A brief look back at SUPERBOOTH22 & SOOPERgrail

“What a ride! A BIG Thank You to everyone who came to SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail – all the exciting exhibitors, wonderful artists, guests, friends and family! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.”

The verdict by the official Superbooth Instagram channel

SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail are over for this year. The 20th anniversary edition headed even more into the direction of being a music festival where you can explore all the tools, instruments and effects that are used to make the music that you hear just a few meters away on one of the several stages that could be found all over the event.

The Superbooth events seem to be the perfect examples of how products for creative people should be presented. As a trade show, Superbooth helps bring the showcased instruments closer to potential users and lays the foundation for things to develop further. As a social event Superbooth is a place to build and maintain friendships with people that you wouldn’t meet in your daily life, it brings people from different backgrounds together to share visions and develop new ideas.

The stage program stood for all that, it was characterized by an enormous variety of musical explorations, from early electronic instruments like the Trautonium and Hainbachs presentation of how electronic music was made by artists like Stockhausen in the 1960’s, to experimental modular synthesizer and guitar shows that try to push boundaries, superb live techno, children with their first ever stage experience together with the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble, an unexpected appearance of Richie Hawtin, playing open-air on the last day. The event truely celebrated the variety of musical visions, ideas, concepts and approaches.

The different areas of the anniversary edition all had their own atmosphere, but were always meandering between music festival, nerd meetup and a youth group trip with your friends.

Another event by HerrSchneider that will leave many people with long-lasting memories of community, friendship, and last but not least, lots of musical inspiration.

Oh and…yeah new synths and so. We’ll leave this topic to others for now. Why don’t you check out Bobeats video of his personal highlights of the show. And have a look at Sonicstate who – as always – have covered lots of exhibitors and their inventions. And surely there is more to find in the wide space of the interwebs we have seen a lot of familiar faces from the best YouTube channels for electronic musical instruments.

Stammgast Pyrolator @SUPERBOOTH22

Stammgast is what they say in German (regular guest) – Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator has been a guest at SUPERBOOTH19 in 2019 with Der Plan and an unforgettable concert in the Auditorium, last year he creatively turned the outdoor area between FEZ-Berlin and Bungalowdorf into a stage as Pyrolator and this year SUPERBOOTH22 welcomes him again – we’ll see where and when, but it is promised that he will be there!

On the first day on the SUPERBOOTH21 Pyrolator played a “mobile modular”. Starting with the desire not to miss out on live performances during the lockdown, he put together a small setup in a 90HP skiff that could be powered by a power bank. Together with a small battery-powered sound system, it could be quickly set up and used anywhere in the park. As we all know – 90HP won’t take you far, so the system grew to be 4x84HP and it is still mobile.

You don’t get the chance to see a concert of Neue Deutsche Welle pioneers Der Plan that often. So it was even nicer to experience them at SUPERBOOTH19 in the Auditorium.

Der Plan was formed in 1979 in Dusseldorf and therefore strongly influenced by Kraftwerk as well as the DIY attitude of Punk. After founding member Kai Horn left the project early on, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator stepped in and made Der Plan’s music more approachable. Moritz R, Kurt Dahlke alias Pyrolator and Frank Fenstermacher formed Der Plan to be an experimental music group that created a minimalistic but catchy sound, which got them national attention. It is seen as one of the early and most influential pieces of Neue Deutsche Welle.

Be there when Pyrolator performs at SUPERBOOTH22! Secure your tickets HERE.

New spaces: beSOOPER at the Badesee

“We have revised our space concept for beSOOPER and discovered the Badesee (Bathing Lake), now there is even more air and space for sound and visions of new music.”

SUPERBOOTH Berlin

Parts of FEZ-Berlin are in the potential access of the city as emergency accommodation for refugees from Ukraine – which is of course appropriate and important. Against this background, it has been decided to develop further areas in the park grounds, to do without the use of the West Wing and to divide the Seebühne (Sea-side Stage) between two new locations. All artists announced for the Seebühne will be presented on the beach stage at the Badesee (Bathing Lake) and the new stage in the circus tent.

beSOOPER will thus be even bigger, with even more space and activities both outdoors and indoors: more than 150 booths with all kinds of electronic musical instruments and guitars of all known and unknown types, about twenty performances, concerts, presentations and workshops per day, including some late-night activities in the Bungalowdorf (Bungalow Village).

