POKKETMIXER takes us back to the glorious days of multiplayer gaming and 8-bit monochromatic gadgets. This was the period when digital cameras were a rarity and cell phones were only reserved for successful businessmen. Just over a decade ago, handheld consoles were the ultimate item to be seen with for social credibility; “cool” was available to buy for just 90 euros. We used to meet up to exchange Pokémon we didn’t have, impressed girls with our high scores, and sorted out our differences through mario kart tournaments. The games were cheap, portable, interactive, and were fuelled with all the latest addiction tools.
Many must be wondering how we had managed to entertain ourselves for this long without Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds or What’s App. Life wasn’t about constantly trying to know what everyone else was doing, as we always knew just exactly what they were doing - either shopping at the mall or busy playing on their latest Gameboy.
Looking back however, the Gameboy was not exactly as awesome as it felt at the time. How could you justify having to buy 4 batteries just for 8 hours of game play? Yes, hard to believe errors like these were still possible 10 years ago.
POKKETMIXER is a repackaged, reassembled, and remixed version of the pocket sized game consoles we used to love so much; except without the squeaky, 16 bit audio samples which only ate more of our precious battery life. Now we are gaming on quality studio recorded tracks downloaded for free from the internet and batteries have almost become extinct!
Each session on the mini mixer with friends is like going through the era of Pokémon battles all over again. It was all about who had the best trained Pokémon, who had the best fighting skills and how many different varieties of pocket monsters you could obtain. Remember when there were certain Pokémon you couldn’t catch and would simply call up your best friend for a trading session with “Gameshark”? You can additionally trade tracks the same way except now with a “crossfader”.
On to the famous battery issue which would contribute the most to the demise of hand held consoles. POKKETMIXER functions completely without any electricity or battery power using a “passive” set-up - a signal transferred from your MP3, phone or laptop through the headphones. If only the creators of Nintendo had known about this before releasing the 3Ds…
Now that we have all grown up, gained jobs, and all pretty much own a smartphone or laptop; this 130 gram mixer is the perfect gaming console for adults as it functions with all our boring everyday work accessories. Don’t hesitate to transform the office into an iPad battle next time your boss leaves for a coffee. POKKETMIXER revives the kid inside of us who never wanted to grow up!
On the 21st of May, the POKKETMIXER-Store will be transformed into a dancefloor, where the cashbox will be replaced with a speaker box!
The DJs behind BLOGREBELLEN will be taking over the entire shop including its outside terrace ready to feed your ears with their own self-made genre they christened DON’T CALL IT WORLD MUSIC.
BLOGREBELLEN was launched in 2007 by Peter Withoutfield and Nilou. Their dedication for groundbreaking music was the force that brought the 2 together in establishing the online streaming site. They aim to offer a raw, authentic music experience during every live show, along with the participation of special guests and other artists.
This event will additionally be streamed live on RBBLN.TV throughout the evening.
Technical rider used for the night will be nothing more but the POKKETMIXER, a mini mixing device weighing just 130 grams, which functions without any electrical power or battery! It can be used with mobile devices, laptops, mp3 players and even iPads - this allows you to produce a set with no limits or boundaries. The POKKETMIXER reminds us that its the music and shared joy which remains the core importance in DJing, nothing more.
Come and join us for an electronic gathering around drinks, friends and music that we love.
Schönhauser Allee 44a
Tuesday, 21st May
7pm - 11pm
“We don’t care about prejudices!”
Money, they say, is the root of all evil - and this past decade has proven to us all that those jewellery and bank robbers we used to watch in cartoons, were in fact clearly just misunderstood.
Now as grown adults we’ve observed that these so called “criminals” weren’t robbing selfishly in order to be rich, but were in fact a representation of a corrupted society simply fighting for their own survival!
As the mayor of the city would uncharitably call for heroic help to preserve his own riches; here would arrive this mysterious, athletic character ready to kick some ass, and there we were kneeling before him. The reality was, it was the imminent jailed villain who we were to identify with. “Never attempt to fight for your rights” was the moral of each story - we were nothing but victims of brainwash even from our earliest days.
Politicians have lost our trust, our favourite musicians have all become sell outs, and now good grief, even our favourite childhood heroes are being accused of conspiracy!
With the illuminati’s famous “all seeing eye” already clearly present on US dollar bills, artist “Mr. Malik” has concocted even more proof of the secret hierarchical structure by teaming up with tear-proof paper accessory brand PAPPWATCH. The two Berlin based entities have created a series of watches blinged up with dollar bills featuring the backstabbing “Justice League” sat right in the centre of the fraudulent home they belong in.
Justice has finally been served, as their lies are now safely trapped away in a small object lying on the palm of your hands! Get it at PAPPWATCH.com
//CALLING ALL MUSIC PRODUCERS//
SEND US YOUR REMIXES OF “ICH BIN EIN BERLINER!”
POKKETMIXER is now challenging you all here present, to produce a track featuring the four words: “Ich bin ein Berliner”, in order to broadcast the track live, during the next big Pokketmixer musical appearance on the 26th of June, where Berlin will be celebrating the 50 years of John F Kennedy’s iconic speech (more information to arrive shortly).
Simply download the featured audio file of JFK’s speech below, produce a track exposing your greatest talents, send us a link to your upload, and make sure your present on the big day to boogie with fellow Berliners!
All crazy people wherever they may live, are night animals of Berlin, and therefore, as a crazy Pokketmixer, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!”
Link to download audio file:
Deadline to submit tracks: 21st June 2013
How to submit: please send us a link to your uploaded track through Pokketmixer’s Facebook page (preferably a Soundcloud link)
Deadline to submit tracks: 21st June 2013
Link to download audio file: http://www.berlin.de/imperia/md/audio/rbm-skzl/kennedy-rede/kennedy_ich_bin_ein_berliner.au
Looking forward your tracks!
