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Welcome to the academic homepage of Wolf-Georg Zaddach!

This pages shall give you a brief overview about my academic work. Feel free to contact me via wolf-georg.zaddach [at] t-online.de

If you’re looking for my work as a musician and composer, please click here!

 

 

NEWS

[February, 26th]   Dissertation about the metal scene in 1980s East Germany officially submitted!

Also, new conferences scheduled: Besides Olomouc/Czech Republic in March, I will present my research in Budapest/Hungary in May and Helsinki/Finland in June!

 

[January 17]   I got an invitation to present at the „Popular music in communist and post-communist Europe: state of research, perspectives“ at the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, March 28th – 29th. I’m really happy about that and looking forward to present about my research on metal in the GDR.

 

[January 17]Here’s an interview about my research on metal in the GDR (in German), by the newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung. I did that a while ago and just found online. Many thanks to Tatjana Böhme-Mehner!

 

[October 16]    Autumn is going to be busy again! Three guest lectures (Hochschule für Musik Weimar, University of Southern Denmark Odense, Stiftung Ettersberg) and two conferences (Surrey/UK and Hamburg) – See below!

 

[April 16]     I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be providing a chapter about „Heavy metal in Germany“ for the upcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, vol. VIII-XIII, edited by John Sheperd and David Horn.

 

[March 16]     This year is going to be interesting. Besides finishing my Ph.D. in late summer /early autumn, I’m going to present at a lot of interesting conferences this year, check the presentation section below!

 

[Jan 16]   New publications, among them two international and double-blind-peer-reviewed, are going to be released this year, check the publication section!

 

[July 15]   Honored to be consultant and guest lecturer for an international music business week by the Initiative Musik and the National Department of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtige Amt)

 

[June 15]   I recently provided some expertise for an article about the concept and image of rockbands, which you can find here (in German!)

 

[march 15]   Here you can read an interview with me about protest music (in German!): Akruetzel_Zaddach

 

 

 

upcoming paper presentations

 

 

28/29.3.2017
International conference „Popular music in communist and post-communist Europe: state of research, perspectives“
University of Olomouc, Czech Republic
(paper: „Metal militia behind the Iron curtain? Heavy metal in the GDR“)

 

19./20.5.2017 (participation cancelled due to funding issues)
International conference „Communication Music Scenes“, Budapest/Hungary
Hugarian Academy of Sciences,Budapest University of Technology and Economics and IASPM Hungary
(paper: „‚Heavy Metal (…) is of course part of the socialist music culture.‘ The Heavy and extreme metal scene in the 1980s German Democratic Republic“)

 

28.6.-2.7.2017 (participation cancelled due to funding issues)
International conference „Music and national identities“
Aalto University School of Business
(paper: „Heavy Metal (…) is of course part of the socialist music culture.“ The Heavy and extreme metal scene in the 1980s German Democratic Republic“)

 

past paper presentations in 2012-2015, past 2016

 

18.-20.11.2016
conference „Schneller, höher, lauter Virtuosität in (populären) Musiken“, University of Hamburg
(paper: „Wayne Krantz. Groove is the essence of my music“)

 

14.-25.11.2016
Youth in the GDR, lecture program at high schools in Thuringia/Germany
in cooperation with Stiftung Ettersberg and Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Thüringen

 

17.11.2016
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, guest lecture series „Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound“

 

10.11.2016
guest lecture, University of Music Weimar, seminar „‚Born in the GDR‘. Zeitzeugenbefragung zu Jazz und populärer Musik in der DDR“, Prof. Dr. Martin Pfleiderer, Carsten Wernicke

 

21.-23.10.2016
International conference „Miles Davis and John Coltrane at 90: Retrospect and Prospect“, Surrey/UK
(paper w/ Prof. Dr. Martin Pfleiderer: „Playin’ Outside. New melodic and harmonic strategies in jazz improvisation after John Coltrane“)

 

