Claster Plasy 1995

The Sound of Meredian Crossings

Site specific sound Installation involving sounds from short-wave radio broadcast
Material: short-wave radios, longstring antenna, parabolspeaker

Different wave ranges of two VHF-(very high frequency) receivers which are equipped with horizontal long-witre antennas This installation has been designed for a monastery in Plasy (Czech Republic). The nave of a former chapel -which had just been restored- was an ideal place to put up the long-wire antennas. Two small parabolic mirrors reflected the sounds they received through small loudspeakers on the front wall and on the back wall of the chapel. The installation was in operation for 24 hours. Because of the shifts in the wave ranges, the sound was constantly changing. The diffusely spreading sounds were inviting spectators to wander around in the chapel directly underneath the long-wire antennas which were installed -in the shape of the cross- in a height of 8 meters.

Center of Metamedia
Claster Plasy (Cz) 1995

Tilman Küntzel at Center of Metamedia Claster Plasy (Cz) 1995

Lehrauftrag HdK_Saar Mai 2018

Urban Sound Seeing

Musik wird oft nicht schön gefunden, weil sie stets mit Geräusch verbunden
In diesem Sinne wollen wir uns den Klängen zuwenden, die oft als störend empfunden werden. Solche können durch fehlerhafte Haustechnik in Gebäuden verursacht werden oder umgeben uns im öffentlichen Raum. Der störende Faktor daran ist zumeist die Tatsache, dass wir uns derer nicht entziehen können. Städtische Singvögel haben da eine gute Strategie entwickelt! Sie lernen diese Klänge, Geräusche und Tonfolgen wie z.B. das Piepen rückwärts fahrender LKWs und binden das Erlernte in Ihren Gesang ein (mimicry in bird songs). So werden Klangereignisse aus ihrer Umgebung ein fester Bestandteil ihres Gesangrepertoires. Hier findet eine Ästhetisierung urbaner Klänge durch bioakustische Transformation statt, die sich positiv auf den Erhalt der Art im Anthropozän auswirkt.

Lehrauftrag HdK_Saar Mai 2018; Studentin Siwei Li

Wildlife-Phonie

video 8 min. 2008/2020

based on a sound collage featuring the sound of a great fregate bird, howler, monkey, meekats, polar bear baby, gentoo penguin, elefant, bat, frogs, cicade, herring, heartbeat, chicks, insects, rattlesnake, capuchin bird, deer, lion, hyena, gebons, crawl baby, harp seals, crocodile baby, wale, gentoo penguin, rook, kukuk, molerat, guenon, spiders and a skull butterfly.

screenshot read-along-video wildlife synphony audiocollage 2008

art-magazine June 2017

The audiovisual installation Fallen Chandelier is based on a sonification of a controlling system causing the flickering of forty light bulbs within a fallen chandelier. Twenty interconnected starters, similar those commonly found in fluorescent tubes, generate an irregular light rhythm. This occurs by means of bimetallic strips which are heated up in a tube and thus come in contact with one another in rapid sequence. This process is audible. Each starter generates its own rhythm, which has a different sound depending on the brand, make-up, and degree of wear of the starters. „I first listen to a lot of starters before I use them for an installation in the sense of composing.“

Fallen Chandelier @ art-magazine June 2017

Timeline

Timeline (Ausschnitt) in Vorbereitung eines kulturhistorischen Seminars Prof. Dr. Gottfried Küntzel 1989

Klavier Oxygen

„Klavier Oxygen“ by Joseph Beuys + video documentation of mine: „Simultankonzert an drei Flügeln“ (Henning Christiansen, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, Hamburg 1985) presented as part of the exhibition “Sound Art Projects No.3 : For Eyes That Listen” curated by Melih Fereli @ Arter, Istanbul. Opening on 10 September 2020.

"Klavier Oxygen" by Joseph Beuys + video documentation of mine: "Simultankonzert an drei Flügeln" (Henning Christiansen, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, Hamburg 1985)