MyCity, MySounds: Thomas Butler
Portrait of Thomas Butler
Fri, April 12, 2019 8 pm CEST

In his presentation composer Thomas Butler presents his artistic-scientific work with the app »MyCity, MySounds«.

Butler created a soundwalk on the topic of sustainability in which he contrasts the energy consumption of Karlsruhe households with the potential of renewable energies at several locations in Karlsruhe's urban space. The aim of the work is to stimulate a game of ideas on future-oriented urban development processes within a post-fossil energy economy. Butler will present a series of site-specific electroacoustic miniatures. The sound locations are emblematic for the generation of electricity and its consumption.

Presentation »Sounding Infrastructure«
Many of Thomas Butler's recent compositions deal with the infrastructure that supports our daily lives, including highways, power plants, and the Internet. In this lecture Thomas will present his new MyCity, MySounds work »Karlsruhe Survey«.

Performance »Karlsruhe Survey«
»Karlsruhe Survey« is a series of short electro-acoustic compositions that illustrate important locations of power generation in the city. A mixture of field recordings and synthesis, each composition considers a single piece of energy infrastructure, the real or imaginary ether. Together, these pieces form an acoustic figuration of the energy potential.


Please note: The lecture will be held in English. 


The Artist-in-Residence-Programme »MyCity, MySounds« takes place within the framework of the project »Interfaces« with the support of the funding program »Creative Europe« of the European Union.

Project Team

Ludger Brümmer (Artistic Direction)
Benjamin Miller (Sound Technician)
Hans Gass (Light- & Event Technician)
Sophie Caecilia Hesse (Organisation)

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media