Santa Monica Feminism and electronic music

May 4, 2007

Listen and dowload the audio archives

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From the new website and new home of radio paca

October 31, 2005

Friday 28/10

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Too many things happened this day to follow all tracks on time, so more pictures later. We interviewed Genis Segarra (Austrohungaro), dj ux, dj +Nurse+, Terre Thaemlitz. We had a friendly discussion with Genis Segarra (Astrud), Alex Murray-Leslie (Chicks on Speed), Terre Thaemlitz, and different guests from the week, and an overcrowded party at Pigalle.
Remind that the audio archives are on radio paca

October 28, 2005

Thursday 27/10

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Intense day with interviews of Martha Millet (Las Dolores), Enric Palau (Sonar), and 3 online radios: Radio Paca of course, Radio 23cc -Riereta, Scanner Fm.
Finishing the day with Christiane Erharter and her archive Re-punk Electronic music, and Terre Thaemlitz in KBB for travel to his past records and new projects.

October 26, 2005

Wednesday 26/10

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Back on line, on air, this morning with 2 very interesting interviews from 2 generations making computer music : Anna Bofill y La maquina de Turing
La Maquina de Turing working with free softwares and free licences, Anna Bofill very active in contemporary music, she worked with Nono and Xenakis.
Ana Bofillla maquina de turing
We keep you posted with Sybil Vane, Las Fatales y Silvia Martinez

October 25, 2005

Tuesday 25/10

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radio paca en directo de santa monicaentrevista de maria rosa ribas
First day live on radio paca with Eva’s, Fernanda, y Marcella
First images of the first interview with Maria Rosa Ribas, pianista y compositora.
Go on the image gallery to have look on the pictures of Io Casino, Sonido Comadre y Laura Sales
We finish the day with Luis Cervero who is making video clips and ads, a lot of interesting video material.
Reports, archives and streaming on radio paca

October 13, 2005


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A series of meetings, debates, interviews and a documentation room on the process of music production and its relationship with feminist practices

October 25-28, 2005Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona

Project by Laurence Rassel ( -Brussels) and Montse Romani (Barcelona)
Within the frame of AUDIO, a sound program curated by Oscar Abril Ascaso at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona.

In collaboration with
Radio Paca –
LadyfestSpain –
KBB Kültur Büro Barcelona –
Muziclub Pigalle-LeSFATALes –

As early as 1997, Terre Thaemlitz (transgender multimedia producer) questioned the subversive quality of electronic music and of transgender surgery, both of which use the latest technological tools as a means of representation and, consequently, often end up perverting them and reinforcing stereotypes. ( Couture Cosmetique) The same means, moreover, help to deconstruct the processes of creation and of representation and make it possible to explore their interstices, those of genre (whether of sex or music) (Interstices 2000). This deconstruction, and the consciousness or the occupation of these interstices, also allows the representation of tensions and contradictions which arise both from the desire and the resistance towards occupying the musical stage or gender, both defined up until now in subjugation to and perpetuation of dominant patriarchal socio-economic systems.

We accept that sexual/gendered bodies are historical sites of political, cultural, scientific and technological renegociation; the same applies to the electronic media, the musical stage. As Anna Friz (sound and pirate radio artist) wrote in 2004 (Heard but Unscene; women in electronic music), although one may be fed up with identity debates, the coming of new hardware and software does not erase questions of access, economics and representation. According to her, the very discourse on liberalization of the means of production and of creation, limits and stigmatises the discourse on representation and access to the stage.

If electronic music, and the raise of technology in general, could be thought up and used to call into question the structures at the time of the celebration of the rhizomes and other networked societies, the laptop gender, digital creation, alternative rock scene have become conventions unto themselves, the aesthetics of which are often normalised, enclosed by the very formats and aesthetics of the software or the performance itself. And yet technology allows transparency, transmission and highjacking of the code, of other forms of distribution, and of the relation to creation, to ownership, to the author, to the public …

Recently, various cultural spaces and music festivals in Barcelona and in Spain hosted debates and workshops on the meeting ground of digital, musical and feminist practices. In 2003, the Santa Monica Centre invited Christiane Erharter’s project “XX01/2003 Infotainment” on women’s representation and its place in the history of popular and punk music of the 20th century.

