SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE’s approach to composition combines anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narrative, psychogeography, the observation of nature, and explorations in recording and synthesis. The source material of their works is always linked to specific locations, natural or artificial, and requires long periods of investigative travel and field work.
Along the years, they performed live, among other spaces and festivals, at Opéra de Lyon, CTM Festival (Berlin), KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Novas Frequencias Festival (Rio De Janeiro), Arma 17 (Moscow), Barbican Centre (London), Berghain (Berlin), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Florence Gould Hall (New York), Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid (Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York), MUDAM (Luxemburg), MuCEM (Marseilles), Museo Madre (Naples), National Museum of Singapore and the New Museum (New York), TAP (Poitiers), Villa de Noailles – Centre d’Art et de Culture Contemporain (Hyéres), Palazzo Reale (Milan), La Triennale (Milan), Radialsystem V (Berlin), documenta14 (Athens, Kassel).
They had solo exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art (New York), District Six Museum (Cape Town), »Capo d’Arte«, Gagliano del Capo (Lecce, Italy), and in New York’s Times Square, where in April 2016 they mounted »Jungle-ized«, a large participative audio-visual installation.
»Killer Road«, their homage to musician and singer Nico, authored with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith, was performed live in 2014 in Berlin, London, and New York, anticipating release of the eponymous record.
For »Before Music There Is Blood«, their new mini-album featuring a rework by Max Loderbauer, they have collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories—including Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music (China), The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia), and the Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro A Majella in Napoli (Italy). The trio recorded conservatoire students practicing and rehearsing, capturing the sounds out of context and reworking them into a suite of four productions. “Soundwalk Collective’s devil is forever in the detail, making what was evidently hours of painstaking work seem quite natural and otherworldly”.
In June 2017 they composed the music for the latest creation of Sasha Waltz »Kreatur«, which saw its world premiere at Radialsystem V in Berlin. The composition uses recordings from inside various factories and iconic re-appropriated buildings; landmarks of 20th century architecture embodying power, control and mass production.
Their latest body of work »Transmissions«, is published as a numbered edition box of 4x 12″LP, and featured as part of documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.
They have recently co-founded The Analogue Foundation, together with Grammy awarded producer Russel Elevado, and the innovative Japanese transducer company Audio-Technica.
SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is open to commissioned work.
Photo by Hadley Hudson