"urban sound stories" vol. 01-05

Sounds and photographs as soundscapes of European cities
curated by Gruenrekorder, Germany

London, England – Simon Whetham
Wien, Österreich – Tobias Bolt
Paris, Frankreich – Eric Cordier
Rotterdam, Niederlande – Lasse-Marc Riek
Dublin, Irland – Roland Etzin
Five sound artists explore eight places each, in five different cities – using the means of phonography and photography. The exploration of artificial and natural space within the city takes place within the same space of time.

The field recordings are presented as a narrative. The photographs will be transformed into audible signals, with the help of digital processes. The whole composition presents the listener with a concrete soundscape opposed to one artificially produced from the photographs, transferred in the space of radio.
Each digital image carries acoustic information. We see the image, yet we hear nothing – is it possible to make these data audible? A phot shows a place, frozen in time and memory. There are many ways of looking at it and listening into it. The audio material recorded by the five artists is translated into music signals, using a special software. The compositions based on field recordings and photographs present the listener with a transformation of aesthetic states, whilst all the original information is maintained.

The soundmaps to the broadcasts are available on the internet. They provide a visual and spatial idea of the recorded places.