Like great art, the power of great sound cannot be explained but must be experienced. And as in art, human creativity and ingenuity are continually redrawing the boundaries of audio.
At Art Basel in Miami Beach, which was held December 1 to December 4, Sennheiser showcased its vision to progress the worlds of art and sound through groundbreaking innovations and a commitment to support pioneering artists working with sound.
During the Miami Beach show, the audio specialist hosted a truly unique sound clash performance between German sound artist Nik Nowak and Miami Bass legend, Neil Case, a.k.a. Bass Mekanik. The two met for the first time and engaged their mobile boom systems at Gramps, the famous venue in Miami’s Wynwood District. Nowak is one of the sound artists collaborating with Sennheiser through its Future Audio Artists Program to create compelling new projects that fuse art and audio.
Sennheiser is the Official Audio Partner to the world-renown Art Basel international art shows, staged annually in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach. The relationship epitomizes the audio specialist’s deep commitment to the arts – both through innovative technologies that expand the limits of creative possibility and by working directly to support artists. “Our engagement with Art Basel started in March this year at Art Basel in Hong Kong.”
The journey we have been on since has been truly exciting, further deepening our relationship with the art world,” said Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser. “We have been excited to see our vision to Shape the Future of Audio brought to life in a way that inspires people, and to be bringing this powerful experience to Miami Beach.”
Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, explains the role that Sennheiser has played in the development of creative and artistic projects: “Technology and art may seem to be polar opposites, but as a pioneer in audio we occupy a magical place where they come together. Our innovations empower still greater artistic endeavor.
Yet, through Art Basel and our Future Audio Artists Program, we at Sennheiser have taken great inspiration from the passion and creativity of the artists that we have been privileged to work with.”
The Future Audio Artists Program is a vital part of Sennheiser’s ongoing commitment to support pioneering artists. Launched this March at Art Basel in Hong Kong, the program is a collaboration with some of the world’s most exciting sound artists to create new projects, with assistance and technical expertise provided by Sennheiser.
Each of the Art Basel shows has provided a global stage to showcase the new works. During Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Sennheiser Lounge will be displaying the work of one of the artists currently working within Sennheiser’s Future Audio Artist Program, Nik Nowak.
Sound Panzer – Photo Credit Nik Nowak
Soundpanzer Meets Bass Mekanik
Half futuristic crawler type vehicle, half dancehall sound system, Nik Nowak’s mobile boom systems are sculptural works designed to shake perceptions of art and sound – quite literally. On Wednesday November 30th, the German Artist featured a very special performance: “Soundpanzer Meets Bass Mekanik”, hosted by Sennheiser at Gramps, the famed venue in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood district.
Nowak performed with Miami Bass legend Neil Case, a.k.a. Bass Mekanik, for an exclusive sound clash that played on interacting mobile boom systems. For this performance, Nowak drove and operated his “Sound Tank”, a mobile 4000-watt subwoofer sound system sculpture, which made its ground-shaking debut on American soil.
“The Soundpanzer performance in Miami combined a ‘Car Sound System Clash’, as it is known on the outskirts of urban metropolises, with an audiovisual composition, which embraced the potential of sound as a weapon or cultural transmitter.
Mobile Sound Systems are a global phenomenon, and through individual manifestations, can transform music and act as a vehicle for freedom, identity and emancipation,” explains Nik Nowak. “Sound is a catalyst for social and societal processes – and technology plays a vital part in this. The collaboration with Sennheiser is the result of a mutual interest in this relationship.”
Nik Nowak also exhibited his Mobile Booster at the Sennheiser Lounge in Art Basel’s Collectors Lounge, providing a closer look at a work that explored themes of sound projection, the interaction of music in public and private spheres, and the interface between man and machine.
Experience new dimensions in sound
Sennheiser presented video installations showing works by Nik Nowak and other visionary artists including Nigel Stanford at its Future Sound Cube, a unique venue for audio-visual artworks and Sennheiser Listening Experiences.
Set in the Sennheiser Lounge, located within Art Basel’s Collectors Lounge, the Future Sound Cube provided visitors with two unique sound experiences – AMBEO and the Sennheiser HE 1. AMBEO is Sennheiser’s groundbreaking 3D Immersive Audio Technology, which brings a spatial dimension to music, immersing the listener in sound.
The Future Sound Cube also provided visitors with the rare chance to listen to the Sennheiser HE 1 – the best headphones in the world. As the successor to the legendary Orpheus from 1990/91, the HE 1 redraws the benchmark for audiophile sound and is the epitome of the audio specialist’s art.
Art and music will continue to inspire me to look at life in different ways and to gain a new understanding of the world around me.
Your suggestions are always welcome as I continue on my journey to enjoy life to the fullest. Let’s have the very best 2017!