ERÖFFNUNGS-PANEL: Hidden Continuities in Electronic Music
Book Release: A Short History of Electronic Music and Its Women Protagonists (2021) by Johann Merrich
mit: Dorit Chrysler, Åsa Stjerna, Bettina Wackernagel, Johann Merrich
Moderation: Janina Klassen
Recent years have witnessed a renaissance of early electronic music, and in the process, also recalled its female protagonists. These, however have largely been recognized as exceptions. What is true, however, is that these pioneers were exceptional artists and by no means singular occurrences. Artists who have significantly influenced the development of electronic music and made their own way apart from the ideologies prescribed by centralized studios. Many of these composers have been presented by the Heroines of Sound Festival in past years. In this opening panel, the director of Heroines of Sound, Bettina Wackernagel, will highlight the festival’s focus on the interrupted lines of reception. In this context, we will also celebrate the recent publication »A Short History of Electronic Music and Its Women Protagonists« (2021) by Johann Merrich. This panel will also look at the festival’s emphasis on sound art withSwedish artist Åsa Stjerna who explores hidden underlying historic, social, political, and poetic phenomena that are connected to a place. Furthermore, theremin virtuoso Dorit Chrysler will introduce us to her numerous activities related to the theremin –the electronic instrument that turned 100 years old last year.
PANEL II: EMS Radio Belgrade
Keynote: Svetlana Maraš (Artistic Director at Electronic Studio Radio Belgrade)
with Midori Hirano (Composer/Residency at Electronic Studio Radio Belgrade), Bettina Wackernagel (Heroines of Sound)
Moderation: Miriam Akkermann
The Electronic Studio Radio Belgrade was founded in 1972, at the initiative of the Third Program of Radio Belgrade as the first of its kind in the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans. It was famous for housing the EMS Synthi 100 as its maintechnical feature. After a long period of stagnation, activities at the Electronic Music Studio resumed after the repair of the EMS Synthi 100 was completed in September 2017. This analog synthesizer enjoys protected status at the Museum of Science and Technology as a »cultural heritage« of Serbia: its historical importance is immense. The analog synthesizer, created in the early 1970s is unique, one of the most complex and most successful instruments of its kind
PANEL III: Ideas and perspectives of a new Feminist Sonic Materialism in the context of field recording art, soundscape composition, and acoustic ecology
mit: Åsa Stjerna, Salomé Voegelin, Marta Zapparoli
Moderation: Sabine Sanio
Acoustic ecology, field recording art and soundscape compositions are the positions and concepts of a field in which Åsa Stjerna, Marta Zapparoli und Salomé Voegelin have been active for many years. The new narratives of plurality anddiversity being discussed in this field of late are not limited to questions of recording technology and composing, but reflect our involvement with and responsibility for this field, as well as toward everyone we live with. Åsa Stjerna, Salomé Voegelin und Marta Zapparoli will present recent artistic and theoretical works, discuss the special aspects of a sound-ecological and post-human thinking and composing, and share ideas about their »new feminist sonic materialism«.