B_Tour: Recoding Recording
Guided tours as an artistic strategy in contemporary performance, sound and visual art
From city-wide b_tour brochure:
"This tour will put people to the task of listening to a part of the city and "moving" the sound to another part of Berlin. We will begin in the Grunewald Forest at a site high above the city (120,1m), where the German citizens piled debris from Berlin's bombing in WWII to build an artificial mountain. We'll hike to the highest point in the forest, later used as a listening post by the NSA and GCHQ. This is Teufelsberg, Devil's Mountain, where now there are blends of natural sounds punctuated by the 'voices' of birds, insects, wind, distant train. We will don Sound Cone Helmets consisting of large ear cones that localize sound. We will sort through the swarms of sounds and pick out specifics. As a group, we will decide on our respective parts and will imitate these sounds with only our mouth, hands or feet, and begin to rehearse how to "playback" the sound of this place. We are essentially RECORDING the city by ear and replaying it using our bodies. As a newly born city choir, we will walk thru the forest still individually rehearsing our parts and proceed to carry the sound to the towers of Teufelsberg. We regroup there, arrange ourselves in the same way as we rehearsed, and "replay" the sound in the domes of this reverberant place. From here, we keep the choir going, retracing our steps all the way to the UBahn and exit at the Moabiter Brücke, one of the most beautiful bridges in the center of Berlin where we deliver the sound back into the Spree River... sending the sound out to sail throughout Berlin and into the North Sea."