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GLOBALE: Next City Sounds

Fri, December 11 – Sat, December 12, 2015

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The program of the symposium focuses on current perspectives of acoustic urban planning.

More than half of the world today lives in cities; designing urban living spaces is becoming increasingly relevant. Up to now, visual criteria have been crucial for town planning decision processes, while sound potentials on the other hand are not used adequately. The symposium deals with the question of which sound design options can have a positive effect on the quality of life in cities.

A transdisciplinary discourse is suggested for this: Specific aspects of the perception of sound in urban space are discussed on the basis of current methods and results from the field of research of sound studies and psychoacoustics. Urban planners, architects and acousticians will also present approaches of urban sound design and town planning incorporating the latest technology. Sound artists and musicians are presenting works, in which urban sound environments are the focus. The ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA) will also present a newly developed web applications, on the basis of which future sound scenarios can be designed by users.

The symposium addresses both scientists and urban planners, as well as sound artists and musicians, who incorporate site-specific aspects into their work. The speakers will be Sven Anderson, Sam Auinger, Seckin Basturk, Peter Cusack, Dorothea Kalogianni, Thomas Kusitzky, Francisco López, Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, Valerio Signorelli and ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics.


Friday, 11.12.2015

  Session I (10 am–1 pm)
10 am Sven Anderson What We Talk About When We Talk About Sound
11 am Thomas Kusitzky Cultivating the city sound
12 pm Francisco López Sound Matter Cities
1 pm Soundwalk with Lasse-Marc Riek (registration required under
Session II (3 pm–5 pm)
3 pm Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp Soundscape Project – Nauener Platz, Berlin / COST Project TD0804
5 pm Peter Cusack Berlin Sonic Places
Sound dome concert (from 8 pm)
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  Luc Ferrari Presque Rien
  Antje Vowinckel Ferrari entre
  Thomas Gerwin Karlsruhe – Klangbilder einer Stadt
  ZKM | IMA Next City Sounds Hörstück
  Yannick Hofmann Grassroots Probes (UA)

Saturday, 12.12.2015

Session III (10 am–1 pm)
10 am Seckin Basturk The Use of Virtual Reality Technology in Noise Action Planning
11 am Dorothea Kalogianni EEG and the city sonic landscape
12 pm Valerio Signorelli Re-modulated frequencies. Broad interdisciplinarity and everyday experiences in sonic studies
Session IV (2:30 pm–6:30 pm)
2:30 pm Sam Auinger Sonic Commons
3:30 pm ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics Next City Sounds
4:30 pm Panel discussion
Live performance (from 9 pm)
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  Francisco López  
  Klara Lewis  
  John Chantler  



Yannick Hofmann (Production manager, program booklet, Moderation), Ludger Brümmer (Moderation), Marie-Kristin Meier (Moderation), Alex Hofmann (Mixer), Anton Kossjanenko (Recording), David Luchow, Brian Questa (Support sound engineering), Hans Gass (Light and event techniques), Mirko Posluschny (Support light and event techniques)

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ZKM | Karlsruhe
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