Yesterday I went to this open jam session for hardware enthusiasts at OHM club. The concept is simple; a large table, mixing desk, midi clock divider, and of course visitors that bring their synths, drumcomputers, modulars or weird self-build sonic widgets. Laptops and tablets not allowed. Plug and play. I brought the Volca Beats and my ZOOM G3 effects processor. In the beginning it took me a little searching in the frequency spectrum, to sort of find a place to park my sounds, so to speak. But then we were playing some nice groovy stuff, very enjoyable.
After a while I took a break and talked to some nice people who I had seen before when they were playing at Griesmuehle. This woman called Anna-Maria who performs with modular as Aporia Atopia and her partner Dennis (who at the gig accompanied her on guitar and fx). She is from Belgium and Dennis from the Netherlands. They've also lived in Antwerp for a couple of years so it was nice to have a chat covering some common ground. Anna-Maria does this youtube channel <--- that is I guess kind of similar to what Rijnder does under his Monotrail moniker. Worth to check out. I also had a brief chat with another a bit older guy (he rocks this grey wizard-y beard, was also at Griesmuehle) that would be interesting to talk to more the next time.
After the chitchats I had a look at the other participants and what they were playing with. It was a table filled with weird gadgets and a lot of modular systems. People were caressing their knobs and sliders, meanwhile taking puffs from joints and hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes. Everybody smokes here in Berlin, it's pretty hard not to. I am now trying a different approach; I just hang around with the smoking people and imagine that I'm smoking a cigarette. It's maybe going to work, like with the power of make believe and more of this imaginary stuff. Sometimes you got to trick the mind a little.
After having my cigarette not cigarette moment I played a bit more, but soon I felt like the music was getting louder and louder and with the earplugs I was wearing I couldn't hear anymore what I was doing. Decided that I probably was experiencing ear fatique and packed my gear and went home.
All in all a good first encounter with the Berlin electro-jam scene and I look forward to more interesting nights and people to encounter.