Stadsmuziek: Environmental Planning as City Music

Stadsmuziek (City Music) makes you tune in to the ensemble-playing that is environmental planning.

The tall buildings in the city centre have a heavy touch; the low-rise villas to the South create considerably gentler sounds. Akko Goldenbeld has a very personal way of looking at, or rather listening to, the city. He has created a scale model of Eindhoven and assigned it the role of sound recorder; the buildings create the score. Placed on a revolving wooden cylinder the buildings set little hammers in motion that play the keys of a piano. And turning and turning, the city makes its voice heard: from loud to soft, long to short, high-pitched to low, translating the urban developers’ three-dimensional reality into an aural experience.

The method breathtakingly eludes tonal center in the style of early 20th-century composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, and Edgard Varèse.