Year :   1990
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Exterior Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Hannoversche Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, Kulturamt der Stadt Hannover.

  Work Details  
  Walter Fähndrichs installation undoubtedly belongs to the most relaxed, unspectacular and stimulating musical events of the year. People do not have to pay for admission or to sit still on their concert seats: everybody composes his own work - strolling. This is how music happens live although and because its ingredients come from speakers attached to trees. Every day from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, as many premieres take place as there are visitors. You can rest in monastic Gregorian music, twined around with clarinets in the spirit of a playful avant-garde; you can listen to the humming of machines, sheltered by a roof of leaves, and think of nature governed by robots like in the film Silent Running; you can wander on and consider the names of herbs and wine recommendations recited with sparse instrumentation as a humoristic element or as the main theme. The symmetrical architecture of the baroque garden and the changing concept of the sounds, which only appears to be arbitrary, complement one another perfectly - for Fähndrichs clear, relaxed arrangements hold the islands of this sounding Bermuda square, within hearing from each other, together in an unobtrusive way. The price of this experience is its transitoriness: when the speakers will be removed next week, SOUND MOVEMENT ROOM will cease to exist. Ars brevis? Not necessarily. For we can be sure that New Music has rarely reached and stimulated as many people in as little time as in Herrenhausen this summer. The organizers are to be congratulated. And let us hope that Hannover will make such good choices even more often in the future. Volker Hagedorn, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung