Experimental Media Archaeology and the Politics of Kunstkopf Stereophony

Guest Lecture



  • 25 September 2017–27 September 2017 Alte Saline, Hallein, SZ, Österreich (Pernerinsel)


Audio Technology, Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Technical History


Stefan Krebs investigated the history of Kunstkopf (artificial head) technology and why it failed in the recording and broadcasting business. Presented at the Berlin International Radio and Television Fair in 1973 and praised for its true to the original sound “super-stereo”-quality, contemporaneous commentators expected that the new technology would revolutionise radio and music recording and listening, and start a new era of three-dimensional radio broadcasting. However, by the end of the decade, Kunstkopf stereo was considered a failed innovation.Stefan is a Senior Researcher Scientist for Contemporary History at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH). www.c2dh.uni.lu/thinkering/listening-past-two-ears


Krebs, Stefan

Activity List



  • Alte Saline, Hallein, SZ, Österreich
  • Hallein
  • Österreich

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 09 May 2022, 20:03 | Edit Date: 05 July 2024, 10:26