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Neue Kochstrasse

For grenaphone, timpani, and loudhailer

Composition commission for the exhibition, "Berlin über und unter der Erde: Alfred Grenander, die U-Bahn und die Kultur der Metropole" First performance: Technisches Museum, Berlin, 2006

The composition is to be understood as a late commentary on the resonating qualities of the building materials of Alfred Grenader's U-Bahn stations: not a "Bahn"; instead, sounds in themselves. Out of the partly still available original (glazed) tiles, a xylophone-like instrument is constructed that fits into my remaining percussive instrumentarium. Furthermore, sheets of metal, ornamental elements, and supports are incorporated into the spectrum of potential sounds and noises.  ----- It will be a kind of "retrieval" of the exclamations that have been absorbed by the tiles in the U-Bahn stations over decades. ---- The "grenaphone" is born. SÅJ, 2006