dada sounds ~ cities and memory : anniv. project ~ 2016

Participation of composer Anna Stereopoulou in the Dada Sounds project, organised by Cities and Memory, celebrating 100 years of the beginning of Dada.


“On Friday, February 5th, 2016 marks 100 years since the founding of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, and thus the beginning of Dada.
To mark the occasion, Cities and Memory: Dada Sounds marks a century of Dadaism by applying the techniques and practices of Dada to field recordings from around the world, bringing a Dadaist approach to the concepts of sound, place and memory and creating a new, Dada-inspired sound world.”
You can explore the Dada Sounds on the sound map and in the playlist, as found both in the article, originally published in the official Cities and Memory website, on the following link:


Dada Sounds project features:
28 countries, taking in everywhere from Iceland and Canada and from India to Vietnam.
Iconic Dada locations including Berlin, Paris and the very doorstep of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich.
77 sound artists, musicians and field recordists taking part from across the world, each bringing their own interpretation to the project.

about Anna Stereopoulou’s composition

CanShell composition by Anna Stereopoulou came to life in January 2016 and it is based on the Field Recording “Venice to Lido Ferry, Italy Maria Ponce” as selected through the Cities and Memory playlist and as a response to the Dada Sounds project /call.
The only audio material the specific composition consists of, is the above mentioned Sound, as used both in its original form (selected excerpts) and in various technically modified forms, such as Modulation, Process (Reverse, Pitch Shift, Stretch, etc.), EQ, various Filters and Effects (Delay, Chopper, etc.). The specific sound manipulations are inspired by Dada techniques [Chance, Collage /(photo)Montage, (imitation of) Automatism, and other], as well as on the Dadaists’ Manifesto quote “To be against this manifesto is to be a Dadaist!” [Huelsenbeck, Richard (1892-1974); ‘En Avant Dada’ article, 1920]. As a movement of protest, Dadaism triggers the need to express one of the characteristics of our times, during which we tend to loose our ability to -consciously- listen to, or create Sound, in comparison to the amount of Image information we receive on a daily basis. Within CanShell, the “anti” element is used in many forms; sound creation based on Image (Text on graphic score attached); demolition ↔ reform of the word “Dada”; cancellation /rejection of R. Huelsenbeck’s quote – Against the “against” [double Strike-Through (grammar)]. These hints are also found within the title, CanShell [Cancel; Qualities (Can-) / Imprisonment (within a Can-) of a Shell (Sound)], amongst other allusions, memories and dreams, as ‘woken-up’ by the location of the Field Recording used in the composition.


about Cities and Memory:

Cities and Memory is a global field recording & sound art work that presents both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time.
Every faithful field recording document on the sound map is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new.
The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, to explore reimagined interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.
A full presentation is available here:

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