EQ is a radio show that originally aired on Radio Q (Münster, Germany) from October 17, 2003, to July 30, 2004, running a total of about 32 episodes, each of them of a 3 hour length (7pm thru 10 pm on Fridays).
The show was created by seven students of the University of Münster, who shared an interest in electronic music and were gathered on the initiative of members of Radio Q (their names are: Jan Falk, Lars Moston, Dennis Imhäuser, Gunar Peters, Henning Brinkmann, Jonas Kückelmann, Daniel Fiene). The title EQ was suggested by Jonas Kückelmann and accepted by the team in view of missing alternative ideas. A common interpretation of the title is "Electronic music on Radio Q" since a good many of the shows on Radio Q used to have the "Q" in their name; the name does not bear any specific meaning itself though. All of the episodes were hosted by Jonas Kückelmann, who had been doing the "Spinning Wheels" show on Radio AM before (together with Gunar Peters and Jan Enste). Daniel Fiene quit the show after co-hosting its first episode.
EQ was the second show to present electronic music on Radio Q, approximately one year after the predecessor EingeQued had been stopped, and it proved to be very different from it. Within its three hours, EQ was never limited to a certain style or genre of electronic music. Instead, EQ made an attempt to present music from almost any genre - even if some of them were not ideally suited for radio broadcast (i.e. ambient music).
The first row of 16 shows was strictly organised by its three-hour structure. First hour: single tracks with biographical information on artists. Second hour: feature presentation of labels, artists, styles. Third hour: artist interview followed by a live or dj set (live or prerecorded). This structure was later broken apart in the following 16 shows to allow listeners to tune in and hear bits of the three features typical of EQ (new tracks, background information, interviews and live recordings) at any time of the show. Internally, the first 16 shows were later referred to as "Season 1", whereas the last 16 shows were named "Season 2". Season 1 featured a jingle design fully based on the Aphex Twin track "Pacman". For Season 2 new jingles were commisioned from electronic music artist "Jean-Michel". Apart from structural differences, Season 2 suffered from a loss of three of the former team members (Dennis Imhäuser, Lars Moston, Henning Brinkmann) due to disagreements on the content of the show. Henning Brinkmann later attempted a one-hour long sequel of the former three-hour long EQ show, with little resemblance to the original show apart from the name.
Guests of EQ included: A-Sides, Sofus Forsberg, Tiki Obmar, Cex, Thomas Morr (head of Morr Music), Klaus Fiehe (host of classic 1Live radio show "Raum und Zeit"), Stefan Schwander (Antonelli Electr., Rhythm Maker, A Rocked in Dub), Martin Juhls (Marsen Jules, krill.minima, Falter), Jan Jelinek, Kid Koala. Some of the feature topics presented on EQ were: Mouse on Mars, Drum'n'Bass from Brazil, the Ninja Tune label, Monolake, the Good Looking label, Aleksi Virta, Biosphere, netlabels such as Thinner Records and Ageema Blues.
1. Blisaed: Analog Snowbunny (Blisaed Remix), MTK113 2. St: Eternal Sleep, (Emotions in a Box) 3. Oveloe: Mostly Misty, (Maddi Ep) 4. Gschmidt: Alientanz, (Nibiru Coming) 5. Ernesto Aeroflot: Kesaesade, (Oll Tolkn No Ding Atcheevd) 6. Lackluster: Ll120702B (Ender), (You Are On My Mind Ep) 7. Crashed By Car: Skylight Facing Myself, (Fictions And Fires) 8. Anders Svensson: Facing Trouble, (Run Anders Run) 9. Ernesto Aeroflot: Afterburner, (Oll Tolkn No Ding Atcheevd) 10. Bliss: Free At Least, (Its Not The Sweetness Ep) 11. Vim: Trivial Machine (Remixconsonantthing) 12. Blasterhead: We Are Here, (Killbots Ep) 13. Unit21 / Lain: I Care, (We Care Ep) 14. Aleksi Virta: Princess Melodiae, (...Meets Torsti At The Space Lounge)
Thanks for listening. (Edited by Jonas Kückelmann)