In the German Münsterland, there are two renowned musical institutes: the Landes-musikakademie NRW in Nienborg and the rock’n’popmuseum in Gronau. These two places are 12 kilometers apart and are connected by the Dinkel river, that flows through the country side in between. Stadt Gronau and Gemeinde Heek want to develop this area and promote it as a Musical Landscape.
For a full week, Bureau B+B and LA group visited the area for research. They looked at the surroundings from the uninhibited viewpoint of the tourist and talked to different stakeholders. Back in Amsterdam, they processed all the input into a spatial and functional concept.
In the Music Landscape, the countryside is made hearable. A recreational route runs along the Dinkel, passing several soundscapes. These soundscapes are physical places where people are invited to look, listen and experience. Sometimes you can hear the sounds that naturally come from the landscape, sometimes new sounds are added. Sound artists are invited to create temporary sound sculptures or installations along the route. Besides that, performances and concerts can take place.
Existing roads and streets are connected in a recognizable route. The soundscapes are all different, but belong together by their design and materials. They are situated on locations where the history or the current use of the land is prominent, like at a water mill, railroad tracks, or transmission towers. The soundscapes make audible what is not visible at first glance.
- Location: Dinkel, Gronau, Duitsland
- Concept: 2014
- Client: Stadt Gronau en Gemeinde Heek
- Partners: LA Group