I left a Friday after work, on a flight from Edinburgh to London, stopped for a few pints with friends and then off to Berlin on a second flight. About 17 hours of travelling. Standard.
I love Berlin. There is something so vibrant about the city; its eclectic assortment of architectural styles, ethnic melting-pot and cultural offer make it one of my favourite destinations in the continent. However, after a day and a half with no sleep I gave up any desire of wandering its streets waking up to an early September morning and proceeded instead straight to my hostel in Wrangelkiez.
The reason of my venture across Europe: Modeselektor and Apparat’s — also known as Moderat — last scheduled show at Berlin’s Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheidein. The trio had announced earlier in August that after “an incredible 4 years as a band” they would take a break from the project to go back to be Modeselektor and Apparat.
Wow. You must be a huge fan of the band to fly solo 700 miles for their last concert.
To be honest. I’m not.
I mean, I love their music. I have listened to their stuff for years now, admired their amazing artworks — all created by Berlin-based design and motion graphics studio Pfadfinderei — and especially in the last few years I found them to be a perfect soundtrack for long design sessions at university. But I could hardly name most of their songs or place them in the right album. Nevertheless, I also knew that I had to see them performing live sooner or later — just like Radiohead. I swear I’ll see Radiohead one day.
With the help of — once again — Pfadfinderei’s work, Sascha Ring, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary put on a show of sound, light and visual art tailored down to the millisecond.
Moderat live is the musical equivalent of a fine dining meal — where each song is carefully put together, presented, served and consumed by the diner in a precise order, following a very accurate flow; a sequence of sensations and stimuli that transport the audience throughout a well designed performance.
It renewed in me the belief of the importance in being able — as a designer — to construct a well crafted, targeted experience for the user to truly experience one’s work, one’s vision. Thankfully, Moderat won’t let it die. Meanwhile, I will be here, waiting.
It’ll take us a while but we’ll be back!