So entsteht aus vielen Wohnzimmern ein Instrument
Was geschieht, wenn man den Klang unterschiedlicher Wohnzimmer übereinander schichtet? Welche Schönheit entfaltet der Klang am Ende und werden private Rückzugsorte dann greifbar? Solchen Fragen will das Kunstprojekt “Wohnzimmer” an der Schnittstelle zwischen Klangkunst, Feldaufnahme und Community-Arts nachgehen. “Wohnzimmer” ist im Grunde nichts anderes als ein akustischer Kettenbrief.
Creating those soundscapes took me tons of synthetic stardust, a floor-shaking plane crash, a bunch of green peas and some secret ingredients (such as pretending a car wash were a volcano). And then he suddenly appeared from outer space: The Little Prince. A warm thank you goes out to everybody who watched this kids opera between 3 and 4 February 2018, composed by Basti Bund. Staged by Stiftssingschule Laufen, Germany.
Der kleine Prinz – A kids opera by Basti Bund, book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, sound design by Kathrin Grenzdörffer
“Then we covered the windows so the pilots wouldn’t see our Christmas tree glow and bomb us,” the 80 year old lady recalls her childhood in the 1940s. I had the pleasure to record, edit and mix the conversations with residents of a retirement home talking about what Christmas means to them and what has changed over the decades. Repeatedly, they insisted on the relevance of sausage soup on the plate and splashing stars on the tree. Their comments, intermitted by them singing Christmas carols, turned into a precious document of warm voices that carry the joy and the pain of a long life.
Created in November and December 2017, an initiative by Gitti Edelmann from Seniorenwohnheim St. Nikolaus, Oberndorf, Austria.
Here goes a sound example of a traditional Bavarian Christmas Carol.
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.
Here goes a lovely video edit by Herman Koekkoek who filmed our gig at City Art Rotterdam in April 2016. The song is about the dark fate of a homeless man. The synth was entirely built out of samples blowing empty bottles, those items that he had once tried to make a living of.
Here comes the reason for a bit of silence on this blog. Sonoscoop has joined forces with a gifted musician and started a new band: Quelle und Echo.
We are trying to find the poppy side of field recording there, brewing music with the most absurd ingredients. Have a listen and feel free to drop us a message. If you think it’s worth listening again, make sure you don’t miss out on our special for the launching of the website. Find out more here.
For those of you who speak either German or French: On Thursday, September 26 there will be the first tv broadcasting of the documentary “Wir dienten Deutschland” (en. We served Germany). The film portrays young veterans who try to find their voice in the public discussion. Sonoscoop wrote the final music for this.
A film by DokumentKino, director: Knut Beulich
Based on two graphic scores provided by painter Maria Aristoteleous, the quintet improvised small movements within a drone. According to the composer the drone represents wholeness and the instrumentalists resemble archetypes reacting to it.
Younes Riad — electronics
Maria Aristotelous — electronics
Richard Barrett — electronics
Ekkehard Windrich — violin
Kathrin Grenzdörffer — electronics
Performed at Royal Conservatoire in The Hague on 29 November 2012. Enjoy the excerpt.
As part of a workshop at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, students of Composition, Art Science, and Sonology collaborate to record the sounds of Binckhorst. This area in The Hague is situated close to the railways. Partly run down industrial barracks stand next to an aesthetic surgery. Every now and then chicken cross the street. Needless to say Binckhorst is subject to urban restructuring. Yet it is not clear when these plans will be accomplished but until then we will be happy to record those striking contrasts.
Please check our website in order to find out more. The recordings are being published on Radio Aporee.
During a tour around Delfshaven in Rotterdam, children have to solve riddles to give eternal rest to a ghost. Therefore, hints are provided via an mp3 player and the environment. As a crossover of radio play and street theater, the piece is being staged in spring 2011.
Some parts can be accessed by the play button below.
sound design, compositions and recordings by Kathrin Grenzdörffer