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DJs and PLOs in Berlin’s Electronic Jazz Scene


In Berlin, a city celebrated for its post-industrial exploration of electronic soundscapes within dance cultures, new technologies such as digital sound production and drum sequencing significantly transformed the aesthetics of jazz inspired musical recordings. This presentation examines the under-researched role performed by DJs and producers in revitalizing jazz culture, especially in the post-reunification city of Berlin. Drawing from ethnographic research, Kristin McGee shows how collectives cultivated a committed transnational jazz community because of their artistic expansion of record production techniques in ways which radically blur the lines between live jazz performance practice and studio engineered jazz production techniques (such as the construction of timbres and beats). Ultimately, McGee reveals how electronic jazz earned a significant place within European jazz culture in part by re-acquainting youth cultures to jazz and by reinvigorating dance as a participatory act in an era during which jazz was increasingly viewed as static and conservative.  

Why should you not miss out on this lecture?

You will learn all there is to know about record production and remix culture within Europe, and about the production collectives in Berlin’s music scene just before and after reunification.

Kristin McGee Dr Kristin McGee is Associate Professor in Popular Music Studies in the Arts, Culture and Media Department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She teaches on various subjects including popular music theory, audio-visual arts cultures, film music, and music event organization. She is also the current chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux.
Last modified:13 September 2019 12.31 p.m.