The Aural-Memory-Machine

Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger’s Aural Memory Machine is an six-channel sound installation. Festivalgoers and other visitors to Linz’s St. Mary’s Cathedral—with or without a musical background or technical skills—are the ones who play it. All they have to do is enter any text they want using a Midi keyboard at one of eight terminals on site. In real time, the texts launch field recordings of the acoustic surroundings, which are grouped into various thematic clusters.

Text or Sound – or Both?

Up to eight sound designers can simultaneously explore the potential of the Aural Memory Machine. They must constantly decide whether they want to produce text or code, or participate in the design of a temporary acoustic environment in the Cathedral—or both.

Nightly Concert

The culminating highlight is a nightly concert by Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger, Petra Anlanger (AT), Richard Eigner (AT), Georg Edlinger (AT), Volker Kagerer (AT) and Wolfgang Kreuzhuber (AT) and associates, in which they use the same instruments as visitors but play a predetermined repertoire: selected texts from the Ars Electronica Catalog.


Sa 7. 9. 12:00 – 17:00, 20:00-23:00, Live-Performance: 23:00 – 24:00

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