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Audio Guide System

The communication of classical music is currently restricted, to a great extent, to its performance in "muse temples" and tailor-made for the concertgoer of the 50+ generation. If music is to break down these barriers itself it must find its way out of the temples and into the public, day-to-day living space of the people it is trying to reach. It would, however, be insufficient to simply provide relevant information in text form as an accompaniment to our musical discovery tour; music is best approached aurally. For this reason, our musical tradition and its interweavement with our entire culture must not be displayed purely visually: it is of paramount importance that it be made audible for all. Therefore, the Leipziger Notenspur (Leipzig Music Trail) requires not only its respective signpost systems for local orientation, but also an acoustic guidance system that will give visitors a musical impression relevant to their current location. The development of the Notenspur's Musical Experience Guide has created a fascinating juxtaposition of both musical and urban experience - the Notenspur's unique musical atmosphere. By hearing and thereby "feeling" the music of this city, users of the Musical Experience Guide are able to form their own, considerably more vivid impression of Leipzig's heritage than by reading about it alone. Direct, personal contact with the masterpieces which the Leipziger Notenspur celebrates is of fundamental importance to the whole project. The Musical Experience Guide will stimulate the interaction between past and present: Notenspur explorers, regardless of their level of musical education, will become "tuned in" to the Notenspur's resident composers and then be provoked to give musical expression to their reactions. The development of the Musical Experience Guide (Musikerlebnis-Leitsystem) treads completely new ground, throwing up all manner of questions:
  • How can the development of music within the course of history as a whole be made audible and experienceable?
  • How can musical heritage be discovered in such a manner that results in the stimulation of one's own musicality?
  • How can the younger generation best be accessed?
  • What technical means can be employed, in order to make the integration of music into day-to-day life experience-orientated, accessible for all age groups and immune to damage and malfunction?
Elements for potential incorporation into the Musical Experience Guide:
  • Direct contact with musical history by means of audible examples of the output of the Notenspur's former residents
  • The association between music and people - development of Leitmotifs
  • Audible demonstration of all music genres' changing influence on the world
  • The search for a personal relationship with the music and sounds of the Leipziger Notenspur
  • Audible demonstration of the sounds of the city throughout its history and evolution
  • Public staging of music and music installations
The signpost network and Musical Experience Guide combine to enable extraordinary potential for the discovery of Leipzig's civic and musical history. As a result, music can be propelled into the everyday life of the city, enabling not only the music specialist but also the layman to take a journey of discovery through Leipzig's musical history. More information about the Musical Experience Guide can be found in the Project sketch from July 2007 (in German).