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Daniel Gilfillan, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009), pp.ix + 211. ISBN: 978-0-8166-4771-2.

Daniel Gilfillan, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio (Minneapolis: University of... Book Reviews Daniel Gilfillan, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009), pp.ix + 211. ISBN: 978-0-8166-4771-2. Daniel Gilfillan's Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio is a fascinating study of German radio history, which analyses the sonic experiments broadcast over German and Austrian airwaves from the Weimar Era to the emergence of the European Union (EU). Gilfillan looks beyond radio's military history (as discussed by Friedrich Kittler in `Die letzte Radiosendung') and its entertaining façade (criticised by Theodor Adorno in Dialectic of Enlightenment) to uncover the role radio experimentation has played in both challenging and forging our perceptions of the medium. This text, which reads the contributions of early radio practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht and Hans Flesch alongside more contemporary sound artists like Atau Tanaka and Gordon Paunovi´, challenges our perceptions of radio as a medium c in decline. With Pieces of Sound, Gilfillan re-writes German radio history and uncovers a fertile record of radio experimentation that, since the 1920s, has continuously challenged the `commodified and regulated notion of radio' (xv). To do this, Gilfillan focuses his study on three pivotal eras, both historically and technologically, in German broadcasting. These include radio's emergence http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Daniel Gilfillan, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009), pp.ix + 211. ISBN: 978-0-8166-4771-2.

Modernist Cultures , Volume 7 (2): 309 – Oct 1, 2012

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2012
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Book Reviews; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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Book Reviews Daniel Gilfillan, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009), pp.ix + 211. ISBN: 978-0-8166-4771-2. Daniel Gilfillan's Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio is a fascinating study of German radio history, which analyses the sonic experiments broadcast over German and Austrian airwaves from the Weimar Era to the emergence of the European Union (EU). Gilfillan looks beyond radio's military history (as discussed by Friedrich Kittler in `Die letzte Radiosendung') and its entertaining façade (criticised by Theodor Adorno in Dialectic of Enlightenment) to uncover the role radio experimentation has played in both challenging and forging our perceptions of the medium. This text, which reads the contributions of early radio practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht and Hans Flesch alongside more contemporary sound artists like Atau Tanaka and Gordon Paunovi´, challenges our perceptions of radio as a medium c in decline. With Pieces of Sound, Gilfillan re-writes German radio history and uncovers a fertile record of radio experimentation that, since the 1920s, has continuously challenged the `commodified and regulated notion of radio' (xv). To do this, Gilfillan focuses his study on three pivotal eras, both historically and technologically, in German broadcasting. These include radio's emergence

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2012

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