SOUNDCUBE 1970. Vier Ton-Architekturen (SOUNDCUBE 1970. Four Sound-Architectures) – Bernhard Leitner

Bernhard Leitner

“Movements of sound as tool to create and to characterize space. The soundcube allows one to achieve this. 64 loudspeakers on each of the sides of the soundcube. The sound is programmed to travel from loudspeaker to loudspeaker.” Bernhard Leitner noted this description under a 1969 drawing of the SOUNDCUBE 1970, which was designed to heighten people’s acoustic and physical experience of sound.

But the soundcube is just the medium; the artwork is complete only with its corresponding sound-space program. These scores establish the positions and movements of mostly simple sounds. It’s a matter of points, lines, planes – and spaces, too. One of the variables is the audience, which moves freely through the three-dimensional composition in the cube. In the four “sound architectures” printed on Plexiglas, Leitner noted the spatiotemporal routes of the sounds and the possible positions of the listeners.


Further works in the exhibition

Pulsierende Stille (Pulsating Silence)
Ton-Liege 1975 (Sound Chair)
StahlFederWellen (SteelSpringWaves)
Variationen einer Gang-Röhre (Variations on a Tubular Corridor)

Abb.: © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Steffen Harms