what does a (r)evolution sound like?
For Beuys, sound was as important a sculptural material as fat, felt, or copper. He was certain that you hear a sculpture before you see it. While he equated classical music more with a piece of pork than with cultural heritage, he greatly valued the music of Erik Satie and the anti-music of Nam June Paik among others. Here, in a series of playlists and compositions, you will experience the music that Beuys listened to and performed with others in his actions, the music that emerged around him, that he shaped and still inspires today.
Mozart – pork, Beethoven – pork
Music, including text music, that influenced Beuys, music that he made himself, and music that others made about Beuys: Richard Wagner, Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, John Cage, Kurt Schwitters, Nam June Paik, Henning Christiansen, Peter Ablinger, Arturas Bums-teinas, Siegfried Koepf, Richard Rijnvo
erik satie – vexations 1 x (reinbert de leeuw – klavier)
john cage roaratorio – an irish circus on finnegans wake
erik satie – messe de pauvres: comune qui mundi nefas (martin rost – orgel)
richard wagner – parsifal: vorspiel (berliner philharmoniker – wilhelm furtwängler, 1938)
peter ablinger – piccolo und rauschen (natalia pschenitschnikova – flöte)
marcel duchamp – erratum musical (for three voices)
john cage – music for marcel duchamp
(alexei lubimov – präpariertes klavier)
siegfried koepf – beuys goes pythagoras
henning christiansen – fluxorum organum op. 39. musik zu joseph beuys‘ eurasienstab (franz meiswinkel – orgel der liebfrauenkirche düsseldorf)
kurt schwitters – ursonate (kurt schwitters – stimme)
joseph beuys – ja ja ja ja ja, nee nee nee nee nee
arturas bumsteinas spielt joseph beuys – schottische symphonie
joseph beuys / nam june paik – in memoriam george maciunas
john cage – the wonderful widow of eighteen springs – nowth upon nacht
(natalia pschenitschnikova – stimme, alexei lubimov – klavier)
richard rijnvos block beuys – raum 3
(ives ensemble, richard rijnvos, joseph beuys – stimme)
erik satie – le fils des étoiles: prelude du premiere act 1
(alexei lubimov – klavier)
»It's not like I listen to concerts all the time«
...it's not like I listen to concerts all the time... but logically a lot of other stuff that comes in through the ears, sheep instead of violins, piano Oxygen, speech operations, the purring of Paddy, Furguson, Spot and Arthur, funeral for a mouse, and Nescafé Gold, Yeah Yeah Yeah!
With Konrad Schnitzler, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Henning
Christiansen, Terry Fox, Carlfriedrich Claus, Emmett Williams, Jackson Mac low a.o.
Konrad Schnitzler – Eruption 1
Jackson Mac Low – The Long Hot Summer
Beuys / Christiansen – Schottische Symphonie. Requiem of Art.1973 (Ausschnitt)
Terry Fox – Isolation Unit
Henning Christiansen – Abschiedssymphonie
Emmett Williams – A Cellar Song For Five Voices
Nam June Paik / Russel Connor – Waiting for Commercials
Henning Christiansen – Schafe statt Geigen
Carlfriedrich Claus – Lautagregat
Terry Fox – The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats
Henning Christiansen – Konstruktioner
Milan Knížák & Opening Performance Orchestra
Broken Suite 
milan Knížák: sound sources
Opening Performance Orchestra: electronics
The piece Broken Suitewill be released during this year on CD Aktual univerzita at Sub Rosa.
Sound is Sculpture – Terry Fox
Like Joseph Beuys, who said you hear a sculpture before you see it, his contemporary and fellow artist Terry Fox considered sound to be sculpture. Fox is a pioneer in working with sound as a sculptural material. In his art, traditional sculpture is extended through performative action in a specific duration and in a defined resonant space.
An at least auditory impression of such situations is given by the three sound recordings of sound sculptures with long stretched piano strings in space presented here. The strings that Fox himself makes vibrate are both sculpture and instrument, and the sounds he produces are those of the resonating space as much as of the taut strings.
For "Suono Interno" (1979, track 1), Fox stretched two piano strings lengthwise through the entire nave in an empty church in Bologna. In the 14-minute excerpt from this work, released here for the first time (with many thanks to Marita Loosen-Fox, Estate of Terry Fox), Fox, walking very slowly through the wide resonant space between the church portal and the crypt, strokes the two colophoned strings with his fingers. In the following two recordings from Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (tracks 2 and 3), he plays long piano strings percussively minimalist with a chopstick at first, then with a resinated violin bow, creating an alternating strongly resonating in and out of the strings in the space. All sound recordings are excerpts from performances lasting several hours.
