14 October - 14 November 2021


Hanno Leichtmann - Seculum Sound Installation (in the 2-RAUM of the Museum Art.Plus)


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Donaueschinger Musiktage, sound artist Hanno Leichtmann was offered the opportunity to use the digitized archive of the SWR as a source for his work.



As with his earlier sound installations and audio pieces, he distills his sound material exclusively from a thematically defined (sound) archive, in this case: concert recordings, studio recordings, lectures and discussions from 100 years of Donaueschingen's contemporary music history. Leichtmann sends these subjectively selected sounds through his unique modular machinery of voltage-controlled (micro-)loopers, records these new sounds and then assembles them in the studio to create the current work. For the most part, Leichtmann concentrates on the original, pure sound of the archive: he primarily uses the classic parameters of early electronic (tape) music - for example, amplitude, pitch and speed, running direction, sequencing and cutting, and above all repetition. But also re-pitching, resynthesizing and a variety of outboard effect devices for analog old school effect chains.


From the archive, a new work is thus created for the 100th birthday of the oldest and most important new music festival.