In the 1960s and 1970s, New Music underwent a political radicalization analogous to its process of musical radicalization. It was a leftist radicalization, owing much to the times, without being completely absorbed in them. The concern of composers in that moment was serious.
Author: Felix Klopotek
Felix Klopotek (1974) lives and works in Cologne. Since 1999 he’s been the editor of the Kölner Stadtrevue, recorded numerous radio features for WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk), and written for Spex, Jungle World, and Konkret. This essay is taken from the book "How They Do It: Free Jazz, Improvisation, und Niemandsmusik". His book "Rätekommunismus" (Council Communism) is forthcoming in 2017 as part of Schmetterling Verlag’s theorie.org series