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SWC BERGHAIN: VIBRATIONS & RESONANCES|GAITE LYRIQUE PREP 2013


Soundwalk Collective is preparing a 8-channel sound installation based on the recordings of the resonating architectural structure of the club Berghain in Berlin, to be exhibited this coming July.
The resulting sound piece will be held inside the prestigious Chambre Sonore of La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, a creative space solely dedicated to the idea of sound immersion, inaugurated by Moritz Von Oswald in 2011.

This video is shot by Kamran Sadeghi, one member of the Collective, as he is testing the sound inside this unique space.


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SOUNDWALK PART OF THE 10 YEARS OF MUSIC AND DIGITAL CULTURE

MCD70 SoundArt copy SOUNDWALK PART OF THE 10 YEARS OF MUSIC AND DIGITAL CULTURE ABOUT THE MAGAZINE:

Echo-system. MCD magazine originated from passion for electronic music: free parties, raves, sound-systems, clubbing… The editorial staff took root in this fertile ground, where musicians experimented with free culture and collaborative performances, mixing technological development with artistic creation.

Now that the creative industries are appropriating works made by open-source communities, often without crediting the engineers and developers involved in these participative processes (code is art), MCD, as an independent and associative media, emphasizes its editorial integrity. For the past 10 years, they have promoted those who pass on knowledge, the movers and shakers (artists, festival directors, producers, exhibition curators…) who build bridges between art and science, between electroacoustic and electronic, between contemporary art and popular culture, between amateur practices and art market.

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SOUND CREATIONS : SOUNDWALK

An adventurer of postmodern times, Stephan Crasneanscki carries nomadism in his blood, from French origin but born in Odessa, he later settled in New York where he founded the Soundwalk Collective whose tenth anniversary of sound creation is currently being cele- brated by the British radio Resonance FM. Soundwalk has forged its experience in producing some twenty audio trails throughout international capitals, focusing on des- tinations as unlikely a stroll in the South Bronx with Afri- ka Bombaataa… In 2010, Soundwalk went out to meet the public, leaving their home port. A final poem, Kill the ego, a film, a performance, a soundtrack, the raw and sensuous energy were colliding within the city noise, shady conversations, relieving lashes of the whip and doors gnashing… The voice of Ginsberg, of a MC, words of women, late, very late at night.
The constant life impulse that New York City summons, the offensive clashing of equals gave way to composi- tions whose pace is reduced by the swaying of waves, where enigmatic wandering words fade and become con- crete sound material, absorbed in layers of memories saved from the wind. Fascinated by the sea and its mythologies, Stephan Crasneanscki embarked his side- kicks — Dug Winningham, Simone Merli and Kamran Sadeghi — in the footsteps of Ulysses.

Two years on, they are heading down the path of Jason and the Argonauts: the Black Sea, whose tragic and bloody history gave rise to a series of performances, a film by Vincent Moon and a book-object recently published by Dis-voir[2]: Medea a dark, mysterious sound composi- tion, reminiscent of the melancholy power of the deep house, where, as if pierced by a ray of sunshine in a November sky, the singing of woman with a guitar, the reading of a poem, an excerpt from an opera intercept- ed from the radio will interfere…

Sound mapping

The whispers, the customs arrests or the conversations of smugglers, hijacked by Soundwalk’s scanners, reveal as much about the geopolitical complexity of this sub- merged enclave than any real risk-taking from “these sounds fishermen” who apeared from a another world. Like a sponge, the boat barded with antennae stretched over multiple radio frequencies absorbed day and night the airwaves intercepted between Istanbul and Odessa. The trip lasted for two months. Daily, with discernment and method, sound designers would record and label the fragments collected after each scan as many open nets, cast on a 24 h basis.

We use fairly standard techniques of field recording, says Stephan Crasneanscki and then we compose music with them. Our approach remains very impressionistic. In both of these projects related to the sea, Ulysses syndrome and Medea, it is about addressing a territory: 50 miles from the coast, the geography has not changed for centuries, on the water we only hear the sound of the sea, the primal sound, while the waves tell a contemporary human tale …

Ambient scenography

To transcribe the invisible, to experience the inaudible, these are the new frontiers towards which Soundwalk’s latest projects point. From the desert of Rub al Khali to the depths of the Amazon, from the mythical DC10 club in Ibiza to Berghain, the old power station in Berlin, each set is a new experiment, a shared experience with the audience, in which the group tries to reproduce these moments of grace where sounds collapse and accident arise.

In Paris, during La Nuit Blanche it is on a dozen, simul- taneously launched, record decks that Le syndrome d’Ulysse (Ulysses’ syndrome) was performed, each vinyl matching a type of sounds recorded with various scan- ners. In MuCEM, in Marseille, next October the piece will be performed as two 24 hours sets. More musical, up to a total abstraction, Medea was created from very short 3 or 4 seconds samples reworked out of thousands of hours snatched from the waves. Played as an audio- visual performance at the Centre Pompidou, it turned into a happening on a barge in Lille.

For each country, we replicated the recordings on tapes that we had left to run for hours on old Nagras[3], Stephan Cras- neanscki explains. The tapes were running face to face – Romania facing Georgia, for example – a natural transfer took place by friction to create a kind of organic mix recom- posing a sound ocean pretty close to the lived experience on the boat. Lying on the ground, the public could immerse themselves in the gentle, restless, hypnotic wave, whilst the performers had already left the room[4].

Vibrational experiments

Fom Peru, Stephan Crasneanscki, (supported by France Culture’s Creative Radiophonic Workshop), brought back a soundtrack and a movie: Ayahuasqueros based on a psychedelic experience provided by a Ayahuasca plant decoction. The vibration of the plant would express through the Icaros chants performed by Indian shamans as gateways leading the awake man, from the vegetal realm to the unconscious layers of the brain. Between documentary and visual poetry the Amazon experience is part of the Soundwalk path as a further step towards the exploration of sound as a physical experience.

The Berghain club sound system and its concrete walls in Berlin have become the pulsating heart of their cur- rent experiments. As they were starting with the melody of the building to compose its counterpoint, these son- ic archaeologists used suction mikes placed in every nook and cranny, to record the pulse of the building, they remixed it live at the Panorama bar just after concerts. Between electronica and atmospheric techno dub Berghain Vibrations & résonnances ironically evokes the long sequence in Einstürzende Neubauten’s Pelikanol / Silence is sexy… Sheer coincidence?

Article writed by Veronique Godé. Editor of MCD.

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SOUNDWALKCOLLECTIVE::::::::LIVE AT BERGHAIN

Last Beat
Recordings from Berghain, Berlin, 2012

SYNOPSIS

“Last Beat” is a sound project that resonates the architecture of the legendary Berlin club Berghain, playing the material structure of the building as a musical instrument. Tuning resonant frequencies to excite the architectural surfaces of the club, the Soundwalk Collective arranges and processes a live feedback loop produced by pulses and tones played through the sound system and into the walls of the building. Captured with contact microphones in real-time, the rhythmic and resonant properties of metal and glass create a call-and-response with the building.

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CTM.13

Festival for Adventurous Music and Art

28.01.2013 – 3.02.2013.

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January 17, 2013 @ 23:00 ::: Elektroakustischer Salon / Art’s Birthday ::: Berghain :::

LINE-UP
Real Time (Reinhold Friedl / Dirk Dresselhaus) LIVE
Mika Vainio / Franck Vigroux LIVE
Soundwalk Collective LIVE
Phillip Sollmann DJ-SET
[Live Radio Broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur/Klang Kunst on January 18 @ 00:05 - 01:00]

January 29, 2013 @ 23:59 ::: CTM.13 ::: Panoramabar :::
LINE-UP
Diamond Version & Atsuhiro Ito LIVE
Emptyset with Joanie Lemercier LIVE
TM404 LIVE
Opium Hum
Soundwalk Collective LIVE

Deutschlandradio Kultur presents Art’s Birthday 2013


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THE ORIGINS OF THE SOUND SYSTEMS. VIBRATIONS&RESONANCES

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The concept of a Sound System originated in Jamaica during the 1950’s. The idea arguably came from Jamaicans going back and forth to the USA during the 40’s & 50’s and being bowled over hearing American R&B bands playing through PA Systems. This was then taken back to Jamaica, but as bands were expensive to hire, poor Jamaicans played recordings through these early ‘Sound Systems’ which were very rough compared to the ‘Sound Systems’ they saw in America. They consisted of a turntable, a home built valve amplifier & pre-amp (from a kit) and the biggest speakers they could lay their hands on, mounted in home made ‘wardrobe’ sized speaker cabinets, some even nailed and glued together with ‘chicken wire’ as speaker grilles!

