The Minimal Music Festival in Amsterdam was
opened with a spectacular ship's horn concert. An installation consisting of 144 ship's horns moved
the audience into a hypnotic sound space under the open sky. The concert started with the four-part
work "Da pacem Domine" composed by Arvo Pärt.
A special orchestra has brought the end of
the coal era to UNESCO world heritage Zollverein in Essen rang in. More than one hundred compressed
air horns play on a square kilometers of industrial space and transformed the area into a concert
hall. The project was an overall staging of a four-part composition, light and fire.
The "finale" concert was the brilliant closing of
the festivities to 300 years Karlsruhe: from the castle futuristic instruments played exactly synchronously
with the flames of the pyrotechnicians. Amazingly silent flames produced the fire magic. Their precise
control allowed a perfect interaction with the musical course of the composition. Three places of sound
played over the distance of 100 meters synchronize together.
URHO & Urban Horns
Asounding city, on the land, in the water,
and in the air! More than one hundred ship’s horns sounded at the opening of the Helsinki
Festival 2013. This spatial composition sounded simultaneously in five locations including
Icebreaker Urho, a fleet of hot air balloons and two choirs.
It is a special set up with 64 horns installed
in the middle of a great square. The horns are directing to the four winds, playing with the reverberations
of the surrounding buildings, changing them to a sounding sky scraper cathedral. The melodies and rhythms
reflecting off the architectural surface, playing compositions with incredibly energetic rhythmical
structures, producing an attractive firework of aural textures - the "Magic Square".
Christof Schläger’s art can be considered
a form of land art. The ship’s horn, heavy industrial equipment, canal landscape – the project
Schläger calls “Schwingungen” (“Vibrations”) is the first systematic artistic manifestation
of this form of acoustic-sculptural land art.
Gegen den Strom
An original composition performed
by 112 ship horns installed on two ships sailing on the Vistula river bend by Wawel Castle,
between the D?bnicki and Grunwaldzki bridges. A special choreography for the ships
Music by Arvo Pärt and classical
themes (Vivaldi, Ortiz, Prokofiev) in special instrumental arrangements.