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Sounds of War and Peace

Soundscapes of European Cities in 1945


Edited By Renata Tańczuk and Sławomir Wieczorek

This book vividly evokes for the reader the sound world of a number of European cities in the last year of the Second World War. It allows the reader to «hear» elements of the soundscapes of Amsterdam, Dortmund, Lwów/Lviv, Warsaw and Breslau/Wrocław that are bound up with the traumatising experiences of violence, threats and death. Exploiting to the full methodologies and research tools developed in the fields of sound and soundscape studies, the authors analyse their reflections on autobiographical texts and art. The studies demonstrate the role urban sounds played in the inhabitants’ forging a sense of identity as they adapted to new living conditions. The chapters also shed light on the ideological forces at work in the creation of urban sound space.

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Waves of Remembrance: Wrocław in Radio Sounds. Broadcasting from the past (Dorota Błaszczak)


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Dorota Błaszczak

Polish Radio Archives, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw

Waves of Remembrance: Wrocław in Radio Sounds. Broadcasting from the past

Abstract: Waves of Remembrance: Wrocław in Radio Sounds, an interactive sound installation, created a listening environment for the public. A prepared radio receiver “broadcast from the past”, using content from radio archives. This article presents the installation with reference to the role of radio broadcasting and the experience of listening to radio as two inspirations for creating the work. The war-time context and the radio soundscape of 1945 are emphasised as a turning point in the history of the city, and as such they are present in the radio recordings that shaped the installation.

Keywords: radio art, broadcasting, soundscape, interactivity, perception

In May 2015, the Goethe-Institut issued a call for projects: “As part of Wrocław’s tenure as the European Capital of Culture 2016, we are looking for projects in the areas of performance and contemporary art that can be realised in a container (about 6 x 3 x 3 m) with three transparent walls located in a public square in Wrocław (the Goethe-Institut Pop Up Pavilion). […] The pavilion will serve as the basis for a site-specific, interdisciplinary cultural programme with a German-Polish focus, whose aim is to include the public and encourage it to participate”.1

One of the themes for submissions, referring to “identities and remembrance/Wrocław’s...

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