Ruins of Detroit

Another NIME conference has reached a successful conclusion and I’m heading back to Japan. Here I am in the ruins of Detroit with two key members of the NIME community. Below, me with Dr. Alexander Refsum Jensenius of the Norwegian Academy of Music and University of Oslo, and current Chair of the NIME Steering Committee. Above, Alexander with Professor Dan Overholt of the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

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Everyone should know about Nina Hagen.

She wasn’t the first to wear memento mori as a fashion statement: that must go back to Neanderthal times at least. But she may have been the first modern pop star to do so. And she may have been the first to wear pacifier earrings, or perhaps that’s something she noticed a punk doing when she visited London after defecting  East Germany in ’76. Legend has it the punks loved Nina. Who wouldn’t? Isn’t that a Diana camera around her neck? This is about 25 years ahead of the toy camera hipstas!

I was 16 years old when I heard her voice. There has never been anyone else quite like Nina.