Zeitform – Open Stage on 30 August 2017

Eng­lish ver­sion below

Nach der zweiten gelun­genen Aus­gabe wird die Zeit­form erneut angewen­det, kön­nte man sagen. Zur wohl offen­sten Bühne der Region sind alle eige­nen Ideen willkom­men, vom Reise­bericht über kleine The­ater­stücke bis hin zu Diakunst. Das her­zliche Ambi­ente bietet im Anschluss wie immer Raum für den Aus­tausch untere­inan­der.
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Fol­low­ing the sec­ond suc­cess­ful edi­tion, Zeit­form is going to be applied again, so to say. Any idea of one’s own is wel­come to join the (sup­pos­edly) most open stage in the region, com­pris­ing travel jour­nals, small the­atre pieces as well as slide show art. As always, the warm-hearted atmos­phere offers room for exchange afterwards.

Open Stage Series Launched

After a vibrant pilot in June, I am launch­ing more edi­tions of the open stage event Zeit­form in Laufen, Bavaria. From light­ning pre­sen­ta­tions to exper­i­ments in music, from media art to read­ings, the stage offers a plat­form for any idea off the beaten track. Zeit­form aims at empow­er­ing the cre­ative poten­tial that lies in every­one of us.
The next edi­tion is going to be on Wednes­day, 26 July at Café Con­trast in Laufen.

 

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A Little Chat In The Sink

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Next to his alpine hut 2000 m above sea level, the owner uses his wooden sink to draw water from the nearby arti­fi­cial lake. To make a long story short, you will hear water doing happy drum­ming, cap­tured with two piezo mics. This post­ing is the only way to avoid pub­lish­ing the beau­ti­ful silence up there, really, it could never be played back.
Recorded at Tauern­moosseealm, Hohe Tauern, Austria

Not Red

Not Red at Lake Studios

How to react to move­ment with only sound? On 16 Decem­ber 2016 I had the chance to accom­pany the impro­vised dance piece “Not Red” by Jen­nifer Ocampo and Jas­minka Stenz. It was an inspir­ing evening of con­tem­po­rary dance, also thanks to the open dis­cus­sion after­wards at Lake Stu­dios Berlin.

Fremde Heimatfunde — Foreign Findings

Dur­ing the res­i­dency pro­gram Ortung in Stuhlfelden, Aus­tria, I devel­oped a solo set, reflect­ing on the music and the sto­ries in the vil­lage. On the musi­cal level every­day objects were rein­ter­preted as rough instru­ments and recorded sounds were turned into vir­tual instru­ments in order to invent tra­di­tional music. Two ana­log instru­ments werde built dur­ing that period: the ”Paz­i­fis­ten­bo­gen“, a plucked bow for archery put on a res­onat­ing bucket, and the ”Uschin­del“, a sort of marimba of shin­gles which were lined up accord­ing to the Ara­bic scale.

Here go some snip­pets of the solo set Fremde Heimat­funde.

Localizing A Village

Between August and Sep­tem­ber 2016 I had the plea­sure to par­tic­i­pate in the site-specific art project ”Ortung” in the Aus­trian Alps. Liv­ing between old sta­ples, long­ing for moun­tain tops, watch­ing tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship and last but not least shar­ing sto­ries with the locals of Stuhlfelden led to pro­duc­tive weeks.

The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions with chore­o­g­ra­phers Toshiko Oka and Karl Bau­mann, media-artists Maria Morschitzky and Thomas Hörl, plus painter Diala Brisly were fruit­ful and always warm-hearted.

The sec­tion “pieces” pro­vides more infor­ma­tion on the solo set which I devel­oped along­side. Here go some snip­pets of ”Fremde Heimatfunde“.

https://youtu.be/WBIOViG7Ul8

Siberian Shopping Terror

Irkutsk Ulitsa Uritskogo

Toy ani­mals and toy sol­diers crawl­ing on the pave­ment, posh Siber­ian high heels, mega­phones announc­ing the best deals in town, music and all other signs of a con­sumers’  mess. Ulitsa Urit­skogo in Irkutsk, from one end to the other, bin­au­ral recording.

This record­ing is part of a larger series about the sound of Siberia.

Review of Kemo Listening Stethoscope

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Elec­tronic kits can be worth­while for us as field record­ing geeks. This time I bought the Kemo kit for a Lis­ten­ing Stetho­scope since I was inter­ested in ampli­fy­ing the soft­est of sounds, such as wind blow­ing through the trees. For the price of 11.80 €, I was skep­ti­cal at first but with a lit­tle sol­der­ing the board works just fine. The offi­cial prod­uct descrip­tion is quite shady when they say that their device enables you to lis­ten through walls, etc. Appar­ently some­body lacked the fan­tasy of doing some­thing legal with the stethoscope.

How­ever, if you look for a quick and dirty record­ing of soft sounds, the Kemo Lis­ten­ing Stetho­scope is a good choice, since the IC’s triple op amp enhances ordi­nary sounds very well. But still, don’t expect crys­tal clear one-to-one real­is­tic record­ings, you need to be able to either fil­ter out or ignore the high fre­quency noise. Another chal­lenge is to keep the right dis­tance between mic and head­phones because the device is so sen­si­tive that it is prone to feed­back. Need­less to say, you’ll only get a mono recording.

For you to get an impres­sion, I made a very dirty record­ing out of the win­dow with some­body prac­tic­ing the vio­lin next door. I con­nected the head­phone out­put with a male mini jack that went into the line in  of my old Tas­cam DR-07.

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