The daily cultural program will start at the latest with the workshop presentation of the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble at 1:30 pm and will continue outdoors at full intensity and volume until at least 10 pm.

Most of the booths and activities for guitar enthusiasts are concentrated on the upper floor of FEZ-Berlin, while the SOOPERgrail concerts will take place in the circus tent. Many of the countless synthesizer and modular manufacturers can be found and experienced in the now expanded tent village – as already very successfully realized in 2021.

The well-known and popular catering partners for food and drinks can be found at all outdoor locations.

In the foyer of the FEZ-Berlin there is the general info desk again, as well as the familiar ticket entrance for all visitors and artists, exhibitors and press partners. Guests arriving by public transport via the S-Bahn station Wuhlheide can get their wristband already at the bungalow village, upon presentation of their digital or printed ticket.

SUPERBOOTH22 // 12.-14. May 22:

  • One-day Ticket                 35 EUR, discounted 25 EUR (THU, FRI, SAT)
  • Three-day Ticket              90 EUR, discounted 70 EUR (THU, FRI & SAT)

SOOPERgrail // 13. Und 14. May 2022:

  • One-day Ticket                 18 EUR, discounted 15 EUR (FRI or SAT)
  • Two-day Ticket                 30 EUR, discounted 25 EUR (FRI & SAT)

Websites, more information:

beSOOPER.com

SUPERBOOTH.com

SOOPERgrail.com

BeSOOPER – The SUPERBOOTH22 & SOOPERgrail Program

Under the common motto – BeSOOPER – SUPERBOOTH22 and the new SOOPERgrail bring together several thousand instrument makers, music and culture creators from all over the world in Berlin. For 3 days they will explain and discuss the future of music and music making at FEZ-Berlin. The event will create a meeting space that invites the exchange of
visions, ideas, sounds and stories.

The concert and cultural program starts every day around noon with Berlin students playing 12 modular synthesizers in the auditorium, it ends with a „Berliner Schule“ session in the foyer or a „Techno“ live set in the bungalow village before midnight. In between, there are up to twenty events and concerts daily at five venues in the spacious park area and FEZ-Berlin.
During the three days of SUPERBOOTH22 and the two days of SOOPERgrail, the at least 150 exhibitors of musical instruments are placed at three locations on the spacious grounds, also to make the sonic aesthetics of the products really tangible. The ticket system is simply structured, all tickets are valid for the whole day and all events of the fair.

Day 1

On the first day of the event, Mute Records founder Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode producer Gareth Jones will be performing on the Sea-Side Stage as Sunroof, as well as AtomTM as headliner. In the early evening, singer-songwriter Lisa Morgenstern will also play here, including a Rhodes Mk8. The latest model of the classic electric piano will also be on display in the space of the trade show.

In the auditorium, the Finnish keyboardist KEBU proofs that you can still make live electronic music with classical electronic keyboard instruments, some of which are decades old, even today. A talk with Peter Kirn and international guests is still in preparation for the evening.

Day 2

Friday the thirteenth is the first day of the guitar fair SOOPERgrail: Here it is also about visions that go far beyond ordinary remakes of American evergreens from Gibson to Fender. On the Guitar Stage at the Cinema, Matthias Grob tells his story from the development of the first guitar looper and its commercialization to today‘s hype, of which he as the „inventor“ unfortunately no longer benefits much. He shows his classic and builds a bridge to other colleagues with similar experiences.

For the upcoming generation, the daily Tapeloop workshops are a good introduction to this topic. Other guitarists as well as innovative exhibitors, also with guitars in the area between electronics and stringed instruments, make the fair a full-day program for interested and curious people.

The full program also runs on the other stages on Friday: Wayne Tailor, Mark Verbos, Julia Bondar and classic „Berlin School“ by Kontroll-Raum to close the day in the foyer. In the auditorium at 8 p.m., Hainbach, together with the Gebrüder Teichmann, will explain electronic music techniques of the past using the example of current cultural transformation between Germany and Japan on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Goethe-Institut Tokyo.

Day 3

On Saturday, the workshops are often booked up the fastest, many musicians come with their children to enjoy the concerts and events and to learn something: In the guitar section, Sukandar Kartadinata explains his instrument with adjustable frets – the liberation from the twelve-tone scale. Schneider TM, among others, will be playing on the Guitar Stage. On the Sea-Side Stage St.Raumen alias T.Raumschmiere and St. John Mantle perform, in the Auditorium Peter Pichler shows the Mixturtrautonium during a workshop and plays a concert in the evening. The finale is provided by Martin Stürtzer on the keyboards in the foyer and the Dutch Maarten Vos with the Korean artist JS Park playing an incomparable techno set in the bungalow village.

All details regarding other concerts, (DIY) workshops, performances and events can be found on Superbooth.com and Soopergrail.com in the coming days.

And the Superbooth Berlin Team is announcing the following statement concerning the war in Ukraine:

“The war of aggression on Ukraine leaves us speechless. We sympathize and stand in solidarity with the suffering and struggling people in Ukraine and with the refugees who are being forced to leave their homes.
Our donation goes to CADUS e.V. which helps war refugees in Ukraine and worldwide. We would like to thank all those who do the same, if possible!”

Video: Ain TheMachine perfoming live @SUPERBOOTH21

The Berlin-based musician, composer and music producer Ain The Machine makes live electronic music in a slightly different way – entertaining, engaging and danceable, first and foremost. During his concert he simply uses his body, his voice and random objects to create basslines, pads and melodies.

For his SUPERBOOTH21 performance he even included the audience into his compositions by inviting them to use a microphone in front of the stage.



Because his particular technique is so worth seeing and hearing, he has already presented his vision at 4 TEDx Talks in different countries. His journey as a musician, composer and music producer has earned him a nomination for a Latin Grammy. But he’s also been playing out on Berlin stages, for example at Sisyphos, Rummels Bucht and of course at SUPERBOOTH21 on the Seaside Stage.

Learn more about Ain TheMachine:
Youtube
Instagram
Soundcloud
Spotify

Learn more about SUPERBOOTH22, SOOPERgrail and the upcoming BeSooper Edition on BeSooper.com. On all three websites you can get your tickets for the the BeSooper event in May 2022.
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Schneidersladen presents SUPERBOOTH22

BE SOOPER – SUPERBOOTH22 & SOOPERgrail tickets now available!

BE SOOPER – electric get to gathering: 12.-14. May at FEZ-Berlin

The international trade fair for electronic musical instruments will take place in spring again; the presale for SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail tickets starts today! Get them here.

After the Corona troubles, SUPERBOOTH22 shows itself clearly developed for the anniversary event. At the trade fair with festival character there will be deep insights into the professional world of electronic music and its instruments, their application and development, as well as workshops for students and young people.

Over three full days SUPERBOOTH22 presents itself in a new scale and with a special atmosphere. The area surrounding the FEZ-Berlin offers outdoor exhibition tents, bungalows, concert and presentation stages in the spacious park area. So far, 150 exhibitors showcase electronic music instruments and everything else needed for handmade and electronic music in the main building and around it. For the first time, there will also be SOOPERgrail as an independent trade fair dedicated to the art of guitar building.