23.-24.9.2016
The Jazzomat Project: International Workshop on computational music analysis, Weimar
(paper 1: Tenor Sax Colossus: Harmonic and rhythmic aspects of Michael Brecker’s and Chris Potter’s improvisation
paper 2: Ways of improvising. Insights from recording sessions and surveys with young jazz musicians, w/ Prof. Dr. Martin Pfleiderer))

 

7.-11.8.2016
ISMIR 2016 (International Society for Music Information Retrieval), New York City
(paper: The Jazzomat Project – a tutorial)

 

30.6.2016
International Modern Heavy Metal Conference in cooperation w/ Tuska Festival, Helsinki
(paper: The ‘creative class’ of metal? Examining the conditions of being an entrepreneur in Berlin/Germany’s metal scene)

 

16./17.3.2016
Youth in the GDR, lecture program at high schools in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
in cooperation with Stiftung Ettersberg and  Gegen Vergessen – für Demokratie e.V.

 

3./4.12.2015
International conference „Mind over metal“, University of Odense, Denmark
(paper: „Metal as social practices“)

 

29.-31.10.2015
conference „Kafka and music“, Berlin
(paper: Kafka and jazz. contemporary receptions)

 

27.7.2015
„Heavy Metal in Germany – past and present of a ‚haven for headbangers‘, Berlin
@“Wacken – more than Rock (made) in Germany”-program, Berlin, Initiative Musik / Federal Foreign Office

 

28.-29.7.2015
Youth in the GDR, lecture program at high schools in Augsburg/Bavaria, Germany
in cooperation with Stiftung Ettersberg, Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e.V. and Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung München

 

7.-8.11.2014
International conference „metal and cultural impact“, University of Dayton, Ohio
(paper: “On through the mist and the madness, we are trying to get the message to you:”
Heavy and Extreme Metal Behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s)

 

15.11.2014
conference „Begegnungen im Weimarer Dreieck/ Jazz in the Central Europe“, Jazzmeile Thüringen, Weimar
(paper: Jazz in state socialism)

 

17.-28.11.2014
Youth in the GDR, lecture program at high schools in Thuringia/Germany
in cooperation with Stiftung Ettersberg and Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Thüringen

 

26.11.2014
Colloquium Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena,
University of Music Weimar (paper given: heavy and extreme metal in the GDR)

 

2.-5.10.2014
DVSM-conference „Was ist gute Musik?“, University of Music Weimar (paper: ‚Good‘ jazz and metal? About the discursive praxis of music)

 

18-21.9.2014
International GSA (German Studies Association) conference, Kansas City/Missouri (paper: A Question of a German Sound?
The rise of heavy and extreme metal music in the BRD and GDR)

 

6.5.2014
Guest lecture „Kiss the demon. zum dissonanten Verhältnis von Black Metal und Christentum“, Ilmenau | guest lecture at catholic students community, Ilmenau (paper given: kiss the demon.
about the dissonant relationship of black metal and christianity)

 

22./23.11.2013
conference „Metal and Politics. Zwischen Ideologie und Utopie“, Universität Köln
(paper given: heavy metal in cold war ages. the case of metal in the GDR)

 

7.-10-11.2013
Conference „Jugend in der Tschechoslowakei“, Collegium Carolinum, München
(paper given: „Blame it on my youth“. Jazz and youth in Czechoslovakias 50s and 60s)

 

27./28.9.2013
conference „Darmstädter Jazzforum“, Jazzinstitut Darmstadt
(paper given, w/ Prof. Dr. Martin Pfleiderer: Contemporary jazz discourses in Germany)

 

3.7.2013
Kolloquium des Instituts für Musikwissenschaft Weimar-Jena,
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (paper given: heavy and extreme metal in the GDR)

 

7./8.6.2013
conference „Hard Wired III. Heavy Metal and Society“, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (paper given: Heavy metal as social praxis, using the exemple of metal in the GDR)

 

23.-25.11.2012
conference „Geschichte wird gemacht: Zur Historiographie populärer Musik, 23. Arbeitstagung des Arbeitskreis Studium Populärer Musik e.V.
University of Basel
(paper given: Heavy metal in rural socialist East Germany)