Walter Ruttmann: Weekend

“On June 6th, 1930 a radically new form of radio was broadcast over the Berlin airwaves. An 11 minute, 20 second long collage of raw sounds greeted listeners accustomed to hearing news reports, occasional classical musical programs and, only very recently, literary works written specifically for radio performance, the nascent genre known as Hörspiel (“radio drama”). This startling work was Weekend, an audio documentary created by Walter Ruttmann, an avant- garde artist best known for his experimental filmmaking, most famously, his 1927 production Berlin — Sinfonie einer Großstadt.”

hent artiklen: Walter Ruttmann’s Weekend- Sound, Space and the Multiple Senses of an Urban Documentary Imagination By Jesse Shapins

Eller læs om forholdet mellem avantgardemusikkens udvikling og “das Neue Hörspiel” i efterkrigstidens Tyskland i artiklen: Hörspiel as Music- Music as Hörspiel- The Creative Dialogue between Experimental Radio Drama and Avant-Garde Music

“By the mid-sixties this critical rhetoric had become highly predictable and pat. Ironically, it was at this juncture that the character of the Horspiel changed significantly, even radically. Unable to describe the change adequately with a terminology satu- rated by years of excessive claims for its uniqueness, the critics of these genuinely new phenomena were led perforce to simplicity, and we saw the emergence of “das Neue Horspiel.” It is not our purpose in this review to compare the new and old in all their particulars, since such comparisons already exist in several mono- graphs. Rather we want to illustrate the changed role of verbal and nonverbal materials in these works, specifically the extent to which this change seems related to and explainable by the parallel changes in avant-garde music.”