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press release (11/22/2011): IMC – India meets Classic starts in Berlin with new radio format …a medial continuation of the “Enlightenment Project”.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 22, 2011

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IMC – India meets Classic starts in Berlin with new radio format
 … a medial continuation of the “Enlightenment Project”.

(Hamburg -11/22/2011) – The new programme planning for 2012 broadcasting and IMC – India meets Classic will be unveiled @ as World Culture Radio in Berlin (Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg).

As foreshadowed in October by a press release earlier, the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic will start in Berlin as “World Culture Radio”, from December 2011 on with a monthly six hours of broadcasting via radio . In a press conference on Friday, 25th November 2011 (01:00 pm CET) the new annual program 2012 will be presented in the offices of radio by the chief editor Brigitta Gabrin, in addition to the inauguration of the new radio cafe.

Thought Experiment(s) …

Since March 2006 the overall concept of “IMC – India meets Classic” with monthly broadcastings about Indian music culture exists unchanged. On 1st December 2011 in Berlin starts a new format of IMC as “world culture radio”. The new format is titled as “Thought Experiment(s)”. The motto: Pre-thinking by Cogitation.

In “Thought Experiment(s)” new theoretical considerations (hypotheses) can be associated for use with reference to empirical evidence on social situations, without imposing their verifiability. The “logical error” as a possible risk is part of the concept. The claim of “absolute truth” is not enforced.

In Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language of science “thought experiment” is called “Vichintana pratisamVedan” and refers to the Vedic period. The word “Veda” is used in India to mean “knowledge”. This knowledge includes the Vedic scriptures, just as the religious and secular knowledge.

Topics …

The IMC program “Thought Experiment(s)” will put its focus on topics related to music as a natural phenomenon (sound), as a craft, as an object of the sciences and in education (pedagogy). The focus is meeting the worlds of thought and experience of a South Asian / Indian understanding of music (Indian Classics of North and South India) with those of a Western / European cultural consciousness.

“Thought Experiment(s)” targets with a trans-disciplinary approach to self-reflection and awareness-raising (in the sense of Indian philosophy).

The new format of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic will be produced in Hamburg in its own radio recording studio and takes its place in the tradition of programs of German public broadcasters, such as the ZDF and its format “nachtstudio” (night studio) with Volker Panzer as moderator, which exists since 1997.
Tradition: continuation of “the Enlightenment Project” …

Same as the German sociologist and philosopher Jürgen Habermas described it as “Unfinished Project of Modernity” it is advocated the development of the Project of the Enlightenment by the philosopher Arnim Regenbogen (Osnabrück), but with changed objectives and content. “Thought Experiment(s)” is attempting a continuation of the Enlightenment as a media format, which means the extrapolation and development of knowledge from the Enlightenment.

The founder of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic, Mr. ElJay Arem both moderator and cultural journalist: “If we illuminate the concept of enlightenment in its historical context, surprisingly one can assert, that many parallels to our present state of society exist in our globalized world … since the 17th century hasn’t changed in the core substance of anything essential to the human condition. The human efforts in the struggle for survival and for the sake of life improvements appear to be nearly the same, even if the former living conditions (food, education, medical care etc.) from today’s (Western) view are perceived as harder. Instead of book printing there are now tablet PCs, instead of free speech and freedom of assembly there are now blog systems and social networks. Despite HiTech it appears much of the ancient only in new packaging. Humans are still humans without any significant genetic change / development in the period of last 300 years. A hybridisation is currently held only on a technical basis and functionally. “Thought Experiment(s)” as continuation of the Enlightenment is not just a fad in the sense of nostalgia for old-proven. Rather it is only logical to tie with where the European Enlightenment in 19th/20th century has ceased to act.”
History must not be invented necessarily new, but has to experienced by succeeding generations over again and be learned individually under the given conditions. It is among others the task of modern media to provide this translation of ancient language and images into new (contemporary) formats. “Thought Experiment(e)” is making a contribution to this.

Approach: A foray into critical systems theories …

“Thought Experiment(s)” shall not occupy positions of immovable specific findings or theories of the natural sciences or social theories (education, naturalism, existentialism, humanism, nihilism etc. …), more stand in the current context with the needs of the environment given us in the 21st century. Also a navel-gazing is not enough; illuminating current grievances and new sufferings, putting the finger into the wound, this voyeuristic journalism is the staff of life for the vast majority of the mass media. Where remain the prospects for good and the experiencing of practical approaches? – For the above mentioned translation work on the media side some tools are helpful as we know from the “critical analysis”. Herewith can be traced ideologies and help the people in the version as “critical theories” (e.g. by Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, Alfred Lorenz, Erich Fromm and others) for their maturity and for establishing a rationally-oriented society.

