The Whalesong Project – Berlin


Making Music With Six Monumental Buildings

Making Music With Six Monumental Buildings
2024 (work in progress; note: The Walk is currently not available to the public – more updates soon)

Geo-Located-Soundscape 
Location: Museums Insel Berlin
duration: depending on listener

Making Music With Six Monumental Buildings is a geo-located composition à la musique conrète. The center point of each circle (see map below) represents the position of a field recorder that was positioned in 6 monumental buildings at the Museumsinsel Berlin. Each circle represents one audio file, respectively building-soundscape. The audio files are recordings of precisely 1 hour per building, from midnight to 1 AM.

Using the free smartphone app ECHOES and a set of (open) headphones, the audience can experience the composition on location and in the presence of the buildings. Thereby, the intensity of the recordings constantly varies in real time depending on the listener’s position in relation to the buildings. Thus, a unique composition and experience emerges each time the audio walk is started.

Buildings: Altes Museum Berlin (inner portico), Berliner Dom (center under dome), Deutsches Historisches Museum (Schlüterhof), Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (choir), Neues Museum Berlin (Ägyptischer Hof), former Staatsratsgebäude der DDR (State Dining Room).

Photos of the recorder positioned in the buildings; from left to right: Altes Museum Berlin (inner portico), Berliner Dom (center under dome), Deutsches Historisches Museum (Schlüterhof), Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (choir), Neues Museum Berlin (Ägyptischer Hof), ehemaliges Staatsratsgebäude der DDR (State Dining Room)

16 Minutes Of Oscillating Buildings
sample of an automatic composition with six monumental buildings for a hexaphonic installation.
2024

Here you can listen to an audio sample created from the same source material as the sound walk described above. The conceptual approach of the two works is similar. Although, the medium, spatial and sensory experience is very different. However, you can get an impression of the sonic nature of the geo-located soundscape.