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SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is an experimental sound collective based between New York City

and Berlin. Founded by Stephan Crasneanscki, including members Simone Merli, and Kamran

Sadeghi, they formed in Manhattan to create concept albums, sound installations and live

performances. Currently, the Collective consists in a continuously rotating constellation of sound

artists and musicians.

The Collective’s approach to composition combines anthropology, ethnography, non-linear

narrative, psycho-geography, the observation of nature, and explorations in recording and

synthesis. The source material of their works is always linked to specific locations, natural or

artificial, and requires long periods of investigative travel and field work.

They have collaborated with American singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith with Killer Road

[2014-2016] and together with Ethiopian Jazz musician Mulatu Astatke in Illuminations [2017-18];

with American photographer Nan Goldin in Memoir Of Disintegration [2015], and were invited to

compose the album What We Leave Behind [2018] with Jean-Luc Godard’s personal archive, also

remixed by electronic music producers Ricardo Villalobos & Jan Jelinek.

Along the years, they performed live, among other spaces and festivals, at Opéra de Lyon, CTM

Festival, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Arma 17, Barbican Centre, Berghain, Centre Georges

Pompidou, Florence Gould Hall, Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York;

MUDAM, MuCEM, Museo Madre, National Museum of Singapore, New Museum, Palazzo Reale in

Milan, La Triennale, Radialsystem V, documenta14 in Athens and Kassel, Funkhaus in Berlin,

Manifesta12 in Palermo.

They had solo exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the District Six Museum in

Cape Town, »Capo d’Arte«, Gagliano del Capo (Lecce, Italy), and in New York’s Times Square,

where in April 2016 they mounted »JUNGLE-IZED«, a large participative audio-visual installation.

»Killer Road«, their homage to musician and singer Nico, authored with Patti Smith and Jesse

Paris Smith, was performed live in 2014 in Berlin, London, and New York, anticipating the release

of the eponymous record.

In 2015 they performed the opening night of the CTM Festival in Berlin hosting American iconic

photographer Nan Goldin on-stage for the first time, in a revisitation of David Wojnarowicz’s

thought-provoking writings ‘Close To the Knives: A Memoir Of Disintegration’.

The same year they published »What We Leave Behind«, a radio artwork featuring unreleased

fragments from the tape archives of Jean-Luc Godard, and won the Silver Prize at the International

Radio Awards, in a co-production with Deutschlandradio.

In 2016, for »Before Music There Is Blood«, their mini-album featuring a rework by Max

Loderbauer, they have collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious music

conservatories—including Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music (China), The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov

Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia), and the Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro A Majella

in Napoli (Italy). The trio recorded conservatoire students practicing and rehearsing, capturing the

sounds out of context and reworking them into a suite of four productions. “Soundwalk Collective’s

devil is forever in the detail, making what was evidently hours of painstaking work seem quite

natural and otherworldly”. Boomkat

In June 2017 they composed the music for the latest creation of Sasha Waltz »Kreatur«, which

saw its world premiere at Radialsystem V in Berlin. The composition uses recordings from inside

various factories and iconic re-appropriated buildings; landmarks of 20th century architecture

embodying power, control and mass production.

Later the same year they published »Transmissions«, a numbered edition box of 4x 12″LP,

featured as part of documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.

Their latest radio artwork »Illuminations« released in February 2018 by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and

Radio France, features Patti Smith, Abel Ferrara, Gudrun Gut, Hanns Zischler, Charlotte Rampling,

Melvil Paupaud, and Mulatu Astatke, won the Gold Prize at the NY International Radio Awards in


»What We Leave Behind: Jean-Luc Godard Archives« has recently been released via The Vinyl

Factory record label, followed by a Remixes EP featuring reworks by Jan Jelinek, Petre Inspirescu,

Ricardo Villalobos. “These sonic fragments of magic dust, unearthed from Godard’s archive, now

glisten on the musical surface of the new album, in a condensed elliptical form. Soundwalk

Collective have immersed themselves in the sonic environment of Godard’s filmmaking process,

and What We Leave Behind is filled with sounds and voices circulating rhythmically, merging with

vast swathes of musical tints and acoustic energy.” BFI

»Ulysses Syndrome«, a sonic installation composed of radio interceptions recorded by the

Collective from a vessel drifting along all coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, recently premiered at

the Manifesta12 art biennale in Palermo, Sicily; and is currently on view at the Bardo National

Museum in Tunis.

They have recently co-founded The Analogue Foundation, together with Grammy awarded

producer Russell Elevado, and the innovative Japanese transducer company Audio-Technica.