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From the Glacier to the Cave

field recording composition

For La Strada 2022, I composed a quadrophonic piece using new field recordings from the cave. The recordings were made during a 5 day research expedition further inside the system. The composition uses the sound of water, wind, rock movement and continental waves below the Dachstein glacier. 

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Video courtesy of La Strada Graz. 

Signal am Dachstein 

field recording composition

For "Signal am Dachstein" I went inside the Dachsteinloch (a cave system below the glacier) to collect sound recordings. With the help of the local cave explorers, I recorded the sounds of the melting ice below the glacier, the wind passing through the rocks and various waterfalls inside the Ramsauer Dom. 

 

Using these recordings, I made a 6 min composition which was then incorporated into the landscape opera by the artists Rob von Rijswijk & Jeroen Strijbos.

sound Installation inside the Hunerkogel Gondola

My other contribution to this project was the 5.1 sound installation inside the 2 moving gondolas which took the participants up to the landscape opera. In this piece, you can hear a multilayered soundscape of the cave system - an unusual, inaccessible space.  

Binaural documentation of the sound installation (headphones recommended).

Black Room by Igor Tavares

sound design:  experimental violin 

duration: 2"24

An experimental violin piece made for Igor Tavares' choreography called "Black Room". This is the first piece of an ongoing long-distance collaboration between the drummer Jon Hanen (London), the dancer Igor Tavares (Newcastle) and myself (Austria). 

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Photo courtesy of  Phil Colins 

More Time Than Life

self generating sound installation 
duration: 336 hours 

This sound installation uses field recordings from ecological systems i.e. volcanos, glaciers, the sea, and the human body.  Depending on the audio channels and the speaker's positioning, an algorithm actively applies audio processing techniques. 

For more information click HERE

interlude n#1 

interlude n#2 

Interludes

soundscapes

This is a series of 3 interludes, commissioned for a gig at the Cluny in Newcastle upon Tyne. The soundscapes use field recordings from North and Central America. 

interlude n#3

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excerpt from sound underwater  

The Font

underwater monaural mix

quadrophonic audio mix 

This underwater sound installation consists of a sound collage of three individuals speaking of the circumstantial loss of control. Whilst a quadrophonic mix portrays this through a wall of sounds, the only way to access the clear recordings is by submerging the ear or head. 

quadrophonic mix 

Uncanny

interactive sound installation

ultrasonic sensors, MaxMsp, arduino

This audio installation explores notions of disembodiment through the creation of a self-generating soundscape.  As the viewer explores a pitch-black space they will trigger motion sensors which will effectively trigger sounds, increase the volume of the speaker according to the pressure/distance of the viewer.

Other Work

Animo

robotic installation

Animo is a collaborative robotic installation working with the Muse EEG headset. The Muse is reading in accelerometer data, alpha waves, concentration states, and mellow states. The data is being controlled and run through MaxMSP which switches pneumatic pistons on and off, giving the structure a sense of consciousness and self-awareness.

Cavescape

field recording composition with interviews in  Austrian German

 

At a time where there are hardly any unexplored areas left to be found, a young group of people have come together to further the exploration of  a cave system called the Dachsteinsüdwandhöhle. Following in the footsteps of the "old cave explorers", they are seeking their own paths and developing a passion for this extreme endeavour.

What motivates people to spend time in the dark and away from civilisation?

This piece explores the motivation and inner drive of this group and presents a series of interviews accompanied by the sound of water drops falling from the cave ceiling, the wind passing through the cave, as well as rocks moving inside and continental waves.

All sounds were recorded by me personally inside the cave system. 

An English Transcript can be found here

 

Sound Design & Mix:

Katharina Pfennich

 

Mastering:

Samuel Müller

 

Interviewees:

Julian Zehentleitner

Katharina Pfennich

Mathias Redmer

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