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September 10th, 2018


garage as a cultural production initiative is history since quite a while. please visit our other projects tunedcityacts-of-listeningsonic explorers,  soundexchangedock-berlin or the personal websites of carsten stabenow.

soundexchange at ctm 2014

January 10th, 2014


At CTM 2014, a special two-day Sound Exchange concert and performance programme at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) brings a selection of projects by younger-generation Eastern European artists working in resonance (or in contrast) with their pioneering counterparts.

The Sound Exchange exhibition in the Foyer of HAU2 provides further context by presenting individual artistic positions, regional groupings, and currents in Central and Eastern Europe’s experimental musical cultures from the 1960s to the present. Through various documents, images, and sounds, eight exemplary pioneers and their works are portrayed in regional and historical context, as are their underlying artistic processes and positions.

An afternoon programme regrouping lectures, a round-table discussion, and a specially-commissioned film programme focused on the late GDR underground scene that presents rare and never before seen film and video documents, gives the possibility for in-depth reflection and debate. Further examinations of musical developments elsewhere in the East and West will unfold throughout various other events within CTM 2014’s Discourse series.
Sound Exchange began its search for the roots and current state of experimental music culture in Central and Eastern Europe in 2010, pursuing commonalities and singularities found within these regions and discussing their relationship with the international history of experimental music. Aiming at rendering local lines of development visible again and encouraging artists to reconnect to these traditions, Sound Exchange produced a series of festivals, exhibitions and workshops in Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic, in close collaboration with local initiatives in each country. CTM 2014 presents some of the findings and achievements of the extensive project through a special condensed programme at the festival, and links it into further dialogue with parallel developments in Russia and the West.

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Tuned City Brussels 2013

January 31st, 2013

tuned city brussels

Tuned City Brussels – co-organised by Q-O2, workspace for experimental music and sound art is starting in collaboration with Sint Lucas ArchitectuurErasmus Hogeschool RITS/Radio, Sint Lukas Transmedia, a.pass and La Cambre (ENSAV) option Espace Urbain, with a series of lecture-events, artistic presentations, mini-residencies, university projects and workshops over the first half year. (see PRE-EVENTS) Those will be followed by an international four day festival from June 27th-30th mixing a conference with artistic  realisations such as concerts, walks, installations and interventions in situ. Looking forward to see you in Brussels!

berlin sonic places

June 12th, 2012


The project Klang Orte Berlin/Berlin Sonic Places - perspectives of acoustic city development was initiated by Peter Cusack in the frame of his Residency at The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and explores our relationship with and the importance of sound in the urban context.
From June to September 2012 Berlin Sonic Spaces will illuminate the issues through talks, discussions and performances. In 3 one day events the perspectives of different interest groups groups – artists, architects/planners, sociologists, musicians, residents, administrators, local communities and the public – will be brought together for a lively dialogue on the city’s changing soundscape.
Three themed modules will be presented in three exemplary places – Pankow/Prenzlauer Berg, /Wasserstadt – Rummelsburg/Stralau and Tempelhof Airfield. They all explore the spatial and communicative potential of sound as a tool and a means of urban practice. A cross disciplinary dialogue will be built that traces out the complex relations and interactions of space-sound by presenting and testing new strategies, methods and possibilities of sound work within artistic and applied contexts.
The results of the Berlin research modules and the collaboration between Peter Cusack, Sam Auinger and students of UDK Sound Studies Berlin will be featured at Ars Electronica 2012 in Linz this September.

Klang Orte Berlin/Berlin Sonic Places continues the discourse started by Tuned City Berlin in 2008 and aims to develop it further in cooperation with the UDK Sound Studies and a wide range of local and international partners. The project is realised by dock e.V. in cooperation with The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

‘line/tilt’ installation for soundroom, Hailuoto Finland

May 26th, 2012


I the frame of Wind as context - Wilderness Art Conference, Carsten Stabenow was invited to realize a site specific work for the soundroom/hai art project - a new space/residency place on the island Hailuoto in northern Finland.

