tamtam (Sam Auinger/Hannes Strobl) are active in artistic research on the topic ‘urban living space’
for more than 10 years. Their main interest is the audible. This is examined in two ways.
First through a longstanding practice in city studies with field recordings, referring to a large, dynamic space.
Resulting in the production of radio pieces (e.g. everything NO; Kunstradio Ö1 2010) and performances
(e.g. Urban Dialog Shanghai; ESSA Conference Berlin 2013).
Second, soundinstallations with a focus on the audible relationship between designed architectural space
and an acoustic event in interior (e.g.raumfarben 06, Mikromusik Berlin 2014) or exterior space
(e.g. Raumfarbe Breathe Austria; Austrian Pavillion Expo 2015, 3 Farben; Kunstfestspiele Hannover 2016).
tamtam refer to their work with the sentence:
“The sound environment is becoming the instrument, the instrument is becoming the sound environment.”
Their instrument is, for all intensive purposes, not only a sounding object that we are well familiar with.
It is also the space itself where sound lives-the acoustic and psychoacoustic fields that enable us to extend
our accepted senses to hear the habitual and the everyday as something extraordinary.
John Cage always discussed the space between the notes-the place that is neither sound nor
silence but in suspension and waiting. In their search for a new sonic language-a language where
sound no longer evolves on the horizontal, left to right plane of musical history but from foreground
to background, outside to inside, sounding always on the threshold of disappearance.
tamtam are also creating a new language of listening. one where the space between is filled with
the listener’s own experience. (Text by Chris Salter)
3 farben sound installation
raumfarbe-Humbolt-Forum sound installation
raumfarbe breath.austria sound installation
alien agency intervention performance
raumfarben 06 sound installation
urban dialog performance
everything no radio show
raumfarben 05 sound installation
raumfarben 03 dialog performance
raumfarben 04 sound installation
raumfarben 03 sound installation
sound sources by technology performance
everything NO radio show
locked out radio show
shanghai tamtam performance
raumfarben 02 sound installation
marl 2030 sound installation
raumfarben 01 installation
bewegte luft sound installation
innsbruck 6020 der weg radio show
farben berlin live – stadtmusik performance performance
farben berlin sound installation
berlin 10439 radio show
farben innsbruck sound installation
autum in papercity video sound installation
earthskin video and music
gugl meeting performance
ikarus video and music
der überfall soundtrack