Book “War of Songs – Popular Music and Recent Russia-Ukraine Relations” published

When we, Andrei Rogatchevski, Yngvar B. Steinholt, Arve Hansen and I, submitted our abstracts for a panel at the 2017 IASPM conference in Kassel we just wanted to present some uses of popular music during conflict. The response to our papers on the role that popular music played during the recent (and ongoing) Russian-Ukrainian conflict…Continue reading Book “War of Songs – Popular Music and Recent Russia-Ukraine Relations” published

Article “Die Musiken der Welt in Mannheim? Cultural flow und die künstlerische Ausbildung in Weltmusik” published

Two years ago I was asked by Prof. Ursula Hemetek to give a guest lecture within the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien’s lecture series “Transkulturalität”. The resulting talk charted the development of the world music degree program at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg and critiqued Wolfgang Welsch’s term “Transkulturalität”. Instead, I argue in favor of…Continue reading Article “Die Musiken der Welt in Mannheim? Cultural flow und die künstlerische Ausbildung in Weltmusik” published

Article “My Pravoslavnye: Russkii rok, Orthodoxy and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia” published

An area I have been thinking about for a long time is the relationship between music and religion in Russia. I have touched on this in my research before, but not explicitly focused on it. When Andreas Häger contacted me about writing an article for a planned book on popular music and religion in 2015…Continue reading Article “My Pravoslavnye: Russkii rok, Orthodoxy and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia” published

My summer hit musings

A couple of weeks ago I was interview by Clemens Panagl from the Salzburger Nachrichten on why songs from the non Anglo-US-American musical world suddenly become summer hits. The resulting article titled “Dein Sommerhit, das unbekannte Wesen” was published on July 7th and included some of my musings on what makes a (summer)hit. I managed…Continue reading My summer hit musings

Article “Ukro-Ska-Punk” finally published

Finally my article “‘Ukro-Ska-Punk’ – Band Identity, Surzhik and Language in Post-Soviet Russia” on Svoboda’s use of surzhik and Ukrainian stereotypes in St. Petersburg has been published – my first foray into linguistics. 😉 After the editor of the first book project this article was supposed to appear in disappeared the article found a welcome new…Continue reading Article “Ukro-Ska-Punk” finally published

Liberty view of Manhattan

A view of the south tip of Manhattan from the Statue of Liberty. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 16mm 2.8. More pictures from my autumn trip to New York can be seen here:

Dresden mailbox

Continuing the mailbox picture series this mailbox was spotted in Dresden. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 50mm 1.8. Here are some more pictures from Dresden: Dresden

Warhol’s banana

During our visit to see the cherry blossoms in Schwetzingen we passed by Andy Warhol’s banana used on the Velvet Underground’s debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico”. Taken with my Fuji x100t.