Reflecting on the location – the history of the place as an old pilot station/observatory as well as the local surrounding and it‘s climate conditions and peculiarities – the work approaches the festivals topic ‚wind as context‘ and experiments with the sonification of the environment.
In the attic of the building long strings are installed, tuned to the resonant frequencies of the of the timber construction. A resonator/sensor unit outside on the roof picks up the constant wind-energy-caused micro vibration of the roof construction and renders the signal via small transducers to the strings. Between the strings and the timber roof construction a dynamic feedback loop is generated which is constantly modulated by the random wind energy. The whole space becomes a resonating structure like the body of a wooden instrument and one can observe the many phenomena occuring in vibrating strings - shooting sounds like in upper electricity cables for trains, rythmic frequency patterns ranging from a short reverb to longer echo sounds, higher pitched natural overtones, a rich variety of slides and frequency shifts.

The work will be open daily over the summer between 9AM and 7PM.

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Wind as context - Wilderness Art Conference, Hailuoto, Finland

May 24th, 2012


Wind as context - Wilderness Art Conference was an international research conference for organizations and artists working in remote and rural regions of the EU and furthermore. The conference explored the question of how contemporary and digital arts can be relevant within those areas and can be beneficial for local communities, visitors and artists alike. Hailuoto is an island in northern Finland located in the Gulf of Bothnia.

Some impressions can be found here >>>.


November 11th, 2011



Experimental Music Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe

SOUND EXCHANGE embarks on the search for the roots and present-day experimental music culture in Central and Eastern Europe, which has a lively internationally linked scene of musicians, artists and festivals. Local traditions and their protagonists have, however, partially been consigned to oblivion since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. SOUND EXCHANGE wants to ensure that these traditions can be heard again and to link them to current developments in local music scenes.

Between November 2011 and November 2012, SOUND EXCHANGE DAYS will take place that are connected to local festivals in seven cities – Krakow, Bratislava, Tallinn, Vilnius, Budapest, Riga and Prague – with concerts, performances, workshops and a wandering exhibition on the experimental music scene in Central and Eastern Europe. …
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tuned city tallinn 2011

November 11th, 2011

tc tallinn

Sonic Landmarks – a sonic path through Tallinn

official program of the European Cultural Capital Tallinn 2011

4th – 10th JULY 2011 / TALLINN

“Most people would probably say that architecture does not produce sound, it cannot be heard. But neither does it radiate light yet it can be seen. We see the light it reflects and thereby gain an impression of form and material. In the same way we hear the sounds it reflects and they, too, give us an impression of form and material” (Steen Eiler Rasmussen – Experiencing Architecture (1959)

You can find a documentation online at our tunedcity website.

tuned city nürnberg 2011

May 11th, 2011

tc nürnberg

Mini Tuned City Nürnberg – Sounds of Muggenhof
11. bis 17. April 2011

As part of an interdisziplinary artist competition initiated by the city of Nürnberg/Germany Tuned City is going to realize a ‘mini-event’ in a very interesting part of the city called Muggenhof/Eberhardshof. The area is a mix of havitation and industrial architecture inbetween a green belt with a little river on one side and the main connection highway to Fürth (and the parallel train track) on the other side. The industrial architecture is dominated by the former production facilities of AEG and the Quelle (mailoder) headquarter build by Ernst Neufert.

Read the docu at our tunedcity website >>>

tuned city tallin preview event documentation

August 23rd, 2010


We had the good fortune during the recent Tuned City pre-event, to spend some time in the historic Sea Plane Hanger currently under renovation in Tallinn. … You can read a very excellent docu on our recent activities in Tallinn on John Grzinich’s website with fotos, videos, audio-recordings and descriptions. Some more images can be found at our Tuned City Flickr pool and two video-documetations of the workshops by Pedro Balbas on youtube. We even made it to the Russian tv news in Tallinn with the project.