VOLKSLIEDMASCHINE 2.0 / 2018
by Oliver Augst and Christoph Korn, 2018
The “Volksliedmaschine 2.0” is an Internet-based, self-generating radio play. The basis of the Volksliedmaschine [folk song machine] is a voice and sound archive. Recorded, systematized and archived were about 15,000 audio samples, spoken and sung by different male and female voices. Other sound components are generated by electronic sound generators.
The semantic part of the machine – i.e. the concepts, sentences, verses, song segments – are taken from the pool of the “German-language folk song.” This pool forms the signature of a historical memory, which in the Volksliedmaschine developed by Augst/Korn is permanently transformed into unfinished narrative forms.
Once started, the radio play constantly writes itself in a varying manner. The sound and voice components are essentially set in ever new relations, overwrites or even deletions via random processes.
The original form of the Volksliedmaschine was developed in 2001 in cooperation with the Hessischer Rundfunk [Hessian Broadcasting Company] and the ZKM [Center for Art and Media KarlsThe Volksliedmaschine 2.0 presented here has been formally developed further and placed permanently in the network landscape.
Voices: Oliver Augst, Michaela Ehinger, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Alexandra Maxeiner, Marianne Schuppe
Web programming: Stefan Hartmann, wemove digital solutions, Berlin
Starting on October 1, 2018 on www.volksliedmaschine.de
Coproduction: hr2 Kultur, "Intermedium 2" ZKM Karlsruhe, textXTND und fgnm
With the kind support of “experimente#digital – a cultural initiative of the Aventis Foundation.”
To hear the Volksliedmaschine in detail, it is recommended to listen to it with headphones or on a good audio system.
Zur VOLKSLIEDMASCHINE von 2002
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