TBA21 Sound Space
- The TBA21 Sound Space is a project commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary to bring to a larger audience the unique series of compositions that were produced for The Morning Line. Conceived as an interdisciplinary platform structure by artist Matthew Ritchie and architects Aranda/Lasch, where artists, architects, engineers, physicists and musicians would each contribute their own specialized information to create a new form, The Morning Line uses a unique interactive multispatial sound system saturated with over fifty speakers conceived by Tony Myatt and a team from the Music Research Centre, University of York, UK. It is currently installed in Vienna’s Schwarzenbergplatz for a two years residency.
The novel spatialization software suggested a new form of music written especially for The Morning Line which has now been extended to be reproduced in the TBA21 Sound Spaces. The first Sound Space was developed in the context of Peter Weibel’s and Julia Gerlach’s exhibition Sound Art. Sound as a Medium of Art at ZKM | Media Museum in Karlsruhe. To celebrate the evolution of the medium, TBA21 has put on loan its sound archive of nearly 30 experimental sound compositions. These were commissioned over the last four years from an international group of composers whose work reaches beyond the boundaries and the programming of traditional concert halls. The existing archive of music and soundscapes has been reconfigured through a specially written software by Tony Myatt and his team, to recreate the multispatial audio installation. The system has multiple surround sound fields, some adjacent to each other and some nested inside each other in layers. This provides an experiential three-dimensional sound reproduction system within a larger scale spatial sound environment.
The compositions were curated by: Florian Hecker; Bryce Dessner; Russell Haswell and Franz Pomassl.
The composers: Alexei Borisov; Batuhan Bozkurt; Bryce Dessner with David Sheppard and Evan Ziporyn; Cevdet Erek; Mark Fell and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros; Christian Fennesz; Ghostigital; Bruce Gilbert; Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen; Carl Michael von Hausswolff; Florian Hecker; Erdem Helvacıoğlu; Jónsi & Alex; Carsten Nicolai; Mehmet Can Özer; Zsolt Olejnik; Finnbogi Pétursson; Franz Pomassl; Lee Ranaldo; Terre Thaemlitz; Yasunao Tone; Chris Watson; Thom Willems; Jana Winderen; Zavoloka, and Peter Zinovieff.