German sound artist Lutz Becker has commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Two days ago on Sunday 9th November people in Berlin and across Germany celebrated a quarter of a century since the breaching of the wall that once divided their country in two. Taken apart by citizens from the Eastern and Western halves of the city in an act of mutual liberation, Becker captured the sound of pick axes and hammers as they battered away at the concrete of the wall, with the result a strangely rhythmic and arresting sonic artefact.
First exhibited in 1999 as part of the ‘After The Wall’ exhibition, Becker’s recordings have now been commited to wax by The Vinyl Factory for the new ‘Fragments of Empire’ exhibition at Berlin’s Momentum Gallery. 25 copies of the record will be made available for sale – initially at the famous Kunstquartier Bethanien and shortly at The Vinyl Factory’s online store.
You can listen to and download the recordings here.