Sam Auinger is a sonic thinker, composer and sound-artist. He is collaborating with cityplanners and architects, giving lectures and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topic of urban planning, architecture, media, and the senses. He was a visiting professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, running the Experimental Sound Design department at the Sound Studies Master Program from 2008 till 2012. Currently he is an associate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since 1989 he works together with the composer Bruce Odland as O+A, exploring the central theme of hearing perspective. Over the years Sam Auinger has received numerous prizes and awards for his work: In 1997 he was awarded the Berlin Artist-in-Residence DAAD fellowship, 2002 he received the Kultur Preis der Stadt Linz to honor his body of work and in 2007 the SKE Publicity Prize. In 2009 he was a scholarship holder of the atelier Berlin at Cité International des Arts in Paris, 2010 he was awarded city sound artist Bonn of the year and in 2011 he was featured artist at the Austrian Ars Electronica Festival.

Listen to the Sonic Commons – Sonic works in public space by O+A

This lecture/talk deals with the way Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) create their sound works.Using three examples: Harmonic Bridge (North Adams/MassMoCa/ since 1998), Blue Moon (NY/2004), and Sonic Vista (Frankfurt/ since 2011) it shows insights how they develop their works, which discussions develop from them, and how it contributes to the discourse of acoustic ecology.