Today the Santa Monica Centre, continuing to feature a range of stories and experiences, has invited Constant, an art and media association run by artists active in gender issues, networks, open source, recycled technology, working conditions, etc, and which develops projects in different spaces such as the field of code and standards/norms of the digital medium, to make a presentation. The project QUÉ C*** ? will explore various strategies of production, of creation, of curating, of performances, of representation, by organising public, open and streamed interviews, debates, meetings, an information room and a party, on the following questions, among others:
-What is it about the theoretical undercurrents and the networking mechanisms in the music scene(s) that impede women artists from being seen and heard? Is this question still relevant?
-Has the alternative scene become a standard as a result of the formats of dominant technologies and the reproduction of stereotypes? Or does it remain a place of possible détournement / displacement, and a place of experimentation in technologies or gender stereotypes ?
-What are the economic strategies and practices built by indepent groups, labels, press to assure a visibility and practice to feminist or at least gender minded musical scene?
-How to produce a feminist song wihtout killing the ratings?
– Is there a connection to feminist history as a critique of the systems of representation, economy and access to technology of production and distribution?

25 – 28 Octubre de 2005
Centro de Arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona (CASM)
La Rambla, 7
08002 Barcelona

Every day from 11h. Auditorium. Free Entrance
Documentation room
From 12h to 14h and from17h to 19h.
Interviews with actors of the music scene (local and international)
Limited places, please register: before October 20
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 19h. Auditorium. Free Entrance
(re)lectures on the economy, representation and music history from a feminist perspective.
25 Luis Cerveró
26 Maria Ruido
27 Christiane Erharther

Thursday October 27, 22:30h. KBB, Joaquim Costa, 24, 4º. 08001 Barcelona
Concert by Terre Thaemlitz

Friday October 28, 19h. Auditorium. Free Entrance
Round table with Terre Thaemlitz (, Genis Segarra (, Alex Murray-Leslie (
From 24h to 3h. Muziclub Pigalle, Balmes, 90. Free Entrance
Performances and DJ’s Party with Fora de cobertura (dj ux + normal c-alas), Dj+nurse+ and Terre Thaemlitz

Thanks to
David Armengol, Casa Asia, Io Casino, Eva Cruells, Antuan Duanel, Harrisson, Roberta Miss, Maria Pérez, Servei de Comunicació i Publicacions de la Universitat Jaume I/Castelló de la Plana, Pablo G. Polite, Roger Roca, Oriol Rossell, Virgínia Villaplana.

October 3, 2005


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Composer and architect. Member of the Associació Catalana de Compositors, the Asociación de Mujeres en la Música and the International Alliance for Women in Music. She has collaborated on several projects concerned with women in the history of music.

AUSTROHÚNGARO (see Genís Segarra)

As a sound artiste and creative artist, since the late 1980s she has produced a wide range of experimental art, particularly in the fields of publishing, sculpture and painting. She has also combined learning with on-going professional work as a socio-cultural entertainer and executive director for both local projects (Gràcia Territori Sonor, International Festival of Experimental Music LEM 1996-2005: and European projects (EU Kaleidoscope Programme).

A producer of video-clips, he also works in the field of advertising.

Artist and curator. Works as a curator for the Office for Contemporary Art Norway/International Studio Programme Oslo.
Lectures, texts, radio programmes, installations on (electronic) music and women representation. She produced the audio-(fan)zine “XX01” for the exhibition First Story – Women Building/New Narratives For The 21st Century in Porto/Portugal in 2001. Based on this audio-zine she developed the installation “XX01/2003” at Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona/Spain in 2003. Together with Sonja Eismann she did the text and installation “Re-Punk Electronic Music!“ as one part of the hub Sonic Scapes at the 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art, February-April 2004, in Berlin/Germany. Christiane Erharter was born 1974 in Austria. She studied art and art theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna/Austria. Took a post-graduate course in Critical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy/Lund University in Malmö/Sweden.

