24 July 2017
Berlin Techno - Between Myth and Reality
The broad scene of clubs, labels, record and synthesizer shops, and music software providers has made Berlin a centre of electronic dance music. We will discuss the aesthetics and history of Techno considering tracks, texts, films, and excursions.
Berlin is in many respects a centre for Electronic Dance Music (EDM), combining a vivid, internationally recognized club scene, numerous record stores and special synthesizer shops, and local music hard- and software developers.
During our workshop we will deal with different texts and films concerning the history of Techno, especially in connection with the development of Berlin since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We will talk about both the shifting scenes and locations – focusing on economic and ideological aspects and the effects on everyday life – and the emergence of sub-genres in the context of Techno, House, and Electro. Therefore, we will investigate the linguistic potential to ‘mark’ scenes and describe music. Furthermore, approaches to musical analysis using transcriptions or software will be looked at, as well as the reciprocal relationship between the production of EDM and the construction and programming of music hard- and software, respectively. The different perspectives on the aesthetics and the history of music will be intensified through excursions to relevant locations and discussions with the protagonists of the EDM-scene.
Among others, selected approaches from the book “Techno Studies. Ästhetik und Geschichte elektronischer Tanzmusik” (Techno Studies. Aesthetics and History of EDM) will be discussed (b_books 2016, short summary in English will be available online from the beginning of 2017)
Kim Feser (Research Fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts) & Matthias Pasdzierny (PhD in Musicology)
EUR 500: -