Songs of Place – Vienna
in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound)
In September 2004, the Kanadian artist Steve Heimbecker sonically mapped and surveyed Austria's capital, Vienna.
The visual artist maps the places of interest for his series "Songs of Places" due to a specific method resp. matrix that - in the first four acoustic portraits of the Kanadian cities Halifax, Montréal, Springwater and Vancouver leads from the periphery to the centre. In Vienna, he decided to change this concept due to the different structure of the city and its disposition in 23 districts. On the city map, he searched for the geographical centre of each district which determined the locations for his video and multi-channel sound recordings. This method lead him to squares, intersections, fountains, into the woods or underneath motorway bridgeworks where he made his 30-minute recordings using 4 microphones, a 4-channel cassette-recorder and a video camera. Furthermore, during his Kunstradio-Artist in Residency, he took a ride with a carriage through the town centre; this recording works as a kind of red thread throughout the whole piece.
In his studio in Montréal, Steve Heimbecker edited, layered and arranged the video and sound recordings, a total of 11 hours and 30 minutes, due to an accurately defined procedure. The dense audiovisual work as well as a special radiophonic version were finished by the artist in late August 2005.
Also broadcast in 5.1 Dolby Digital via OE1DD.