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KCRW Berlin: Amplified

Amplified is a weekly music show, originally broadcast on KCRW Berlin, featuring interviews with musicians from all genres, hailing from Berlin and beyond.

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  • 12.12.2020
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    Singer-songwriter Michael Brinkworth on how to create this 'Good Old Feeling' (Rebroadcast)

    Brisbane-born Michael Brinkworth draws inspiration from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and from the city he now calls home, Berlin, “this weird halfway house that I ended up in.” The 33-year-old traveled the globe before settling down here six years ago. (Originally aired July 11, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Musician Ian Tilling on writing music in bad times (Rebroadcast)

    We feature indie-rock musician Ian Tilling. The 35-year-old Brit moved to Berlin in 2016. After joining and leaving a number of bands, he started his solo project Grief Scene a year ago. Next month, Tilling will release his debut album titled "Bad Times." (Originally aired Oct. 17, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Musician Ian Tilling on writing music in bad times (Rebroadcast)

    We feature indie-rock musician Ian Tilling. The 35-year-old Brit moved to Berlin in 2016. After joining and leaving a number of bands, he started his solo project Grief Scene a year ago. Next month, Tilling will release his debut album titled "Bad Times." (Originally aired Oct. 17, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Berlin-based musician Martha Rose on 'diving deeply and emotionally after something that you love' (Rebroadcast)

    Martha Rose, a U.K.-born, Berlin-based musician, just released her second full-length album titled “Undress & Dive After.” The 33-year-old multi-instrumentalist talks with us about her songwriting process, what her grandparents have to do with it and what’s behind her intriguing album title. (Originally aired Aug. 8, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Berlin-based musician Martha Rose on 'diving deeply and emotionally after something that you love' (Rebroadcast)

    Martha Rose, a U.K.-born, Berlin-based musician, just released her second full-length album titled “Undress & Dive After.” The 33-year-old multi-instrumentalist talks with us about her songwriting process, what her grandparents have to do with it and what’s behind her intriguing album title. (Originally aired Aug. 8, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    ‘It’s just the music that I love’: Marlais on coming to folk music as an ‘outsider’ (Rebroadcast)

    We spoke with Michael Culme-Seymour — aka Marlais — about his love of folk music and his life in Berlin. (Originally aired Sept. 28, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    ‘It’s just the music that I love’: Marlais on coming to folk music as an ‘outsider’ (Rebroadcast)

    We spoke with Michael Culme-Seymour — aka Marlais — about his love of folk music and his life in Berlin. (Originally aired Sept. 28, 2020)

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  • 04.12.2020
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    James Chatburn: 'It's actually quite a chilled time for me for once'

    Musician and producer James Chatburn moved to Berlin in 2015. The 29-year-old toured with well-known alternative R&B artists like Jordan Rakei and the L.A. band The Internet. One of his big idols is American soul legend Donny Hathaway. We caught up with the Australian to talk about his debut release "Faible Teil 1."

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  • 04.12.2020
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    James Chatburn: 'It's actually quite a chilled time for me for once'

    Musician and producer James Chatburn moved to Berlin in 2015. The 29-year-old toured with well-known alternative R&B artists like Jordan Rakei and the L.A. band The Internet. One of his big idols is American soul legend Donny Hathaway. We caught up with the Australian to talk about his debut release "Faible Teil 1."

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Leitmotifs: Benjamin Hochman: 'In Mozart's music, every note is in the right place'

    In this episode of Leitmotifs, host Fredrika Brillembourg talks with pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman. He has performed in major cities and festivals around the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Currently, Hochman is a research associate with Bard College Berlin and concert curator for the American Academy. Fredrika spoke with him about Mozart and Hochman's approach to music.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Leitmotifs: Benjamin Hochman: 'In Mozart's music, every note is in the right place'

    In this episode of Leitmotifs, host Fredrika Brillembourg talks with pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman. He has performed in major cities and festivals around the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Currently, Hochman is a research associate with Bard College Berlin and concert curator for the American Academy. Fredrika spoke with him about Mozart and Hochman's approach to music.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    How this year's edition of Jazzfest Berlin strives to build a 'transatlantic bridge,' just days after the US election

    Jazzfest Berlin has a long tradition in the city. It's been a platform for musicians from around the world since 1964. This year, the four-day festival is scheduled to kick off on Nov. 5 with a focus on the jazz scenes in Berlin and New York. We spoke with Nadin Deventer, the artistic director of the festival about what to expect from this special pandemic edition of Jazzfest Berlin.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    How this year's edition of Jazzfest Berlin strives to build a 'transatlantic bridge,' just days after the US election

    Jazzfest Berlin has a long tradition in the city. It's been a platform for musicians from around the world since 1964. This year, the four-day festival is scheduled to kick off on Nov. 5 with a focus on the jazz scenes in Berlin and New York. We spoke with Nadin Deventer, the artistic director of the festival about what to expect from this special pandemic edition of Jazzfest Berlin.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Musician Ian Tilling on writing music in bad times

    We feature indie-rock musician Ian Tilling. The 35-year-old Brit moved to Berlin in 2016. After joining and leaving a number of bands, he started his solo project Grief Scene a year ago. Next month, Tilling will release his debut album titled "Bad Times."

