Pilot of the upcoming documentary directed by Ina Pillat
produced by True Fiction AS, Norway
CTM.13’s Saturday program swells with the addition of a very special afternoon at the Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, home of the GDR National Broadcasting Corporation until 1990. The program tells the story of an old GDR synthesizer, the Subharchord, and continues to weave it into the present day. Built in the 1960s in East Berlin, the Subharchord was an electronic sound generator ahead of its time, of which only 7 instruments were ever built. Thanks in part to the tireless work of sound art curator Carsten Seiffarth, who will be moderating the entire afternoon, the Subharchord is slowly coming into the limelight. Including a talk with Gerhard Steinke, who led East Berlin's “Labor für musikalisch-akustische Grenzprobleme (Laboratory for musical and acoustic boundary issues)” during the time the Subharchord was developed and built, the program features performances by artists who have worked or are working with the instrument including the world premiere of a commissioned work by Biosphere + The Pitch Ensemble, Frank Bretschneider performing his work, “Kippschwingung”, and the first performance of Frederic Rzewski's 1965 Subharchord magnetic tape piece “Zoologischer Garten” remastered. The afternoon begins with an exclusive preview and discussion of the upcoming “Subharchord – A Child of the Golden Age” documentary directed by Ina Pillat.