2012: Preservation of the IMC concept …

With the new IMC-format “Thought Experiment(s)” the trodden path will be kept so far, but rather it is a result of six (6) years of media production, with more than 115 broadcast dates and 95 hours of production. The concept of educational format (InfoEduTainment) remains and is continued by “Thought Experiment(s)” faithfully. The existing format “Raga CDs of the Month” will be continued in 2012 as a 2-hour format (instead of 1×58 min.). To this Brigitte Gabrin, the chief editor of radio “The international cultural scene in Berlin turns radio to the central hub for a wide range of musical genres, from popular folklore, Jazz and modern club culture. We have been missing broadcastings for Indian music culture and IMC occupied this topic in exactly the desired quality from us! – Therefore we are looking forward to this addition to our program through ragas and electronic music.”
Sustainable media production …

Only recently in October 2011 a contract was closed by the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic with the DRA (German Broadcasting Archive). On its basis the entire archive inventory (2006-2011) will be transferred under the umbrella of the ARD Foundation and will remain on long term for new program development and scholarly work.

Ephemeral in the world of media and entertainment has left as a foreign word for the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic.

Indian E-music … Electronics from South Asia.

From December 2012 on the Berlin audience (as radio listeners) will come in the enjoyment of Indian Electronics. “Indian E-music” is the second stand-alone format out of the radio production studio of IMC – India meets Classic in Hamburg.

“Indian Electronics” is the latest musical offspring which is setup on the fundament of Indian classical music. In 1996/1997 this genre has developed in London newly as “Asian Underground”. The traditional musical crafts, the music theory of Indian classical music and the sound experiments in Indian electronic music aren’t mutually exclusive. The time span between tradition and modernity with the formats for Indian classical music and Indian electronic music which are broadcasted in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Tide 96.0 (Hamburg), radio (Berlin), Radio FRO (Bad Ischl) and RASA Radio (Schaffhausen), even appropriate the new format “Thought Experiment(s)”. The perspective is sharpened to a sense of tradition as equally for the latest contemporary trends in the expression of the electronic music world of a modern India.

Radio MultiCult.FM (short profile): World Culture in Local Diversity

Historical antecedents of MultiCult.FM: at 31st Dec 2008 – 22:00 pm the Radio Multikulti was turned off by the station RBB (Radio Berlin-Brandenburg). A nationwide wave of protests could not prevent the closure of Radio Multikulti. The RBB itself was established on 1st May 2003 as merger of Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) + Ostdeutsches Radio Brandenburg   (ORB Potsdam), itself a child of the German reunification. MultiCult 2.0 started virtually coincidently with the closure of Radio MultiKulti, as Wolfgang König reported, former radio editor, presenter and co-founder of Radio Multicult 2.0 (source:

Since then a fraction of the former radio makers sends maintained radio with daily 4-6 hours on FM 88.4 MHz and 24 hours on the net as web radio – .

In September 2009, the foundation of Intercultural Association for Media Development (InKuM – Stifterverein für Interkulturelle Medienförderung) was founded. The NGO services for the supporters and network. There is also the multicultural Friends Association with Klaus Bade as chairman, who is scientist for migration.

The multi-professional team and its many volunteers look behind the superficial patterns of “migration background”, the cultural diversity as the norm and form from for the radio program with highlighting the opportunities of an immigrant society as Germany is. The radio is operated by the non profit business company “Multicult radio & media productions gUG (limited)” which was founded in December 2009.

The advantage of the locational in the cultural heart of Berlin city makes possible a participatory approach. Since March 2011 produces in  a “glass studio” in the Marheineke market hall (Berlin-Kreuzberg), 24×7 as Internet Radio and daily as FM on 88.4 and 90.7 MHz (Monday-Friday: 06:00-10:00 am, Saturday & Sunday: 06:00-12:00 am).

88vier is a non-commercial radio project that broadcasts since May 2010 in Berlin-Potsdam on FM frequencies (88.4 and 90.7) –

IMC – India meets Classic (short profile): Enjoy listening to good music!

On 28th November 2005 went the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic for a radio special first time “on air”. There was no idea about that 6 years later then a total of 114 broadcastings via radio and 95 hours of production time (5,684 minutes airtime), the trail was blazed and can be taken from Germany’s second largest city, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (approx. 1.8 million / 755.25 km ² in 2010) to Berlin (approx. 3.46 million / 891.02 km ² in 2010) as the German capital.

However, the development of IMCRadio.Net by a media producer, connected to a transmission from a training and community radio at a young media campus near the Outer Alster (HMS – Hamburg Media School / Tide 96.0 (radio + TV)) to an independent producer no coincidence. Slots in Austria, Switzerland and the two largest cities in Germany (Berlin, Hamburg) are the result of constant professional and a progressive concept of a social nature, the traditional values in times of fast pace and superficiality does not throw overboard.

ElJay Arem as the founder/owner of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic is 25% of Polish origin, and sees himself as world citizen. He was born in Bavaria, grew up in Swabia, and was seven years in a mixed marriage to a Peruvian. In the 90 years he worked in shipping, international sports sponsorship (sailboat racing) and consulting for strategic marketing. The maternal grandfather was born in Berlin and worked as a body makeup artist at the State Opera House of East Berlin and as a violinist in the opera orchestra, whose own parents were from southwest Poland.

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