Das Audiovisuelle Archiv / Sometimes a Thousand Twangling Instruments

Volkmar Klien (AT), Snark.art (US)

St. Florian Monastery

The AV archive presents not only a collection of sounds and images, but an entire system to put things into proper order; sonically as well as visually. It is comprised of archival cards with analog audio tape on their backs organized in folders and boxes as well a dedicated reading apparatus, the Lesegerät. The archival cards connect images (drawings, scores, etc.) to short recordings of related sound accessible only through AV archive’s proprietary Lesegerät. The connection between the sonic and visual here is purely poetic. The analogue version of the AV archive is counterpointed by a digital version entitled Sometimes a Thousand Twangling Instruments, created in collaboration with the blockchain-based art production platform Snark.art. The digital version empowers users to create collaborative audio-visual compositions from individual sound drawings.

Das audiovisuelle Archiv/Volkmar Klien (AT), Snark.art (US), Credit: Volkmar Klien

Project Credits:

  • Volkmar Klien: concept, audio, imagery
  • Ing.Thomas Holota: prototyping of the ”Lesegerät” (http://holota.at/)
  • Jakob Posti: production assistant, image processing
  • Snark.art: implementation of player app, blockchain-based production platform (https://snark.art/)



Growing up in Vienna, Volkmar Klien (AT) spent his childhood engulfed in the city’s rich musical life with all its glorious traditions and engrained rituals. Working from this background Volkmar Klien now strives to extend traditional practices of composing, producing and listening far beyond the established settings of concert music. He is a professor for composition at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz (Austria).