Cyrus Kabiru, Njia Ya Maisha, Macho Nne: Maona Chuma, 2016
Tellavision & Derya Yıldırım, © Promo
Baba Commandant, Photo: Hans Van Der Linden
Dur-Dur Band International, Photo: Danish Saroee,
Femi Kuti, © Optimus Dammy

Mar 21–24, 2019

Find the File

Concerts, panels, films, dance, installations

Mar 21–24, 2019

From record collections to streaming services, from ethnological sound archives to remixed tracks, from audiotapes of wartime radio stations to reissue hype – the way we handle musical material from the past is changing. A discursive music festival on the questions: How is music collected, preserved, selected and reactivated today? What do collections and archives represent? And what can be found in them?

The transition from collected objects to stored files creates new possibilities as well as new problems. Every second the amount of data accumulated in the “infinite archive” of the Internet increases; everything seems to be accessible via streaming at any time. But who’s listening to all these MP3s, how can the material stay alive? User-generated content and a new market for recycled sounds as well as amateur archivists and collecting institutions determine which music survives. How are decisions made about what to preserve? And what are the resulting tasks regarding accessibility and provenance research? More about the program

Concerts with Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Dur-Dur Band International, DJ Raph, Baba Commandant, Tellavision & Derya Yıldırım, DJ /rupture (a.k.a. Jace Clayton), Bernadette La Hengst, Stella Chiweshe, The Zonke Family & Stefan Franke, Aérea Negrot, Olith Ratego & Chor der Kulturen der Welt, Alan Bishop, Hayvanlar Alemi and many more

Talks with Jace Clayton, Diane Thram, Simon Reynolds, Cornelia Sollfrank and many more

Curated by Detlef Diederichsen

Part of The New Alphabet