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Day #7 was all about "Music and Identity": In this session, we approached the new topic by defining different areas of the general topic "music", focusing especially on the different elements that music can be composed of.
After the opening discussion, we set eyes (or ears) on the element of percussion. In small groups, we tried to identify the role of percussive instruments such as drums in the musical tradition of different countries. This turned out to be particularly complex for countries with a long tradition of immigration, such as the USA or Israel.
The second part of the session mainly dealt with the German band Kraftwerk. We used the example of the pop band to transfer the link between beat and cultural identity to Germany. Kraftwerk is one of the great innovators of modern pop music. At first, our discussion was based on a short documentation of an exhibition about the band. In the ensuing discussion, we agreed that Kraftwerk - through the coolness and detachment in their music and performances and the high precision of their beats - on the one hand, used clichés of "being German". On the other hand, they also add a new dimension to these clichés. This is also reflected in the fact that they were the first "cool" German pop band to sing in German.
In the run-up to the course, the students selected songs that were particularly important to them. At the end of the course, Daphna introduced us to a very personal song "Sister Daphne": her brother released the track "Sister Daphna" under the stage name Allan Moon. Further songs will follow in the second part of the course.
Here are some impressions of our music class: