"Drepsen" is a composition I did in 2008 for the collective sound art exhibition "Klangspeicher", at the Großer Wasserspeicher (Singuhr-Hoergalerie) in Berlin.
The Großer Wasserspeicher in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, was built in the 19th century and served as a water reservoir for many years. Nowadays it is dry and filled with air. The naked stone walls, built in 5 circles around the center tower, provide great sound reflection surfaces. The Großer Wasserspeicher therefore has an immense reverberation time of about 14 seconds.
During the sound exhibition "Klangspeicher", one loudspeaker per circle plus one subwoofer were stimulating the air inside the reservoir.
"Drepsen" is custom-tailored to the acoustic properties and resonance frequencies of this extraordinary space.
The recording, which you can hear in this movie, only gives a very subjective impression of what the sound was like inside the reservoir. Of course, the sound inside the Großer Wasserspeicher is by far more overwhelming, inspiring, fantastic. The most amazing effect is the change of musical harmonies, sound colour, and rhythm according to the listener's position within the circles of the reservoir.
The exhibition was hosted by Singuhr-Hoergalerie and curated by Sam Auinger. Technical assistance by Dany Scheffler and Hannes Strobl; Singuhr-Hoergalerie assistance by Christian Roth. Participating artists:
Patrick Muller, Damian Rebgetz, Jan Cziharz, Tomek Wochnik, Daniela Imhoff, Christian Schulz, Emad Parandian, Robert Schwarz, Annie Goh, Pure, Thomas Koch, Alexander Sieber, Anke Eckardt, Gilles Aubry, Ulrike Sowodniok, Max Schneider, Till Spielhoff, Bastian Holzheimer, Johannes Steininger. Many thanks to the University of Arts Berlin - Sound Studies.