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Sound Studies Reader

sic ! sound in context

6 June 2023 | sic !

Pho­tos © Kathrin Scheidt

Book Launch

6 June 2023, 5pm

Liet­zen­burg­er Str. 45
10789 Berlin
3.OG, 315


Exhi­bi­tion 5 — 7:30PM

Jan Thoben : Ver­ti­go Machines

2 chan­nel video instal­la­tion, 2013 (7’50” loop)


Kathrin Schei­dt : Alter­na­tive Book Cov­er Designs for the SoundS Read­er 2022



Gilles Aubry : Salam Godzilla

Video, 2019 (40’35″)

Salam Godzil­la is an exper­i­men­tal video essay on the earth­quake that destroyed the city of Agadir in 1960. Shot in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the singer Ali Faiq, the film engages with past and present echoes of the dis­as­ter and its after­math, draw­ing on archive mate­r­i­al and per­for­ma­tive inter­ven­tions. The work con­nects to Gilles Aubry's crit­i­cal re-exam­i­na­tion of the unsound in his con­tri­bu­tion to the Sound Stud­ies and Son­ic Art reader.


6:00 PM

Volk­er Straebel : Tidy­ing up Berlin

2 chan­nel dig­i­tal audio, 2011 (15’)


Daisuke Ishi­da : A Wave, The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA

Artist talk

An Instal­la­tion pre­miered in 2017, altered ver­sions exhib­it­ed at Pochen Bien­nale, Chem­nitz, Ger­many in 2022 and WRO Bien­nale, Wrocław, Poland in 2023. Indis­tinct images are pro­ject­ed onto a screen, accom­pa­nied by inar­tic­u­late sounds rever­ber­at­ing across the entire exhi­bi­tion space. All of these images and sounds are cre­at­ed by dis­as­sem­bling and recom­pos­ing algo­rith­mi­cal­ly in real- time from vast amount of video mate­ri­als that are picked up from the inter­net con­tin­u­ous­ly over the peri­od of the exhi­bi­tion. The frag­ment­ed videos that pro­vide the visu­al and acoustic source mate­r­i­al are recomposed/reordered based on their respec­tive data of lumi­nance and sound (magnitude/level) to cre­ate a sine wave, which means that the orig­i­nal videos are deprived of their mean­ing, and reduced to abstract ele­ments of light and sound for the con­struc­tion of a sine wave.


The Sound Stud­ies and Son­ic Arts Reader

An intro­duc­tion by Julia H. Schröder and Volk­er Straebel


Mutu­al­ly Informed : Con­fronting The­o­ry and Prax­is in Sound Stud­ies and Son­ic Arts Education

A pan­el dis­cus­sion with Sabine Sanio, Volk­er Straebel, Mar­tin Sup­per, and Jan Thoben, mod­er­at­ed by Julia H. Schröder

The book can also be ordered online here.

sic ! sound in context

Lec­ture series with inter­na­tion­al guests on sound art, elec­tron­ic com­po­si­tion and sound-relat­ed media art with talks, pre­sen­ta­tions and lec­ture performances.


A coöper­a­tion of
Sound Stud­ies and Son­ic Arts  (MA) | UdK Berlin


UdK Berlin UNI.K  | Stu­dio for elec­troa­coustic com­po­si­tion, sound art and sound research

Pho­to © Kathrin Scheidt