SONNTAG, 19. July 2009, 23:03 - 23:45, Ö1


Listening Proposals – aus dem Pool der EBU Ars Acoustica Group

„El Niño - Verweht, geröstet, schockgefroren“

Acoustical travels in the wake of a global weather phenomenon by Götz Lemberg

Participants: David Moss, Jutta Lampe, Peter Simonisch, Adrienne Bortoli, Silvia Magnago, Ricardo Magnago
Cello: Peter Koch
Percussion: Christoph Renner
Posaune: Jörg Huke
Ton: Jörg Huke/ Malum Dahmann
Komposition: Götz Lemberg
Dramaturgie: Holger Rink
Realisation: Götz Lemberg

Produced by Radio Bremen, SWR, RBB, DLF, HR und Finnish Broadcasting Company, 2007


El Nino is a global weather phenomenon, which strikes every six to seven years. It is among the most dangerous natural occurrences on the planet. Beginning with the warming of tremendous amounts of water in the East Pacific, El Nino travels from there via South America and South Africa to India, Australia and Indonesia. Later, it continues to Central and North America, finally reaching North Africa and Europe. Massive floods, droughts, forest fires, epidemics and starvation are the catastrophic results of this ever-recurring anomaly of nature.

“Verweht, geröstet, schockgefroren” conveys the futility of technical progress in the face of such overwhelming forces of nature. The composition and installation present an artistic meditation on nature and environmental destruction, violence and powerlessness, hope and desperation.
“Verweht, geröstet, schockgefroren” positions the audience within a space modelled after the complexity of the world, in a soundscape which not only captivates the ear, but cuts straight to the bone. Confronted with an almost tangible intensity, the visitor is compelled to reflect on the human condition.
“Verweht, geröstet, schockgefroren” is presented in a 6 m high, 200 sq m round space. Gauze walls and screens of various sizes with irregular incisions create a multifaceted space without center. Projections of light and shadow across the surfaces change constantly, creating a kaleidoscope of views and impressions. Moving through the space, the visitor is faced with an irresistibly penetrating spatial-visual reality.

“Verweht, geröstet, schockgefroren” is a five-part composition, offering one theme for each continent on the path of El Nino. Transitions between the individual sections are fluid. Fitting for the musical setting of this uncontrollable force which challenges our rational comprehension, the sound spectrum concentrates primarily on musicalized, manipulated sounds, dissociated from their origins. The libretto is a collage drawn from various literary genres: weather forecasts, interviews with witnesses and victims, poetry, biblical prophecy, and ecological statistics. Within the installation, the 24 tracks of the recorded composition emanate from several locations throughout the space. This layering of spatial and acoustical elements creates a complex structure which opens new and unexpected perspectives at the visitor’s every move.

Kunstradio presents Götz Lemberg’s piece as a part of the international exchange program „Listening Proposals“ of the European Broadcasting Company’s Ars Acustica group.


Götz Lemberg
Radio Bremen
ARD Hörspieltage 2008
EBU Ars Acustica