Atmosphere always means that a place or a situation communicates with me as a visitor, and that in doing so I objectively relate to my bodily perception in relation to a happening. The word atmosphere, which derives originally from the Greek word for haze = atmos and the sphaira = sphere, describes a state that envelops something in an invisible manner. Even acoustic images (sound and music) possess this potential in their immaterial form, a space, images, a continuum of images, or a mood to represent and communicate.
The philosopher Henri Bergson described in his work "Matter and Memory", 1896, a certain factor of the time: la durée (the duration). For him, duration describes the state of how something is experienced individually, whether one is bored or experiences something with tension. This bodily experience describes the communication between the work and the recipient and therefore also the objective experience of the atmosphere.
As a sound designer I worked f.ex. for the corporate video of Karlsruhe and the ZKM Karlsruhe, further at the Theater Basel, the WLB Esslingen. I'm always searching to find a balance between sound, in relation to moving images to achieve a sound that supports the narrative and makes an invisible mood imaginative felt. Current trends in music, political developments as well as historical sounds or the use of specific instruments and acoustic spaces can be a creative tool.
"Think of your ears as eyes" (Keith Jarrett)
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