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Das theoretische Duett
mit Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer und Hendrik van den Grachten
26.10.

In German

Music sociologist Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer (Vienna) and journalist and host of various discussion formats Hendrik van den Grachten (Amsterdam) are unified by their long-term and continual search for the manifestation of the fetish character in music, connected with their respective ways of decrypting and forms of experience. Are trauma and spirituality conventional pioneers of the modern?

In numerous symposia in the 90s, they were already pursuing the question of whether, and under what circumstances, we fall prey to a lack of intent. Taking the perspective of Adorno's notion of the “dialectic of loneliness”, Van den Grachten and Emmersdorfer investigate – in the usual well-prepared manner – contemporary pop culture artists' downplaying tactics, to then be able to offer one or two references to long-existing, more substantial, classical works.

Relevance of Dissonance

Harmony as illusion – are we already tripping up when we consider making our idea of a harmonious, so idealised, world plausible – and what that should sound like? Or, in general, can a concretisation of the abstract be made concrete – so will the inconceivable ever appear – and how can we imagine that?

Unreserved reservations – the unconditional nature of dissonance and uncompromising will as consequence of the pseudo-acoustic illusory phenomena of an over-idealised aesthetic – does the color spectrum of our flavour-enhancer-like Instagram filters influence our need for easy-to-identify listening experiences?

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer was born in Vöcklabruck in 1975 and grew up in Sevlievo (Bulgaria). Studied baroque flute in Oslo and then studied musicology and human biology in Vienna. Professor of music sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Hendrik van den Grachten, born in Heerenveen, grew up in Leeuwarden (both Netherlands). Music ethnology studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, doctorate in Tangerang (Indonesia). Various publications on journalism in the public media.


Past Activities

Das Theoretische Duett empfiehlt: Taktiken des Verharmlosens

Guest: Der Täubling

Music sociologist Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer (Vienna) and journalist and host of various discussion formats Hendrik van den Grachten (Amsterdam) are unified by their long-term and continual search for the manifestation of the fetish character in music, connected with their respective ways of decrypting and forms of experience. Are trauma and spirituality conventional pioneers of the modern?

In numerous symposia in the 90s, they were already pursuing the question of whether, and under what circumstances, we fall prey to a lack of intent. Taking the perspective of Adorno's notion of the “dialectic of loneliness”, Van den Grachten and Emmersdorfer investigate – in the usual well-prepared manner – contemporary pop culture artists' downplaying tactics, to then be able to offer one or two references to long-existing, more substantial, classical works.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer was born in Vöcklabruck in 1975 and grew up in Sevlievo (Bulgaria). Studied baroque flute in Oslo and then studied musicology and human biology in Vienna. Professor of music sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Hendrik van den Grachten, born in Heerenveen, grew up in Leeuwarden (both Netherlands). Music ethnology studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, doctorate in Tangerang (Indonesia). Various publications on journalism in the public media.

Das Theoretische Duett empfiehlt: Taktiken des Verharmlosens
Das Theoretische Duett empfiehlt: Taktiken des Verharmlosens
Das Theoretische Duett empfiehlt: Taktiken des Verharmlosens

With: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer and Hendrik van den Grachten, guest: Ben Hartmann from the band MILLIARDEN

Music sociologist Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer (Vienna) and journalist and host of various discussion formats Hendrik van den Grachten (Amsterdam) are unified by their long-term and continual search for the manifestation of the fetish character in music, connected with their respective ways of decrypting and forms of experience. Are trauma and spirituality conventional pioneers of the modern?

In numerous symposia in the 90s, they were already pursuing the question of whether, and under what circumstances, we fall prey to a lack of intent. Taking the perspective of Adorno's notion of the “dialectic of loneliness”, Van den Grachten and Emmersdorfer investigate – in the usual well-prepared manner – contemporary pop culture artists' downplaying tactics, to then be able to offer one or two references to long-existing, more substantial, classical works.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer was born in Vöcklabruck in 1975 and grew up in Sevlievo (Bulgaria). Studied baroque flute in Oslo and then studied musicology and human biology in Vienna. Professor of music sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Das Theoretische Duett empfiehlt: Taktiken des Verharmlosens

Music sociologist Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer (Vienna) and journalist and host of various discussion formats Hendrik van den Grachten (Amsterdam) are unified by their long-term and continual search for the manifestation of the fetish character in music, connected with their respective ways of decrypting and forms of experience. Are trauma and spirituality conventional pioneers of the modern?

In numerous symposia in the 90s, they were already pursuing the question of whether, and under what circumstances, we fall prey to a lack of intent. Taking the perspective of Adorno's notion of the “dialectic of loneliness”, Van den Grachten and Emmersdorfer investigate – in the usual well-prepared manner – contemporary pop culture artists' downplaying tactics, to then be able to offer one or two references to long-existing, more substantial, classical works.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer was born in Vöcklabruck in 1975 and grew up in Sevlievo (Bulgaria). Studied baroque flute in Oslo and then studied musicology and human biology in Vienna. Professor of music sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

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