Future Soundscapes Festival - Day 2

Forest Swords, Perera Elsewhere, Takashi Makino, Nicolas Bernier, Sandra Naumann, Manfred Miersch and Kalma

What does the future sound like? Future Soundscapes invites you on an audiovisual trip through time: Over the four days of the festival, artists from the realms of music, media art and sound art explore the past and present of science fiction sound in pop culture, music and cinema.



silent green Atelier
10am to 4.30pm / Workshop (German only): Zurück in die Zukunft. Eine Erkundung der Sound- und Musikwelten im Science Fiction Film mit Dirk Dresselhaus und Christian Obermaier
Registration via: fifefo@silent-green.net
Participation is free of charge.

silent green Kuppelhalle
5pm / Lecture by Nicolas Bernier - Minimalism and Science Fiction
6pm / Lecture and screening by Sandra Naumann - Mary Ellen Bute: Seeing Sound
7.15pm / Audiovisual performance: Manfred Miersch with Kalma (VJ) - New Subharmonic Sounds and Visions
Free entry

silent green Betonhalle
8.15pm / Expanded cinema performance: Takashi Makino - Space Noise 3
9pm / Concert: Perera Elsewhere
10.30pm / Concert: Forest Swords - Live Score In the Robot Skies
Ticket: 15,70 €


5pm, Kuppelhalle
On Minimalism and Science Fiction
Lecture by Nicolas Bernier

For some years, the work of Nicolas Bernier focused on a certain approach to minimalism, conceptual thoughts and material restraints. The performance he is presenting at Future Soundscapes Festival is taking a sharp turn towards non-conceptual, busier soundscapes and colourful visuals inspired by science fiction. Nevertheless, traces of minimalism are still present in this new work and the artist will draw in this lecture some peculiar relationships he found between minimalism (visual or musical) and science fiction.


6pm, Kuppelhalle
Mary Ellen Bute: Seeing Sound
Lecutre and screening by Sandra Naumann

In the 1930s Mary Ellen Bute (1906-1983) belonged to the pioneers of abstract film in the USA; in the 1950s she was one of the first filmmakers to explore the possibilities of electronic image generation. In her short films she began to transfer the principles of musical composition to the creation of visual materials and tried various ways of linking sound and image. Starting with RHYTHM IN LIGHT (1934) she first produced a series of black-and-white films where she coordinated distorted images of everyday objects with classical music. In the late 1930s she turned to animation techniques and early colour film techniques; the free creation of form and colour allowed her to open up a whole new spectrum of linking acoustic and visual elements which she continued to develop in films like TARANTELLA (1940). Later, in films such as ABSTRONIC (1952), she combined animated images with figures she generated from synchronised music by using an oscilloscope.


7.15pm, Kuppelhalle
New Subharmonic Sounds & Visions
Audiovisual performance by Manfred Miersch & Kalma

The attempt to discover soundscapes of the future has always been linked to new and innovative technologies. At last year's festival, Manfred Miersch presented the subharchord and the theremin - both instruments that have been connected with artistic utopias in the past century. This year, he will carry the utopian moment into the future: A new subharmonic instrument based on the sound generation of the subharchord and the mixturtraunium. He will also present a theremin that makes whole sound archives available and playable without touch. A live laboratory is created in in direct dialogue with a realtime video projection by VJ artist Kalma.


Space Noise 3
Expanded cinema performance by Takashi Makino

Takashi Makino started his project Space Noise in 2012 as a combination of a 16mm film projection with HD video and sound. Since then it has been shown in over 20 countries, with Makino constantly developing and working on the images and sound.

Space Noise 3 is the third incarnation of the project and will celebrate its world premiere in the course of Future Soundscapes Festival 2019 at silent green.


Concert by Perera Elsewhere

Perera Elsewhere is Berlin based, UK born experimental electronic music producer Sasha Perera. Coined by some as ‘Doom-Folk’, her one-of-a-kind music has been used in Paolo Sorrentino’s feature film Loro, Ava Du Vernay’s Queen Sugar show and HBO’s Looking.


10.30pm, Betonhalle
Live score In the Robot Skies
Concert by Forest Swords

Forest Swords is the musical project of Matthew Barnes, who combines hip-hop-inspired beats with a great variety of samples and evocative guitar work to create dreamlike electronical tracks. He probes the idea of wordless, ambiguous vocals as means of expression, with melodies and chants unravelling across tracks, cut and bent out of context, age and gender in beautiful new ways.
In 2016 Barnes scored the drone movie 'In The Robot Skies’. For Future Soundscapes he will do a live version of the score for a brand new edit of the movie.

Directed by speculative architect Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan, In the Robot Skies is the world’s first narrative shot entirely through autonomous pre programmed drones. The film explores the drone as a cultural object, not just as a new instrument of visual story telling but also as the catalyst for a new collection of urban sub cultures. In this near future city drones form both agents of state surveillance but also become co-opted as the aerial vehicles through which two teens fall in love.


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