Samstag, 12. Juli 2014

Tasten Erkennen Wahrnehmen

Karola Baumann et al., Tasten Erkennen Wahrnehmen [touch perceive recognize], Ravensburg 1979

Samstag, 31. Mai 2014

Gertrud Meyer-Denkmann

Gertrud Meyer-Denkmann (*1918) is a German composer, educator, musician, musicologist. She was among many other things a friend of John Cage and an early advocate of his work in Europe.
Her book "Klangexperimente und Gestaltungsversuche im Kindesalter", published in 1970, was a success for the contemporary/experimental music education series "rote reihe" (previously featured here) and an influential publication of its field. It got translated into english as "experiments in sound". The concept of the book is to lead the children to make their own music, through their inventive intelligence by experimenting, listening, interacting. "To offer him only an educational experience which is labeled 'suitable for children' underestimates his aptitude. (...) There is little room for a child to exercise his imagination or initiative when he is confronted by a well-worn song, a piece to practise, or a prepared set of ostinati or percussion rhythms."

Here's a piece from the record that accompanies the "Klangexperimente..." book.
"Geräusch und Ton" (sound and tone)
"Five children age 4 and 5 produce sound and tone with their voices and order sound and tone instruments in accordance with this. (...)"

"sound groups with different tone colours"

"a chain of sounds as a relation of duration, action and tone colour"

Meyer-Denkmann and John Cage at her home in Oldenburg in 1963

Image sources:
Gertrud Meyer-Denkmann homepage at University of Oldenburg
A multimedia portrait of Meyer-Denkmann by researcher Kirsten Reese (more sound and image goodies there and even a great video)

Mittwoch, 30. April 2014

Private photos from Expo 64

50 years ago today, the Swiss National Exhibition, the Expo 64 opened its doors in Lausanne. Here's some unfiltered view via a pile of private photos I recently found on the flea market. Their original size is 6.5x6.5 cm, but I scanned them in 600 dpi, so you can zoom in. I might add some information about the pavillions and artworks later, but so far, please make your own stories.

More posts on this seminal exhibition to come. Please check out my previous posts on Expo 64:
Pics from the construction and the buildings (from the construction foremen magazine; the images from the Swiss army's "concrete hedgehog" are probably the most tumblred pics from my blog).
Rolf Liebermann's composition for 156 office machines.



Montag, 21. April 2014

At the Maison d'Ailleurs

The Maison d'Ailleurs, the Museum of science fiction, utopia and extraordinary voyages in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland is based on the collection of Pierre Versins, who donated his tens of thousands of science fiction books, comic books and many other sci-fi related documents to the city in the 1970s. Central parts of the collection are the work of Jules Verne, French series of Sci-Fi books, but also American pulp novels.
I had the pleasure to accompany my friend Dave Tompkins on a research mission to their book collection. We had very little time, but I'm glad I sneaked away from the study desk to take some pics of amazing covers.

Related post: the library of Andreas Züst