labels like to go big. Over the past decade and more, Minus and Raster-Noton have each made a name for themselves with their high standards of audio and visual output. One similarity can be found in the concepts behind two series of limited edition releases issued ten years ago, Concept and 20' to 2000; the former was Richie Hawtin's series of a dozen monthly twelve-inch singles for Minus, and the latter Raster-Noton's series of a dozen monthly CDs of 20-minute-long audio projects released in the run up to the millennium. Over the years Raster-Noton has released music by the likes of Komet, Goem, Ryoji Ikeda, Scanner, Frans de Waard and Taylor Deupree, while Minus has issued the work of Matthew Dear, Plastikman, Theorem, Actual Jakshun, Slacknoise, Click Box, DJ Minx, Fabrizio Maurizi and JPLS.

According to the Minus camp, the two companies first crossed paths a decade ago, when Raster-Noton label head Carsten Nicolai tapped Minus founder Richie Hawtin to take part in the "New Forms" audio performance project presented at an art gallery in Leipzig. Since then both imprints developed individually, but shared a "strong affinity to minimalist design and a compelling musical output" and a noticeably similar philosophy. With ten years having passed, Nicolai and Hawtin considered the time for another collaboration to be long overdue.

CONTAINER takes place this Thursday, the 26th of November, at WMF, and will last until at least 4am the following morning.

SEE ALSO: www.m-nus.com
SEE ALSO: www.raster-noton.net

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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