Contact Sensor, Metal Surface, Electrical Power Room, Berghain. Photo by Stephan Crasneanscki
In 2012 SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is collaborating with Berghain, by recording the sounds of the architectural structure of the club shaking in response to the music.
The Collective used a series of custom made contact sensors placed upon a vibrating area of the building to capture the resonances of the architecture, without the direct sound.
Each material that constitutes the structure of the building: the glass windows, the metal pipes, the handrails, the metal staircases, the air ducts, the electrical power rooms, the glass bricks, the empty water tanks, the concrete walls, the water pipes; would absorb the sound frequencies and tones in its own unique way, producing in each turn a new sound that often contained a melodic element, allowing the building itself to be played as a musical instrument.
What came out of these recordings is an internal pulse, the sensation of a beat experienced as a seismograph, as well as an internal sonic harmony that is proper to the Berghain building itself.