Barcelona lesbian group of DJs that has managed to fill a gap in the women’s scene. Set up in spring 2002 in a small place called 3D in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, it has taken over from the veteran girls of the Fes-lu group that had been organising parties for over 10 years. They are currently responsible for the programme at Muziclub Pigalle (Balmes 90, Barcelona)

She has a Ph.D. in Geography and History – Musicology from the Universitat de Barcelona (1997).
Currently lecturing at the Department of Musicology of the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

Music critic and musician. Contributes regular articles to various trend magazines such as Suite. She is also a member of Las Dolores music group.

Member of the Chicks on Speed group from Berlin and of the Chicks on Speed record company. The three components of the group met each other at art school, and what began as an artistic project has turned into a rock group, a fashion icon and a music label.

+nurse+’s tonal weaving cannot be separated from her textile craftsmanship. Mixer and silk-screen printer, this nurse thinks as much as she bandages, questions as much as she appeases. Musicotherapy and poultice. On cotton or nylon background, she recycles motifs, superimposes images – layer after layer – to the very limit of legibility. On vinyl background, her tonal vanilla slices bang genres together, cover tracks and play dialectic between feathers and lead, between pink and black. In both mediums +nurse+ handles materials with highly inflammable symbolism: printed slogans vs. ill-treated national anthems.

Founder and co-director of Advanced Music and of the Sònar festival since 1994. He was a member of groups such as Hidraulics and Jumo, a collaborator in artistic projects by Rhinos and Marcel·li Antunez and a producer of Peanut Pie. radio y tv riereta
A multichannel radio-TV net that operates with free software tools. It broadcasts music and video under creative commons and copyleft licences, producing an extensive archive of audiovisual and documentary works.

A phone-in radio station that gives air space to a multiplicity of identities, voices, thoughts, actions and presences of women around the world, in an attempt to overcome the broadcaster-receiver dichotomy and to allow any woman to become a producer of discourses in the medium of radio. A sounding box for the women’s movement and for women in movement, which contributes to the creation and continuation of a female discourse based on dialogue and diversity.

Artist, writer and cultural producer, since 1995 she has been working on projects concerned with the social development of the body and identity/identities, the imaginary of women in relation to work, and ways of constructing the collective and personal memory, basically through video and writing.
Among her most recent work is the video-essay “ethics of care” (1999) and the documentaries “La memoria interior” (2002), “tiempo real” (2003) and “Ficciones anfibias” (2005). She is currently living in Barcelona, where she teaches in the Department of Design and Image at the Universitat de Barcelona.

Member organisor of the Ladyfest Festival Spain (Madrid, October 28 – 30, where she curates talks and workshops among other things. She is part also of the Djs Girls Spin the Hits and collaborates to the music review Rock de Lux and the fanzine Fempunk.

A member of the Hidrogenesse and Astrud groups that founded the Austrohúngaro record label. His work with Hidrogenesse includes Gimnàstica passiva (2002), and examples of his work with Astrud are Performance (2004), Gran fuerza (2001) and Mi fracaso personal (1999).

A music group set up in March 2005 in Barcelona comprising Dr. Ritmo El chico de la moto, Tejero Molina, El Trompetólogo, Ms. Chaning and La Leoparda de Rekalde.

Journalist specialising in music, with a Master’s degree in Radio Business Management. Co-Director of ScannerFM, he is also presenter of “Sona9” on Catalunya Ràdio, presenter and scripwriter of the “Sputnik” programme on the Catalan TV3 channel, and announcer, technician and producer of “Los 40 Principales” (SER radio), among other jobs.

Group formed of Padi, Rocio and Lu. Their “Mermelada de Tomate” has made them one of the leading exponents of Spanish indie rock.

Multimedia producer, writer, educator, sound mixer, DJ and owner of the Comatonse Recordings label.
His work combines critical comment on the subject of identity policy – including variables such as sex, sexuality, class, language, ethnicity and race – with on-going criticism of the socio-economics of the output of the conventional media.
He currently lives in Kawasaki, Japan.

