Pop
Proper Krauts (1971-78)

Proper Krauts (1971-78)

The stoic, almost machine like drumming of so many West-German tunes from the early seventies becomes the trademark of a new sound – different from British pop or American rock, and in no way related to the country's horrible nazi past. 45 minutes with Cluster, Faust, Harmonia 76, La Düsseldorf, and others.

Perplex – Electronic Mood Music (1990-97)

Perplex – Electronic Mood Music (1990-97)

After years of increasing harshness on the dancefloor culminating in Gabber, round 1992 the time has come for exploring more friendly grounds. 55 minutes from the advent of personal computers and the internet for everyone – with tracks by Acid Jesus, The Black Dog, Cylob, Like A Tim, and others.

Sounds Central — Listen w/ Care

Jamaica
Reggae? – Some Seventies Soul Fire

Reggae? – Some Seventies Soul Fire

Fuelled by collaborations between producers, singers, and studio musicians in ever new constellations, the seventies mark the transition from ska and rocksteady into a multitude of styles in Jamaica. 46 minutes with Keith Hudson, Norma White & Brentford Disco Set, Sound Dimension, Susan Cadogan, and others.

Reggae From Scratch – Lee Perry (1968-78)

Reggae From Scratch – Lee Perry (1968-78)

Known for his innovative studio techniques, unique production style, and weird tunes, Lee "Scratch" Perry combines influences from soul, funk, reggae, and dub in the early and mid seventies. 46-minute mix with 14 tracks from the Perry orbit.

Audio Essays
New York in the Sixties – A Hotbed for Experiments

New York in the Sixties – A Hotbed for Experiments

Whether conceptual or performance art, electronic music, counterculture, minimalism, drone sounds, or Fluxus – New York City is a hotbed for all sorts of experiments during the sixties. 62 minutes with Angus MacLise, Henry Flynt, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela, Richard Maxfield, and others.

The Tiger in Your Tank – Addressing Climate Change (1969-2020)

The Tiger in Your Tank – Addressing Climate Change (1969-2020)

“The ecological catastrophe begins rehearsing in the sixties”, writes Allen Ginsberg in 1970; and for more than half a century, political systems are unwilling to fight that development. 45 minutes with sounds of protest – uttered by Appleblim, Diane Di Prima, Leslie Winer, Piero Umiliani, and others.

The Ambient Channel
Pioneering Electronic Music
Early Electronic Music – Fieldwork and Funny Sounds (1952-68)

Early Electronic Music – Fieldwork and Funny Sounds (1952-68)

The electrification of music during the 1950s leads to a multitude of artistic concepts. 50 minutes of fieldwork and funny sounds with Alireza Mashayekhi, Delia Derbyshire, Else Marie Pade, İlhan Mimaroğlu, and others.

Synthesis – Approaching a New Instrument

Synthesis – Approaching a New Instrument

Synthesizers brought new sounds into the world. 43 minutes of oscillators, filters and envelopes controlled by Conrad Schnitzler, Daphne Oram, Erkki Kurenniemi, Laurie Spiegel, and others – between the early sixties and 1977 (plus an exception).

Jukebox
Avantgarde
Ray-Dee-Oh (1960-2004)

Ray-Dee-Oh (1960-2004)

Ten pieces about the mysteries, realities, and prospects of airwaves. 30-minute mix with works by The Android Sisters, Dan Lander, Negativland, Phil Harmonic, and others.

Relics – Miniatures on Air (1953-2019)

Relics – Miniatures on Air (1953-2019)

Relics tell stories, take listeners on acoustic journeys, or document situations. They can be poems, studio productions, field recordings, or something completely different. 53-minute mix representing Paul Paulun's series Fundstück on DLF-Kultur with pieces by Anne Waldman, Helga Goetze, Mark E. Smith, Timothy Leary, and 26 other artists.

Art
Tellus – Mapping New York’s Art Scene on Tape (1983-93)

Tellus – Mapping New York’s Art Scene on Tape (1983-93)

Compiling a varied and dense collection of artistic concepts, the subscription only tape label Tellus documents New York’s expansive art scene. 29 minutes with Cardboard Air Band, Gretchen Bender, Liquid Liquid, Remko Scha, and others.

Fluxus Is… (1959-2014)

Fluxus Is… (1959-2014)

Forming a loose community of interdisciplinary collaborators, Fluxus artists are rethinking the role of art in society during the sixties. 47 minutes with Carolee Schneemann, Henning Christiansen, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono, and others.

Ambient
Sleep – Dark Ambient Textures (1982-2020)

Sleep – Dark Ambient Textures (1982-2020)

Despite their gentle and surreal nature, these tracks weren’t necessarily made with the idea of sleep in mind; their dark ambient textures, however, are inspired by memories, sounds, or discoveries. 51 minutes with Brian Eno, David Toop, Monolake, Thomas Köner, and others.

Obscure Music – Paving the Way for Ambient (1975-78)

Obscure Music – Paving the Way for Ambient (1975-78)

With his label Obscure, pop star Brian Eno starts a series with experimental listening music in 1975. The artists involved want to leave their previous approaches towards making music behind, work with new technologies or take inspiration from ancient traditions. 71 minutes with Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, Max Eastley, Michael Nyman, and others.