Suono Interno [Bologna 1979] – 14:24 Min
Track 2: Attic Wire, Beating [Berlin 1981] – 24:44 Min.
Track 3: Attic Wire, Bowing [Berlin 1981] – 15:07 Min.
Die Tödliche Doris
Das typische Ding – Reenactment (I)
Die Tödliche Doris could be described as an invisible sculpture of which Beuys often spoke. Doris has no body. She forms in 1980 as a post-punk band with different lineups, liquefies in white wine in 1987 and celebrates her comeback in 2018 with the LP box Reenactment – The Typical Thing: 31 Sounds, 31 Drawings and 31 Reviews of 31 Different Vibrators. Doris herself, now in the form of many individual sex toys remains absent.
VibratingBullet / RO-80mm Ammunition for love
Better Than Chocolate
Rub my duckie
Phoenix Magma Toy
Beuys and The Celtic World
»I went to Belfast in 1994 to begin an MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. I knew that Joseph Beuys had also been to Belfast in the 1970's and that he was a big influence on my tutors who had been students at the time. I believe his visit changed the way art was taught in Belfast with more emphasis on performance and social political issues and site specific approaches. I also realise that the Celtic World had a big influence on Beuys. He was inspired by the nature and mythology of western Scotland, Ireland and England. I thought I would delve into this world to compile a playlist for beuysradio. I have made a selection of my favourite singers from different generations with songs that touch on themes of nature and landscape, of humans and the animal kingdom and of love, loss and social justice.« Susan Philipsz
Robert Burns – The Highland Widow's Lament
Alasdair Roberts – Pangs
Radie Peat and Darragh Lynch (Lankum) – Hares on the Mountain
Alasdair Roberts – River Rhine
Elizabeth Cronin – Lord Gregory
Anne Briggs – Reynardine
Alasdair Roberts – Under No Enchantment
Shirley Collins and the Albion Band – The White Hare
Luke Kelly and Dave Philips – Wild Mountain Thyme
Alasdair Roberts – Coral and Tar
Shirley Collins – My Bonny Cuckoo
Thibaut de Ruyter
shamanism and electricity
This playlist confronts Beuys’ understanding of shamanism with ethnological music and contemporary compositions. The central piece of this playlist is »Ström« by Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. For this track, Hausswolff amplifies and subtly transforms the sound of pure electricity. It’s about energy, physicality and grain – while it reminds of the tiny sensors plugged in »Unschlitt/Tallow« (1977) from Beuys, making us believe that the paraffin wax is full of energy and that we should be careful not to get an electric shock when approaching the artwork.
Pan Sonic – Paine
David Toop, Mabutawi Teri – Rain Song
Raushan Orazbayeva & Tokzhan Karatai – Bashpai »Elim-Ai, Halkym-Ai« (Korkyt) (X-Xi Century)
Cosey Fanni Tutti, Split – From The Album Tutti
Daniel Schmidt And The Berkeley Gamelan – Rebab Delay
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff – Ström
Galya Bisengalieva – Tulpar
Kali Malone – Sacrificial Code (Live In Hagakyrka)
Holger Czukay – Breath Taking (With Karlheinz Stockhausen)
Monks Of The Gandantegchinlen Monastery – Office Du »Qailangiyn Qural«
Joseph Beuys – Sonne Statt Reagan
Unknown – Kyrgyzstan - Koukou (Kiguatch Coz Komouz)
The electro-acoustic composition is inspired by an early drawing by Beuys, »Plant« from 1947.
Here, »Plant« implies not only the mother of all organism on the earth but also the verb »to plant«, and »Music« is the transporter and the transformer into alternated flow of time and entangled space. »Plant Music« invites listener to an imaginary world at dawn – the process of a seed growing, embraced in soil, water, air, and light, the communication between micro-organisms become tangible.