Politologist by training, singer by vocation, and follower of new technologies as a hobby. She is a member of the psycho-musical group La Màquina de Turing and works with other music creators. She plays an active part in the independent creative art groups and spaces, Telenoika, Costellam and Essència. A member of the editorial team of Barcelona Indymedia and of KaoXX, where she focuses on women’s relationship with technology.

Documentation room details

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*IO CASINO, solo albums:
. Mundo das Ferramentas, 2001
. Cicalà, 2003
. diente, 2005

Gudrun Gut: “Members Ocean Club” (2004)
Original tracks with: Anila Lane, Danielle de Picciotto, Blixa Bargeld, Jovanka von Willsdorf, Jayney Klimek, Inga Humpe, Myra Davies, Katharina Franck, Manon P. Duursms. Remixes by: Paul van Dyk, Klaus Schulze, Thomas Fehlmann, Effective Force,
Ian Pooley, The Orb, Spinout, Ellen Allien, CoBra & 3 videos.

Myra Davies / Gudrun Gut: “Miasma 3” (1995)

XX01/2003 Pt. 1- Christiane Erharter

01 Laurie Spiegel ”Appalachian Grove I”, 1974
taken from the compilation ”Women in Electronic Music –1977”
02 SPUNK ”Strøm”, 2002
taken from the album ”Den øverste toppen på en blåmalt flaggstang”
03 Susanne Brokesch ”Mobile Data Shred On Night Shift”, 2002
taken from the album ”So easy hard to practice”,
04 Sophie Rimheden ”Who I am”, 2003
taken from the album ”HI-FI”,
05 Tujiko Noriko ”I”, 2002
taken from the album ”Make Me Hard”,
06 Miss Dinky ”Neruda”, 2001
taken from the album ”Melodias Venenosas”,
07 Pauline Oliveros ”Bye Bye Butterfly”, 1965
taken from the compilation ”Women in Electronic Music –1977”
08 Kevin Blechdom ”Binaca”, 2003
09 Kevin Blechdom ”Always Frank”, 2003
taken from the album ”Bitches without britches”,
10 Erase Errata ”Owls”, 2003
11 Erase Errata ”A Thief Detests the Criminal, Elements of the Ruling Class”, 2003
taken from the album ”At Crystal Palace”,
12 Hugger-Mugger ”Frenesia”, 2001
taken from the compilation ”Electric Leak – the North of it”,
13 Emi Maeda ”Storm Windows”, 2003
taken from the compilation ”Electric Leak – the North of it”,
14 Fe-Mail ”Modogin”, 2002
taken from the album ”Syklubb fra Hælvete”,

Playing time 70min 59sec
compiled by Christiane Erharter for ”XX01/2003”, Barcelona, October 2003

Re-Punk Electronic Music! DVD 2


01 Christina Ertl and Tobias Hassels, Realplayer: genderfuck, 2003 / 04
51 min; directed by Christina Ertl and Tobias Hassels

Video clips

02 Angie Reed, “Cherry Blossom”, 2003
Directed by Angie Reed,

03 Chicks on Speed feat. Peaches, “We Don’t Play Guitars”, 2003
Directed by Deborah Schamoni,

04 Hanin Elias, “One Of Us”, 2003
Written by Hanin Elias, video by Philipp Virus,

05 Rhythm King And Her Friends, “Serene”, 2003
Written by Rhythm King And Her Friends, Live at Bastard, Berlin, Juni 2003,

06 AGF, “Still Not Still”, 2003
Directed by Sue Costabile, music and words by AGF,

07 Kevin Blechdom, “In Too Oh!”, 2003
Written by Kevin Blechdom. A Dudini Production Of Your Butt,

08 Peaches, “Rock’n’Roll”, 2003
Written by Peaches, Gonzales and Taylor Savvy, video edited by Peaches
Courtesy XL Recordings / Beggars Group,

09 Malaria! vs. Chicks on Speed, “Kaltes Klares Wasser”, alternate version, 2001
Written by Malaria!, video by Juliane Solmsdorf

Compiled by Max Freudenschuß for the 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art /
HUB SONIC SCAPES Part 1: Re-Punk Electronic Music!

