A mechanistic/digital universe of sound in 12 tracks
Music played an important role at the Bauhaus. Even though composition courses were not offered, the key focus of the courses was indeed the artistic disciplines. And of course, the ideas originating from the Bauhaus did indeed come to exert a decisive influence in the areas of music and sound. Immersion, equality of the artistic disciplines, a solid understanding of the material as well as focusing on a modern mechanical philosophy in which the position of humans must be redefined.
In AUDIO.SPACE.MACHINE, these ideas are redefined for the present day, and translated to the form of a concept album; acoustically, in terms of content but also on the technical level. In terms of sound aesthetics, and with the aid of a 360° matrix, the listening room will host a radical staging of the twelve tracks, which were all conceived to be immersive. Voices, electro-acoustic music and sound are used simultaneously, all having equal value. In terms of content, the album focuses on man or woman as being a modern, adaptive apparatus. It includes text citations from László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius and other Bauhaus artists of the 1920s, but also from John Cage and contemporary authors such as Martin Burckhardt and Bazon Brock.
The tracks in AUDIO. SPACE. MACHINE are each two to five minutes long and can be individually chosen and heard, whereas heard together they can also be experienced as a unified whole. Binaural staging and noise reduction transmission enable listeners to immerse themselves in a unique, mechanistic/digital universe of sound.
AUDIO.SPACE.MACHINE was developed by wittmann/zeitblom and was realised in cooperation with the Interactive Media Foundation and the radio stations Deutschlandfunk, NDR and WDR. An expanded radio edition will be broadcast in these stations’ acoustic arts programmes.