Wasserklang Modulsystem

Sound Installation

In collaboration with La belle Imira, Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin, 2011

For Berlin’s Museum Night 2011, Imira and I have connected the huge water wheel of the Museum of Technology with several mechanical music boxes. The water wheel drives the music boxes via a very long rope that makes its way in an expressive zigzag course over several pulleys through the museum’s beautiful garden.

The big water wheel outside the forge

The rope is moved by the drive wheel inside the forge. That wheel is directly connected to the water wheel on the outside. A well aligned pulley system inside the wood construction directs the rope around the barrel and outside the window of the little building.

The drive wheel inside the forge

Behind the forge is a little forest where the main part of the installation is set up.

Little forest behind forge

Every second pulley has a musicbox attached. They all play different melodies at the same time and cover the garden in a magic atmosphere.

Pulley that drives a musicbox

The looped rope is put under tension with a sand filled bucket. Removing or adding sand changes the tension on the whole system.

The tensioning system

Even if it was quite rainy that night, visitors enjoyed our installation a lot!

Happy vistors exploring the installation

And here are some sound recordings that I made during the exhibition:

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