Find the File: A Discursive Music Festival

Femi Kuti | © Optimus Dammy

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

Dur-Dur Band International | Photo: Danish Saroee, saroee.com

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.

The festival opens with four commissioned works by Berlin musicians: Aerea Negrot, Tellavision & Derya Yıldırım, Bernadette La Hengst and Barbara Morgenstern with the Chor der Kulturen der Welt and Olith Ratego have worked with found sounds from digital archives, research volumes and old band videos. The non-dogmatic reissue label Sublime Frequencies presents the rhythm psychedelics Hayvanlar Alemi and the Mandingo band led by Baba Commandant; label founder Alan Bishop then plays Indonesian singles.

Tellavision & Derya Yıldırım | © Promo

The preservation of collective musical memory is a particularly urgent matter in many African countries. Many recordings are stored in German museums or American universities. DJ Raph from Nairobi awakens such material from its slumber of conservation. Radio Mogadishu’s unique archive battles for digital survival: Its tapes are crumbling since the civil war, thus risking the loss of evidence of Somalia’s vibrant music scene. Dur-Dur Band International revives their golden era of the 1970s and 1980s at HKW. Also, footage about the Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti recently found in an Italian private archive raises questions about selection and accessibility. The fragments can be seen for the first time in an installation by filmmaker and photographer Armin Linke. Saxophone virtuoso Femi Kuti has commemorated his father and the entire Afrobeat movement with his club, the New Africa Shrine in Lagos. He also pays tribute to this musical heritage live with The Positive Force.

A broad discourse program including contributions from the artist, author and DJ Jace Clayton, music ethnologist Diane Thram, Retromania author Simon Reynolds and artist Cornelia Sollfrank discusses the core issues and problems that collecting, storing and reactivating music entail.

A network meeting gathers operators and employees of counter archives and special collections to get to know each other, exchange ideas and identify common problems: What counter-narratives and enlargements of official narratives are conceivable?

Curated by Detlef Diederichsen
Part of The New Alphabet

Program

2019, Mar 21, Thu – 2019, Mar 24, Sun
Video installations
Fela Kuti and the Politics of Remembering, Artistic Shadow Libraries
Free admission

Thursday, Mar 21

5 pm–8 pm
Rwandan Records
with Eric 1key and Klaus Janek, Production: Jens Dietrich and Milena Kipfmüller, Stage: Jelka Plate
Free admission

7 pm
The Birth of Afrobeat With Rikki Stein
Live Interview from 8pm
Free admission

8 pm
Opening: Find the File
with Bernadette La Hengst pres. Liverbirds revisited, Television & Derya Yıldırım, Olith Ratego & Chor der Kulturen der Welt, Aérea Negrot, DJ Raph
Concerts, live-Set
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Friday, Mar 22

5 pm–8 pm
Rwandan Records
with Eric 1key and Klaus Janek, Production: Jens Dietrich and Milena Kipfmüller, Stage: Jelka Plate
Free admission

7 pm
Planet Kigali
Dance theater
Free admission

from 8 pm
Sublime Frequencies Labelnight
with Baba Commandant, Hayvanlar Alemi, Alan Bishop
Concerts, DJ-Set
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Saturday, Mar 23

1:30 pm
The Last Angel of History
D: John Akomfrah, GB/DE 1995, 48 min, Engl. OV Film
Free admission

2:30 pm
Keeping Track(s): Saving Sonic Heritage
With Ahmed Adan, Brigid Cohen, Lucy Ilado, Michael E. Veal, moderated by Florian Sievers
Talks
Free admission

4:30 pm
Piles of Files: The Infinite Archive
With Simon Reynolds, Elodie A. Roy, Pelle Snickars, moderated by Florian Sievers
Talks
Free admission

5 pm–8 pm
Rwandan Records
with Eric 1key and Klaus Janek, Production: Jens Dietrich and Milena Kipfmüller, Stage: Jelka Plate
Walk-in music theater
Free admission

6 pm
Life and Death in the Universal Library
With Jace Clayton
Keynote
Free admission

7 pm
The Moving Archive
with Guillermo Lares and Stefan Schneider
Video lecture

from 8 pm
Dur-Dur Band International, DJ /rupture
Concert, DJ-Set
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Sunday, Mar 24

2 pm
Searching for Sugar Man
D: Malik Bendjelloul , SE/GB/FI 2012, 83 min, Engl. OV
Film
Free admission

3:30 pm
Informal Archiving: Crate-Diggers, Selectors, Reissues
With Mark Gergis, Temi Kogbe, Brian Shimkovitz, Elodie A. Roy, Michael E. Veal, moderated by Florian Sievers
Discussion
Free admission

5 pm–8 pm
Rwandan Records
with Eric 1key and Klaus Janek, Production: Jens Dietrich and Milena Kipfmüller, Stage: Jelka Plate
Walk-in music theater
Free admission

5 pm
Enter and Revive: Conditions for Accessibility and Reuse
With Diane Thram, Marisella Ouma, Cornelia Sollfrank, Gregory Markus, moderated by Florian Sievers
Talks and discussion
Free admission

7 pm
Mbira: A Diversity
with Stella Chiweshe, The Zonke Family, Stefan Franke
Concert, lecture
Free admission

8 pm
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Concert
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Talks & lectures, films, video and sound installations: Free admission
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin.

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