Home > Bibliography > Bibliography (English) > Schwingende Elektronen. Eine Dokumentation über das Studio für (...)


Schwingende Elektronen. Eine Dokumentation über das Studio für Elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln 1951-1986 (Swinging Electrons. A Documentation of the Electronic Music Studio at the WDR Cologne 1951-1986.)


Köln-Rodenkirchen: Tonger.

This book is a key text concerning the history of the Electronic Music Studio of the (North-) West German Broadcasting Organisation in Cologne. The author presents the prehistory of the studio through a discussion of her ‘father figures’: Robert Beyer, Herbert Eimert and Werner Meyer-Eppler. Alongside the numerous photos and score images the well-known Protocol of 18 October 1951 is also included indicating that the issues surrounding ‘broadcast-based music’ at the (North-) West Broadcasting Organisation will be dealt with. Furthermore, as an indirect resolution, an electronic studio will be founded. Composers present their views on their own works, such as Gottfried Michael Koenig, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Herbert Eimert, Johannes Fritsch, Mauricio Kagel, Peter Eötvös, Henri Pousseur, Thomas Kessler and York Höller. The book also sketches the studio’s history, its equipment, the compositional ideas concerning treating electronic material; it concludes with lists of all works realized there and of the equipment that was available from 1952 (Robert Beyer/Herbert Eimert) until 1982 (York Höller).

Monday 5 March 2007, by Rob Weale

All the versions of this article: [Deutsch] [English]