The intention of the concept URBAN AUDIO is to examine public space in terms of its musical and compositional potential. For this purpose special instruments are designed that transform ambient sounds to musical tunes. The URBAN AUDIO instruments are temporally put into public places, e.g. at traffic intersections, to record music.

The URBAN AUDIO music is created and played by all participants in the underlying noise situation. These music pieces are collateral compositions, which means compositions that are created as by-products of situations whose purpose and origin has no musical substructure. Collateral composition are created unknowingly and unintentionally and embody the textural conditions of the underlying situations. In this regard, seemingly chaotic or unpredictable situations are as interesting as self-organizing, or controlled situations. The musical composition lies within the constitution of the situation.

The sound art project URBAN AUDIO started in 2005 and has meanwhile recorded sound transformations in various cities:

Hildesheim (D 2005), Zuerich, (CH 2006) Budapest, (HU 2007), Nuernberg, (D 2007/9), Stuttgart (D 2007), Atlanta (GA, USA 2008), Birmingham, (AL, USA 2008), Chicago (IL, USA 2008), Cleveland (OH, USA 2008), Dallas (TX, USA 2008), Denver (CO, USA 2008), El Paso (TX, USA 2008), Kansas City (MO, USA 2008), Knoxville (TN USA 2008), Los Angeles (CA, USA 2008), Nashville (TN, USA 2008), New Orleans (LA, USA 2008), Omaha (NE, UAS 2008), Pittsburgh (PA, USA 2008), Philadelphia (PA, USA 2008), Phoenix (AZ, USA 2008), Reno (NV, USA 2008), Richmond (VA, USA 2008), Roswell (NM, USA 2008), Sacramento (CA, USA 2008), Salt Lake City (UT, USA 2008), San Francisco (CA, USA 2008), St Louis (MO, USA 2008), Tucson (AZ, USA 2008), Washington (DC, USA 2008), New York (USA 2009), Erfurt (D 2009), Magdeburg (D 2009), Stuttgart (D,2010), Mainz (D 2010), Wiesbaden (D 2010), Schwerin (D 2010), Kiel (D 2010), Hamburg (D 2010), Bremen (D 2010), Hannover (D 2010), Duesseldorf (D 2010), Muenchen (D 2010), Sarrbruecken (D 2010), Dresden (D 2010), Potsdam (D 2010), Berlin (D 2010), Nykarleby (FIN 2011), Helsinki (FIN 2011), Tallinn (EST 2011) Turku (FIN 2011), Tartu (EST 2011), Gdynia (PL 2011), Gdansk (PL 2011)

URBAN AUDIO is a project by Florian Tuercke

contact: mail[at]urban-audio.org