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There is a small town in Belgium, called Neerpelt, where they have this wonderful place: Klankenbos, which translates to "Soundforest". Initiated by musica.be, they invite sound-artists to contribute installations to the forest. So visitors can go around and experience sound in new ways.
Just to give an example: there is a glass-cube in the forest, which you can only access through an underground tunnel. Being there, it isolates you from the environmental forest-sounds to bring awareness to what you normally don't take attention to. The concept is inspired by John Cage's famous piece 4:33, which is basically 4 minutes and 33 seconds of musical silence.
Another one: A giant flute. In fact so big, that you can go into it. You close the big steel-door behind you and a huge fan starts "blowing" air on the opening of the flute. The created sound is of such a low frequency (maybe around 20-30Hz) that you literally stand inside of the wave and physically feel how the sound goes through your body. Impressive.
There are many more installations, so if you happen to be around that area, it is definetely worth a visit! Check their website: musica.be or flip through the Klankenbos Info-PDF: http://www.musica.be/Portals/97/Files/Klankenbos/CATALOGUS_WEB.pdf
There is a small wooden cottage called "RadioForest", which was initially created to broadcast the moods of the wood. Now it is a place for workshops and several installations. For example, they have soundscapes being played within the wooden walls of the building. You have to approach with your ear to listen to soundscapes evolving around the topic of "forest".
This is where Dåbermann comes into place: we were invited to contribute such a Soundscape to the collection. Instead of just delivering it, we went to Klankenbos to have an improvised session right in that setting. Besides of some instruments, we used just sounds we collected earlier in the forest.
You can find some pictures of our performance at their webpage:
It was a very nice experience, these are the kinds of places we Dåbermen like. So if you happen to be in Klankenbos next time, you will probably listen to our Radioforest Soundscape there. Enjoy!
(If you don't want to take on the travel cost, download the file and listen at home :)
[to see pictures, visit http://dabermann.tumblr.com/post/548976123/radioforest-soundscape]
Release date: Apr 25, 2010