Transforming the Kraftwerk Building Into An Instrument #MusicMonday

At this year’s Berlin Atonal,  sound artist Rabon Aibo has transformed the the cavernous Kraftwerk power plant into an instrument. He makes use of  “as canisters that resonate with dark moments in both Kurdish and German histories.” Here’s more from CDM:

Kraftwerk’s architecture is so resonant, its reverberation so pronounced, that delicate sounds tend to be easily drowned out. The “playing the building” notion may be familiar – think back to David Byrne’s 2005 installations in Sweden and a disused NYC ferry terminal. But what’s unique is Rabon’s sensitivity to the history of his objects — and his craft in making these fragile sounds clear in a space that would easily swallow them.

It is as though the skeleton of the building is rattling to life – the clatter of the bones of the structure. The gas canisters stand in a spotlight like sentinels, casting shadows across the floor in almost human silhouettes. And there in a prominent position at the center of the flow of audience from ground floor to the stage, they silently confront the public.

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