A walk through the world of extinct sounds
It is the year 2070 and Ensemble Recherche has just beamed its new season brochure directly to the brains of its subscribers via Neuro-telegram. Among the various goings-on there is a special invitation – the ensemble will open its “Archive of Extinct Sounds” to the public for the first time in a performance/exhibition co-curated by students in the Ensemble und Digitale Performance programme at Trossingen Hochschule. The gentle crunching of footsteps in snow, the squawks of swallows as they arrive in Europe after their seasonal crossing of the Sahara and Mediterranean, the groans of an expanding glacier pushing against mountains of rock, the bell of the San Marco Basilica in Venice… these sounds now exist only as memories – and as audio recordings, neatly organised in historical archives.
Museum of a Future Past is a creative and critical reflection upon the soundscapes associated with things in our world whose existence is, for better or worse, under threat. It emphasises themes of climate change and the environmental and sociological upheavals associated with it, but at the same time, takes the optimistic view that new technologies will, in the not-too-distant future, relegate to the past the tools of industry, transport and modern convenience that are having such a destructive effect on our planet.
The exhibitions in this imagined museum, organised by category (anthropologic, polar, birdsongs, etc.), will be animated by members of Ensemble Recherche.
With works by
Bileg Sainburen, Hanna Magdon, Jakob Fros, Jason Ullah, Josef Häusel, Leon Aviles Fucyman und Luka Knezevic
Anja Clift, flute
Eduardo Olloqui, oboe
Shizuyo Oka, clarinet
Klaus Steffes-Holländer, piano
Christian Dierstein, percussion
Adam Woodward, violin
Sofia von Atzingen, viola
Åsa Åkerberg, violoncello
Sonja Schmid, Christian Losert, Project consulting
Jakob Boeckh, Set Design
Andreas Schmelas, Webdesign
The museum is also online—upload your sounds at www.museum-of-a-future-past.com and help our collection grow!
Supported by the Aventis Foundation and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation. In cooperation with the Landeszentrum Musik-Design-Performance of the Musikhochschule Trossingen.