The exhibition "Soundsources. Everything is Music!" focuses on the dynamics between the environment, sound, people and music. The exhibits show how different soundscapes or soundscapes are assembled and how people interact with these soundscapes, assign meaning to sounds or react to them musically.

A central question of the exhibition is also how people individually perceive sounds and music. All people have their own personal listening biographies, which play a decisive role in determining which sounds we perceive as music, which types of music or soundscapes we find pleasant or tend to reject.

New sounds are always categorised by the brain on the basis of previous auditory experiences. This can vary subjectively. It is therefore not possible to find a formula to determine who finds which sounds and music pleasant and why. After all, every person collects very different acoustic impressions in the course of their life.

During the duration of the exhibition, we will regularly publish new playlists with audio biographies on our website to show how differently our auditory perception can be shaped. The curators of the playlists will select 10 pieces that were particularly important to them personally and/or influenced their own listening perception.

Click here for the current playlist.

  1. PLAYLIST #1 / Vanessa von Gliszcyznski
    Vanessa von Gliszcyznski, main curator of the exhibition Soundsources and curator of the Southeast Asia collection at the Weltkulturen Museum, will start with this selection.

    Listening biography Vanessa von Gliszczynski
    “I have been fascinated by music and sound from an early age, so I finally decided to study musicology / ethnomusicology. So far, I have been able to familiarise myself with a wide variety of musical styles and soundscapes. From pop and rock to traditional music from Southeast and East Asia, classical and contemporary music and the soundscapes of megacities like Jakarta. For me, sound and music are important points of orientation and ways of getting to know cultures (and languages) better. This versatility is reflected in my own listening biography, which I have organised chronologically, even if it cannot cover all facets.“

    1. Antonio Vivaldi - Frühling, 1. Satz aus „Die vier Jahreszeiten“
    2. The Beatles - Let it be
    3. Fettes Brot - Geld abheben
    4. Modest Mussorgsky - Das große Tor von Kiew aus Bilder einer Ausstellung
    5. Kyoto Imperial Court Music Orchestra - Goshoraku
    6. Keluarga Karawitan Surakarta - Kebo Giro
    7. François Bayle - Trois andantes
    8. Sheila on 7 - Saat aku lanjut usia
    9. Queen - The Miracle
    10. Koji Yamaguchi - Mangestu no yoru

    Click here for the Spotify-playlist.

  2. Playlist #2 / Eva Raabe
    We continue with Eva Raabe, former director of the Weltkulturen Museum.

    "As both my parents had completed a musical education before their time in the teaching profession, I grew up with classical music. When my father stood in for the organist in our church, I was allowed to go up to the organ loft as a small child. I often went to the opera when I was at school. For me, music is an art that can convey stories and history in a very emotional way. The slowly approaching disaster, expressed through the musical imitation of a western locomotive, or the hard life of whalers in the 19th century, wildly presented in song, perhaps make it understandable why I was fascinated by folk and film music even as a teenager. My student years and my first years at work (1977 - 1990) were actually the time when I listened to music most intensively. There was an enormous variety in rock and pop. Looking back, I can say that songs with strong, well set lyrics, such as those by Kate Bush or Annie Lennox, have always especially appealed to me. That's why at the end of my listening biography there is once again an old master of language set to music, namely Heinrich Schütz, who pleads for peace in a time characterised by the cruel 30 Years' War. His music seems as relevant to me just as much today as it did then."
    1. Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
    2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 'Voi che sapate' Aria of Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro
    3. Do not forsake me, oh, my darling - Original soundtrack High Noon, sung by Tex Ritter
    4. The Dubliners - Greenland Whale Fishery
    5. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
    6. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
    7. The Smiths - A rush and push and the land is ours (album: Strangeways, here we come)
    8. Eurythmics - Here comes the rain again (album: Touch)
    9. Not drowning, Waving - The Kiap song (album: Tabaran)
    10. Heinrich Schütz - Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (SWV 372)

    Click here for the Spotify-playlist.
  3. PLAYLIST #3 / Gerhard Müller-Hornbach
    Next up is Gerhard Müller-Hornbach. The composer, conductor, educator and music mediator curated a listening room for the "Sound Scape" exhibition on the subject of environmental sounds in contemporary music. Here he presents a personal listening biography.

    "I was fascinated and inspired by the world of sound from an early age! So it was only logical that I became a musician. Right from a young age, I was always curious to explore what was still unknown to me and I soon set out to create my own sound worlds: I became a composer. From the very beginning, my interest extended to all kinds of musical styles and genres. I was particularly passionate about music from other cultures and the different world view and world experience associated with it. As a result, my own compositions always contain traces of this exploration of the "foreign". In my playlist there are some highlights of my horizon of experience, but by no means all facets are illuminated!"

    1. Maurice Ravel „Chansons madécasses“
    2. Olivier Messiaen „Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps“
    3. The Beatles „A Day in the Life“
    4. Bernd Alois Zimmermann „Stille und Umkehr“
    5. Franz Schubert „Streichquintett C-Dur“
    6. Alban Berg „Violinkonzert“
    7. Johannes Brahms Trio Es-Dur op. 40
    8. Igor Stravinsky „Le Sacre du Printemps“
    9. Mísia „Noite“
    10. Gerhard Müller-Hornbach „Fünf Gesänge der Schirin“

    Click here for the YouTube-Playlist

More information: If you are also interested, you can take a sound tour on YouTube through our bilingual newspaper WELTKULTUREN NEWS!