NPR Special: The Fringe Sound Of Berlin

Oct 22, 2014

One of the most famous squats in Berlin, the Köpi, has been occupied since almost 25 years.
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This week's NPR Special takes you on a time travel through the experimental music scene in West Berlin during and after the city's division in east and west.

Paul Brody, trumpet player, composer and arranger has been living in Berlin for decades. He chose this city as his home because of the musical experiments, inspired by the feeling of upheaval in a city divided in half. 

Up until several years after the fall of the Berlin Wall everywhere in the city unused land and buildings were ready to be filled with new life. Clubs, galleries and studios were spontaneously created only to last for a few weeks. 

Berlin was the epicenter of a new culture. The city attracted people with clubs like Tresor and E-Werk where thousands of supporters from around the world  danced in gas masked or welding goggles throughout the night to the jackhammer sound of unknown DJs from Detroit. 

The music created what did not reach the policy for a long time: it united. 

Paul Brody
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Paul Brody has worked extensively in radio, film, and theater, collaborating with diverse talents such as John Zorn, Barry White, Blixa Bargeld, and Wim Wenders. This NPR Special features his unique compositional techniques in setting vocal patterns to music. 

Explore the Fringe Sound Of Berlin on Saturday, October 25 at 19:00 and Monday, October 27 at 8:00 on 104,1 FM