Built in the year 1892 as the Schneider Brewery, not only did the Musikbrauerei make it through two world wars and the cold war with only minor damage, so far it has also been protected from ever increasing gentrification. Due to its secluded location this unique place centrally situated in Prenzlauer Berg remained relatively unknown. The old brewery halls and bunkers which stood empty for such a long time have been lovingly refurbished in recent years, without destroying the morbid charm of its flaky walls and columns which have been worn by the ages.
For our Kiezsalon concerts the live recording hall is used: a room with 8 meter high ceilings which was specially conceived for audio recordings of the highest quality. In addition the old vaults with their massive 1,2 meter walls provide a striking ambiance, not only acoustically but also to look at. The bunkers form a labyrinthine expanse covering 1000 square meters. This subterranean area is still in an almost untouched original condition. Old weather beaten air locks, as well as inscriptions, fluorescent safety tape and rusty bunker wall brackets form the kind of scene one can hardly find in Berlin any more.
The floor of the live recording hall was recently fitted with a world-wide one of a kind bass shaker system which transposes the sounds bass frequencies directly and precisely towards the listeners body. This turns the specially padded and cushioned flooring itself into a loudspeaker and provides a direct bodily connection to the rhythm and sound. 30 bass shakers with an unbelievable power of 36.000 Watt were installed which actually allows the overall volume from the PA in the room to be reduced while nevertheless creating a voluminous feeling.