Floating Sound Gallery

Paul Gründorfer

paul-gruendorfer_500Paul Gründorfer is a sound performer and sonic explorer, working in the areas of experimental electronic music, sonic sculptures and site specific interventions. He is developing real time audio systems, that act autonomously or in reference to the spatial constellation. While considering the encounters between analog and digital, structured or improvised elements, he is focusing on the abstract occurrence of sound and its physical impact. 

In his work electronic circuits are interconnected to cause semi-natural entities, autonomous organisms, half-animals. The electronic machine functions as the mimesis of an organic world, voice and articulation is generated through loops in feedback networks. Continuous ecosystems, Archaic animal-noise-transmission, onomatopoeia. Contrary to the simulation of sound by the means of deterministic composition concepts, the spectrum of sound is found in the present. Listen to the chants and occasional bursts of noise of the world of animals and beyond!
He is an organiser of the platformV`elak, Verein für elektroakustische Musik
and co-founder of ‘Zentrale – Raum für Klang- und Prozesskunst’

Soviet noise / AM-Feld (2016).


On May 7, 1895 Alexander Stepanovitch Popov presented results of his research of a wireless lightning detector he had built that worked via using a coherer to detect radio noise from lightning strikes. On March 24, 1896, at the demonstration of the invention, he used radio waves to transmit message between different campus buildings in St. Petersburg. 

On May 7, 2011, Alexander Felch, Mikhael A. Crest and Snezhana Vinogradova transmitted 153 seconds of soviet noise via the Popov memorial radio station R1ASP in Kronstadt to the ether and placed it there as an acoustical monument. That soviet noise was found on audio tapes which were produced 1989 in soviet environment and therefore became artefacts and carriers of the information of this environment. The information remained untouched until this days` broadcast. 

On November 23, 2016 Alexander Felch and Paul Gründorfer will create a radiosignal, containing a sender built by Paul Gründorfer which will transmit another 30 minutes of the original soviet noise. This time portable radio receivers are supplied to catch the information of a Soviet environment and deliver it to nowadays Russian reality. 

Accompanying the installation there will be a talk about short distance radio transmitter, antennas and receivers. And as part of his research with self-made analogue devices for sound production, Paul Gründorfer will play on these devices once the radiosignal is turned down. 

– As a part of: Alexander Felch – Abstracts of soviet noise (2006-2016), happening nov. 22-26 on various locations in St. Petersburg.
Kindly supported by the federal chancellery of Austria.