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That’s how the Red Dot Design Museum sounds

Since 29 April 1997, all award-winning designs have been presented in the former boiler house of UNESCO world heritage Zollverein, today’s Red Dot Design Museum Essen. On the occasion of the festive opening of the house, which was rebuilt by Lord Norman Foster, more than 1,000 guests from politics, culture and economy attended the world premiere of the “Kesselhaus Suite”. Dirk Reith, a prominent representative of the New Music and professor at Folkwang University of the Arts, had composed the overture commissioned by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The track, which was created especially for this purpose, is 6:51 minutes long and was inspired by the fascinating architecture of the location.

The room music transforms acoustic experiences of the coal mine world in an avant-garde way: natural tones are harmonised with abstract electronic sound events, so that an alive musical dialogue emerges. Moreover, electronic sounds are converted via computer into natural tones and vice versa. The extraordinary composition always creates new sound rooms in the Red Dot Design Museum which invite the visitor to ambulate from sound room to sound room.

Dirk Reith:
Kesselhaus Suite (1997)
For speaker orchestra  in eight parts
A room music

The “Kesselhaus Suite“ is presented every day at 3.45 p.m.

» Interview: Dirk Reith on the Kesselhaus Suite