The Cologne Conference Night of Cult Television Presents: Cosmic couriers, electronic Schlager, minimal beats – the WDR pop archive

In cooperation with WDR – Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne, DEF Media GmbH, Berlin, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

The late 1960s in Germany saw the formation of a music scene encompassing hippie folk, political rock, and experimental avant-garde. It was the latter in particular that Cologne and Düsseldorf became a creative haven for – in the musically fragmented Federal Republic, the Rhineland evolved into an intellectual and cultural attraction, and WDR was meticulous in keeping track of it. This year’s Cologne Conference Night of Cult Television is all about this regional hotbed in German music history. In addition to oft-mentioned bands and trailblazers such as Kraftwerk and Can, we will devote special attention to notable bands whose influence at the time of the “Krautrock mind-set” remains undisputed to the present day. We will also focus on “electronic Schlager,” an electronic spin on the German music style known for plain, feel-good tunes, mellow intonation, and emotive lyrics. Bands like Der Plan and their avant-garde fun performances were to herald a whole new era of electronic music in this country. We look forward to a night featuring select film documents, rarely shown concert clips, and interesting guests.

Steve Blame will host the evening.

In cooperation with WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne, DEF Media GmbH, Berlin, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne