Short Update (29.12.2021)
Finally, Christmas time has ended also for Twentysound (two days late, sorry). We are starting into the New Year with a renewed impetus, and also with an extended "Modern Women" program, almost doubled to 15 broadcasts. It will be broadcast for 2 weeks in a row, starting at 6 pm Berlin time.
In addition to those female composers who have been present in our programs for quite some time, like Galina Ustwolskaya or Antonija Pacek (to name 2 very different composers) you will be listening to pieces by the African-American composer Florence Price, the Scottish-Czech Geraldine Mucha, the Czech only Vítezlava Kaprálová (both were married to the Czech writer Jiří Mucha, not at the same time of course), the Australian Liza Lim, the Irish composer Ina Boyle, and many others. We hope you will enjoy their music!
Support Wanted! (8.11.2021)
To make our program more attractive and better known, we are looking for two students of Music or Musical Sciences, supporting twentysound for about 3 hours per week. They would work as a team to both develop the program offerings of twentysound and to increase the audience of the station. Ideally, you would be located in Berlin or Potsdam (Germany), but other locations might be possible, too. The project is planned to run 6 months but can be continued afterwards if it proves to be successful. You should have a strong interest in the classical music of the 20th and 21st century, communication skills, initiative and creativity.
Please contact us by email (js at twentysound.net), providing a short description of your studies, skills and directions of interest in the musical areas covered by twentysound.
NEXTUS Festival (17.4.- 9.5.2021)
The CoVid-19 pandemic has been the latest event to show that Classical Music and the artists representing it have to pursue novel paths to survive in a changing world and to continue to have meaning in it. The NEXTUS Festival is an attempt towards these goals - organized by 60 musicians and artists themselves, playing their own and other composers' compositions and designed as an online event offering the opportunity for exchange among the listeners and with the artists. The festival takes place on 4 weekends, starting on Saturday April 17th. In addition to music, also nature plays an important role - as a "Green Mission", selected ecological projects are presented and promoted. twentysound is not directly involved in the festival, but often plays works by one of the artists taking part in the festival, Antonija Pacek, and is planning an interview broadcast with festival organizers and artists.
Computed Music - Update (27.3.2021)
On this and the next weekend, we will repeat the "Computed Music" program, with a small update. This update consists in works from a new "discovery", the composer and musician Mikhail Chekalin. He may be described as the "best known unknown" of Soviet electronic music. I have to confess that I have not yet been able to find out much about him. His style might be described as "symphonic-electronic-phantastic". He created his works using live electronics. The 4 "Computed Music" broadcasts will be broadcasted on March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th, from 6pm to 8pm Berlin time (note: Summer time starting on the 28th)
Generally, you will not find that much vocal music in our programs. But over time, our repertoire has grown and now deserves to get some focus. For this, the "Songlines" program series was created, two-hour programs which mix songs (usually accompanied by piano, sometimes by orchestra or chamber ensembles) and choral works, with short piano works inserted between the vocal works. I would like to thank Pedro Nunes from Portugal and the Kurt Schwaen Archive for their support in filling the programs.
Computed Music (16.7.2020)
After some preparations, our new "Computed Music" series starts today at 2 p.m (Berlin time). It focusses on algorithmic composing, but also works using electronically generated sounds are included. Important composers of the first catergory are Lejaren A. Hiller, who even back in the 1950s composed works using computer techniques, David Cope, who used computers to emulate the styles of classical composers, and Georgi Minti, who uses the artificial intelligence engine "AIVA" in combination with random generated musical data. Electronically generated sounds in the context of this series are used by the composers Michael Obst and Neil B. Rolnick. The series currently consists of only 4 two-hours instalments which will be broadcast in the following days at 2 p.m..
Personal Remark (2020 / 2021)
You might have noticed that not so much has happened on Twentysound since February 2020. The cause of this is a career change of the program manager... the start as a trainee teacher is quite work intensive. I expect this to change to the better in summer 2021 (like that other "C" issue which is expected to get better at that time).
twentysound in the annual journal of the Kurt Schwaen Archive (23.12.2017)
Due to twentysound's interest in East German composers, we were offered the opportunity to publish an introductory article on our station in the annual journal "Mitteilungen" of the Kurt Schwaen Archive in Berlin. This article, published in German, can be found on the web, too:
Supplementing the publication of the article, twentysound will broadcast, from December 25th to 31st, 7 programs from the Musical Regions series, all dedicated to East German composers including, of course, Kurt Schwaen.
twentysound App (10.12.2017)
twentysound now has their very own Android App! Due to a very reasonable offer of an app developer, we now have an app which is available via Google Play, making it easy to listen to twentysound via any Android smartphone. To install it, search for "twentysound" on Google Play or use the link:
The app also supports podcasts. Due to copyright reasons, we cannot broadcast music via podcasts, but we could produce programs on selected composers, or also interviews. Ideas or even contributions from our listeners are highly welcome!
The Idea behind Twentysound (25.10.2015)
To understand the idea behind twentysound, we would like to give you a short introduction of the music history of the last century: