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"ZENScapes | City, Country, River" wins GOLD AWARD at the New York Festival 2020!

For the fourth time, Götz Naleppa wins an award with 'ZENScapes | Stadt, Land, Fluss'. GOLD AWARD of the New York Festivals!
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Author: Götz Naleppa
Genre: Sound Art / Klangkunst
Production: Götz Naleppa 2019
Original broadcast: 03.01.2020, Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Length: 45:12
Composition: Götz Naleppa
Sound and technology: Götz Naleppa
Content:
The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'") - Alfred Brendel.
Ever since Murray Schafer coined the term "soundscape" in 1977, soundscapes have been among the most important compositional forms in sound art. "ZENScapes | City, Country, River" consciously places itself in this tradition and at the same time attempts a further development.
The three-movement work consists of three synthetic soundscapes, each of them made up of hundreds of processed and moulded sound elements that come together in the ear to form an overall picture. I was inspired by traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting - in which the brushstroke seems to run out into nothingness - an emptiness that becomes fullness through memory and imagination and fullness becomes emptiness. Transferred to the acoustic medium, it becomes a play of noise and silence, almost to the point of inaudibility, and a play of frenzied movement and "slow-motion" - to the point of apparent standstill.
"ZENScapes | City, Country, River", an audio koan about the paradox: abundance is emptiness - emptiness is abundance.
(Götz Naleppa)


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