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ACHT BRÜCKEN | Music for Cologne 2022 – Music Amnesia Memory

Press trip

Under the motto "Music Amnesia Memory", this year's edition of the festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln taps into the central nervous system, focuses on the human voice and neurological signal processing and examines music as a memory store: Remembering and forgetting, intoxication and ritual, dream and sleep are on the programme from 29.04. to 08.05.

Seven international guests, including journalists and festival directors, from India, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands accepted the invitation of the International Visitors Programme and visited numerous concerts and events of the festival in Cologne from 29 April to 3 May. They met for discussions with those responsible for the festival and players in the music scene in Cologne and North Rhine-Westphalia: Louwrens Langevoort, artistic director of the Kölner Philharmonie, Dr. Nicolette Schäfer, dramaturgy and planning, Nina Buttmann, communication, ACHT BRÜCKEN, Dr. Hermann-Christoph Müller, Department for Music in the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Andrea Zschunke, head of the music and radio art programme at WDR 3 and Daniel Mennicken, head of ON - Neue Musik Köln.

The Cologne musician and composer Rochus Aust introduced the visitors to POP-UP AUDIO ARCHITECTURE. This is initiated by an ensemble that searches for (sustainably) playable places/spaces/architectures that are suitable as (temporary) venues due to their acoustics and visual power, but have not been in focus as such so far. The conventional parameters of the organiser such as size, technical equipment etc. do not play a role, because each POP-UP AUDIO ARCHITECTURE is developed individually and finally performed with an individual concept.

Among other things, the guests' extensive program included a visit to the studio for electronic music at WDR, which is considered the first of its kind in the world and whose history reflects the development of electronic music in the second half of the 20th century.