The founder HerrSchneider on this:

„Last September’s SUPERBOOTH21 was described by all participants as the best yet, despite a lower number of visitors. We want to reflect on this again for our anniversary and would like to surpass it. The possible expansion to a trade fair for other (musical) instruments at the Berlin location holds great potential: Techno and electronic music continue to be our basis, but the respectful mixing with the craft of other professions opens many new doors.“

Some manufacturers have already demonstrated last year how the creative exploration of the border areas between guitars and complex electronic applications can open up new horizons. The guitar fair SOOPERgrail has its own stage for concerts and presentations inside, offers its guests access to the shared lake stage along with a catering area on the lawn and free access to other events in the park area. Guests of SUPERBOOTH22 are also and explicitly welcome at SOOPERgrail. Of course, only the SUPERBOOTH22 ticket is valid for the so far much larger exhibition area of SUPERBOOTH22.

The presale for SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail starts online today. Due to the pandemic, the ticket contingents remain limited for the time being, all tickets are valid for the respective trade fair areas and event days without restrictions from 10 am to 7 pm as well as for the evening program. For simplification, any type of special and trade visitor tickets have been omitted. 

TICKETS

SUPERBOOTH22 // 12.-14. May 22:

One-day Ticket 35 EUR, discounted 25 EUR (THU, FRI, SAT)
Three-day Ticket 90 EUR, discounted 70 EUR (THU, FRI & SAT)

SOOPERgrail // 13. & 14. Maiy 2022:

One-day Ticket 18 EUR, discounted 15 EUR (FRI or SAT)
Two-day Ticket 30 EUR, discounted 25 EUR (FRI & SAT)

Schneider TM & TB Arthur – live @SUPERBOOTH21

Dirk and Jay didn’t have their first appearance on a Superbooth stage, but this concert was the first one they performed on Deimel Firestar LesLee® Synchronizer guitars. These handmade guitars were being premiered in public for the first time at SUPERBOOTH21. The newly developed custom guitars made by Deimel Guitarworks allow for connectivity and interactivity via CV in/out on modular synths.

The LesLee guitar makes it possible to either send or receive a waveform or sending out a CV signal. It is even possible to do sync recording by using a CV to Midi generator, or to be in sync with video signals for performing artists – something that hasn’t been used in this performance, but opens up even more possibilities.

Schneider TM & TB Arthur brought modular synthesizers and guitar pedal effect boxes along with the aforementioned Deimel guitars to create sounds in unusual ways and explore new sonic territories.

Enjoy their unique performance merging two worlds of electronic sound that can also be seen as a preview to what the upcoming SOOPERgrail guitar show will be about.

See you at SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail!

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SchneidersLaden presents SUPERBOOTH22

Video: Peter van Hoesen live @SUPERBOOTH21

This is the Peter van Hoesen concert from SUPERBOOTH21. He played this experimental live set on the seaside stage on day two of the tradeshow and festival for electronic musical instruments.

Peter Van Hoesen is considered as one of techno’s tastemakers but never has been that typical techno artist. Peter is someone who sculpts sounds for many different environments – the club, the home, the gallery or even the museum. He does so with a true sense of personality. On his own label Time to Express he releases textural compositions and he also records to great acclaim as Sendai alongside Yves De Mey.


In performance terms, Peter lays down dark and arresting techno sets as well as captivating, storytelling live musical journeys. Because of that he is renowned around the world for his high quality, high creativity, high levels of consistency, constantly translating his personality into his music.

sooperRADIO live – today 5-7pm!

Finally sooperRADIO again! The sixth and last show from the Superbooth makers this year. It’s about to start! The show runs from 5 to 7 pm live from the high security studio in Lottumstrasse. You can listen on PiRadio.de or in the Berlin radio on 88,4.

The guests in studio this time are Kai Roeske & Robert Siegel musically in operation as Kairostar. Synths, music and live update on SUPERBOOTH22 with HerrSchneider, there are first thoughts for 20 years of Superbooth in May 2022 and it is as always about sequences and sounds made of electricity.

Best to tune in directly at PiRadio.de

20 years of Superbooth – time for something new!

The successful SUPERBOOTH21 has shown how musical instrument trade fairs can work even during a pandemic. Due to the circumstances, the plan to establish a new guitar fair has been put on hold so far. This September, a handful of guitar makers have already presented themselves at SUPERBOOTH21. Next year, the time has finally come and SOOPERgrail22 will be organized as its own event, with separate access and also at the FEZ-Berlin.

