georg klein


interactive sound installation

This passage way under a bridge, a non-place characterised by cold concrete, is given a tonal colouring that transforms and at the same time contours it. The sonic material of this transformation has its origin in this place itself: the rhythmic clacking of the expansion joint produced by the cars driving over it and the sound pattern of the lattice bars at the base of the bridge.

Both sound elements are musicalised by electronic means. The dry initial noises are filtered through 12 harmonies that change every 3 minutes and are distributed spatially to produce ever-changing echo structures. Two further site-specific sounds are added to this sonic "harmonisation" of the city space: the sound of the bells of the nearby Pankratius Church and a speaking voice that reproduces an inscription from the Old Town Hall and thematises the survival of an emergency, as we are also currently experiencing as a result of the Corona pandemic. While the grid sounds when passing through the street area, the voice appears in fragmentary loops in the pedestrian area in front of the installation when passers-by come across the line of interaction.