Rap is finally a part of history
With 'Rap History', a project that is at the same time ambitious and focussed, Ivan Sterzinger opens one of the most important cultural phenomena of recent times up to direct experience. Aiming to inform the fans and the mass of ignoramuses about the music and its cultural background as accurately as possible, the author of the website provides plenty of information about the well-established music culture on the internet platform www.raphistory.net. It has now grown into quite a remarkable list: 2240 rap records by 2126 different artists and 769 labels, a genesis of rap from its beginnings (1979) to the present (2007). Ivan Sterzinger, aka DJ CEO Müller, is more interested in the music itself than in compiling the most comprehensive list possible of all rap records ever released. His actual medium is the party. Together with Klemens Wempe, he therefore opened the doors to the 'University of Helsinki' in the Zurich based club 'Helsinki' more than 30 times. DJs become professors, researchers or specialists and the specially produced tapes, posters and fanzines become teaching material. The visual appearance is outstanding: it is impressive how this project manager and graphic designer has managed to canonise the almost unmanageable diversity of a music genre. The concise and memorable language he has found reflects itself in particular in the symbolic condensation of the record company's logos laid on top of one another. You can get a feel for the new releases year after year and the existing labels are placed on top of each other. This produces a condensate complemented by concise text fragments of songs that stick in your mind. 'Rap History' is therefore far more than just decorative event design. 'Rap History' is a well-rounded edutainment package that opens musical education up to direct experience, without making too much of an effort.
MA of Science