Chicks on Speed

Radio programs from female DJs / Psicosoma Factory

Chico y Chica

Las Dolores

Sybil Vane

Documents leant by Anna Bofill
Magazine of Women ComposersRevista mujeres compositoras, 8 de marzo de 1998
Her works and writings


*female+queer words+beats
Katharina Ellerbrock 2004, 82 min.
Musik-Doku Starting out with ‘le tigre’ their feminist background and their interesting performance on stage the film gathered more and more bands, interviews and concert pics from the feminist/queere bandscene… and here it is for ladyfestwien 2004! Starring: le tigre, hanin elias, räuberhöhle, peaches and rhythm king and her friends.

*RealPlayer: genderfuck
Christina Ertl + Tobias 2003, 52 min.
The Film shows different portraits of female musicians, working in the kontext of contemporary electronic music, i.e. HANIN ELIAS, SACHIKO M, PEOPLE LIKE US, MARINA ROSENFELD, KAFFE MATTHEWS and KEVIN BLECHDOM. The interviews center around questions of music production, which instruments are used by the musicians and what experiences they have made, producing the music. Only then, question about gender-roles are brought into the film.Why are there so few female musicians? What about the idea of a gender neutral machine music? And is it maybe not the lack of female musicians but mainly a question of their representation in the media and also within the electronic music scene which leads to the questions above?

*Neue Kraft, Neues Werk (Transcodeur Express) (to be confirmed)
documentary by Ninon Liotet, Olivier Schulbaum and Platoniq
With: Shu Lea Cheang, Electric Indigo, Jenny Holzer, Chris Korda, Netochka Nezvanova, Sadie Plant, Francesca da Rimini, Terre Thaemlitz…….
“Neue Kraft, Neues Werk (Transcodeur Express)” presents visual artists, music makers, activists and scholars who have a socially engaged and political approach to the use of new technology in the digital age. Through feminist and queer theory methodologies, new sounds, images and reflections they challenge and give new readings of cultural stereotypes and mainstream perceptions of our relation to new technology.

*Escenario doble
Virginia Villaplana, 2004, 25 min.
The relation between a performance dragking and the Spanish gender context of a female to male transgender way of life.

*Ethics of care
Maria Ruido, 1999, 17 min. (original version in galician)
Notes on the construction of the bodies et the evolution of the concept of sexual identity beyond the gender/sex system.
(Based on 2 diaporamas part of a video done in collaboration with Chus Pato y María
Esteirán, images from a rave in Santiago de Compostela on May 14, 1999)


*Feminist Book/Dossiers: “No me arrepiento de nada: mujeres y música”
Ed. Seminari d’Investigació Feminista. Universitat Jaume I

*Fanzines FEM PUNK

*LOST IN SOUND. Catálogo. CGAC, Santiago de Compostela.


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25 – 28 / 10 / 05
Centro de Arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona (CASM)
La Rambla, 7 – 08002 Barcelona
Auditorium – Free Entrance

11:00 – 14:00
*Documentation room*
16:00 – 19:00
*Documentation room:*
17:00 – 19:00
– Io Casino (musician & curator)
– Laura Sales (critics, dj -girlsinthehit & ladyfestspain)
– Sonido Comadre (music group)
19:00 -20:00
– Luis Cervero (video maker)
11:00 – 14:00
*Documentation room*
12:00 – 14:00
-Ana Bofill (composer)
-La Maquina de Turing (electronic music group)
16:00 – 19:00
*Documentation room:*
17:00 – 19:00
– Sybil Vane (music group)
– Les Fatales (djs, club)
– Silvia Martinez (music historian)
19:00 -20:00
– Maria Ruido (artist and art historian)


11:00 – 14:00
*Documentation room:*
12:00 – 14:00
-Marta Millet (music critics)
– Enric Palau (festival Sonar)
16:00 – 19:00
*Documentation room:*
17:00 – 19:00
– Radio Paca
– R23cc: radio & TV riereta
– Bruno Sokolowicz (Scanner Fm)
19:00 -20:00
– Christiane Erharter (artist & curator)
“Re-Punk Electronic Music”

