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Ernst Theis

Suites & Ouvertures for the Radio (RadioMusiken Volume II)

The famous composing names on this Volume II are also joined by artists such as Max Butting and Mischa Spoliansky. Though these figures may be barely known today, they were among the media music pioneers of the 1920s, back when notes learned to fly. How should new music sound when played on the radio? And how did the artists experience working in the studio for the first time? One of those singers who worked at the first Austrian station, Radio Hekaphon, wrote: [...]Now in the broadcast studio of the radio station, what you have in front of you is nothing but a little wire cage, inside of which a flickering metal disc is held in place by countless screws, rivets and connectors. This metal disc is ten thousand, fifteen thousand listeners… (Source: Mia Rücker, Radiowelt No. 2, 16 April 1924; DokuFunk Periodika)[…] Would radio in the 1920s be an opportunity for new music, or would it spell the death of music-as-art? Lots of questions, few clear answers… Volume II shows what important and (seemingly) less important composers had to say on the matter through their music.

You’ll find Volume I of the edition RadioMusiken at the following link: www.jpc.de
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Read more about this topic on the page Music on the air and learn more about the artist’s recording projects at Discography.

The project RadioMusiken (Music on the Air) is sponsored by Kapsch
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