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 THE ORIGINS OF THE SOUND SYSTEMS. VIBRATIONS&RESONANCES
A sound system playing back the architectural vibration and resonance of the legendary club Berghain in Berlin, 2012.
Photo by Kamran Sadeghi
Soundwalk Collective,
LAST BEAT
A project of sound, architecture and club culture.
Listen to our first piece here and the coming up premier at Berghain 17 January


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The Only Good System Is A Sound System. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE 10 Year Anniversary [2002-2012].

The Only Good System Is A Sound System

Recordings from Berghain, Berlin, 2012

Dec. 22, 2012
2.30PM GMT on ResonanceFM, London
Broadcast live here:

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“The Only Good System Is A Sound System” is a sound project that resonates the architecture of the legendary Berlin club Berghain, playing the material structure of the building as a musical instrument. Tuning resonant frequencies to excite the architectural surfaces of the club, the Soundwalk Collective arranges and processes a live feedback loop produced by pulses and tones played through the sound system and into the walls of the building. Captured with contact microphones in real-time, the rhythmic and resonant properties of metal and glass create a call-and-response with the building.


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AYAHUASQUEROS LIVE BROADCAST. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE 10 Year Anniversary [2002-2012].

Ayahuasqueros.

Recordings from the Amazon, Peru 2012;

Dec. 15, 2012

2:30 PM GMT on ResonanceFM, London


Film by Stephan Crasneanscki
Director of photography David Duponchel
Edited and special effects by Teresa Pereira
voice and text by Jeremy Narby
In collaboration with Francisco Lopez
Featuring Victor Nieto and Ushamano Walter Martinez
A program proposed by Frank Smith
In collaboration with Virginie Luc
In collaboration with Francisco Lopez
Featuring Victor Nieto and Ushamano Walter Martinez

Mixed by Dug Winningham
Avec la participation de RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse
Special Thanks: Victor Nieto, Gaël Klein, David Duponchel

In their visions, ayahuasca shamans say they see the essences that animate living beings, the first property of which is to emit melodies. These essences are considered powerful beings, and ayahuasqueros learn their melodies by singing along. Singing like powerful beings, they learn to see like them, and this gives them knowledge. The melodies that shamans bring back from their visions are called “icaros”; they help navigate the space of ayahuasca consciousness, and can also serve as lifelines when overwhelmed by visions. Grab onto the icaros: these songs are made of knowledge.


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MEDEA LIVE BROADCAST. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE 10 Year Anniversary [2002-2012].

Medea

Recordings from the Black Sea 2011;
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT on ResonanceFM, London

listen to it here.


Film by Dasha Redkina.

Medea is an original composition based on recordings of radio waves as well as voice and sound fragments collected by Soundwalk Collective during a two-month crossing of the Black Sea, in a sailing boat specially equipped with scanners, microphones and high-range aerials. Medea reaches into Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria and embarks on a sound reading of a region of the world whose quivering beauty remains cruel and obscure – akin to the ancient Medea. The book + album is published by Dis Voir.

 MEDEA LIVE BROADCAST. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY


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EMPTY QUARTER LIVE AT LIVE RESONANCE FM.

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE 10 Year Anniversary [2002-2012].

Empty Quarter

Recordings from the Rub’ Al Khali desert 2009;

Saturday Nov. 24, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT on Resonance FM, London,

listen to it here.


Film by Stephan Crasneanscki. Edited and Special Effects by Jim Helton

Much like an anthropologist doing fieldwork in a marginal land, Soundwalk Collective went on a 45-day journey through this Desert of deserts, the crossroads of the Arabic civilization, recording hundreds of hours of sonic fragments. The result is a reflection on silence, an hypnotic meditation on a forsaken world, transience and the footprints left by man on earth. Sounds collected here know no boundaries, just as the nomadic traditions remind us.

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ULYSSES SYNDROME AT LIVE RESONANCE

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE 10 Year Anniversary [2002-2012].

Ulysses Syndrome

Recordings from the Mediterranean Sea 2009/2011

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT on ResonanceFM, London

listen to it here.

FILM PREVIEW

Film by Jim Helton

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SOUNDWALK BROADCAST LIVE IN RESONANCE FM.

Today Nov. 10, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT on ResonanceFM, London

http://icecast.commedia.org.uk:8000/resonance_hi.mp3.m3u

Death must die.

Recordings from Varanasi India 2004;

FILM PREVIEW

Film by Christopher Bren

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