Sound Check
Issue 2

‘I don’t have the courage to come and talk to you about my pleasure or pain, but I can tell you with my music.’ – Romi the Alien

Making music is a creative process, strongly influenced by the creators’ most inner world. Emotions, past and present, cultural backgrounds, social conditions, desires, and fears are crucial ingredients. Not only do these influence the way music is made, but far more importantly, they affect how it is perceived by the audience. It is a language that translates, yet one that cannot be translated.

The way we respond to music is highly dependent on why, how, and where we listen to it. Whether it is headphones on the way to work; through speakers, in the kitchen, with friends; or a booming sound system in the basement. Whether we’re prepared to listen to something unusual or just want to enjoy the vibes we are already familiar with. Everything changes everything - what we like, what we understand, and how we translate music into our own experience.

More and more things are performed in an isolated, private space. Music no longer serenades through speakers or gramophones only. We consume it in our own little world, at any time, everywhere. Streaming endlessly from the vast realm of the internet, it might be transmitted through air or passed through a copper cable on our headphones, straight into our ears. We use them so much, it almost feels like this experience becomes a part of our identity. And yet, questions arise: are we still listening to music or just hearing it?

This is why I would like to introduce you to the sound check series, a platform for musicians and producers to play their creations. sound check is an experimental event, held at the RCA, where four musicians present their productions for about 20 minutes, one after another. Everybody is invited to join, listen, and sway to inspired melodies.

As the project grows, sound check hopes to conduct research on the future of music. Will the roles of culture, experience, history, and technology change as music changes? And will we move further away from a world where creation is driven by self-expression and pleasure, towards a purely money-driven industry?

The repeating event concentrates on different modern ways of producing all types of music, from traditional methods and cutting-edge technology to self-made instruments and controllers. From uncut versions on vinyl to tracks on an iPod and live performances - it all finds a place at sound check.

To take part as a creator, drop an email at

Do not miss it. See you there,

- The future of music.

          Marcel Mueller

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