friendly soundforms

Together with artists Frank Schulz, Heidi Bruck and Ismail Arslantürk of Thikwa-Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst, Katharina Hauke and Till Bovermann of friendly.organisms spent the first half of 2022 promoting inclusive cooperation and collaboration between artists and the environment. In a series of work phases, we jointly selected and visited places around Berlin with the aim of portraying them and creating sound compositions both in and in cooperation with them and their inhabitants.

Four excursions to two different locations were conducted in which the artists engaged with resident organism(s), collected field recordings, and contributed to the soundscape with Systems∿Encounter, an electronic sound system specifically developed for soundscape interventions and used extensively within the context of friendly.organisms. In subsequent studio sessions, the collected materials were reworked into sound collages and soundscape compositions.

Below we are collecting a chronology of the events as they took place and are recorded by the group and associated people.

Thanks

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This project is part of TRANSFORM — inklusives Raumlabor, a project of EUCREA funded by Aktion Mensch, Musikfond, Friedrich Stiftung, Mara&Holger Cassens Stiftung, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Claussen Simon Stiftung, and Gabriele Fink Stiftung.

Many thanks go to the many friends and collaborators we found during this project; among others: Magdalena Oelmüller, Leonor Gaudêncio, Silke Stuck, Ute Lindenbeck, Silja Teresa Huppertz, Kevin Hamann, Christian Hebel, Antonia Rehfueß, Angela Müller-Giannetti, and many more. Thanks also for the friendliness and hospitality we received and so much relied upon of organisations like floating, noisy-rooms, pirate studios, and of course thikwa, our main project partner.

scouting: floating

scouting: floating

Today, we visited Floating University to investigate if we could have part of our investigations into places as organisms there. We were warmly welcomed by Teresa, a spokesperson for the floating e.V. and had a little walk around the area. It is quite an intense place full of both history and non-human life: intruiging for Continue reading scouting: floating

in the studio: pirating

in the studio: pirating

friendly soundforms spent two days in the studio at Pirate.com listening to our recordings and using them as a basis for our electronic sound creation. While most of the days were spent with intense listening and sound performances, we also created scores to perform by and developed strategies on how to play together.

in the field: floating and listening, playing and recording

in the field: floating and listening, playing and recording

After two studio days, the artists of friendly soundforms spent two intense days at and with the floating organism(s). We listened to our surroundings and identified all kinds of organisms and their niches (birds, waters, humans, bees, reeds, Neuköllner Oper, to name a few), as well as made and recorded sounds we introduced into the Continue reading in the field: floating and listening, playing and recording