22:30 KBB, Joaquim Costa, 24, 4º. 08001 Barcelona
Concert de Terre Thaemlitz
11:00 – 14:00
*Documentation room:*
12:00 – 14:00
– Austrohungaro (label)
– +Nurse+ (dj)
16:00 – 19:00
*Documentation room*
19:00 -21:00
*Round table*
– Terre Thaemlitz (
– Genis Segarra (
– Alex Murray-Leslie (
– Christiane Erharter (kessylux – XX01 archive)
24:00 to 3:00 Muziclub Pigalle, Balmes, 90. Free Entrance
Performances i DJ’s Party
– Fora de cobertura (dj ux + normal c-alas)
– Dj+Nurse+
– Terre Thaemlitz

Programme Details

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25 – 28 Octubre de 2005
Centro de Arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona (CASM)
La Rambla, 7
08002 Barcelona

Every day from 11h. Auditorium. Free Entrance
Documentation room
-> See “Documentation room details” for details in the “Programme” category

From 12h to 14h and from17h to 19h.
Interviews with actors of the music scene (local and international)
-> See “Calendar” for details in the “Programme” category
Limited places, please register: before October 20

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 19h. Auditorium. Free Entrance
*(re)lectures on the economy, representation and music history from a feminist perspective.*
25 /10 Luis Cerveró

26/10 Maria Ruido

27/10 Christiane Erharther
“Re-Punk Electronic Music!”
For some time, it has been predominantly women who, with decidedly performative approaches, have provided the most interesting stimuli in electronic music and who have deconstructed gender clichés. Nearly all of these projects have in common considerations of how electronic music can be presented differently, as well as references to the aesthetic of punk and its disrespectful practice of do-it-yourself, which replies to “Are we allowed to do that?” with “Everything is possible!”
These women’s contributions can be read as a chapter of music history in which female musicians have, since the 1970s – from punk, through the Riot Grrrl movement, up to the present – made use of deconstruction, subversion and affirmation as strategies to turn gender relations in music upside down, to work on an alternative to male-dominated guitar and computer music and to write their own (feminist) history.
“Re-Punk Electronic Music!” contextualizes the activities of individual artists and shows the continuity existing between contemporary work and that of the late 1970s. It presents an archive of female strategies of representation in music, information and entertainment.
* “Re-Punk Electronic Music!“ is the title of the text and installation Sonja Eismann and I did together as one part of the hub Sonic Scapes at the 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art, February-April 2004, in Berlin/Germany. In my lecture I will talk about this installation and present musical and visual examples.
Christiane Erharter, artist and curator, lives in Oslo/Norway.

Thursday October 27, 22:30h. KBB, Joaquim Costa, 24, 4º. 08001 Barcelona
Concert by Terre Thaemlitz

Friday October 28, 19h. Auditorium. Free Entrance
*Round table with Terre Thaemlitz (, Genis Segarra (, Alex Murray-Leslie (, Christiane Erharter (Re-Punk Electronic Music)
Questions to be answered by the guests:
– short introduction of your work from feminist point of view, by the way what do you understand by feminism: how would you define your work in relationship to gender and/or feminist issues? do you think this question is relevant? yes why? no? why?
-do you think sexual and or content discrimination is still in place in festivals, reviews, publishers, producers, distributors, if no, could you give us examples? if yes what would be your recommendations to fight against these discriminations? what is your own experience and practice? far from victimization discourses, could you say that there is also a factor of pleasure and empowerment playing with sexual identities and lyrics? how do you brand, trade them? any advice?
-could define the specific strategies you are using to, at the same time, resist and work with/in (quite successfully ) the normative cultural demands of society and the entertainment/media-arts marketplace? Is being your own producers and creating your own label part of these strategies? if yes, why? if no why? could define how do you work in terms of decisions in the group, the label? in terms of contracts, relationships, decisions with music publishers, distributors?
-how do you see yourselves, in the future?

From 24h to 3h. Muziclub Pigalle, Balmes, 90. Free Entrance
Performances and DJ’s Party with Fora de cobertura (dj ux + normal c-alas), Dj+Nurse+ and Terre Thaemlitz

Streaming of the interviews

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