De-Symphonic is a large-scale, open-air sound installation by composer and sound artist Werner Cee. The Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park, formerly the Duisburg-Meiderich Iron and Steel Works, is the venue where Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 (Pastorale) will be deconstructed and reassembled at 13 stations.
De-Symphonic creates a very own 'inside view' of Beethoven's symphony: The sounds of the orchestra no longer only have a combined symphonic effect, but also develop their own dynamics beyond the original composition.
Certain aspects and sounds are stressed hyper-realistically, others are changed in the frequency spectrum or converted into pure structure-borne sound. In addition, the composition’s dramaturgy of time is transformed into an accessible, multi-perspective topography of sound.
The multi-channel acoustic production creates both large “tableaus” and a multitude of detailed sound miniatures at selected positions. The tour can thus also be experienced as chords broken down into components, components that can be heard from neighbouring spaces but only form the overall chord from a distance.
The Landscape Park, as a symbol for the end of industrialization, offers an ideal alternative world: Over 700 plant species have now found a home next to the giants of industry, the blast furnaces and foundries, the bunkers and power stations on the site. Rare plants have come with the iron ores and created one of the most diverse habitats in the densely populated area.
At night, the Landscape Park presents one of the most beautiful light installations in Germany, designed by the British architect and light artist Jonathan Park.
A project organized by the Hans Flesch Society (Hans Flesch Gesellschaft) in Berlin and Deutschlandfunk Kultur radio.
Admission is free of charge / more information: de-symphonic.de