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ATLANTIC FESTIVAL RHINELAND-PALATINATE '98
MECHANICAL WORLD OF SOUNDS

The second ATLANTIC FESTIVAL was themed "MECHANICAL WORLD OF SOUNDS". The main venues could be found in the city of Koblenz. The American Edison, as the inventor of the gramophone and, thereby, the first possible reproduction of music and language, served as the starting point. The kick-off were five historical fairground organs on the city squares of Koblenz (in connection with the Siemens cultural program). Instead of the usual, nostalgic music of fun fairs, one could hear music of contemporary composers (Detlev Glanert, Peter Michael Hamel, Steffen Schleiermacher, Gerhard Stäbler and Jörg Widmann).

At the Mittelrhein-Museum, Koblenz there was the exhibition "MECHANICAL WORLD OF SOUNDS": 60 historical music machines ranging from the violina, which is considered the eighth wonder of the world, to the jukeboxes of the 50s from the collections of Jacobi / Köln, Gauselmann / Espelkamp served to understand the fascinating evolution of the world of music machines. For the opening of the exhibition there was a concert with arguably the most famous barrel organ player in the world, Pierre Charial,Paris, who played music from Mozart to Ligeti on his organ, and with the pianola player Wolfgang Heisig, Leipzig, who sat like a race bicyclist in front of his player piano and left the audience breathless. The subsequent music program was once again eclectic:

The Rundfunkorchester Saarbrücken was appearing with a musical program, which could almost be considered popular, by Gershwin ? for his 100th anniversary ? Ives, Copland and Bernstein.

Analogous to the mechanical devices the ensemble MUSICA TEMPORALE / Sachsen and GO GUITARS / München, Augsburg played minimal music at the chamber concert: a world premiere by Tom Johnson, which was commissioned especially for the festival by the ensemble MUSICA TEMPORALE. Further, music by Phil Glass, Louis Vierk and Frederic Rzewski. Popular music was represented by a rock'n roll concert of the band Boppin'B, whose outfit and music corresponded with the 50s jukeboxes.

The gathering of the youth for New Music was a special event which brought forth no less than five different schools and working groups for New Music, which presented their work results to each other: die Arbeitsgemeinschaft (study group) Neue Musik at the Leininger Gymnasium Grünstadt, die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Neue Musik at the Robert-Schumann-Gymnasium Leipzig, together in an inter-German exchange program, die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Neue Musik at the Auguste-Viktoria-Gymnasium Trier as well as the workshop results of the Peter-Altmeier-Gymnasium Montabaur and various other high schools in Koblenz.

You could listen to compositions by Gerhard Stäbler, LaMonte Young, Dieter Schnebel, Christian Wolff, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Alvin Curran. The students very much enjoyed their own performances as much as the ones of their fellow schools, and the intimate theatre at the Mittelrhein museum as well as the Mittelrhein museum itself were full of life.

In addition to the musical performances and the exhibition in Koblenz, there was another exhibition of historical music and vending machines in Ramstein,with pieces predominantly from the USA (collection of the museum Gauselmann). Here, too, there was an opening concert ? with country music.

Enkenbach's Provinzkino offered movies on the topic of "playing/gambling", and the towns Grünstadt and Montabaur took part in the Atlantic Festival with student concerts.

The media followed the festival with the greatest interest. On a national level, the Atlantic Festival was represented by the Saarländischer Rundfunk in the category of Internationale Musikfestpiele der Europäischen Rundfunkanstalten (international music festivals of the European radio stations); a one-hour- feature at the SWR, with a contribution in SWR Kultur / Fernsehen (culture / TV), as well as through the SWR playing the live recordings of the chamber concert and the student gathering for New Music.