Sound and Smoke – 3 Steps to Heaven (Schall und Rauch, 1994)

Stadtwerkstatt Linz was invited by the city of Wiener Neustadt to design a flight show , which was dealing with the complete wipe-out of the city by allied air-forces during World-War II (1943), and to tell the story of aviation.

Wr. Neustadt was the center of a pioneering plane industry in Austro-Hungarian Empire, did have one of the first runways on the continent, and was later during nazi regime one of the main producers of combat aircrafts (Messerschmitt, Henkel) for German Luftwaffe.

Fate: most air striked area in Austria.
Irony: production went underground and was save – the actual airfield is still a huge bunker on square-miles.
Civil victims in the unprotected city: 30.000, thousands of bombed out refugees, one of these my five years old father…

Based on an idea by Georg Ritter , Peter Donke & Peter Hauenschild („artists choreographing combat planes“ :-), the concept included a 3-level sound environment .

My responsibility was to layout a radio show, which was broadcasted to small receivers, handed out to audience at the entrance.

Together with Gabi Kepplinger and Marc Vojka in production team, Dirk Steermann moderating from the airfield (damn, he was afraid..), we did a 3-hour-radio show, including soundscapes, music pieces, live radio traffic of all military planes, ground controls a. o.

(Me, fourth from the right on the balcony of the studio 😉

My Task: Radiolayout, Sounddesign a.o.

Editors: Gabriele Kepplinger, Judith Vorbach, Christine Zigon
Moderator: Dirk Steermann
Music Editor: Didi Neidhart
Radio Production: Marc Vojka DNSs, Paul Fischnaller
Sound Assistance: Gerald Schalek
Broadcasts: Gerhard Blöchl, Karl Zwingelberger, Peter Hatzl
Constructions: Andreas Kozmann, Karl-Heinz Lindorfer, Jonathan Meier, Horst Spanlang, Eric Tschaikner, Horst Mairhofer u.a.
Production Office: Brigitte Vasicek, Patricia Maier
Aviatic Coordination: Wolf Dietrich Tesar, Erich Wolf
Tower: Erich Mazac, Peter Schindl
Coordination Aircrafts Austrian Airforce: Harald Mayer
Scenography & Light Design: Georg Lindorfer
Acting: Gotthard Wagner
Sound Design: Sam Auinger
Electronic Visual Message Displays: Franz Xaver Mittermaier
Special Effects: Willi Neuner
Consulting Explosives: Rudolf Hikade

Written & Directed by: r3/ Peter Donke, Peter Hauenschild, Georg Ritter

Some Sound-Samples (Speaker: Ruth Ritter a.o., produced by Alf Altendorf):

Glider – Segelflug

War 1 – Luftkrieg

War 2 – Wiener Neustadt

Rocket Launch – To the Moon