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  • 04.12.2020
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    04:28
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    Musician Ian Tilling on writing music in bad times

    We feature indie-rock musician Ian Tilling. The 35-year-old Brit moved to Berlin in 2016. After joining and leaving a number of bands, he started his solo project Grief Scene a year ago. Next month, Tilling will release his debut album titled "Bad Times."

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  • 04.12.2020
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    05:29
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    'It's just the music that I love': Marlais on coming to folk music as an 'outsider'

    We spoke with Michael Culme-Seymour — aka Marlais — about his love of folk music and his life in Berlin.

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  • 04.12.2020
    5 MB
    05:29
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    'It's just the music that I love': Marlais on coming to folk music as an 'outsider'

    We spoke with Michael Culme-Seymour — aka Marlais — about his love of folk music and his life in Berlin.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Juno Francis: Swedish Pop Made In Berlin

    Angelica Ranåsen and Jacob Fagerstål are the Swedish pop duo Juno Francis. They teamed up in Berlin a couple of years ago to work on their vision of psychedelic 60s and 80s pop.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Juno Francis: Swedish Pop Made In Berlin

    Angelica Ranåsen and Jacob Fagerstål are the Swedish pop duo Juno Francis. They teamed up in Berlin a couple of years ago to work on their vision of psychedelic 60s and 80s pop.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    'Thinking is a musician's death': Tricky on his approach to music

    Tricky just released his 14th studio album, “Fall To Pieces.” On most of the new tracks, the Berlin-based artist is joined by Marta Złakowska, a vocalist whom he discovered on a European tour.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    'Thinking is a musician's death': Tricky on his approach to music

    Tricky just released his 14th studio album, “Fall To Pieces.” On most of the new tracks, the Berlin-based artist is joined by Marta Złakowska, a vocalist whom he discovered on a European tour.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    'A label for a lack of a label': hear now berlin's founder on playing genre-defying chamber music

    hear now berlin is a chamber group that plays works by contemporary composers. Inspired by the music she loves playing and hearing, the sextet’s founder and flutist, Kelly Watson Woelffer, searched for five musicians who shared her vision: a violist from Australia, a cellist from New Zealand, and a trumpeter, violinist and clarinetist from Germany.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    05:29
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    'A label for a lack of a label': hear now berlin's founder on playing genre-defying chamber music

    hear now berlin is a chamber group that plays works by contemporary composers. Inspired by the music she loves playing and hearing, the sextet’s founder and flutist, Kelly Watson Woelffer, searched for five musicians who shared her vision: a violist from Australia, a cellist from New Zealand, and a trumpeter, violinist and clarinetist from Germany.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Musician Candice Gordon on starting a new chapter in her life

    Candice Gordon is the new cultural officer at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. The musician is known well beyond Berlin’s music scene for her haunting voice and prolific lyrics.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Musician Candice Gordon on starting a new chapter in her life

    Candice Gordon is the new cultural officer at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. The musician is known well beyond Berlin’s music scene for her haunting voice and prolific lyrics.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Àbáse talks about his roots and sound

    Szabolcs Bognar, better known as Àbáse, is a Berlin-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who is playing at this year’s XJAZZ open air festival.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Àbáse talks about his roots and sound

    Szabolcs Bognar, better known as Àbáse, is a Berlin-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who is playing at this year’s XJAZZ open air festival.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    05:18
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    Berlin-based musician Martha Rose on 'diving deeply and emotionally after something that you love'

    Martha Rose, a U.K.-born, Berlin-based musician, just released her second full-length album titled “Undress & Dive After.” The 33-year-old multi-instrumentalist talks with us about her songwriting process, what her grandparents have to do with it, and what’s behind her intriguing album title.

    ...mehr
  • 04.12.2020
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    05:18
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    Berlin-based musician Martha Rose on 'diving deeply and emotionally after something that you love'

    Martha Rose, a U.K.-born, Berlin-based musician, just released her second full-length album titled “Undress & Dive After.” The 33-year-old multi-instrumentalist talks with us about her songwriting process, what her grandparents have to do with it, and what’s behind her intriguing album title.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    The German swing band that vows to keep you entertained through the pandemic

    Back in March when all the music clubs closed in Berlin, big band leader Andrej Hermlin made a promise: to keep on performing as long as the coronavirus pandemic restricts our lives.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    The German swing band that vows to keep you entertained through the pandemic

    Back in March when all the music clubs closed in Berlin, big band leader Andrej Hermlin made a promise: to keep on performing as long as the coronavirus pandemic restricts our lives.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    'Sonic thinker' Sam Auinger explores the Halle am Berghain

    Berlin-based composer Sam Auinger describes himself as a “sonic thinker.” The 64-year-old Austrian has spent decades exploring sound and perception in public places. Auinger’s current project is a sound installation with his long-time collaborator Hannes Strobl.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    'Sonic thinker' Sam Auinger explores the Halle am Berghain

    Berlin-based composer Sam Auinger describes himself as a “sonic thinker.” The 64-year-old Austrian has spent decades exploring sound and perception in public places. Auinger’s current project is a sound installation with his long-time collaborator Hannes Strobl.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Singer-songwriter Michael Brinkworth on how to create this 'Good Old Feeling'

    Brisbane-born Michael Brinkworth draws inspiration from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and from the city he now calls home, Berlin, “this weird halfway house that I ended up in.” The 33-year-old traveled the globe before settling down here six years ago.

