In many ways, Berlin is a center for contemporary electronic music. This is primarily due to the strong connection between technological and esthetical developments. Nightclubs, such as the Berghain, have a worldwide reputation for their sound systems that allow a very special sensual experience and encourage dancing and partying night after night.
Has the aspiration to better control the digital music processes manually led us to a “post-digital Age”? The course will discuss the relationship between esthetical tendencies and technological developments. A special focus will be on the past and present of techno, (experimental) electronica and electronic dance music. Beyond the Berlin-perspective, the course will examine the current conditions of production and consumption as well as performance and distribution in the music industry.
Besides the discussion of texts and movie extracts, you will get the chance for an exchange with identified experts during excursions.