The relationship between Architecture, sound and the navigation of memory and awareness is a constant theme in Schutze's work. In 1999 as part of his seminal Site Works series, Schutze began a work which started to explore the extraordinary Janta Manta astronomical garden in Delhi, India. Built in the eighteenth century by Marharajar Jai Singh II, Janta Manta is a complex of architectural structures and instruments, which were used to measure and observe the heavens. At its time of construction it yielded the most precise celestial observations available surpassing even those of the Portuguese. Using text and sound to propose both an emotional and explanatory "occupation" of the site, the work took the form of a one hundred minute composition for voice, percussion, flutes and electronics called "Second Site" released by Virgin Records.
Garden of Instruments II
Artist: Paul Schütze
Production year: 2004
Catalogued as: EXPERIMENTAL, SOUND/MUSIC, AESTHETIC/BEAUTY