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Sound Scenography.
Book design for Idee und Klang Audio Design.

Idee und Klang Audio Design is a team of composers, sound designers and technologists who use sound and music to create artistic, historical, or commercial living environments. The work of the studio, which has been in existence since 2005, includes challenging exhibitions, media, and brand installations such as the National Museum of Qatar, the BMW Museum in Munich and the Imperial War Museum in London.

Suan designed this sound publication for the audio designers, which is dedicated to sound scenography and at the same time reflects on the studio’s work. Questions about the still young field of acoustic exhibition design as well as personal experiences in the field of audio creation are reflected. The topic is framed by interviews and texts by guest authors who are active in this discipline.


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The thread-bound hard cover in Swiss brochure comes with a poster that visually depicts the 8-channel recording of John Cage’s 433ʺ through spectrograms, but also makes it audible via QR code. Two removable stickers provide tips on what to look for when designing sound scenography. The book covers illustrated case studies from the Idee und Klang portfolio, each with a field report and two sound examples that can be easily accessed via QR codes using a smartphone. The QR codes become a design principle in the chapter dividers and complement the monochrome spectrograms, which also depict what is heard on the visual level. In the middle of the book is the sound map, a collection of sound pearls from around the world.

“Sound Scenography, Klangszenografie – The Art of Designing Sound for Spaces” was published in spring 2021 by av edition, the specialist publisher for architecture and design in Stuttgart.

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