Sunday, 14. August 2011, 23:03 - 23:59, Ö1


1) “Montreal Phonograph”

2) „Vienna Phonograph“

von Douglas Moffat

The festival “What’s Up Vienna! What’s Up Montreal!“ , curated by Steve Bates, Michaela Grill and Christof Kurzmann connected the two cities with sound, film and video. With performances, screenings and debut collaborations between Austrian and Canadian, the festival took place in Montreal in summer 2010 and in Vienna in May 2011.

Kunstradio presents recent works by one of the featured artists, Douglas Moffat, who came to Vienna to perform a live version of his Phonograph, developed in 2009 for Montreal. In a skype interview with Kunstradio in August 2011, Douglas Moffat described some of his projects as well as his approach to sound and landscape:


Moffat frequently collaborates with artist, musician and curator Steve Bates. 


As one of their first common projects, Bates and Moffat created the composition and sound installation “soundFIELD” for a small forest of poplar in Quebec. Currently they are preparing a complex open air sound sculpture for Toronto.


Statement on the Phonograph project:

“What if the city of Vienna could be played as if it were a vinyl record? If the city could be cut out along the Ringstrasse and placed on a impossibly large turntable – what sounds would be revealed?
This recording takes these daydreams a few steps farther. Using a simple, custom built device, an all-terrrain stylus traces the topographies of the inner city. A spiralling trajectory winds its way from the quiet edge of the Donaukanal to the centre pin of the Pestsäule. The needle of stylus passing over the ground, transforming micro-textures into sound.
The stylus recordings were mastered and cut into a fresh blank vinyl record by local artist Dieb13, used for a performance during the festival 'What's Up Vienna! What's Up Montreal!' at Echoraum in Vienna. For Kunstradio, field recordings from each location in the city announce the beginning of each new track on the record as it spins towards the centre.”


Tracklist MONTREAL

1) parc promenade-bellerive – Montréal
2) parc pine beach – dorval
3) parc du bout-de-l’île – rivière-des-prairies-pointe-aux-trembles
4) parc honorable george o’reilly – lasalle
5) Allan’s Hill Park - Baie D’Urfè
6) yellow line parc alexandre bourgeau - pointe claire
8) port of montréal – mercier-hochelaga-maisonneuve
9) snowball trajectory – montréal-nord
10) autoroute transcanadienne – senneville
11) river pathway – montréal-est
12) hydro corridor – montréal-est
13) bombardier trail - parc nature cap-saint-jacques
14) hydro québec – sainte-anne-de-bellevue
15) stade olympique - parc olympique de montréalparc de versailles – pierrefonds-roxboro
16) running on gravel Carrière lafarge - montréal est
17) impasse at rue hortie – ahuntsic—cartierville
18) pierre elliot trudeau airport – dorval
19) excavation rue griffith - ville saint-laurent
20) skate ramps at parc arthur-therrien – verdun
21) southeast edge at cedar avenue - parc mont-royal
22) southwest edge at avenue troie - parc mont-royal
23) centre point - parc mont-royal


Tracklist VIENNA

1) Donaukanal: Edge
2) Franz-Josefs-Kai: Dock Cabling
3) Julius Raab Platz: Flower Bed Rows
4) Schwarzenbergplatz: Prince Surrounded
5) Volksgarten: Iron Fence Shake
6) Burgtheater: Bush Hammered Stone Run
7) Schottenkirche: Cobble Stone Stumble
8) Austriabrunnen: Wet
9) Bank Austria Kunstforum: Stainless Steel Runner
10) Judenplatz: Nameless Library Silence
11) Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Name Tracing
12) BAWAG: Wooden Boardwalk Step
13) Peterskirche: Foundation Climb
14) Jazzland: Cherry Petals Push
15) Ruprechtskirche: Foundation with Choir March
16) Vindobona: Excavated Stone Reach
17) MuseumsQuartier: Shallow Basin
18) Stephansplatz: Marble Slabs Drag
19) Wiener Staatsoper: Across and Under
20) Centre Point: Pestsäule Run-out

Accompanying video and images for this project are available at