sonic thinker, composer, sound-artist
Together with Bruce Odland he founded O+A in 1989. Their central theme is "hearing perspective". Their work is known for large scale, public space sound installations which transform city noise into harmony in real-time. 2009 O+A started on the "Sonic Commons" questioning the dominance of the visual culture in our perception of the world.
Besides his longtime artistic collaboration with Bruce Odland he is a founding member of "stadtmusik" a collaboration between the Berlin-based composers Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl with the media artist Dietmar Offenhuber. Stadtmusik deals with sound in cities, by analysing sound structures which are triggered by urban buildings and facilities. They focus on the aspect of movement in the city, which reinforces a dynamic experience of the urban soundscape: particular sounds emerge through movement, sound and its timbre evolves from material and space. www.stadtmusik.org
Over the years Sam Auinger has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. Most recently he received the Kultur Preis der Stadt Linz (2002) to honor his body of work, the Berlin Artist-in-Residence programm DAAD(1997) and the SKE Publicity Prize 2007. In 2009 he was a scholarship holder of the atelier Berlin at Cité International des Arts in Paris.
Ongoing he is researching the former federal capital Bonn as "city sound artist Bonn 2010", an award given for the first time. www.bonnhoeren.de
Beside his artistic work Sam Auinger was a guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, running the department Experimental Sounddesign at Master's Program Sound Studies – Acoustic Communication. www.soundstudies.de
He is collaborating with cityplaners and architects, giving lectures and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topic of urbanplaning, architecture, media, the senses and sound in specific.
Photo by Thekla Ehling