Nam June Paik and Peter Roehr. Elvis Presley and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The Beatles and Andy Warhol. Terry Riley and Ken Kesey. All these artists have in common that that loops played a significant role in their works. The short repeated sound or image sequences have proved to be a remarkably flexible, versatile and momentuous aesthetic method.
But so far they have been largely ignored as an aesthetic phenomenon. Tilman Baumgärtel’s book “Schleifen” for the first time tells a secret history of the twentieth century.
A basic function of all modern media technologies has produced complete artistic oeuvres, musical styles as Minimal Music, Hip Hop and Techno, and last but not least musical scenes and subcultures – they all would have been unthinkable without loops.
The book presentation is in German. Sebastian Berweck will play Two Pages by Philip Glass, Keyboard Study No. 1 by Terry Riley and a selection from 24 Dances for Electric Piano by Cory Arcangel.
Book presentation: Schleifen – Loops by Tilman Baumgärtel
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 20:30 CET
Pro qm Bookshop | Almstadtstraße 48 | 10119 Berlin/Mitte