The term soundscape describes the acoustic envelope surrounding the listener. It is based on the fact that all sounds of locations, spaces or landscapes represent and signify our environments` material, cultural and social qualities. On this basis, the work in the Soundscape & Environmental Media Lab (SEM-lab) focuses on media and its technologies as environments which coin perception and understanding as well as creative media production.
Since 2011, the SEM-lab researches in theory and practice this perspective`s consequences for composition, media design, everyday life aesthetic and cultures of visual and auditory perception. Debates about new digital technologies are as important as investigating terms like ecology value systems and cultural concepts. These discussions result in compositions, installations, radiogenic productions, performances and movies plus scholarly and scientific research on sound design, cultures of perception and media production aesthetics.
Studio director: Prof. Sabine Breitsameter
Technical director: Dipl.-Ing. Michael Greiner
Field of Activities:
– Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (installations, spatial simulations, multichannel compositions as well as 3D-Audio & acoustic holography)
– compositions for 360° movies/Fulldome Cinema
– soundscape compositions and performances
– radiogenic artforms (earplay, documentary, Ars Acoustica, Experimental Radio)
– auditory space and the public (performances, happenings, soundscape design, auditory cultural work)
– scholarly and scientific discourses on auditory cultures, immersion, Environmental Media, as well as sound and ecology
The project Hörweg (in english “Listening Path”) started in December 2018 and has the goal to implement an augmented reality listening path in the forest around Dieburg.
This listening path will be open to the general public. Hikers will experience eight different listening stations by using an application on their mobile phones, which brings to them intense and diverse soundscape of the biotope by which they are surrounded.
The Hörweg enhances the auditory perception of the forest by merging the natural environment with the media environment.
The black woodpecker, tree frog, bats and many others are the essential “protagonists“.
The Hörweg facilitates the rebalancing in our sensual perception from viewing towards listening and opens up our ears to often ignored sounds in our surroundings.
The Hörweg´s vernissage for the general public is planned by the end of September 2019.
Project director: Prof. Sabine Breitsameter
Project team: Aleksandar Vejnovic M.A. (production manager), Dr. Robert Löw, Dr. Oliver Schneider
In cooperation with the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des technischen Nachwuchses (GFTN), the Odenwaldklub and the Hessen-Forst Forstamt Dieburg, the Unteren Naturschutzbehörde, the city of Dieburg, the Sparkasse Dieburg, Fraport-AG and HMWK.