Composición espacial TUNED CITY MONTEVIDEO

In the frame of Festival internacional de Arte Sonoro Monteaudio 18-22 Nov 2014 tuned city was invited by Lukas Kühne and Fabrice Lengronne for a workshop at EUM Escuela Universitaria de Música – Facultad de Artes, Montevideo/Uruguay.
Together with their students of the „Forma y Sonido“ class and the artist and curator Martin Craciun we explored for a couple of days different sonic aspects of the town.

festival bonn hoeren 2014

12th – 22nd of june 2014

in the fifth year of bonn hoeren a large FESTIVAL project will take place from the 12th to the 22nd of june 2014, in which the results of the fundamental thematic research of the first four years will be condensed and developed further both artistically and discursively. around two concentrated weekends, bonn will be transformed into a vast platform for artistic production and presentation, discussion and intermediation of sound art and music in public spaces through a variety of formats. the city-wide event will present a series of newly commissioned site-specific works by renowned sound artists and an international symposium (18.-22.6.2014) extending the theoretical and practical discourse. students of architecture, music and sound art from diverse institutions will conduct investigations in various parts of the city and develop projects and perform on-site interventions. next to a series of concerts and site-specific performances, a big city symphony with hundreds of participants will be premiered in the city center of bonn on the 20th of june.


Tuned City presentation at KUMU, Tallinn


Symposium: Sound and public space
30.10.2013 / 11:00 – 17:00
[…] Urban space and sound: John Grzinich will introduce Tuned City, which has been held in different cities of Europe since 2008 and in Tallinn in 2011. Mapping connections between the built environment and sound, it pays attention to sounds that we usually do not consider to be important, sounds that don’t seem “interesting” or seem to be just background noise. But once they are noticed we actually sense our surroundings differently. Besides “amplifying”, the project experiments with what kind of sounds can be added, and how we can use the city as an instrument. Besides raising the awareness of city soundscapes, it explores how other fields can use the outcomes of such projects as Tuned City, and what the sound artist’s point of view offers to urbanists, architects etc. […]

The Symposium is part of the large scale exhibition “Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art


tuned city presentation at mutek mexico

international symposium in the frame of MUTEK_MX at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

Monday 30th Sept 2013
Introduction by Carsten Stabenow, initiator and artistic director, Tuned City, Berlin

CASE STUDY 3: TUNED CITY (3.45-4.15pm)
Presentation of the Tuned City platform & projects – the relation between sound & space/city/urban environment, the research and methods of mediation, how to translate to an audience and into the design of public policies.

PANEL 1: Architecture, sound & new technologies in the future city (4.15-5.30pm)
Building audiences, mediating, mixing fields, and blurring the limits of the art fields. How to collaborate with local institutions, with their infrastructures, to try to make things change from the very inside?
Modetator: Carsten Stabenow, Tuned City, Berlin / Speakers: Martin Craciun, Soco Festival, University Montevideo / Abel Perles, Productora, Mexico DF / Natalia Britos, Museo universitario el Chopo


new edition of radio emission framework:afield by felicity ford and valeria merlini

Listen to the new edition of radio emission framework:afield by felicity ford and valeria merlini in collaboration with students from RITS school of arts.
During the workshops in March, Felicity Ford and Valeria Merlini worked with students from R.I.T.S to explore the sonorities of Brussels in advance of the main Tuned City Festival. This workshop involved exploring the sites where Tuned City will take place, and practising a variety of listening techniques adapted from R Murray Schafer, Pauline Oliveros and CRESSON. The workshop emphasis lay on establishing an imaginative and appreciative listening-focussed investigation of the city, and the outcome was a series of experimental shorts, reflecting the students’ engagement with experimental documentation techniques. This work celebrated some of the sounds of Brussels in advance of the festival in June. This first workshop in March also lead to the production of a radio show for framework:afield, which celebrates students’ sonic discoveries of Brussels and conveys an ephemeral impression of the city in sound and which will air as part of the framework:afield broadcast schedule on Friday, 21st June, 01:00, Brussels, on Radio Campus 92.1fm.


TC Brussels Lecture event #2 and Workshops

Tuned City Brussels Lecture-event #2 will introduce the work of 8 artists dealing with sound, public space, architecture and the city. Space and its sound can be considered an artistic subject or field of operation in both a physical sense as well as in terms of symbolic and metaphorical associations. Artist presentations will open these various layers of meaning, giving insight into working methods while exploring specific approaches to sound and the urban.

This will be followed by a collaborative workshop week March 25th – 28th together with Sint Lucas Architectuur, Erasmus Hogeschool RITS/Radio, Sint Lukas Transmedia, a.pass, okno and La Cambre (ENSAV) option Espace Urbain and l’Escaut.
Closing presentations on march 28th, Q-O2, Koomijnenkaai 30-34, 1080 Brussels, 18:00.


TC Brussels 2013!

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!


4’33” flashmob

30th of December 2012  15:00 (3 p.m.)
Berlin, Alexanderplatz    (meeting point: world-clock / Weltzeituhr)
initiated by Florian Tuercke (D)
Take part!!

about the flashmob
2012 was the year of John Cages 100th birthday. The musical, and philosophical accomplishments of this outstanding composer were celebrated with conferences, festivals, performances, lectures and publications all over the world. The 4’33” flashmob wants to set a proper ending point to the John-Cage-Year. You are invited to take part in this intervention. Further informations and instructions here:

about 4’33”
The composition was first performed by David Tudor in 1952 (which means it had its 60th anniversary this year). Though often referred to as “four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence” the composition isn’t about silence at all. The musical content rather is all the sounds that happen while a musician (or an orchestra) doesn’t play. 


Opening Tvísöngur by Lukas Kühne

Opening of “Tvísöngur” by Lukas Kühne
September 5, at 17.00 /mountainside above the town of Seydisfjördur / East Iceland

“Tvísöngur” is built of concrete and consists of five interconnected domes of different sizes. The heights of the domes are between 2 and 4 meters and they cover an area of about 30 square meters. Each dome has its own resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony, and works as a natural amplifier to that tone.

The sculpture can be seen as a visualization of the five-tone harmony tradition. The round form is chosen for its acoustic properties as well as its visual function in the landscape. It results in a unique combination affecting visual and auditory senses. The Icelandic “Tvisöngur“ becomes a sculpture of “singing concrete”.

“Tvísöngur” is is open to everyone. It is embedded in the mountainside above the town, in a quiet area with a breathtaking view of the fjord. It offers an acoustic sensation that can be explored and experimented with by the visitor.  The site’s solitude and tranquility offers a perfect setting for singing or music playing, alone, in harmony, for ones own pleasure or for an audience.

At the opening in Seyðisfjörður there will be performances by local musicians, both professionals and amateurs, and guests are encouraged to bring their own version of five tone singing.

Lukas Kühne’s artworks are dedicated to space and frequency. He lives in Berlin and Montevideo, Uruguay, where he heads the workshop ”Form and Sound” at the Faculty of Arts of the State University.  The sculpture “Tvísöngur” relates to a series of works by the artist dealing with musical forms, one of which is the sculpture “Cromatico” built in Tallinn, Estonia as part of Tuned City Tallinn 2011.

Tvísöngur is realized in cooperation with Skaftell – Center for Visual Art,  East Iceland. It is supported by the Municipality of Seyðisfjörður, Sídarvinnslan hf, Blue Water Shipping, Goethe Institute Denmark and Nordecon Betoon, Estonia, Rosario Nuin architect.


Im Archipel at KOW Berlin

Arno Brandlhuber Im Archipel
featuring BUG by Mark Bain
produced by Tuned City 2008

08.09.2012 – 21.10.2012 / Opening Sep 7, 8 pm / KOW Berlin / Brunnenstrasse 9, D-10119 Berlin

Brandlhuber is one of the most interesting voices in the current city development discourse. His collaboration with Mark Bain for Tuned City 2008 lead to a permanent installation which made the building acoustically transparent with the help of seismic sensors.
In the frame of the current show at KOW the sounds of this living organism and its social sourrounding will be played back in to the basement which will be flooded – blocked and set back to the primitive state of the investment ruin from 2008.

About the exhibition: Built structures (architecture and urban planning) shape social relations, and they present an unambiguous trend: homogenization. Urban environments that used to be shared or that would have lent themselves to sharing in the future are now being subdivided into the niches of social Darwinism. Like and like congregate on urban islands clearly staggered according to income classes. In Berlin, where heterogeneity was once a defining feature of the urban fabric, it is especially evident that the reorganization of the city serves the redistribution of participation in social life: a wealthy clientele takes possession of the central areas around prestigious new residential developments, displacing to the periphery all those who cannot, or do not want to, keep upping the ante. Social archipelagos take shape, new cities within the city, all of them similarly homogeneous: the unemployed here, an arts scene there, the migrants somewhere else.

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radio aporee ::: MariborMaps

30. 08. 2012 / 20:00 / KIBLA, Ulica kneza Koclja 9 / Maribor, Slovenia
Udo Noll (Berlin/Köln) and Patrick McGinley (Tartu/Estonia) talking with Carsten Stabenow (Berlin) about the MariborMaps Project(Berlin)
radio aporee is a platform for artistic research of concepts and practices in the field of sound, location and their specifications in space. Two terms, periphery and resonance, build the main focal foundation, bound to sound and space and also to social and communicational viewpoints. The term periphery can be defined as a spatial or qualitative differentiation, as movement away from the centre, towards the borders. At the same time, every conscious perception builds peripheries, where the main focus lies in the centre of those peripheries. The term resonance defines two poles: the answer of the place or of the opposed to our mere presence or address, in contrary to the resulting muteness. Do we succeed in establishing a fruitful relationship with the surrounding world or are we left out? Field recordings as the main source and method of the willing approach towards places and situations can be read as communicative relationships: the recorded sound is, at best, the answer to the question, defined by our search and approach. In this case, resonance is the stroke of luck, where a contact with Space and the World is established. Conscious listening is the key and the access point to an intensified reception and experience of the surrounding world.

a project by Goethe-Institut within the framework of the European Capital of Culture MARIBOR 2012.


Klang Orte Berlin / Berlin Sonic Places

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.

Check the program:


urbane hörräume – bonnhören

28.6.2012 / 19h / foyer bonner kunstverein
bonn hoeren — stadtklangforum 3/2012

»urbane hörräume«
vortrag von dr. trond maag [zürich/oslo]
die art und weise, wie wir städte und landschaften planen und organisieren, entscheidet nicht nur darüber, wie wir die entsprechenden räume visuell erleben, sondern auch darüber, wie wir sie akustisch wahrnehmen. die fortschreitende entwicklung der städte und landschaften und unser bedürfnis nach ruhe und mobilität verlangen nach neuen methoden zur planung von klingender umwelt und nach besonderen kompetenzen für die gestaltung von urbanen räumen. denn der stadtklang darf nicht (mehr) dem zufall überlassen werden. wie gelangen wir im nebeneinander urbaner stimmen zu akustisch bewusst gestalteten, zusammenhängenden stadträumen mit hoher aufenthaltsqualität?

im anschliessenden gespräch:
andreas oldörp [stadtklangkünstler bonn 2012]
trond maag [stadtforscher zürich/oslo]
carsten stabenow [tuned city berlin]
moderation: raoul mörchen

das gespräch wir aufgezeichnet und gesendet auf wdr3


Concrete Construction of the Year in Estonia – ‘Cromatico’ sound sculpture

On a national thematic Concrete Day, the Concrete Association of Estonia announced today winners of ‘The Concrete Construction of Year 2011’ Award at an seminar event held in the Tallinn University of Technology.

Concrete Construction 2011 in Estonia is ‘Cromatico’ sound sculpture, located on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
Grand Prix Award of the competition was granted to sculptor Lukas Kühne from Germany.
Constructor Award – Andrei Kervališvili, Nordecon Betoon OÜ, Builder Award – Nordecon Betoon OÜ, Concrete Supplier Award – HC Betoon AS.

‘Cromatico’ is a visualisation of chromatic musical scale. It consists of 12 concrete chambers (which illustrate one octave of the black and white piano keys). Each chamber of the concrete band shell reverberates in a different pitch.

According to the sculptor, the ‘Cromatico’ project was realised for The European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 in cooperation with an international culture platform Tuned City (, Architect, Rosario Nuin und Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Tallinn.
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tuned city on the radio

The tuned city tallinn edition of framework:afield is done and ready to be aired! Felicity Ford and Valeria Merlini (with the participants of the framework radio: documentation and production workshop, which took place in july 2011 as part of the tuned city tallinn festival in estonia) have done an amazing job distilling their work down to one hour of radio. The show will premier as the last new edition of framework for 2011, sunday, dec 18th, at 11pm gmt, on resonance 104.4fm in London. It will then air throughout the week on the following schedule:

– sunday, 11pm, london, uk on resonance 104.4fm
– tuesday, 12:30pm, south devon, uk on soundartradio 102.5fm
– wednesday, 2am, thessaloniki, gr on cooradio
– wednesday, 3am, lisbon, pt on radio zero
– thursday, 7pm, lisbon, pt on radio zero
– friday, 1am, brussels, be on radio campus 92.1fm
– saturday, 11am, new york state, us on wgxc 90.7fm

The show will also podcast and stream-on-demand permanently from the framework website. please tune in, and please spread the word!

Many thanks to Felicity and Valeria, and to the workshop participants: Daniel Allen, Lewis McGuffie, Kadi Pilt, and Kaisa Sammelselg and of course Patrick McGinley who initiated the workshop and is the man behind framework!