Dadoc, Muzieklabyrint, Antwerpen , Belgium

5 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019

Playful sound cabinets.

Dadoc was modelled after pre-digital era archiving systems, which used cabinets to store data. All information you need can be found there.

Dadoc presented a world of adventurous triggers, in which various musical sources constitute a new whole. What rests in these cabinets were playful and soothing sounds.

Melodiously spoken snatches of sentences and lines of thought, accentuated by electronically produced rhythm patterns, were the basic components of electro-acoustic composition. By opening the doors of different cabinets the audience isolated and filtered distinct sound layers from the sonic complex that lies enclosed in the installation. Each visitor discovered new significance and associations that the Dadoc cabinets reveal in correlation. These cabinets provided storage for playful sound and music.

The installation, conceived by the Swiss designer Christian Grässli and the Dutch composers and sound artists Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk, consisted of ten wooden cabinets that were placed in a darkened room. Each individual Dadoc contains a loudspeaker. When a visitor opened a door, sounds emerged and the carefully designed loudspeaker became visible in the light shining inside the cabinet.