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RASTE_02 – “DISTRIBUTED BY… – How do I get to the music and how does the music get to me?”

In 2004 Jan Brueggemeier was one of the core organisers and curator of Raste_02.

Raste_02 is a festival of new electronic music and audio art which opened in Weimar for the second time that year. It dealt with this question.

For the three days from 12th to 14th June 2004 in Weimar and Frankfurt am Main, Raste_02 combines readings and discussions with the experience of live, new, electronic music and audio art.

Raste_02 creates a forum for budding and established musicians and artists to present music concepts using an electronic sound space and its audio-visual implementation.

Raste_02 aims to be a communicative platform which discusses changes in the relationship between artist, market and audience resulting from digital media.

website: www.raste.org

“Distributed by… – how do I get to the music and how does the music get to me?”

How do I get to the music – and how does the music get to me?
How can you find the music you really like?
Does technology always change music?
Is there any music which is not influenced by the fact that it can be recorded and copied?
Does music live through its continuous reproduction?
How can the value concept of music as a product be developed in a digital musical system?
Are physical storage media being increasingly marginalised?
Is there a digital pendant to a 500 series vinyl record?
Is the only thing of value something that cannot be copied?
Who founds a label and why?
Do labels act as a compass in the overgrown data jungle?
How does the label landscape change?
Are small labels more adventurous, more entertaining and more patient?
Does financial success spell creative disaster?
Can musicians cope with the new economic model of making music?
Is music driven out of its own studio so quickly that no file-sharing client can keep up?
Can music be sold in such attractive packaging that the purchase is easier than copying it?
Will self-publishing of music by the artist become the best form of publicity because an increasing number of people will go to concerts of those musicians, who keep their music in circulation?
Will live presentation of music become more popular?
Are there too many laptop artists?
Can electronics arbitrate between experts, hobbyists and independents?
How will the relationship between creative and interpretive art develop?
Will pure music agents with their networks and talent scouts become more and more important as the real artists of distribution?
What does the future look like for musicians?
What does a musician live from?

You can be sure the presentations, discussions and moderations during Raste_02 will reveal more questions. But maybe some answers can also be found without carrying on the powerful discourse bubble in the context of electronic music.

Saturday, June 12th 2004, Weimar
20.15 Uhr Senking (Cologne)
22.00 Uhr Robert Lippok (Berlin)
DJing Ushi Hupe (Berlin)
DJing Kazi Lenker (Berlin)

Sunday, June 13th 2004, Weimar
17.00 Uhr Reading: Thomas Meinecke (Munich)
18.00 Uhr Panel
20.00 Uhr pingfm (Weimar)
21.00 Uhr L.O.S.D. (Amsterdam)
22.00 Uhr Frank Bretschneider (Berlin)
DJing Peter D. (Amsterdam)

Monday, June14th 2004, Frankfurt
20.00 Uhr Frank Bretschneider (Berlin)
21.00 Uhr L.O.S.D. (Amsterdam)
22.00 Uhr pingfm (Weimar)
23.00 Uhr Robert Lippok (Berlin)
24.00 Uhr Senking (Köln)

Raste_02 made possible by

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INTERVIEWS

A-Z

Carol Becker – audio (English)

The interview with art theorist and former Dean of the School of Art Institute Chicago Carol Becker is part of the chapter “The meaning of museum in the 21st Century” which was a contribution to the HRN Magazine #1 Are Museums just digging in the Past? questioning the role museums play today in various contemporary societies.

Buchenwald Memorial Foundation staff – audio (English)

The interviews form the chapter “The Buchenwald Memorial – about current-history memorial work in Germany” which was a contribution to the HRN Magazine #1 Are Museums just digging in the Past? questioning the role museums play today in various contemporary societies:

  • Rikola-Gunnar Luettgenau, Director of the Buchenwald Memorial, Curator of “Topf & Sons: The Engineers of the ‘Final Solution’, the Builder of the Auschwitz-ovens”
  • Ronald Hirte, Author of the online-project “Found Objects – a picture-catalogue” of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation and fellow of the „Media of History / History of Media- promotion-program at Bauhaus-University Weimar

Chuck D, Public Enemy – audio (English): “New (digital) services for the genre instead of ourselves.”

