KISMIF Conference 2020

Electri_City: Elektronische Musik aus Düsseldorf

‘Electri_City: Elektronische Musik aus Düsseldorf [Electri_City: Electronic music from Dusseldorf]’ by Rüdiger Esch


Just like Memphis is the heartland of rock and roll, Dusseldorf is regarded as the Mecca for electronic music. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia became the center of an analog electronic movement from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. Electri_City uncovers the myths and realities of the bands emerging from the artistic backdrop of a wealthy German post WWII modernistic city and explores the emergence of the electronic scene in Dusseldorf, which fostered a creative explosion that influenced musicians and artists worldwide. ‘La Düsseldorf’, of the legendary band from Düsseldorf, begins with a recording of cheering football fans, perhaps from the local stadium that is home to Fortuna Düsseldorf. The sampled fan choruses seem to echo the euphoric excitement with which listeners and critics well beyond Germany’s borders received the first Electri_city sampler. It is also advance praise of sorts – and absolutely justifiably: Electri_city II launches listeners on an intelligent and sophisticated roller coaster ride through one of the most integral chapters of recent German music history.


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