Thursday, October 10
Robert BarryThe Music of the FutureOpening Lecture
We tend to hear the new, the strange, and the other before we see it. For as long as utopia has been a place distant in time rather than space, it has been conceived as a city of sound, a paradise of ubiquitous musics. Today, it might seem as if we have achieved precisely this: music all the time, everywhere. Yet somehow a trip to my local shopping mall does not feel quite like the Eden I was promised. Somewhere along the line, something must have gone wrong…
Jemma WoolmoreOf Fragile ThingsDome Projection
Of Fragile Thingsis an investigation into the multiple and fragile connections between living and non-living systems. Created specifically for the dome ceiling at silent green, this piece takes the form of an audio-visual journey weaving together dark soundscapes from recordings of electromagnetic fields, singing ice scapes and a chorus of lost voices together with a bright and glistening visual world.
Kuppelhalle free Entry
Still Be HereA Performance with Hatsune Miku
"Still Be Here" is a unique collaborative performance that draws us into the multiplying realities of a 21st Century pop star, and traces the dynamics at play between fans, corporations and social desires. Since her 2007 launch in Japan, Hatsune Miku (whose name means “first sound of the future”) has become the ultimate pop star, developed from a vocal synthesizer product into a globally adored cyber celebrity. "Still Be Here" explores and deconstructs Hatsune Miku as the crystallisation of collective desires, embodied in the form of a teal-haired virtual idol, forever 16.
Friday, October 11
Christian Obermaier & Dirk Dresselhaus
Workshop (German only): Zurück in die Zukunft. Eine Erkundung der Sound- und Musikwelten im Science Fiction Film
Atelierhaus, free entryRegistration via firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicolas BernierOn Minimalism and Science FictionLecture
For some years, the work of Nicolas Bernier focused on a certain approach to minimalism, conceptual thoughts and material restraints. The performance he is presenting at Future Soundscapes Festival is taking a sharp turn towards non-conceptual, busier soundscapes and colourful visuals inspired by science fiction. Nevertheless, traces of minimalism are still present in this new work and the artist will draw in this lecture some peculiar relationships he found between minimalism (visual or musical) and science fiction.
Sandra NaumannMary Ellen Bute: Seeing SoundLecture & Screening
Sandra Naumann introduces us to the works of experimental filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute. In the 1930s, Bute belonged to the pioneers of abstract film in the USA and soon was one of the first filmmakers to explore the possibilities of electronic image generation and various ways of linking sound and image.
+ Screening of Short Films by Mary Ellen Bute
Manfred Miersch & Kalma (VJ)New Subharmonic Sounds and VisionsAudiovisual Performance
The attempt to discover soundscapes of the future has always been linked to new and innovative technologies. At last year's festival, Manfred Miersch presented the subharchord and the theremin - both instruments that have been connected with artistic utopias in the past century. This year, he will carry the utopian moment into the future with a new subharmonic instrument based on the sound generation of the subharchord and the mixturtrautonium. He will also present a theremin that makes whole sound archives available and playable without touch. A live laboratory is created in in direct dialogue with a realtime video projection by VJ artist Kalma, inspired in cymatics, nature and the intrinsic relation between light and sound.
Takashi MakinoSpace Noise 3Expanded Cinema Performance
Takashi Makino started his project Space Noise in 2012 as a combination of a 16mm film projection and HD video and sound. Since then it has been shown in over 20 countries, with Makino constantly developing and working on the images and sound. Space Noise 3 is the third incarnation of the project and will celebrate its world premiere in the course of Future Soundscapes at silent green.
Perera Elsewhere is Berlin based, UK born experimental electronic music producer Sasha Perera. Coined by some as ‘Doom-Folk’, her one-of-a-kind music has been used in Paolo Sorrentino’s feature film Loro, Ava Du Vernay’s Queen Sugar show and HBO’s Looking.
Forest SwordsLive Score of In The Robot Skies
Forest Swords is the musical project of Matthew Barnes, who combines hip-hop-inspired beats with a great variety of samples and evocative guitar work to create dreamlike electronical tracks. In 2016 Barnes scored the drone movie 'In The Robot Skies’ (Liam Young & Tim Maughan). For Future Soundscapes he will perform a live version of the score for a brand new edit of the movie.
Please note: Due to a technical difficulty beyond the artist’s control, Forest Swords will not be able to present the live score for “In The Robot Skies” as announced. Instead, he will perform the German premiere of his live soundtrack for Jean Epstein’s silent movie “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1928), a psychedelic black-and-white piece which explores paranoia, grief and love. We apologize and look forward to his performance!
Saturday, October 12
Stefan DreesOn the sonic and musical design of dystopian and utopian spaces in science fiction filmsLecture
In science fiction film, the view onto the future of humanity is always connected with an attempt to imagine what human environments will look and sound like. Using selected examples, this talk focuses on the use of sound design and music in the creation of dystopian environments such as overcrowded urban or apocalyptic landscapes. These are contrasted with strategies drawn on to characterize utopian places or moments of happiness and harmony.
Kuppelhalle, Free Entry
Peter CusackAre future soundscapes already here?Lecture
The acoustic stereotypes of science fiction are sometimes utopic, but more often the opposite – hellish dystopias or catastrophic landscapes. But what do existing places of major environmental damage actually sound like? Field recordist (and musician) Peter Cusack has travelled to disaster areas such as the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the Caspian oil fields and German brown coal mines to find out.
