The sound installation BRAVO! focuses on the cultural and acoustic significance of applause and claps (claps are distinctive percussion sounds of various electronic dance music styles). At first glance, both sounds have the same origin – they are a basic method of acoustic articulation and rhythm tool that we hold in our own hands. Especially in the intersection between E-Musik (serious music) and U-Musik (popular music) cultures, questions regarding the cultural meaning of applause/claps can be raised: How can we communicate with the help of applause? Does the rhythm of the clap push us or are we collapsing under the pressure of the driving rhythms?
Does it make a difference who gives what kind of applause and especially in what place? As part of a multi-channel audio installation (both outside and inside the gallery space), these sounds become the carrier of a sonic investigation that focuses on our relationship with Salzburg’s festival culture and current socio-political trends. The applause/clap can be heard as a pure rhythmic structure in the form of ecstatic moments and monotonous beats, exposed from any context. Out of context the applause/clap can be heard as a pure rhythmic structure in the form of ecstatic moments and monotonous pacing. In contrast to Salzburg’s touristic and “event-soaking” city centre, the sound installation repeatedly creates new “empty” highlights and transforms the area of the performance into an abstract festival area of an imagined counter-culture.
Voice actor: Sam Bunn