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Exhibition Sound Studies – crescendo

Andreas Sommer

This year, the crescendo concerts from May 11 - 14 will be accompanied by a special exhibition in the foyer of the concert hall of the UdK Berlin. Lottie Sebes and Andreas Sommer, both graduates of the UdK master's program "Sound Studies and Sonic Arts," will present two interactive sound installations that open up further perspectives on the interaction of man and machine and question power relations in this regard:

Mouthpiece by Lottie Sebes explores the unease and unaddressed intimacy of speaking in an alien voice. Five sculptures, formed from 3D-printed models of a woman's vocal tract, create vocal sounds that seem simultaneously digital and human. Their dialogue is intercepted by the movement of the visitors through the installation. Using AI-generated voices in various stages of development, Mouthpiece questions the power relations that paradigmatically exist between the mute, detached operator of a speech synthesizer and the voice it generates.


In Andreas Sommer's installation In Conversation with Spectral Agents, a "Player No-Input Mixing Board" - a digital mixing console, or PNIMB - takes center stage and explores the musical potential of feedback as a means of sound generation. A stochastic model trained on the transcribed discography of the death metal band "Artificial Brain" generates the composition data. These are translated by the PNIMB into tuned feedback loops, which monitor themselves to track and maintain the level and pitch of the notes being played. Visitors* are invited to explore and interact with this composition via another mixer, challenging, supporting, or disrupting the composition and the performing "Spectral Agent."

The exhibition will be opened on May 11 at 6:30 pm with a short vernissage by the two artists.

The installations can be visited from May 11 - 14, one hour before the concert starts as well as during the concert breaks in the foyer of the concert hall of the UdK Berlin, Hardenbergstr./corner Fasanenstr.

The UdK Berlin is committed to helping people in need. This year, up to half of the festival's donations will go to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" to benefit earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.


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