Klangliche Konstituierung des Räumlichen

Olivia Vrabl
2013 unpublished
Thomas Bernhard cultivated the reputation of being a "musical author" but his musicality has never been explained in a satisfactory way. This project deals with the sonic constitution of space based on Nina Noeske's categories of space in music, the physical-acoustic space, space created by imagination and space created while composing a piece of music. Thomas Bernhard designs the acoustic room in his prose in every detail. The rooms described in his prose are characterized by smooth surfaces
more » ... d missing absorbers. Reverberant sound is the consequence of these acoustic conditions and the characters subject themselves to the acoustic environment. Thus, the acoustic conditions in the rooms dominate many characters. Furthermore, the clairaudient walls force many characters to be exposed to sound and noise without a choice and without any chance to escape. Using sound-amplifying elements, such as a canyon, as well as sound absorbing elements, such as a forest, Thomas Bernhard composes the landscape creating either absolute silence or loud noise. Most characters in his prose seek silence and peace but the places and rooms they create offer only the opposite. They try to escape in imaginary places but they are haunted by voices and sounds from the past and the present. Or, they suffer from acoustic hallucinations that madden them. Thus, the plan to flee from the room acoustic terror into imaginary places fails as well. Consequently, there is no silence in space or in the body. Furthermore, many characters lack the mechanism to find inner peace. The reason is that the characters tailor the world according to their subjective point of view, which can be explained by the philosophy of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and produce acoustic nightmares. However, the main focus of the characters lies on silencing their environment. They create heterotopoi according to Michel Foucault in order to mark their acoustic territories but they fall prey to illusions, as the heterotopoi cannot offer them what they need. Based on Michel de Cert [...]
doi:10.25365/thesis.30335 fatcat:7wd2t754erbtpllqnhmzoqiyom