Explore Berlin Via Our Students' Sounds With Eufonia Sound Circuits

Posted by Dee Cunning on 10/13/2020 in Student work

A whole new way to explore Berlin – featuring the work of some of our amazing students! Eufonia Festival's Sound Circuits, running throughout October, is an innovative take on public spaces, supported by Ableton and Catalyst.

Berlin’s sounds are iconic. From the melodic buzzing of the U-Bahn doors – famously sampled by Paul Kalkbrenner – to the industrial reverb of abandoned buildings, to the ambience of nature in the countless green spaces. In fact, sound is one of our students’ favourite ways to explore the city, collecting field recordings that sing of its rich history, cultural diversity and beauty. That’s why we’re excited to join Ableton as part of Eufonia Sound Circuits, an interactive odyssey of sound and video art pieces, spanning four areas of Berlin. 

Throughout October, the districts of Mitte, Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are each hosting five pieces from five different artists, covering the themes of Fear, Memory, Rhythm, Health and Freedom. Catalyst students are exhibiting their pieces across Friedrichshain, to which you can listen and view via QR codes placed at various locations. 

Scroll down to find out more about their individual pieces – and where to find them.

Sonic Stations

Electronic Music Production & Performance student Raven Grace Janicello studies the theme of Memory at cultural clashing point Boxhagener Platz. "Explore the park in front of you on six different spots, each accompanied by their specific part of the sound work."

Sonic Stations | Eufonia Sound Circuit by Catalyst Berlin Music EMP student Raven Grace Janicello

The Cardiac Coherence of Friedrichshain

Creative Production Music MA student Ludovic Laviec's piece provides audio and visual cues, inspired by Warschauer Straße, to guide the practice of Cardiac Coherence. Cardiac Coherence is a breathing technique primarily used to fight anxiety and stress, which also stimulates your sympathetic nervous system.

The Cardiac Coherence of Friedrichshain | Eufonia Sound Circuit by Catalyst Berlin Music MA student Ludovic Laviec
Urban Fear And Dread | Eufonia Sound Circuit by Catalyst Berlin Music MA student Shehryar Ahmad

Above: Urban Fear And Dread by Creative Production Music MA student Shehryar Ahmad

Urban Fear and Dread

In the RAW-Gelände area, Creative Production Music MA student Shehryar Ahmad invites you to "immerse yourself within the middle of a dark, fearful environment. Witness the environment change with the sounds, the heart of the city beat, and your worst imaginations manifest all at once." (Binaural audio)

Urban Fear and Dread Eufonia Sound Circuit by Catalyst Berlin Music MA student Shehryar Ahmad

Caged Freedom

Film Production students Kamilija Tekle Cizaite and Zac Roger Yeates invite you to a multisensory experience of false freedom at Volkspark Friedrichshain, which uses sound, video and real-life interactions. "Man-made parks, beaches and ponds are supposed to mirror the experience of nature. However, because they are in the confinement of the city and its busy, noisy landscape, they give the sensation of a false and distorted freedom of nature.”

Caged Freedom | Eufonia Sound Circuit by Catalyst Berlin Film Production students Kamilija Tekle Cizaite and Zac Roger Yeates

Synchronicity

Electronic Music Production & Performance alumnus Samaquias Lorta and current student Gabriel Strobel, aka OIIA, present an ambisonic composition for a variety of aural experiences. 'Synchronicity' is a composition that "exists in a reimagined intersection parallel to Frankfurter Tor which itself is at a crossroads between urban speeds, home living, and crying ecosystems."

Synchronicity | | Eufonia Sound Circuit by Catalyst Berlin Music EMP students Samaquias Lorta and Gabriel Strobel OIIA

For more information about Eufonia Sound Circuits and to view the full map, check out the website! Click here to read about all the Berlin artists.