` September 12: Salzburg, Klangpunkte, Brauestuebl, Dieter & Helga

September 12: Salzburg, Klangpunkte, Brauestuebl, Dieter & Helga

On Monday after the Harvest Festival, we wandered around a sunny Salzburg and met up with Gerhard and Mali around noon. We went over to the Brauestuebl, and Dieter and Helga joined us for the incredibly wonderful food and companionship.

Here also we begin the Klangpunkte Series. See www.klangpunkte.com. The exhibit runs from July 30 - September 30, 2005, in the middle of the old town Salzburg. Objects that resemble plastic nose cones from space ships are placed around the city. They are about 5 feet tall. Each embodies some expression of noise, to be frank. High-concept modern art. Communications. My pictures are poor, but you'll get the idea.

  1. Lotte und Charlie in the sun, enjoying a late morning cafe at Cafe Tomaselli.

  2. Klangpunkt resting on a red-white DANGER DANGER sort of pedastal. The cone is fogged up so we can't see what's inside. I liked its position next to the statue and wrought iron.

  3. Two Austrian gentlemen (presumably; they look fairly Austrian) are puzzled by the naked person inside a Klangpunkt. The brochure calls this one "Der Klangperlenspieler", by Wolfram Wuerzburger. It is #18 on the tour of 56 Klangpunkte.

    Klangperlenspieler might be translated as the "sound bead player." The Klangpunkte web page describes it thus (as translated by Google, not by me):

    The sound bead player is located in the center of a radiating world from bright beads. He is astonished at the charmful language of the sound bead play, which lets us penetrate into other spheres. Music are the charm instruments the Mozarts composed and arranged source this particularly for the point of sound. The sound bead player leads back us to a journey and with his sound bead play to all continents approximately around the world and again. The point of sound is a Arte "Omphalos" 21. Century, the arena thus musical navel of the world.

    You see what I mean. We are talking high concept. You would not know that the Sound Bead Player did all these things just by gazing at him.

  4. This one, #2, is called "Sehen mit Ohren" (See with Ears), by Ulrich Trojer. The web site describes it:

    Sees with ears is a sound installation, which is concerned with the acoustic aspect of the architecture perception. Six blind Man tell about their perception of city, area and architecture.

  5. I'm not sure, but I think this one is #6, allTag, (everyday Life), by Hannes Raffaseder. It appears to be a jumble of electronics parts.

    The Google translation of what the web site has to say:

    In this point of sound electronics scrap iron the "sculpture" and the noises of our in shortest time apparently indispensable electronic devices become will become the "musical material". Electronics is issued thereby on the one hand to the "art", which is to adorn and facilitate us the everyday life, on the other hand waste, special refuse and irritating noise. The point of sound is to lead to the argument with the changes of our everyday life by modern communication and entertainment electronics.

    I really don't think I can improve on the translation.

  6. A close-up of "allTag", ("everyday Life").

  7. An orange Klangpunkte stands near a map of old town, and a sandwich board advertising an exhibition of icons. I can't identify this one from the brochure or web site.

  8. This is my favorite: #35, "Floeten-Kroeten" (Flute Players), by Prof. Mag. art. Lotte Ranft. Note that in this case, the art surrounds the Klangpunkt, rather than being encased. I really have no idea how to translate Kroeten (help, you German speakers!) The mysterious Google translation of what the web site has to say:

    Flute toads troeten the most beautiful of the whole one in full shortness. Play the play of the play play. Trompet Tune of Henry Purcell. Aluminum sculpture ca.2,5 meter highly, spaceseizing flat plastics over aluminum curl dome.

    I know people will be chafing at my reproducing the machine-translations from Google, but I find "Play the play of the play play" somewhat poetic.

    There's also a lot to be said for the e e cummings-like "spaceseizing flat plastics over aluminum curl dome".

  9. This one benefits from being placed next to the gorgeous black-and-gold edifice. You will be relieved to learn it is indeed #15, "Grossglockner Klangpunkt", or in English, Grossglockner Point of Sound. The artist is Johann Weyringer. Google translates the web page:

    Grossglockner high alpine roads: The point of sound of the Grossglockner high alpine roads AG the visitor briefly into the wonderful high mountain world of the region Grossglockner is "to kidnap", on the one hand optically by the organization of the dome by the well-known Salzburger artist Johann Weyringer and on the other hand by the fitting nature noises including bird voices.

  10. A felicitous placement of a Klangpunkt next to a striking modern statue. It appears to contain a violin, suspended. This is #28, "Purplefonie", by Guenter Edlinger. You will be amazed to learn this is an homage to the rock band "Deep Purple" and the London Symphony Orchestra. To wit:

    Homage to Deep Purple and London symphony orchestra. The combination skirt music and classical music is the fascination. In the point of sound are two symbols for this synthesis: The violin stands for the orchestra and swings easily when playing the music. The magenta color stands for that for the name volume "Deep Purple."

    I would like to inquire of the Klangpunkte Organizing Committee why they did not commission a Zappa Klangpunkt, as long as they are being so wildly all-over-the-map.

  11. I hope by now you have an appreciation for my complete single-mindedness when it came to Klangpunkte. "See a Klangpunkt, Take a picture!" was my motto. I think this was the first one I noticed - it's in the Dom Platz, quite near the hotel where we stayed.

    This one was very sweet, with fresh green wheat sprouting inside. The title is "Wachsen Hoeren", ("Listen to it grow"), from Projektgruppe "Saturnus"; #47.

    Visually as also acoustically the "growth process in nature" is represented. Under the transparent dome grows genuine grain, which is seat element with photo-realistic nature illustrations (meadow, wooden seat) pasted. The acoustic Untermalung forms a Potpouri from wind, water, bee sums and Vogelgezwit.

  12. The creators of "Wachsen Hoeren" invite your comments. Send email to klangpunkt@floeckner.at or send ordinary mail to Baeckerei and Konditorei Floeckner, Grazer Bundestrasse 24, 5023 Salzburg-Gnigl. A mild sort of underwriter advertisement.

  13. A stark, solitary installation. I can't find it on the brochure or on the web site. We can call it White Box With A Red Stripe.

  14. After meeting up with Gerhard and Mali around noon, we headed over to Metro, which led to some interesting bin-packing as we had to fit all the purchases in and around and on top of the Salzburg-weekenders' suitcases.

  15. Hmm ... let's reconsider ...

  16. At the Brauestuebl! (Linda and Gary, eat your heart out.) Mali, Gerhard, Helga, Dieter.

  17. The gang's all here! New innovation: we're in a large no-smoking hall.

  18. At least Mali is paying attention!

    The next three pictures are from Dieter (although I must have taken the first one?)

    Dieter emailed them to us with the following remarkable message:

    Dear Kirchbergler!

    We hoffen, you seid good nach home gekommen. Our Treffen was sehr nice. Zur memory an the gemeinsamen hours im beerfactory schicke I Euch the Bilder.

    Love Gruesse


  19. Alle beim bier!

  20. Charlie caught off guard.

  21. Charlie, Marianne, Lotte

  22. Gerhard and Ignaz's half-sister, who spotted Gerhard and came over to say hi.

Marianne Mueller
Last modified: October 4, 2005