The idea of “Superbooth” was already born 20 years ago and was cultivated in the first years in Frankfurt, with always new ideas, to an extraordinary, unusual trade fair concept. Six years have passed since the realization of an independent event in Berlin. During this time, a very personal and individual fair format has been established in the FEZ-Berlin. This development and the 20th anniversary will be celebrated on the eve of SUPERBOOTH22 with an exclusive evening event for our companions of the last 20 years.

As a special welcome for the new exhibitors from the guitar sector, a collective get-together for exhibitors and invited guests will be offered on the evening of 12. May – an opportunity to get to know each other, exchange ideas and meet again.

 2G instead of 3G*

The planning of SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail22 is based on the current status of the official Covid regulations. For this reason, the organizers already point out that access to SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail22 will most likely be bound to the 2G regulations.

This will allow for more indoor guests, the removal of time restrictions on indoor areas, and the prospect of possible reductions in mask requirements and minimum distances. A large number of exhibitors and visitors were already vaccinated or recovered this year (2G). In order not to exclude anyone completely, it is expected that non-2G compatible visitors will still be allowed to attend with a daily PCR test.

*The so-called 3G rule (public spaces are only open to those that are vaccinated, recovered, or tested – in german: geimpft, genesen, getestet)

Here are the dates for SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail22:

  • SUPERBOOTH22:            12. – 14. May 2022
  • SOOPERgrail22:              13. – 14. May 2022

That is the short view into the future. But after 20 years of “Superbooth”, it’s also worth taking a look back.

Looking back

In 2002, during the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, a “Superbooth” took place for the first time as an ambitious group exhibition and with its own concert event. This was the starting point for everything that followed. Again and again we hear how people involved at that time become enthusiastic when they think back to the first Superbooth stands. The Superbooth concept stood out from the normal trade fair routine even back then, just like the Superbooth events today in Berlin.

“Many of the current participants such as Doepfer, (Bob) Moog, Elektron, Vermona, as well as currently involved artists like Monolake, Toktok and others are still connected to our events and activities and certainly like to celebrate with us. We are looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate such a long-lasting development with each other once again!”

HerrSchneider

To take HerrSchneider at his word, the Superbooth Berlin GmbH celebrates the round anniversary with a special event in the context of SUPERBOOTH22. On the eve of SUPERBOOTH22 – on 11.5.2022 from 7 pm – the organizers will hold an exclusive anniversary celebration with exhibitors and invited guests. All this will of course take place at FEZ-Berlin.

Preview

SOOPERgrail22

For the first time, SOOPERgrail22 will take place as a separately bookable, casual event for electric guitar manufacturers at FEZ-Berlin. The new event will be presented by Superbooth Berlin GmbH on two days, 13.-14. May 2022, as part of SUPERBOOTH22.

Exhibitors will showcase a selection of custom-made European electric and bass guitars in a separate area of the building around the K1 concert hall, in nearby rooms, on the Cinema presentation stage and in the open meeting areas.

A variety of presentations and concerts await guests at SUPERBOOTH22 and SOOPERgrail22 on several stages, as well as a large, shared outdoor area for both events with the popular catering options.

SUPERBOOTH22

SUPERBOOTH22 will again be an open and broad experience at FEZ-Berlin. There will be up to 200 exhibitors and plenty of space and fresh air around the Seaside Stage (Seebühne) and in the park. The Hüttendorf and the Fuchsbau will also be integrated into the program again. Both are in close distance and offer a very unique atmosphere due to their location, which complement the event perfectly.

Concerts and performances will take place on a total of four stages indoors and outdoors. Those who want to do more than just look and try things out can create something of their own in different DIY-workshops and take it home with them. School classes and other children can try out the numerous, age-appropriate workshops and approach the topics of music creation and sound exploration with some guidance. The exhibition can be visited daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the stage program continues into the evening. All those at home can keep their eyes and ears glued to the livestream and the trade fair radio.

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