Schlmer & Wellmann
KLANGRAUM BERLIN – SOUND SPACE BERLIN
01. Ostbahnhof (Railroad Station East)
04. Muskauer Stra§e
06. Potsdamer Platz I
07. Holocaust Mahnmal (Holocaust Monument)
08. U-Bahn (Underground Railroad)
09. Potsdamer Platz II
10. Checkpoint Charly
11. Stargarderstra§e Total playing time: 67:31
Recorded at locations in Berlin in May 2004
Sound editing and additional recordings between June 2004 and January 2006
at AmygdaLand Studio Berlin 36
Mixed by Dirk Schlmer
Produced by Dirk Schlmer and Adrian Wellmann
Voice: Peter Deininger
Sound editing: Andreas Buff
Guitars: Dirk Schlmer and Adrian Wellmann
At the beginning we wondered whether it was possible to transform the everyday sounds of Berlin and whether a sonic pleasure could accrue from the sound and noisiness of the city. We wanted to learn about the character, the acoustics and the process of GermanyÕs capital city. So during three days in May 2004 we went out in order to record everything recordable in different places, on sites, roads, in backyards, underground trains and buildings. In the studio we screened the sound pieces, separated them and set up the first audio tracks. At this stage our working title was: GERUSCHBILD BERLIN (Noise Picture Berlin).
Design ideas became clearly evident when we investigated the sound material thoroughly. We took great interest in carving out the over-heard sounds and discovering sound layers and patterns – we became acoustic archaeologists of sorts. With the means of the studio we started a dialogue with the pieces we had found. Carefully we added guitar sounds and the voice of Peter Deininger. Andreas Buff contributed important sound editing and refinements of the rhythms. As the sound material changed so did the project title and it became: H RBILD BERLIN (Hearing Picture Berlin).
Musical structures, rhythms and sounds came to light even more clearly. The city began to groove, the usual borders of perception between noise and sound, between noisiness and music became more and more permeable. Honking, squeaking, the rushing of a fountain, the ticking of a traffic light for blind people, babbling – piece by piece everything fell into place. This conversion process turned out to be extremely exciting and the project name became: KLANGBILD BERLIN (Tone Picture Berlin).
Finally we wanted to create our own space for all the discoveries and baublery. Thus the picture gained depth and transparency – and its final name: KLANGRAUM BERLIN (Sound Space Berlin).
© 2006 AmygdaLand, Berlin 36, Germany