Audio Tableaus


Atmosphere, biosphere, global interconnectedness, ecological and economic exchange - the world of today could only come into being through and via the oceans and their appropriation by humans.

The audio tableaus OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES explore the oceans as political, economic, philosophical and poetic spaces. They follow the natural ocean currents as well as the data streams of the trade routes, the beauty as well as the vulnerability of the oceans.

World premiere

Alte Münze, Berlin

OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES celebrated world premiere on 06.05.2022 in Berlin: As part of the exhibition Seaphony, which lets you experience the depth and vastness of the ocean, its immense soundscape through spatial sound, light and imagination in the Alte Münze in Berlin Mitte.

Visitors were immersed in electro-acoustic sound worlds that tell of a chronology of the human-ocean relationship and raise questions about globalisation, communication, colonisation and climate change, among other things. An Ocean of Sound that oscillates between nature and art sounds, aesthetically reflecting the tense relationship between ocean and man and making it sensually tangible through an immersive 3D audio installation.

OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES is produced in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk and NDR. A more narrative radio play version in stereo called OCEAN WORLDS will be aired in the radio art programmes of these stations.

At the world premiere in Berlin, numerous visitors to Seaphony and OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES were able to experience previously unheard-of sensual and cultural-social aspects of the oceans. After the premiere in Berlin, Seaphony will be shown in other cities and countries. More information on this and a documentary about the works, their creation and background are in the making. Stay tuned!

Cast & Credits

Artists and team

Since 2010, director Christian Wittmann and composer Georg Zeitblom have been working as a duo on audio projects ranging from features to experimental music collages, audio walks and radio operas for WDR, DLF, SWR, BR, NDR and other partners in the fields of media and culture. They have received numerous awards for their sound-intensive state-of-the-art productions.

Concept, text, director & composition: wittmann/zeitblom
Field Recordings: Chris Watson
Idea: Ina Krüger
Executive Producer: Diana Schniedermeier

Voice: Alice Dwyer, Leslie Malton, Trystan Pütter, Christian Wittmann
Song: Maria Goja, Christian Wittmann
Piano / organ: Maria Goja
Bass / electronic: zeitblom

Binaural mix: Boris Wilsdorf @andereBaustelle, recording studio Berlin

Produced by OCEANS21 in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
Images: members of the team during production; photos by Michael Krautter

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