POKKETMIXER is proud to announce that it will be making a musical appearance during Berlin’s historical celebration of the 50 years since an American president ever paid visit to the city.
1963 was the year the four words “Ich bin ein Berliner” became an eminent quote. John F Kennedy arrived at the Schöneberg Rathaus to make a peace statement expressing the American support towards West Germany; whilst equally expressing criticism towards the Soviet just 22 months after the erection of the Berlin Wall, which acted as a symbol of a failed Communist system which led to many people sacrificing their lives for the most basic of human rights.
26 years fast forward was the fall of the wall, when Gunter Schabowski announced in 1989 on national television that East Germany was opening its boarders! A completely new world was born within a country, and East Berlin later became a blank canvas for creativity as a newer generation fought to compensate the many years of control and oppression that were infesting the city.
East Berlin very quickly rebranded itself, and turned into a Utopia on nightlife culture. Illegal raves, squat parties, and improvised art exhibitions quickly became a routine as many old factory buildings and spaces remained empty during the city’s rejuvenation period.
Today, POKKETMIXER has managed to combine all of Berlin’s biggest events into one portable object. It is the city’s latest mark on its historical timeline! Berlin’s nightlife is no doubt one of the most reputable in the world, due to its endless energy and spontaneity not to mention its endless amounts of choice! This small product in your pocket, is a miniature city which never sleeps! With the POKKETMIXER, you become the A-List DJ of all the biggest Berlin nights and your name appears on every event guest list + 12 including an open bar!
For some reason, mentioning that you have to buy a pair of socks appears to sound as unsexy as saying you have to go wax your back hair. And speaking of sex, what was ever wrong with lovemaking in socks?
Well, we believe that socks do indeed have a very erotic purpose…
First of all, they’re soft and warm. Like a hot baked cherry pie, like a soft pink tongue on a popsicle, like a fluffy moist cavity in between the legs… any noun evoking the two adjectives ‘soft’ and ‘warm’, should automatically equate ‘sex‘ to any functional hormone possessor.
So that’s why we have decided to challenge your perception of the smelly socks lying at the bottom of your laundry basket, because marketers never tell you this, but feet are far from being the only parts of your body that deserve your socksy affection – they are also the longest lasting clothing accessories to exist due to their easy recyclability in the magical world of DIY!
Since they are often undervalued, this allows you to stretch, cut, twist and knit the life out of your old socks to turn them into day to day household essentials. If you’re not very creative, read on, as we have decided to do half of the work for you.
Here is a list of reasons why should never (and we really mean EVER) dispose of these little beauties just because they reek a little…
1. They make the perfect substitute scarf
Scarves are probably number one on the list of most forgotten items in restaurant & nightlife institutions.
We’ve all done it before. It’s an accessory that’s only bought for practical purposes, only adds more things things to take-off once you finally reach indoors, it’s easily transferable which in other terms means, easy to steal, and its just a plain boring accessory anyway.
With a drawer full of socks, scarves will no longer be just a piece of clothing, but now a piece of art.
They could also remain around the neck once indoors to then make a substitute necklace. It will still remain an accessory made of your old socks, which basically means that no one in their right mind would even consider taking that away from you. Lastly, it could be added into any conversation with your friends about how you just found yourself a new hobby…
2. They make amazing pockets
If there is one fashion ‘faux-pas’ which actually manages to make croc shoes appear quite decent, it’s trousers with fake pockets.
I just don’t get it. What is the point. It’s either they’re there, or they’re not. Period.
And come on let’s face it, in this accessory fuelled day and age, pockets should surely be in higher demand – mobile phones, digital cameras, earphones, loyalty cards, chewing gum, condoms…if you don’t want to carry a bag on you one night, you’re pretty much screwed.
Well the good news is that, your best friend the sock is here to teach a hard lesson to all those sacrilegious jeans.
Just give two of your favourite matching socks a good iron (or two different pairs to show your amazing individuality) cut them to whichever length you want, (the longer, the deeper, the more it can hold) give the inner side of the sock a nice tight sew to the jeans, and “Oh my gosh, you now have pockets!”
3. They are a natural contraceptive
No seriously, it is do-able. When you really weren’t expecting to get laid that night, and as a result forgot to shave, brush your tongue and pack a condom, there is always a last resort.
Ok, I know what you’re all thinking – the fabric must itch like a bitch, but allow me to seriously sell this one to you. Some light organic fabric socks such as Minga Berlin, have a very delicate material which is thin enough to stick to the skin whilst moist. Do I need to say anymore?
Between an unwanted pregnancy and an unorthodox method of protection, I choose the latter. Your choice.
4. They make a positive statement
Each pair of Minga Berlin socks comes with a different message and individual story; the rich colours and patterns are certainly not put together by accident.
The deep blue and yellow stripes zig-zagging down the “picnic anarchy” line of socks, state the high confidence and trust in the European Union despite the current EU crisis, whilst the “Bubblegum Fiesta” model also includes a polychromatic option of pink and red – a marriage of colours that has made a big come back thanks to the recent logo by The Human Rights Campaign in support of Gay and Lesbian marriage. The logo of the latter went absolutely viral on the internet, as Facebook users traded their “duck faces” with the double pink bars splashed on the deep red background to show their support of the cause. Minga Berlin found, in true Berlin fashion, a more fun, physical and transportable way to share their own support of homosexual marriage and parenting.
Published at www.MINGABERLIN.com/blog
Last chance to register for the Opening of the exhibit at Galeries Lafayette here http://thecoup.de/ewen-gur-galeries-lafayette-berlin