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4140 Voices
By Morten Riis & Marie Højlund
Mindesmærket, Mindeparken, Aarhus

4140 Voices is a composition for 24 speakers made for the memorial monument at Mindeparken, Aarhus. The material is based on recordings of citizens of Aarhus reciting the names of the 4140 Danish soldiers who fell during the First World War. These names are engraved in the stone walls of the memorial monument. Through the composition of voices a new sensory connection is created between the present day inhabitants of Aarhus and their history. Reciting creates a vibratory sensibility that enables the audience to relate in a bodily manner to the names engraved in the limestone. The names become more than mere letters when they are activated through sound; they become bodies again and create a special experience due to the extraordinary acoustics within the memorial monument. The voices are collected with the help from Aarhus 2017 volunteers.


1st July - 1st September

Listen to Store Ø, Indelukket, Silkeborg

From the 7th of April - 20th of August 2017 the site will be transformed by three huge forest megaphones made by Estonian artist Birgit Õigus that function as acoustic amplifiers for the well-known sounds you experience when in the woods. The audience is invited to inhabit the megaphones and listen with enhanced ears to the multitude of sonic richness provided in nature. The installation is created in collaboration with the Municipality of Silkeborg.


7th April - 20th August

Listen to Mønsted Kalkgruber, Viborg

From the 20th May – 15th August 2017 the site will be transformed by the sound sculpture “Gravitational Vibrations” by Søren Lyngsø Knudsen. The sculpture is built around a steel resonance construction standing on four legs and contains a set of electromagnetic coils that cause the strings to vibrate and create sounds. Another system consisting of servomotors strikes the strings with a more percussive effect. The two systems form the foundation for a sound composition that resonates within the cavernous space and uses the unique acoustic character of the limestone caves. The sculpture is built in collaboration with Mønsted Kalkgruber.


20th May – 15th August

Listen to Gimsinghoved Park, Struer

From the 2nd of June 2017 the site will be transformed by the sound sculpture “Wind & Water” by Frode Gundorf Nielsen. The sculpture consists of 12 resonating pipes that together constitutes 12 tones capable of producing melodies through air pressure and water. Frode Gundorf Nielsen works with elementary sounds created by mixing air and water, through which unexpected sonic experiences is created. The installation is created in collaboration with Struer City of Sound and Gimsinghoved Art and Cultural Centre.


2nd June – permanent

Listen to the rooftop of the old water tower in Horsens.

From the 4th of August – 1st of November 2017 the site will be transformed by the sound sculpture “Tower Music” by Jonas R. Kirkegaard. The sculpture consists of 54 automated music boxes on coloured, transparent acrylic panels, placed in random angles along the walls of the stairwell. While climbing the stairs to reach the viewing platform, visitors will find themselves wrapped in colour, light and a porous, slightly dissonant soundscape from the mechanics of the music boxes. Tower Music is a sound sculpture intended to support the architect’s adventurous vision with the medieval castle-like tower design and invites the public to enjoy the tower and the fabulous view of Horsens hinterland, fjord and city for the first time in many years. The installation is created in collaboration with the Municipality of Horsens.


4th August – 1 st November

(PREVIOUS) 435 prepared dc-motors, 2030 cardboard boxes 35x35x35cm
By Zimoun (CH)
Rå Hal, Godsbanen, Aarhus

The internationally acclaimed Swiss artist, Zimoun, transforms everyday materials and objects into installations, defining the space, sound and atmosphere of the beholder’s experience. His work questions our conceptualization of noise through a staging of new ways of listening to well- known pieces of apparatus and objects. This installation is one of his largest to date, and made specifically for Rå Hal at Godsbanen, Aarhus. The installation is made of 2030 cardboard boxes 35x35x35 cm, 435 dc-motors and 750 meters aluminium rope.


1st – 30th March

About This Project
The Overheard
Presented by Marie Højlund, Morten Riis & Aarhus University

The Overheard invites everyone to be attentive to the live environment and become attuned to the distinctions between music, noise and ambient sounds. The project unfolds through three complementary artistic interventions that will enable anyone to mix and create a real-time soundtrack to their lives throughout 2017:

  1. OVERHEARD OUTDOOR SOUNDTRACK: Six outdoor sound sculptures placed around the Central Denmark Region.
  2. OVERHEARD ONLINE SOUNDTRACK: This website where you can mix the live streamed sound from the sound sculptures throughout 2017
  3. OVERHEARD CONCERT SOUNDTRACK: Live concerts with bands and ensembles that incorporate the streamed soundscape into their songs and compositions go to our facebook for info.


Marie Højlund,

Morten Riis,

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