EVERYTHING FLOWS, or: »Music is a message from the future«
Fluxus is the art of hybrid flow, the aesthetic panta rhei of processuality. And »everything flows« also applies to the work of Joseph Beuys. This playlist meanders between the avant-gardes and pop - and culminates in a pop-avant-garde crossover of »U« and »E«: »Ü-Musik" in other words - and a little surprise is also contributed by Beuys student and free-sequence researcher Emil Schuldt and his Transhuman Art Critics with an original composition for »beuys 2021«. If you want to experience the »expanded concept of art« on a formal aesthetic level while listening: Why not run this almost one-hour playlist in parallel with the good one-hour piano duet that Joseph Beuys performed together with Nam June Paik in 1978 »In memoriam George Maciunas« – or else the simultaneous performance by the two Fluxus heroes of Coyote III / Pianovariation (1984).
John Cage – Williams Mix
Phil Corner – Piano Activities
Nam June Paik/Charlotte Moorman – Waiting For Commercials
Dieter Schnebel – Bagatelle #6, Trauermarsch (für Joseph Beuys
The Velvet Underground & Nico – femme fatale
Jefferson Airplane – Lather
John Lennon – Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
Henk Badings – Evolutions (Ballet Suite) #1 Ouvertüre
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck
Die Partei (Walter Dahn) – Tag An Der Grenze
Conrad Schnitzler – Magic Party
Joseph Beuys – Sonne statt Reagan
Martin Kippenberger – ja ja ja ja ja, nee nee nee nee nee
Transhuman Art Critics – Originalkomposition für »beuys2021«
Electronic Music 1977 – 1986
»If you’re really interested in music, you shouldn’t play the piano.« (Joseph Beuys)
This mix features a selection of tracks produced and released in West Germany during the diverse energy streams of the period 1978 – 1986, which set new, far-reaching musical impulses that are still effective internationally today.
From the late 1970s onwards, electronic musical instruments, such as synthesizers and rhythm machines, were available cheaply for the first time and inspired many who had no prior musical knowledge to indulge in futuristic sound experiments. The simultaneously exploding musical awakening of punk met with a new self-determined and self-confident research and performance in all areas of contemporary art.
Joseph Beuys, with his conceptual precision and his holistic social reorganization, was one of the most important impulse generators in the field of visual art during this time. Artistic activity, similar to punk and electronic music, was no longer linked to craftsmanship but strove for a complete redefinition of conditions and thus made a clear break with the understanding of art at that time.
Brian Eno said in 1975: »The musician today is no longer a trained instrumentalist, but an artist who makes decisions.«
Joseph Beuys also played a decisive role in the establishment of this new image of the artist.
Loch (Joseph Beuys 1981, in der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf) Tonaufnahme Stefan Schneider, 2010
Conrad Schnitzler – Rhythmus 78
Ralf Dörper – Kranke Menschen
Konrad Kraft – Arctica 3
Michael von Biel – Fassung Elektronische Musik
Asmus Tietchens – TREKK
Maria Zerfall – Wohin?
Palais Schaumburg – Morgen wird der Wald gefegt (Live)
MENTOCOME – B6
CHBB – MauMau
SEESSELBERG – Synthetik 1
Ettlinger – bzw
Reiko Kudo – Noise
Kurzschluss – L’ inconnu
Deux Baleines Blanches – Draht 6
Dino Oon – map
Beuys keep swinging
Beuys Keep Swinging is an hour long radiophonic odyssey of contemporary and ancient music and noises honouring the many moods of Joseph Beuys. Kick back and soak up the sunshine. From coyotes to krautrock, this is an immersive supersonic sound extravaganza!
Todrick Hall – I Like Boys
David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
Charlie XCX – Boys
Simone Battle – He Likes Boys
Erik Satie – Gnossienne No 1
The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach Your Children
Monza – Rauf und Runter
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
Joseph Beuys – Sonne statt Reagan
Sabrina – Boys (Summertime Love)
Can – I Want More
Joni Mitchell – Coyote
Organization – Ruckzuck
»The idea of music belongs more to the future«
What will music sound like in the future? Will the next pop star be an artificial human? Will science and technology drive composition? Will audio and video be inextricably connected in the metaverse? This playlist features contemporary artists exploring some of these questions in their creative practice. Human-machine-nature symbiosis, acoustic instruments producing electronic-sounding beats, virtual reality headset records…these are some of the aspects permeating this compilation. They explore unchartered territories and speculate about possible musical futures.
Byrke Lou – Earth
Moritz Simon Geist – In g# (Katze läuft über Klavier)
Brandt Brauer Frick – Masse
Holy Herndon – Frontier
Peaches & Pussykrew – Fill the Whole
Ash Koosha – GUUD
Yona – Art and Law
Tarik Barri & Lea Fabrikant – Versum
Nanotopia – Mycelial Networks between Reality