„Turmuhr“ is the last part of a one-hour radio play based on Alan Lightman’s „Einstein's Dreams“.
Different concepts referring to the course of time were transferred to the piece’s structure. The complete piece, called „Zeitzuhören“, was premiered at the Alte Schmiede in Vienna in April 2004 within the framework of „Elektronischer Frühling“, with speakers, a six-channel sound projection, video, piano, songs, and gestures.
Performance: Gunda König, Laura Mello.
Beside the voice, „Turmuhr“ is based only on the sound of a guitar that was modulated and edited, and thus lost a great deal of its original envelope. In the course of the piece, however, the process is inverted, and the sound slowly approximates its origin. This is also founded in a metaphor for two different, juxtaposed tempi that start simultaneously, defer, and finally meet again.
Laura Mello: „While church clocks used to be an important information medium, radio stations represent this function for me nowadays. Since my childhood, I have loved to listen to the radio. I have lived in various cities, and what I remember most of all are their radio stations and tower clocks – the latter in a way as a kind of „neighbourhood transmitters“ that mark certain spots in a city. In Europe, the sound of church clocks is an even stronger part of our collective memory than in my homeland Brasil (maybe because here the bells are apparently made of different materials, and have a richer sound?). In „Turmuhr“, these sounds of memory, of church clocks and radios, merge into a single medium. But because there is no church clock that could sound as far as a radio, I didn’t use any original sounds of bells, but imitated them, in a way I newly created them. When you dig up memories, do they become more specific, almost reality?“