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Technosphärenklänge In Berlin
Tom Marsh , April 12th, 2016 15:53

Event celebrates confluence of music, maths and tech

The second edition of Technosphärenklänge (Sounds of the Technosphere) will take place on April 20 at the House of World Cultures (HKW) in Berlin.

Produced by the HKW, in collaboration with CTM Festival, the event will be examining the interconnections between music, maths and technology.

It will be a festival of firsts. Russian musician and researcher Andrey Smirnov will be presenting a piece on the wonderfully-named Rhythmicon, the original 1932 drum machine invented by none other than Leon Theremin. Smirnov will also be developing a composition to be aired in autumn via Deutschlandradio Kultur’s weekly Klangkunst series as part of Technosphärenklänge.

In another premiere, electronic pioneer John Chowning will collaborate with fellow trailblazer Mark Fell. The former is inventor of the frequency modulation (FM) synthesis, the latter a leader in the field of algorithmic music.

Composer and producer Marcus Schmickler will be demonstrating his Fortuna Ribbons project, which explores numbers as mutual objects in music and maths. Following the concert, the artists will be taking part in a session of talks of presentations at the HKW the next day.

Throughout both days, “The Sound of the Waves”, an installation by sound artist Yuri Suzuki, will be displayed in the HKW’s foyer. The work recreates the patterns of sea waves using data collected from beaches, then reproduces them acoustically with an African rainstick. Event details can be found here.