Deutsche Kassettentäter #2

German Tape Delinquents #2

Realisation: Felix Kubin
Production: Radio Web Macba (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona)
Dramaturgy: Felix Kubin
First Broadcast: August 29, 2011
Duration: 60'59"

with Alfred Hilsberg, Frank Apunkt Schneider and many musicians of the German underground tape scene

In Part 2 of the Kassettentäter double-feature, ZickZack label founder Alfred Hilsberg and author Frank Apunkt Schneider talk about the cultural, social and political conditions in Germany at the end of the seventies that gave rise to a radical new type of music, which Schneider describes as "the undirected aggression of the freed noises".

With the foundation of his label ZickZack in 1979, Alfred Hilsberg rapidly became a key figure in the booming German independent music scene, and even came to be known as the 'Punkpapst' (punk pope). ZickZack released records by groundbreaking bands such as Die Tödliche Doris, Einstürzende Neubauten and Palais Schaumburg who would become 'triggers' for the new movement – just before it was commercialised by the mainstream industry. In his first English radio interview ever, Hilsberg talks about the dawn of the Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave), a term that he had introduced to readers of the influential music magazine Sounds. His column "Neuestes Deutschland" was met by such an enthusiastic response that he was eventually "attacked by 20, 30, 40 cassettes per day coming in from all areas of Germany".

Both Hilsberg and Schneider consider 1980 to mark the start of a new era in which "the old order was not valid anymore and a new one hadn't yet been found" (Schneider). In this cultural vacuum, under the looming threat of a possible nuclear war and squeezed between opposing ideologies, everything became possible. Arts, music, literature, film and humour had to adapt to the monstrosity of the political momentum.

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