Three VR sets from CTM 2021, featuring Mentrix, FJAAK and Cuntroaches.

This year’s edition of Berlin’s CTM Festival began last month, in an online format due to the pandemic. In the latest in a series of highlights from the festival’s 2021 programme, we present three live performances filmed in 360° video.

Featuring Sufi-inspired singer and composer Mentrix, a showcase from FJAAK’s SPANDAU20 label and noise-punk trio Cuntroaches, the three performances were filmed live in Berlin’s Festsaal Kreuzberg venue using high-definition 360° cameras and feature bespoke scenography and visuals.

Mentrix

Mentrix is the alias of Berlin-based composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Samar Rad, whose Iranian heritage and background in percussion through the teachings of Islamic Sufism form a key part of her musical work. This performance draws on her recent debut album, My Enemy My Love.

SPANDAU20 live showcase

Berlin techno favourites FJAAK present a showcase of artists from their SPANDAU20 label in this 50-minute showcase, which also features ANNA Z, J. Manuel, and Claus Schöning. The set also features VJing from visual label Pfadfinderei.

Cuntroaches

Formed of Martina Schoene-Radunski (guitar, vocals), Claire Panthère (drums), and David Hantelius (bass), Cuntroaches have been recording together since 2016. The noise-punk trio, who are known for covering their audience with trash in normal times, blend industrial sounds with frantic drumming in this socially-distanced set.

Video Recording: artVisit 360° Technology
Lights & Scenography: SIDF
Filmed at Festsaal Kreuzberg