Sound Walks

De Meiden van de Meeuw

Evelien has made multiple sound walks commissioned by Soundtrackcity. Rediscover the city on foot while listening to soundtracks created by artists specifically for the route. The walks follow routes through different parts of the city and each tell a different story about the past, present and future of the area, based on the stories and experiences of residents. Immerse yourself in a unique audio mix of voices, sounds and music.


Stemmengeschuifel, met Heijermans door de Pijp

Gazing through Heijerman’s eyes, take a stroll on an eighty-minute Dutch audio tour through last century’s Amsterdamse Pijp (The Pipe). Stemmengeschuifel, met Heijermans door de Pijp (Scuffling voices, through the Pipe with Heijermans} is Dutch-language only. Download or open in App.

Heijerman’s masterpiece Op hoop van zegen has been performed in the Netherlands over a thousand times, and it has been translated into all languages. When Heijermans first arrived in Amsterdam in 1892, he was 27 years old and all but flat broke with a mere 62 cents upon his person. Just one year later, his first production premiered and he held the post of editor of Arts and Literature with the newly founded newspaper Telegraaf. In his short sketches called Falklandjes, which appeared in the papers for thirty years, he lays daily life bare under the pen name Samuel Falkland jr. He ambled through town day and night, watching and listening as he depicted the harshness of reality with a loving hand. These Falklandjes form the basis for the audio tour through the streets of the Pipe.

Fancy yourself a passer-by in the olden days of the streets where the ‘white plague’ roams. Experience the harrowing social destitution and rediscover the true meaning of the term ‘welfare state’.

direction renate zentschnig | composition, sound design, montage evelien van den broek | compilation lex bohlmeijer based on texts by herman heijermans | research margijn bosch | voices margijn bosch, kitty courbois, charlie-chan dagelet, fred goessens, alwin pulinckx, halina reijn, gijs scholten van aschat, bart slegers | with thanks to ellen walraven, amsterdam 2013, cafe restaurant de ysbreeker | production soundtrackcity, toneelgroep amsterdam (now ITA) | financial support gemeente amsterdam

Het Parool ***** (in Dutch): ‘Met een zorgvuldig getimede geluidswandeling wordt Heijermans stijlvol, op humoristische en troostrijke wijze geëerd. Voor Soundtrackcity is dit de twaalfde Amsterdamse geluidswandeling. Een kroon op het werk.’ Edith Andriesse

Theaterkrant **** (in Dutch)‘Geluidswandeling is een bescheiden woord; het is eigenlijk puur theater wat we beleven, maar dan niet visueel, zoals in de theaterzaal, maar auditief. (…) Componist Evelien van den Broek maakt er een prachtig en indringend geluidsdecor bij (…). De straten komen tot leven.’ Kester Freriks

De Groene Amsterdammer (Dutch): Wonderschone ervaring.’​ – Loek Zonneveld

De Telegraaf **** (In Dutch): ’… dit uiterst zorgvuldig getimede geluidsspel dat theater, geschiedenis, hoorspel en stadswandeling in één is.’ Esther Kleuver

NRC (In Dutch): ‘De gesproken stadswandelingen van Soundtrackcity zijn gemaakt door kunstenaars. Altijd goed, maar deze over Heijermans en de Pijp spant de kroon.’ Joyce Roodnat

Deep Down – The original masters of glitch, a soundwalk for Into The Great Wide Open

Premiered at the Into The Great Wide Open festival, Vlieland (NL), 1 – 4 september 2016 (In Dutch).

What begins as an audio walk across the island, gradually takes an unexpected turn. With her singing voice composer Evelien van den Broek seduces you into the water, and takes you through an immeasurable space that resonates with mysterious sounds. Vibrate along with deep drones, glitches and pulsating beats. Sing with rarely heard sounds of seals, whales and other underwater creatures that use their entire body to make sublime sound. Here in the depth, dance and electronic music were invented long before anyone knew about it. Just when you consider staying under water forever, you will be roughly lifted above water. You are back on dry land and look out over the sea from the highest dune (In Dutch).

production soundtrackcity commissioned by into the great wide open | composition, vocals, sound design, editing evelien van den broek | concept evelien van den broek and renate zentschnig | dramaturgy renate zentschnig | text evelien van den broek and renate zentschnig | voice over lucky fonz III | story tellers ruud westerkamp and tosca ten cate, bojan bajic | soundtrackcity app roeland p. landegent

Thanks: Tom Bijnen, Project SAM, Floortje Doornik for textual advice
All try out walkers, especially Michiel, Elsje and Jan. Made with support of the VSB Fonds and Rederij Doeksen.

Stemmengeschuifel audience
Photo: Hanne Nijhuis

Listing of all sound walks:

  • Deep Down (2016), a soundwalk for the Into The Great Wide Open festival on the island Vlieland, a Soundtrackcity production
  • (   (  ( DopplerOrgel ) )) (2014), interactive composition for a bicycle soundtour for Klankatlas, commissioned by Intro in Situ, Maastricht
  • Stemmengeschuifel, met Heijermans door de Pijp (2013), soundwalk in the Amsterdam neighbourhood de Pijp. Made with Renate Zentschnig for Soundtrackcity i.c.w. Toneelgroep Amsterdam
  • Volkstuingeluk (2011), music and sounddesign for a soundwalk by Stephanie Hermes, Koorenhuis
  • De Meiden van de Meeuw (2009/10), music and sounddesign for a soundwalk by Soundtrackcity, script: Nienke Rooijakkers
  • Van Zeehelden, Veem en Toekomstmuziek (2007), music for a soundwalk, concept/direction: Renate Zentschnig. Extended version made in 2013