Cory, Mark E.


Soundplay: The Polyphonous Tradition of German Radio Art

In Kahn, D. & Whitehead, G. (eds.) Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 331-371.

Language(s): English


Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Radiophonics


The emergence of avant-garde radio art in 1960s West Germany had such an impact that throughout the following decade no broadcaster in West Germany, Austria, or German-speaking Switzerland was without its quotient of experimental radio plays. In this chapter, the author presents a history of German radio art. His point of departure is Paul Pörtner’s radio work Schallspielstudie (‘Soundplaystudy’), a work that fundamentally changed the way radio drama (Hörspiel) would be created, and one that can be linked to the developing aesthetic of what became termed the New Hörspiel.