Workshop Berlin: sound works
Fly Paper / Grill Cantor / Kikkit / Metal Containers / Playback / Riffelschiene / Silent Neighbours / Tongue Squash
From 4 till 8 June 2008, a workshop was organized for architecture
students from the TU Berlin and sound studies students from the Universität
der Künste on the topic of sound (art) in public space. The unique
mixed group developed ideas on how sound design and physical design
of public space can be combined, and how public space can
be played as a musical instrument. These ideas were projected on a specific
location, the Wriezener Freiraum in Friedrichshain. The realized sound works were presented at festival Tuned City and
the Langen Tags der Stadtnatur on the 4th and 5th of July.
The location, the Wriezener Freiraum, part of a former train
station and now being developed into a park, can be seen
as a typical non-place: a space that is defined by its borders,
physically and aurally. The location was tested and mapped for
its acoustic character and potential (sonotopes) from a sound
as well as urban and landscape perspective. The sports potential
that was present, was linked to playful social acoustic interaction. Spatial en sonic morphing of local elements created unexpected result.
The sound works give attention to the different activities in
the park, inviting to play, and make activities audible. The kinetic
energy of people is used in an interactive way to set up the basis
for new sonotopes.
A series of giant wooden tongue drum boxes is hung on the empty
walls of an unused building. The tongue drums invite the sportsmen
to play them; they add a tonal layer to the composition of the
squash game and become part of this game. At the other side of
the park strip, brightly coloured cone-shaped plastic buckets
cover the outer sides of the 6-meter high fence of a sports court.
During a game of basketball or football, the cones will amplify
the sound of the impact of a ball against the steel fence.
Also a special type of stone grills is developed for this place.
When the coals burn, hot air is lead through a revolver-construction
of low whistles; this allows the griller to choose the tone.
These sounds blend into new sonotopes, together with the background
sounds. In some works the relation between these two is explored:
the physical borders of the Wriezener Freiraum are opened aurally.
Not only distance but also the natural rhythms make the sonotopes
dynamic, and changing each two hours, each day, each week, each
shower. An example can be found in the manipulation of the adjacent
railway with small kerfs and, by which the acoustic potential
of the train and the rail network is being used to create new
tonal rhythms. Paper boxes catch buzzing Berlin flies, that are
released with the next rainfall.
Teachers: Peter Veenstra, Geert-Jan Hobijn, Erik Hobijn
Visiting critic: Joachim Schultz
Participants: Alicia Argüelles Garcia, Anke Eckardt, Annie Goh,
Christian Schultz, Christoph Schwander, Emad Parandian, Florian
Guschke, Gilles Aubry, Hannah Logan, Johannes Steininger, Marc
Gabriel, Marie Luise Wunder, Martin Backes, Max Kullmann, Nicolas
Aracena, Robert Schwarz, Thomas Wochnik,