Torn Island

Torn Island

Location
Texel, Netherlands | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Concert Halls

Cultural Centres
Thijs Wolzak

Torn Island - a spatial audio experience

Kossmanndejong as Interior Architects

This story unfolds in the dunes of Dutch island Texel in a World War II era bunker that has recently been acquired by the Aviation & War Museum Texel

In ‘Torn Island’ visitors crawl into the minds of Georgian soldiers, five days after their bold and bloody uprising. Having to admit failure, they decide it is every man for himself now. In this unique spatial audio experience, you listen to the echo of a past that divides the island until today.  This was a chance for us to design a narrative space that uses 3D audio as its only tool. It communicates the story in a very personal manner, but it is also the means to immerse visitors. Most importantly, leaving almost no visual elements allows for visitors to use the most versatile of media: their own minds.

 

“When you only work with audio in such a place you really trigger people’s imagination.”  Michel de Vaan, lead designer.

 

To create an audio drama that feels authentic, Kossmanndejong collaborated with professional actors and podcast-makers. Wandering through the bunker you will hear different dialogues between people who were in that bunker that day and you will get to understand their dilemma’s. Through a multi-dimensional sound system with very precise geo-tracking you will hear changes in direction and volume depending on where you step.

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