While the focus in the early years of my work with sound was on
anthropogenic noise and sound synthesis, my interest shifted
towards scientific and artistic works with wildlife sound in the mid
Conversations with Yannick Dauby and the discovering Chris Watson’s
release “Outside the Circle of Fire” (WATSON 2008) were a more than
welcome confirmation of my perception that pure, unmanipulated
recordings of biophonies and single sonic events can have an outstanding
Early conversations with Marcus Held led to Jakob Johann von Uexküll’s
theory that each species or even each individual has an environment of
its own (VON UEXKÜLL 1934). I’ve been trying to go beyond classic
traditions of perception (anthropocentrism) and gain insight in other species’
way of seeing, hearing and living.
From natural hearing (purposefully or accidentally) to mediatised hearing
(via phonography) – my artistic as well as my scientific work is based on
a wide range of motivations and ways of approaching the sound of the
natural world – regardless, whether it’s the sound of an entire habitat or
a single animal or the fundamental sounds of the elements.
So is this blog.
I’d like to thank the following people for inspiration, crucial experiences,
their support and insightful discussions:
Vladimir Arkhipov, Arnoud B. van den Berg, Felix Blume, Nicole Christ,
Yannick Dauby, Daniel Fischer, Marcus Held, Bernie Krause, Sonia Levy,
Sergei Loznitsa, Marc Namblard, BJ Nilsen, Manuel Richter, Marc Ries,
Daniel Schiller, Lars Stöwe, Jan Stöwe, Ole Schmidt, Cheryl Tipp, Chris
Watson, Chris Weinheimer, Jana Winderen and Shannon Woo.
Watson, Chris, Outside the circle of fire, 1998
von Uexküll, Jakob Johann, Streifzüge durch die Umwelten von Tieren
und Menschen, 1934
Franke, Patrick, Das natürliche und das mediatisierte Hören, 2008
Koch, Ludwig, Memoirs of a birdman, 1955
Dauby, Yannick, The sound of space, 2007, radio interview