Unlike textual sources and image-based media, acoustic recordings have only been archived since the late nineteenth century. This both fundamental and extremely consequential media-historical installment has, until now, not been considered closely enough. A comprehensive study is underway, which will be presented on 1/17/2018 at 7pm at the NRW Forum. In her book Speichern und Übertragen. Mediale Ordnungen des akustischen Diskurses. 1900-1945“ [Storage and Transmission; media systems in acoustic discourse, 1900-1945], Kathrin Dreckmann inquires into the discursive consequences of the capacity to store acoustic recordings as well as the traces of new storage technologies in contemporary pop culture. New creative uses of media such as looping have occurred because of new storage capacities.
The significance of this central, aesthetic practice for the production of popular culture. Tilman Baumgärtel, Mainzer Professor of media theory in the field of time-based media, will cover the significance of this central, aesthetic practice for the production of popular culture. The music journalist Thomas Venker will draw our attention to the implications acoustic archiving has for the possibility of rediscovering and recombining archived material in contemporary vinyl culture.
Professor Dr. Dirk Matejovski, director of the Institute for Media and Cultural Studies will introduce the event. Following the presentations, Düsseldrof DJ and musician Detlef Weinreich (Kreidler, Tolouse Lowtrax) will host a thematically relevant DJ set.