Fr, 27/05/2022, 12:00 Uhr
Elektronische Musik / Performance

unrest 62/22

Grenzfrequenz (Telemusik / Music for Pump Organ)

27 and 28 May 2022
Tokyo | Berlin
The Goethe-Institut Tokyo turns 60. The anniversary programme unrest 62/22 takes a look at the early years of German-Japanese cultural exchange and invites artists to reinterpret the scene of the 1960s from a contemporary perspective.
In the early years of the Goethe-Institut Tokyo's work, Karlheinz Stockhausen, composer and director of the legendary WDR (Cologne) studio for electronic music, was a guest in Japan and composed, among other things, TELEMUSIK, a later world-famous reference to electroacoustic music, in the NHK studio. Yasunao Tone was a founding member of the Japanese offshoot of the Fluxus movement in 1962 and to this day pursues an interdisciplinary approach between sound, music, performance and installation. He was a key figure in the internationally networked Tokyo performance scene in the 1960s, where he collaborated with Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono and George Maciunas, among others. In the 1970s, he moved to New York and developed compositions for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company with John Cage, among others.
The music programme GRENZFREQUENZ explores the vibrations that these different scenes exert on each other. We have invited Makoto Oshiro and the Teichmann Brothers as curators, who not only compose and perform new music themselves, but have also invited musicians to participate in parallel and networked concerts in Tokyo and Berlin. Since it is not possible to experience music and social exchange together in one place, the two locations are connected by two acoustic quadraphonic projection spaces that are played bidirectionally. In this way, the ideas from the 1960s also provide impulses for an experimental and creative encounter in the wake of the pandemic-related restrictions.
On the first day (Friday, 27 May), the focus will be on the historical works with the acousmatic performance of TELEMUSIK by Stockhausen, the performance MUSIC FOR FOOTPEDAL ORGAN by Yasuano Tone and accompanying lectures.
In Telemusik, Stockhausen uses recordings from Japan and traditional music from different countries as mutual modulation sources to create an electronic world music.
On the following day (28.5.), this idea will be taken up in the joint TELE MUSICKING experiment: The parallel acoustic experience space will be played by experimental and electronic musicians between Tokyo and Berlin. Concerts and their quadraphonic recordings will be sent back and forth and reproduced acoustically in the other location. In the finale, the sound material from both locations will be used as mutual modulation sources in further live performances and merge into a new common music.
The programme will begin with a video lecture by Hainbach on the technology and techniques of early electronics. Live in Berlin on 13.05. in the auditorium of the Superbooth Electronic Music Fair and afterwards available online via the GI Tokyo channels. From 25 May, we will also show archive material on the electronic studios of WDR (Cologne) and NHK (Tokyo) as well as the film "sisters with transistors" (ARTE, 2019 (?), original version o.U.) in the foyer of the Goethe-Institut Tokyo.
Curation: Makoto Oshiro, Andi + Hannes Teichmann
Concept: Gebrüder Teichmann

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen: »Telemusik« (1966)

Juan Verdaguer, Projektion

In Telemusik verwendet Stockhausen Aufnahmen aus Japan und traditionelle Musik aus verschiedenen Ländern als gegenseitige Modulationsquellen, um eine elektronische Weltmusik zu schaffen.

  • Yasunao Tone: »Music for Pump Organ (stream)«

Manami Kakudo, Performer

Das Werk von Tone entstand zu einer Zeit, als er sich für "Anti-Musik" einsetzte und eine andere Richtung als Stockhausen verfolgte. Das performative Stück wird in Tokyo live aufgeführt, in Berlin per Video gestreamt.

  • Dauer: 03:00h
  • Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin
  • Saargemünder Str. 2, Berlin