Chronophonia is a sound-art piece that unfolds through the whole station of Haga, including the entrance halls, stairways and train platforms. This proposal focuses on the history of music in Gothenburg, and specifically in the area of Haga, which has been a vibrant hub for musicians and composers from 1850s until today.
The audio installation consists of twelve sound sources located throughout the facilities of the station. Each of these twelve sound sources has been arranged by the author(s) of Chronophonia as an abstract interpretation of the work of twelve musicians related to Gothenburg or Haga.
The twelve sources have different durations (ranging between 45 and 60 minutes); therefore, when simultaneously played in loop, they overlap in alternative ways and generate a dynamic and changing musical score. The overall effect is a constant flow of sounds that intertwine harmonically with each other, forming a soft but complex, enveloping atmosphere.
While the selection of these twelve musicians has not yet been defined, it intends to present women and men overarching more than one and a half century, challenging the obsolete distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, and mixing ages and genres such as orchestral compositions, classical music, jazz, rock’n’roll, punk, electronic and experimental music. In this manner, Chronophonia embraces the curatorial theme of Chronotopia and proposes a spatial trip through the musical history of Gothenburg.