Ambient Fields

A site-specific soundscape performance as a silent headphone concert

blackhole-factory is going on a series of sonic explorations of places – and invites you to join.

Listening to a place… familiar city sounds of people, machines, nature… but also sounds that are not perceptible to the “naked” human ear: sounds from the inside of a tree… in the water… in the ground… insects in the ultrasonic range… electromagnetic fields…

In the performance, these sounds will be captured live, digitally processed in real time, and streamed live for you to hear on-site via your smartphone with headphones.
The electroacoustic soundscape is laid over the known location as a new sonic field….

Bring your own smartphone, headphones, enough battery and data volume for about 60 minutes of audio LiveStream.
No entrance fee.
Date, time and location of the performances will be announced at short notice (also due to weather conditions) on facebook and by email newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletter via the contactform.

For our remote guests who cannot physically attend: the performances will be broadcast live on the internet as an audio stream.

Ambient Fields tests a concept of flexible mobile resource-saving pop-up performances.

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    Short excerpt from today’s pop-up Ambient Field, which was located in a meadow near our home base.
    Sounds from this plant captured with a contact microphone and some live processing.

  • listen to nettles

    Preparation for the Ambient Fields performances:
    Two contact microphones attached to nettles. What a completely different soundscape compared to what we hear at the same place with our naked ears.

  • Technical setup
    checking the setup in the studio

    Checking the technical setup for the Ambient Fields performances:
    So, everything is on the table: all cables, microphones, power supply, computers, controllers, networking stuff and stuff for the LiveStream.
    The performances will take place in locations where we don’t have access to the power grid. Therefore, we need to set up our hardware completely battery driven, with enough battery power to last several hours of operation – for setup, testing and performance.
    Much of the hardware will be powered by the two laptops: the two audio interfaces, phantom power for the microphones and piezo preamps, the midi controllers, the Zoom-F6. But all these connected devices and the software suck the laptop batteries quite empty. In addition, the network router that provides our internal controller network wants 230V voltage. And it’s good to know that the smartphone for the audio live stream can also be recharged if necessary. So we work with additional powerbanks which are charged with solar panels.