Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low. Illustration: Simone Klimmeck
Halloween isn’t really a big deal in Berlin. Despite the large number of North American and UK expats, it’s a holiday that just hasn’t really taken off. However, though I’ve forsaken my homeland and have begun the arduous process of German languaging, I’m still an American. Like all Americans, I project the aura of America in a foot-wide radius all around me, and the fact that October 31st is also my birthday means that nothing less then the hardest, costume-wearingest party will do. So naturally, my friends and I made our own. This year, Drop Dead Festival begins and ends with bass and gold. There will be prizes for the coolest costume, so wear one. I bought myself a big feather headdress and some arrowhead necklaces… you guessed it, my Halloween costume is ‘clueless white model in boring lookbook’.
Even if you can’t make it to our Halloween BloodRave, I want you to have the best night of evil possible. If you’re looking for new sounds to bring the right touch of darkened dance to your party, but don’t want to just fall back on Ministry’s “Every Day is Halloween” for the 500th time, these might come in handy. Section 1 is for your more dance-friendly beats. Section 2 will provide you with more atmosphere, particularly Seirom’s ‘Sing Oh Sing Of Exaltation II’, which is reminiscent of a drone-metal Sigur Rós and so beautiful I wept a bit. Section 25 is a really cool band.