Stephan von Huene | Extended Schwitters
The complete work of Stephan von Huene: kinetic and sound sculptures, sculptures, assemblages, drawings
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Extended Schwitters

Mind Map Extended Schwitters II - a transplantation 1987
Mind Map Extended Schwitters II - a transplantation 1987

photo: Estate Stephan von Huene, ZKM, Karlsruhe

Mind Map Extended Schwitters, detail
Mind Map Extended Schwitters, detail

Erweiterter Schwitters I

1987

Studio Akustische Kunst, WDR Köln

(Editorial stuff Klaus Schöning)

Extended Schwitters I excerpt, 9:43 min

With the help of a phoneme generator, Kurt Schwitter’s “Sonate in Urlauten” is pushed to extremes, so that timbre and de-semanticized speech sounds merge with one another.

Mind Map Extended Schwitters, detail
Mind Map Extended Schwitters, detail

Erweiterter Schwitters II – eine Transplantation

1989

Studio Akustische Kunst, WDR Köln

(Editorial stuff Klaus Schöning)

Erweiterter Schwitters II – a transplantation, 19:27 min

The “Sonate in Urlauten” (sonata in primordial sounds) by Kurt Schwitters, the classical alphabet poem of Dadaism, was translated by Stephan von Huene into synthetically generated phonemes through a computer-guided transplantation. As the work progresses, this process is controlled by the synthetically-generated Ursonate on the basis of W. A. Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C Major performed by Glenn Gould. The listening experience becomes spatialized.