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With: d&b audiotechnik

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Backnang, St Johannes Church

TAMTAM (Sam Auinger/Hannes Strobl):
»raumfarben 07«

The »raumfarben 07« sound installation created by composers and sound artists Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl was designed to increase our awareness of the key role that hearing plays in our perception of the world. The concept for the installation at St Johannes Church in Backnang was developed in conjunction with the local company d&b audiotechnik. It comprised a combination of loudspeakers, amplifiers and software that discreetly blended with the church's interior. The artists then composed a 60-minute piece to played through the sound system. It incorporated recordings of instruments made in the church, as well as pre-recorded studio sounds designed to integrate seamlessly with the sounds and noises of the church.

The various sound spectrums produced by the loudspeakers, from broadband to horn to subwoofer, ensured that the visible structure of the church architecture was reflected in the aural.

But the composition did more than simply reference the architecture. It also raised our awareness of the sounds that drifted into the church from outside.

TAMTAM revealed the fact that the sounds have their own inner rhythm. The church acted as a resonator so that the sounds had a different effect depending on the time of day, the weather or the day of the week. TAMTAM invited us to examine how acoustic impressions affect our emotions and sense of space and time. Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl question the dominance of the visual in our culture. Their work calls on us to listen – and to join in a discussion on hearing.

The Artists

TAMTAM (Sam Auinger/Hannes Strobl) represents eighteen years of artistic friendship, expressed in many joint compositions and sound installations on the subject of the city/ambient sound. Their ›instrument‹ of choice is not just a conventional sound object, but also the space that the sound inhabits. TAMTAM allows us to perceive the familiar and everyday as something extraordinary.

Sam Auinger, born in Linz in 1956, has been involved with composition and sound art since the 1980s. His work revolves around the human perception of sounds, often combined with questions of space, architecture and urban planning.

Hannes Strobl, bassist, composer and sound artist, lives in Berlin. His music is underpinned by the sound-based potential of the electric bass/double bass.


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Obere Bahnhofstraße 22-24
71522 Backnang


5–28 October 2018

Cooperation Partner