Karl Heinz Jeron & Stefan RiebelR C OPerformance
RCO produces soundscapes by combining several decommissioned pacemakers with self-developed electronic circuits. During their live performance, fleeting and improvised installations emerge which take up the peculiarities of the respective location and allow them to flow into the continuously varying sound structures.
QuadratureLGM#2Audiovisual multichannel Performance with LEDs
The audiovisual performance LGM#2 is based on an extensive database of pulsars and neutron stars. The extremely fast rotations and strong gamma rays of these exotic celestial bodies are transformed into clicks, sine waves and light, exploring the rhythms and wavelengths of these pulsating sources of radio emission for aesthetic patterns and harmonies.
In collaboration with soundartist Kerim Karaoglu. Created as part of #bebeethoven, a project by PODIUM Esslingen.
Nicolas Berniertransfert (299 792 458 m/s)Performance
With transfert (299 792 458 m/s) Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier is visiting science fiction and the oversweet 80s pop culture. The piece is driven by loads of layered synthesizers recalling sci-fi soundtracks that are animating colored neons at the speed of light. Somewhere between the spacetime travel light beams or the spaceship control panels and corridors, the 3 scenographic structures are moved by the artist, altering the perception of light and space. The work is a hyperbolic, artificial science fiction scene.
Modular synth duo Driftmachine started as a workshop where Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer focused on synth exploration and search for a new approach for groove and bass-driven music. As part of their live performance, they collaborate with video artist Mika Shkurat. He is a member of the electronic pop trio Nisantashi Primary School and explores classical video feedback techniques using an analogue LZX-based video-synth combined with a screen and live camera footage.
Sunday, October 13
YARA MEKAWEILISTENIG SESSION
Yara Mekawei is a Cairo-based electronic music composer and sound artist. A prolific artist and scholar, Mekawei‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centers and the infrastructure of cities. Her work is based on sound as a tool of vision, her philosophy of composition is shaped by sophisticated practices that convey messages of conceptual dimension to the public.
Johanna HedvaBlack Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th HousePerformance
A solo performance of guitar and voice by Korean-American writer, artist, musician, and astrologer Johanna Hedva. It is a keening, mystical drone, hag blues, intimate metal, moon hymns, a dirge. O Death. For my mother, who was a Pisces (March 2, 1955 – April 30, 2018). Informed by Korean shamanist ritual and the Korean tradition of P'ansori singing (which demands rehearsal next to waterfalls, in order to ravage the vocal cords), as well as by Keiji Haino, Diamanda Galás, and Jeff Buckley, Black Moon is as much a mystical grief ritual as it is droned-out metal concert that summons the holy spirit. This performance is specifically for the faint of heart. It is loud AF and swimming in tears.
Telesonic 9000 (Dominick Gray)Expanded Cinema Concert
A film concert that looks old, sounds new, and feels futuristic, Telesonic 9000 blends original music with video projection compiled from hundreds of archival films. This expanded cinema project uses a highly synchronized combination of sound and image to explore the ideas of progress and the human condition - a "multimedia experience that ties the past to the future, and subtly taps into various parts of the mind all at once."
Nguyễn + Transitory w/ visuals by Katharina HaukeHi Hi Future, Bye ByeConcert
Disenchanted by imaginations of the future in our contemporaneity, Nguyễn + Transitory ask if the idea of future can still be reimagined today - not as a singular narrative, rather a plural spectrum of futures. This journey takes the form of an immersive audio visual performance in 3 acts accompanied by Katharina Hauke’s abstract visuals that work as a canvas for a possible future for us to imagine
Ata Ebtekar aka Sote is an electronic music composer and sound artist based in Tehran, Iran. His latest project Parallel Persia deals with the illusion and creation of an artificial hyperreal culture manipulated and controlled by an imperious agency somewhere within all galaxies. Like all realities, greed and arrogance channels destruction of life. However, the path to havoc includes resistance via beauty, grace and symmetry. Snapshots of an apocryphal Iran are presented via sonic and optic schematics for a synthetic "Persian" experience.
Sound and Video Installations,Free entry
FR+SAT 13:00-19:00HSun 13:00-17:00h
Sound BarDystopian Soundtracks from Cinematic Historyby Mario Asef and Golo Föllmer
What does dystopia sound like? Does it sound shrill, hushed, distorted or over-theatrical… or is it silent? Can music and film sound design reveal something about the essence of the dystopian? The Sound Bar invites you to explore the world of dystopian cinematic sound.
Betonhalle, free entrance
Cryptic Life Signs from the MultiverseKarl Heinz Jeron
Karl Heinz Jeron’s concrete sculptures are singing a basically infinite number of songs generated with the help of an AI algorithm. Jeron trains his AI software with pieces of music from the Internet that have been marked with the keywords “love, hate, life, death, ecstasy, drunkenness, euphoria” and - especially for Future Soundscapes - “science fiction”.
Betonhalle & outdoors
Museum in a BoxAlien 5Bettina Allamoda
For Future Soundscapes, Bettina Allamoda traces the relationship between science fiction and fact.Museum in a Box is a variable prototype that condenses various elements and media from larger installations, in a kind of archeology of past innovative present-days, into a new, portable video sculpture. Alien 5 transforms the science fiction classic into a spatial reverberation within silent green.
Betonhalle & other
Doors of ReceptionBjørn Melhus
What does it sound like to move from one room to the other in the future? The answer has been imagined by many science fiction films - few other objects in the genre have characterised the imaginary sound of the future as strongly as automatic doors. The video “Doors of Reception” is a collage of door sounds from various science fiction films that stimulate the emergence of an abstract soundscape for moving colored surfaces.