This interview spans an arc from the Zodiak into the present. What were the sonic utopias at the Zodiak? What fed the optimism back then? What situation are we faced with today when little of that euphoria can be felt? The Zodiak was a unique, spatial, temporal and situational compaction, which produced an extraordinary creative boost, a temporary space of possibility that challenged the players to expand their existing boundaries. Which cultures of space, which policies and structures of space promote open experiment, and allow such a culmination of the new and unexpected? How does one create a laboratory? To start, one of the very few original documents from the Zodiak, the 15 minute film of the same name, shot by Dietmar Buchmann in 1969, will be shown.
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Born in Berlin in 1934, Hans-Joachim Roedelius
was a cofounder of the Zodiak Free Arts Lab and various groups, including Human Being, Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia, Tempus Transit and Lunzprojekt. He has been part of around 160 record productions, either as a soloist or with band projects.
is a Swedish composer, poet and visual artist, Berlin resident since 1968. He has had numerous exhibitions and projects, and has published several book and over fifty CDs and LPs. He has exerted a major influence on the European free improvisation music scene and forged a European variation on free jazz in the 60s, in collaboration with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Peter Kowald and Peter Brötzmann. Long years of collaboration with Alexander v. Schlippenbach, Rüdiger Carl, Hans Reichel, Dietmar Diesner, and Axel Dörner, occasional projects with Shelley Hirsch, Andrea Neumann, Manfred Schoof, Ludwig Gosewitz, Thomas Kapielski, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Heiner Goebbels or Blixa Bargeld, and engagements inter alia at Vienna’s Burgtheater have shaped his career. He is most renowned as a drum virtuoso but also sings and performs spoken word. He participated in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab from 1967–69.
Jens Strüver and Christian Borngräber
have been making music together since 1999. Ten years later they founded the m=minimal label, eventually also releasing work by Conrad Schnitzler. They are now members of the trust that manages Schnitzler’s musical estate.
is a Berlin-based sound artist and researcher, radio producer, journalist and author. His project spectrum encompasses sound installations, radio plays, field recordings, documentaries for radio, and texts on acoustic phenomena.