Peter Cusack

Some Berlin Favourite Sounds, 2012 • TONSPUR 49


“Berlin Favourite Sounds” aims to discover what Berliners find positive about their city’s soundscape by asking the seemingly simple question, “What is your favourite Berlin sound, and why?” The replies create an archive of knowledge about the city’s sounds and what people think and feel about them. The responses are fascinating. There are often unexpected suggestions and everyone has a different perspective on the question. Together they reveal not only the significant sounds of everyday life but also questions concerning city sound identities, our changing soundscape, disappearing sounds, noise problems and more creative aspects of the sound environment. A selection of “Berlin’s favourite sounds” so far will be playing at TONSPUR, Schlossplatz from February 5th. Some have been recorded to take account of their movements and spatiality as far as is possible.
The “favourite sounds project” first started in London in 1998 as a project for the artist’s run radio station ResonanceFM. It has since happened in other world cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Chicago, Beijing and Prague.
Peter Cusack, February 2012

The “Berlin Favourite Sound Project” would welcome your help. Please suggest your own favourite berlin sound by emailing it to

Peter Cusack, born in London, Great Britain in 1948, lives and works in London.

Opening: Su 05.02.12, 11.30am
Opening words:
Georg Weckwerth [artistic director TONSPUR]
Katrin Gann (musicologist)


  • Peter Cusack [GB]*
  • Some Berlin Favourite Sounds, 2012
  • 8-channel sound work
  • length ~ 25 min
  • Thanks to Valeria Merlini for her help in recording
  • *in co-operation with Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
  • 06.02.12–04.08.12
  • Schloßplatz Berlin/Mitte
  • Bench line between Berlin Cathedral
  • and Academy of
  • Music Hanns Eisler
  • [nearby the Humboldt-Box]
  • Daily 8am to 10pm