A conversation about independent music distribution in the age of the Internet and how Public Enemy appoeaches it. Chuck D is a musician, author, producer, and label owner. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as the leader of the rap group Public Enemy.

Further web references: Chucks digital record label SlamJamz, social website for classic Rap & HipHop: www.HipHopGods.com, social website for female Rap & HipHop artists: www.SHEmovement.com


– text in English: pdf

Kodwo Eshun – audio: radio feature “Music journalism as the third deck of the DJ” (German moderation / English interview)

Kodwo Eshun is a music journalist and cultural theorist. He is author of “More brilliant than the sun – adventure in the sonic fiction”. The interview is departed form his book and ideas about black avangrade popular culture in general and the relationship of electronic popular music and its relationship to machines in particular. The interview formed the basis for the radio feature.


– text in German as published in testcard on black music: pdf (not yet linked)

Spiros Mercouris – audio (English)

Born in Athens (1926). Studied Law at the University of Athens. Active in the Resistance during the German/Italian occupation. Member of the resistance organisation “Democratic Defence” during the colonels’ junta (1967-74) in Greece. Organised the tour of Melina Mercouri against the dictatorship in 14 countries of Europe. Took part in activities against the junta throughout Europe and United States with speeches, interviews and by organising political and cultural events. Co-founder of the political party PASOK. Organiser and general co-ordinator of the first Cultural Capital of Europe “Athens 1985”. Honorary President of the Network of Cultural Capitals and Cultural Months of Europe. President of the non profit organization Horizons – Actions. Member of the Board of Directors of the Melina Mercouri Foundation.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Sodja Zupanc Lotker – text (English)

Sodja Z. Lotker is a dramaturge and the artistic co-director of the PQ11. Togther with the architect and artist Oren Sagiv she developed the Intersection Project of the PQ11. This conversation took place in the context of the CRASH!BOOM!BAU! festival at the Theatehaus Jena and looks into current trends of scenographical work.
– text in English: pdf

Robert Palmer – audio (English)

Robert Palmer is the Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France. He has worked in the cultural sector for more than 30 years, and prior to joining the Council of Europe in 2006 was an expert independent adviser to governments, cities and regions in more than 20 countries on cultural development and regeneration, cultural tourism, festivals and arts policies, and a consultant to cultural foundations, cultural networks, arts organisations, and intergovernmental bodies such as the European Cultural Foundation, the European Commission and UNESCO. He has been very involved in European Capitals of Culture and was the Director of two – Glasgow (1990) and Brussels (2000) and published a study for the European Commission, which evaluated 20 capitals of Culture. During this career, he has been the Director of Drama, Dance and Touring at the Scottish Arts Council, and the first Director of Arts for the City of Glasgow.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Bart Verschaffel – audio (English)

HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Bernhard Waldenfels – audio (English)

Bernhard Waldenfels taught philosophy at the Ruhr University, in Bochum, Germany. He has written books about phenomenology, dialog theory, the “life world,” structures of behavior, and order and normativity.

Hildegard Westerkamp – audio (English)

Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio-maker and one of the initiators of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, has been a long-term activist in terms of acoustic awareness.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #2 on UNESCO and was meant to highlight the connection between acoustic ecology and world heritage, the acoustic awareness in a visually dominated world and Westerkamp’s motivation to start the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in 1993.

THE NETURE INTERVIEW SERIES

Please see for further reference the neture series and check out the nEture catalogue.

TO3K – audio (English)

T03K, ulti-media-Performer from Amsterdam, one of the driving forces of the Webcast-Station DFM radio television International and of the free Radio, Radio 100 (defunct).

– text (English): pdf

Tetsuo Kogawa – audio (English)

Tetsuo Kogawa, Tokyo, performance-artist and Professor for Communication Studies at the Tokyo Keizai University. He was one of the initiators of the Micro-Radio movement in Japan

– text (English): pdf
– text (English): 2nd interview with him at Transitwelle event in Munich: pdf

Franco “Bifo” Berardi – audio (English)

Franco “Bifo” Beradi, Bologna, political activist and theorist as well as an initial member of Radio Alice and telestreet.it

– text (English): pdf
– text (English): 2nd interview with him at NEURO festival in Munich: pdf

Daniel Guischard – audio (English)

Daniel Guischard, Weimar, architect and product designer

– text (English): pdf

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