Your Favorite Music originally derives from the concept of a sound installation with the same name that I have created in 2020.
The sound installation My Favorite Music dealt with music reinforcement and the acoustic appropriation of public spaces at the Hamburger Hauptbahnhof (central station in Hamburg). In 2001, ambient classical music started to be played at the Hauptbahnhof to deter people from loitering and sleeping. This follows a strategy used by authorities worldwide to maintain control over these public spaces.
This use of music poses some questions: whose private playlist do we hear at the station? How is the soundtrack perceived by people? To what extent do travelers and those who stay there contribute to the overall soundscape? And lastly, what sounds challenge or overlap with this soundtrack?
Following these questions, I had developed a work that uses the ambient classical music of the Hauptbahnhof in conjunction with environmental sounds from the station and personal interviews with people who utilize this space—people working for “Hinz und Kunzt”, buskers, passersby. The acoustic displacement of this soundscape in the exhibition space offered the opportunity for us to linger again.
The photo shows a recording session at Hamburg train station.