Acoustic Interiors

New Emergences has just embarked on a new project in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague!

We are creating sonic portraits of the two buildings between which the Conservatoire is currently transitioning: the old one at Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, a building full of stories, and the brand new Amare, an almost empty building at Spuiplein 150. We involve students, alumni and staff in binaural recording sessions that each focus on a specific space inside or just outside each building. The sessions take place in december 2021 and january 2022. The final presentation of the project will include a digital release, an installation and a website.

The concept for Acoustic Interiors was developed by New Emergences member Anne Wellmer, who studied Sonology at the KC:

“It was a revelation to be able to make my own work in that ugly building next to the highway. It was also very special how easy it was inside the building to meet new people to make music with. Anyone who – since 1980- has had the opportunity to study or work in this open-minded atmosphere in the building by architect Leon Waterman at Juliana van Stolberglaan, will have fond memories linked to spaces and places in and around the building. Some corners have their own very characteristic sounds: the sliding doors of the main entrance, the hollow slope down on the way to the studios, the intercom where names are being called when study rooms become available, the candy vending machines, or the sound of slamming doors on the corridors along Prinses Beatrixlaan.”

Follow our project and its development on the Acoustic Interiors website.

The photograph of Anne Wellmer on our homepage was made by Rozemarijn Lucassen.