Title: Talking Crosswalks - Ein Akustischer Weltatlas
Label: Pumpkin Records (AT)
Format: CD
Catalog: pump 09-2004
Release Date: 2004
Order: Sold Out

Talking Crosswalks is a compilation of traffic light sound signals that invite listeners in their living-rooms and elsewhere on an imaginary and yet extremely real acoustic world excursion.

When it clicks quickly, a green light goes on, when it clicks slowly, it turns red. It is as simple as that. Or at least the Austrian version is.

But what are the actual deeper meanings behind a rhythm that in a broad but also profound sense, assumes responsibility for the stop-and-go society?

An acoustic signal - the above mentioned 'clicking' - greatly changes our world of perception. For those who are blind or have severely impaired vision it can be of vital importance; others hardly notice this so very essential sound and information carrier.

What we are talking about here are so-called 'blind traffic lights', those devices found at crossroads on all five continents between Melbourne and Montreal, between tiny towns in Patagonia and Vladivostok. In the US these traffic lights and signals have been poetically called 'Talking Crosswalks', and this expression will serve here also as the meaningful title for a form of 'talking radio' certainly unique in both its preparation and presentation.

For this sound project, artists have been invited from around the globe to record authentically on location these minimalistic 'signal symphonies' which often resound so differently from country to country. 

These song lines have been broadcasted since the beginning of march 2003 on ORF-Kunstradio.
Playing time: 150 seconds each. Talking Crosswalks is a 'sinnlos' art project commissioned by Graz 2003 (Cultural Capital of Europe) and ORF-Kunstradio.


1 Graz - Wolfgang Temmel
2 Linz - Markus Decker
3 Bregenz - Hubert Matt
4 Wien - Norbert Math
5 Klagenfurt - Gerlinde Zimmermann
6 Salzburg - Ruth Tünkler
7 Stuttgart - Johannes Auer
8 Zürich - Fritz Fro
9 Quebec - Jocelyn Robert
10 Groznji - Gue Schmid
11 Sidney - Etienne Deleflie
12 Tokio -Tetsuo Kogawa
13 Toronto - Germaine Koh
14 Gdansk - Felix Kubin
15 Hamburg - Felix Kubin
16 Hannover - Mareike Maage
17 Oslo - Erich Berger
18 Vancouver - Matthew Smith
19 Berlin - FL3M
20 Goteburg - Manoa University
21 Madrid - Jose Iges
22 Nitra - Julio Fujak and Lucia Vadelova
23 Norway - Risto Holopainen
24 Hagen - Knut Aufermann
25 London - Alfredo Genovesi
26 Manchester - Ednun Pourtahmasbi
27 Stockholm - Kaye Mortley
28 Celje - Tomaz Crnej
29 Liverpool - Ednun Pourtahmasbi
30 Sidney - Jon Rose
31 Melbourne - Andrew Garton
32 Warsaw - Schick / Staniszewski
33 Arnheim - Christoph Cargnelli
34 Graz II - Wolfgang Temmel