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Cultural heritage "studio for electronic music" without any future
WDR does not accept the offer from Haus Mödrath

For 20 years, WDR has been looking unsuccessfully for a suitable location in Cologne to accommodate and continue the studio for electronic music, which has been located for just as long in the basement of a Cologne suburban industrial property.

Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most important composers of the 20th century, was the defining figure of the studio and its artistic director from 1963 to 1989. He was born in 1928 in Haus Mödrath, Kerpen, when it was a maternity home. Today, Haus Mödrath is a cultural institution in which contemporary art is presented to the public primarily in changing exhibitions.

Since there were no future prospects for the studio, the Haus Mödrath Foundation offered the WDR in spring 2015 the permanent and free provision of premises to accommodate the studio for electronic music on condition that the premises were suitably equipped and the studio was operated there. After almost 5 years, the WDR now allows the last acceptance period to pass without any comment. WDR does not consider itself capable of operating the studio in Haus Mödrath, even if there were several operating partners and it would not cost WDR itself a single cent, according to the responsible Dr. Bilstein, who works as a liquidator in the WDR administrative directorate.

The SEM, which some connoisseurs consider to be a world cultural heritage site, was the world's (!) first electronic studio of its kind. The global locations of the equipment there are listed on Wikipedia comparable to Stradivari's violins. The composer of the century, Karlheinz Stockhausen, was artistic director of the studio from 1963 to 1989, created world-famous compositions there and also left the studio with self-built musical apparatus. During these years, invaluable impulses emanated from Stockhausen, the studio and the Rhineland (Kraftwerk, CAN) and had a lasting influence on the entire worldwide history of music (electro/techno) up to the present day. Google (!) switched worldwide (!) on 18.10.2018 a Doodle (headline over search line) on the occasion of the birthday of the Electronic Studio, which was called several 100 million times.