As a great deal of our experience with the sonic effects of architecture and cityscapes is subjective, Tuned City has always focused on direct, participatory situations to explore these effects. Through a combined program of soundwalks, listening exercises, recording sessions, site-specific actions and soundmapping projects, the tuned city workshops have involved scores of people dedicated to examining and cataloging their own, unique sonic relationships with the city of tallinn.

Throughout the first half of 2011, members of the Tuned City team and MoKs worked together with students of the university of tallinn Anthropology Department, the Estonian Academy of Arts Architecture and new Media Departments and members of the general public. First and foremost, a printed sound Map of tallinn produced by the ut/MoKs group will be distributed throughout the city as well as form an important part of the event catalog. The results of the EKA workshops – a series of posters and sound recordings – can be seen and heard at MÄRZ project space during the tuned city event and the interactive miniatures for mobile media can be experienced by listeners now and in future in situ.

Some participatory workshops continue during the Tuned City event itself. In close collaboration with our partner ptarmigan (, we are offering a series of workshops short before and during the event in july. Invited artists will each share their individual tools for listening to the city, and offer both a deeper insight into their artistic practice and a chance for the participants to become actively involved in the program of the event. And whether those tools be telephones, acoustic tubes, electronic transducers, radio waves or physical movement, the participants in these workshops will never hear the city the same way again.

Workshops offered during the event

City Sounds Concerts / June 28 – July 3 2011
with Ici-Même (Grenoble, F)

Methaphones workshop / July 4 + 5 2011
with Unsworn Telecom (Stockholm, SE)

12-tone filter / July 4 – 10 2011
with eyland 07, René Rissland, Jürgen Lehmeier (Nürnberg, D)

Tuning the City / July 5 – 10 2011
with Mads Bech Paluszewski (Copenhagen, DK)

framework radio – documentation and production / July 7 – 10 2011
with Felicity Ford (UK) and Valeria Merlini (IT / D)
on behalf of Patrick McGinley, framework radio (US / EE)

Workshops offered beforehand

Sound Map of Tallinn / January – July 2011 (ongoing)
with Carlo Cubero, John Grzinich, Patrick McGinley (Tallinn/Moste, EE)

Listening / January 17-21 2011
with Derek Holzer (US/D) and students of the new media department of EKA

Sound in Landscape/ February 12-15 2011
with Derek Holzer (US/D) and students of Katrin Koov

Radio Miniatures – Radio Aporee / April 18-22 2011
with Udo Noll (Berlin, D)

Sound Map Visualisation (at MoKS) / April 28 – May 2 2011
with Andreas Töpfer, Carsten Stabenow (Berlin, D)

Form + Sound II / May 9-15
with Lukas Kühne (Montevideo, URG)

For further information on projects and workshops conducted within the framework of Tuned City Tallinn please see pre-events May 2010 >>>