    ...mehr
  • 04.12.2020
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    04:11
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    Singer-songwriter Michael Brinkworth on how to create this 'Good Old Feeling'

    Brisbane-born Michael Brinkworth draws inspiration from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and from the city he now calls home, Berlin, “this weird halfway house that I ended up in.” The 33-year-old traveled the globe before settling down here six years ago.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Noah Slee: Far away but 'Here For It All'

    We caught up again with New Zealand-born soul singer and producer Noah Slee. The musician just released the single, “Here For It All.” It comes after his EP, “TWICE,” and his breakthrough debut album “Otherland.”

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Noah Slee: Far away but 'Here For It All'

    We caught up again with New Zealand-born soul singer and producer Noah Slee. The musician just released the single, “Here For It All.” It comes after his EP, “TWICE,” and his breakthrough debut album “Otherland.”

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Derya Yildirim on 'coming alive again'

    Derya Yildirim is a multi-instrumentalist, but her favorite is the Turkish lute called the “Bağlama.” Usually, the 26-year-old performs with her band, Grup Şimşek, but more recently, she’s played on her own. We caught up with the 26-year-old in France, where she is reuniting with her band to write new material.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Derya Yildirim on 'coming alive again'

    Derya Yildirim is a multi-instrumentalist, but her favorite is the Turkish lute called the “Bağlama.” Usually, the 26-year-old performs with her band, Grup Şimşek, but more recently, she’s played on her own. We caught up with the 26-year-old in France, where she is reuniting with her band to write new material.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Odes to love and life: singer songwriter Finn Ronsdorf on his first EP

    Musician Finn Ronsdorf is releasing his first EP, “Odes,” on June 12. We talk with the 21-year-old singer-songwriter about his early musical influences and what it takes to write a love song. He says the key is “really just being very much in the moment.”

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Odes to love and life: singer songwriter Finn Ronsdorf on his first EP

    Musician Finn Ronsdorf is releasing his first EP, “Odes,” on June 12. We talk with the 21-year-old singer-songwriter about his early musical influences and what it takes to write a love song. He says the key is “really just being very much in the moment.”

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  • 04.12.2020
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    The rap teaching kids to keep COVID-19 at bay

    Brodie White loves to teach guitar and audio production to kids. So when the schools were closed, the 35-year-old had a lot of time on his hands, so he came up with a special lesson for his students: a hygiene rules rap for kids.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    The rap teaching kids to keep COVID-19 at bay

    Brodie White loves to teach guitar and audio production to kids. So when the schools were closed, the 35-year-old had a lot of time on his hands, so he came up with a special lesson for his students: a hygiene rules rap for kids.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Robot Koch on scoring imaginary movies, his forthcoming album and seeking inspiration in nature

    German-born Robot Koch is dropping his new record “The Next Billion Years” on May 29. Ahead of the release, we spoke to the L.A.-based artist, producer and composer about why late French conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau inspired him to make the album.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Robot Koch on scoring imaginary movies, his forthcoming album and seeking inspiration in nature

    German-born Robot Koch is dropping his new record “The Next Billion Years” on May 29. Ahead of the release, we spoke to the L.A.-based artist, producer and composer about why late French conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau inspired him to make the album.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Collaboration in the time of the coronavirus: Record label Ransom Note supports artists by making them 'Pen Pals'

    With concerts and festivals canceled, artists are struggling to make ends meet.London-based label Ransom Note came up with a novel idea to generate some much needed cash for music makers. They invited a number of artists — among them, KCRW Berlin’s Moderna — to contribute to a compilation album by collaborating remotely on original tracks in just 10 days.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Collaboration in the time of the coronavirus: Record label Ransom Note supports artists by making them 'Pen Pals'

    With concerts and festivals canceled, artists are struggling to make ends meet.London-based label Ransom Note came up with a novel idea to generate some much needed cash for music makers. They invited a number of artists — among them, KCRW Berlin’s Moderna — to contribute to a compilation album by collaborating remotely on original tracks in just 10 days.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    How does music help in times of crisis? We asked a musicologist to explain

    We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?Gunter Kreutz, who teaches at the University of Oldenburg, has published a book on the mental health benefits of singing, among other things.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    How does music help in times of crisis? We asked a musicologist to explain

    We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?Gunter Kreutz, who teaches at the University of Oldenburg, has published a book on the mental health benefits of singing, among other things.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Raving on in quarantine with 'United We Stream'

    Berlin’s clubs were forced to shut this month to help contain the coronavirus outbreak. With Berliners deprived of their beloved music venues, and clubs missing out on vital revenue, Clubcommission and Reclaim Club Culture launched the United We Stream platform.

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