Bill Fontana – Satellite Soundbridge


Soundbridge Köln/San Francisco»

In 1987 the first satellite bridge in the history of radio was produced with two sound sculptures: Soundbridge Köln – San Francisco. The «orchestra» consisted of 18 sound sources in the city of Cologne and 18 in San Francisco. Simultaneous events in the two cities, parallel but completely independent of one another, were brougtht together and mixed into a collage by Bill fontana from a mixing board at the WDR, producing the live composition, Satellite Soundbridge Köln – San Francisco. For an hour the listeners entered into the sound world of two widely separated cities though the medium of Fontana´s sound composition. Many listerners have mentioned that this work had a soothing effect which was almost therapeutic in nature.
(Source: ZKM Audio collection)

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