POPID Research Sites in Austria
Five key sites have been selected in Austria:
Vienna (population: 1,691,468) is the most important metropolitan area for popular music production, partly due to Austria’s centralised structure. It is home to the major labels and most of the independents, the largest broadcasting organizations, and almost all regulatory bodies. Austria’s most important pop music acts were/are based and produced in Vienna (e.g. W. Ambros, Falco, R. Fendrich, K. Ostbahn, C. Stürmer).
Austria’s second and third largest cities and federal state capitals, Graz (population: 252,867) and Linz (population 189,500), both federal state capitals, have also been central to the country’s pop music history, particularly in the early 1980s with their dynamic new wave scenes (e.g. Willi Warma). The 90s saw the emergence of internationally successful punk acts (e.g. Red Lights Flash, Attwenger, Wipe Out), replaced in more recent years by rap and electronic music.
While popular music in the more rural federal states of Tyrol (population: 704,472) and Carinthia (population: 559,891) is rather marginal, the former contributed significantly to the German Schlager (so called Volkstümliche Musik), distributed in German speaking countries and the Netherlands (e.g. ZillertalerSchürzenjäger).
POPID Localities in Austria Larger Map