[microsound-announce] Podcast: Deutsche Kassettentäter. The rise of the German home-recording tape scene, part #1 and #2

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*Podcast: Deutsche Kassettentäter. The rise of the German home-recording
tape scene, parts #1 and #2. Curated by Felix Kubin*

In the late 1970s, the German music scene was shaken up by a virtual
explosion of new bands that sounded radically different to anything that
had come before. They played music that was experimental, playful, absurd,
minimalist and astute, with lyrics that were sung – or more commonly
screamed – exclusively in German. Appalled rather than enthralled by this
new expressionism, the record industry initially showed no interest in
these groups, so new platforms had to be set up in order to spread the
virus. Small companies like ZickZack and Ata Tak started to release records
by these young artists who were springing up like mushrooms. The
independent record label was born.

The spirit of this new movement – later branded Neue Deutsche Welle –
emerged from a collision between the self-confident attitude of punk, the
legacy of Germany's electronic avant-garde and a belief in the imminence of
an atomic apocalypse. In his book "Als die Welt noch unterging" (When the
world was still going to end), Frank Apunkt Schneider describes this
despair as a joyful dance on the edge of the volcano, which is what
underlies the unusual music that you will hear in these programmes.

*Part #1: Mix*
Link: http://bit.ly/n3aN7s
MP3: http://bit.ly/gpqhyK
Related info/playlist: http://bit.ly/R8aoEm
Translated lyrics: http://bit.ly/MVOSev

*Part #2: Interviews with Alfred Hilsberg (ZickZack Records) and Frank
Apunkt Schneider*
Link: http://bit.ly/oRtfAZ
MP3: http://bit.ly/rkVaAy
Related info/playlist: http://bit.ly/pQUAET

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