September 16th, 2009


Haus of the dead

I'm appearing tonight (Wednesday) in conversation and concert at a conference in the dramatic Cold War gull-wing building, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Tiergarten, Berlin map).

The event -- which is free -- is called Recording Angels - Audio Poverty 1 and it starts at 7pm with a DJ set by Ekkehard Ehlers (the organiser, and a great musician). It continues at 8pm with a panel discussion in which we look at the ethics of ethnic music archiving, and continues with a 45-minute Momus set, starting at 10pm, comprising "embarrassing and poorly-recorded" material from my teens, refurbished from old cassette tapes.

I've made a little 16-minute podcast for you today in which I kick around some of the themes that'll come up in the discussion (which is in English, by the way) and give you a two-song taster of the concert.

Recording Angels podcast (mono mp3 file, 15mins 47secs.)

As I explain in the podcast, the theme I don't want to discuss tonight is copyright. The themes I do want to discuss are things like being your own ethnomusicologist in search of your own lost tribe, and how the ultimate recording medium might be death itself -- the dark underpinning rationale of every archive.