Roberto Paci Dalò
audio installation and live performance
immersive audio journey into the black heart of History.
Imagine to enter in History. Imagine to be in a low light place
completely surrounded by sounds coming from any direction all around
you. Imagine that to be part of an audio performance can be a way to
access documents you never expected to deal with. Old scratching German
and Russian voices which became weird sonic stuff.
These materials come from very rare tapes of the German and Russian
radios in 1943.
They are unpublished, so you can't find it on the market. They come
from the Deutsche Rundfunkarchiv (German Radio Archive) in Frankfurt am
Main and Berlin and have been been personally found by the author of
Well, those are the voices of some of the highest figures in the very
last days of Nazi dictature in its trespassing to the end of the
empire. So you can hear a Grossadmiral talking from the bunker where
Hitler killed himself few minutes before; announcing to the Germans the
death of their leader. You can hear the dramatic silences in the
broadcasting studios. Steps from far, noises, silence, furniture moved.
And the voice. Shocking voice announcing the end of an empire through
the medium this empire used so well: the Radio. In
the piece you can also hear the combination between the original tapes
and subtle treatments of the sound through live electronics creating
newer materials, low frequencies, ultrasounds which fill the entire
space around te public.
A unique archive
transformed in a live multi-channel audio performance presented for the
first time in Berlin at the Deutsch-Russisches Museum in the highly
symmbolic place where the Capitulation between Nazis and Allies were
that occasion (April 2005) the piece was performed in the yard
outside the building with speakers hidden among tanks and panzer in a
very cold snowish afternoon. Many of the people attending the
performance were listening for the first time these voices and they
were particularly moved.
why the museum's director decided to present once more the piece
one month later on May 8th; the day the Capitulation has been signed. A
strange day which is not holiday in Germany and doesn't have any joyful
memory contrary to the other countries.
The performance requires 8 active speakers with subwoofers. The power
is related to the venue's size.
to an excerpt from the piece (please note that this is just a stereo mixdown of the original 8-channel work)
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