Saturday · 15 June 2013 · 19:30hrs
St. Johannis Church
Große Straße · 27374 Visselhövede

Rochus Aust · composition/spatial planning/flugelhorn
Jonas Baeck · voice
Florian Zwissler · synthesizer/organ/sound director

Lilac is so yesterday, green has so been done and white was never a real colour anyway.
After all the marketing departments the world over have branded all the hues and custom made colours for the highest bidder as logos, icons, buttons and apps, after children are no longer socialised using shades of colours but with the help of STARBUCKS-green, HERTZ-yellow, AMEX-blue and COKE-red, the citizens of Luneburg, of all people, have decided to shake off their colour image and instigate a visual revolution: X3_17/17* - the colour of colours.
A process formed of development and discovery, space-technology and alchemy, beyond pigments and spectra, nothing but vibration: the world’s first audible colour.

The Lilliputian pigment X3, a sporadic remainder of dehydrated menus (space cookies/NAS 9-557, to be precise) from the Gemini-era** formed the experimental basis of the spectral-photometric colour ranging and resulted in the transfer into spectral-phonotropic wave currents. While this discovery was initially ridiculed as spectral-alchemy as it did not seem to make any sense during the era it occurred in, with the exception of the discovery itself.
Today, light-years later with regards to colour branding, it is above all the current aggressive usurpations of colour which make the search for a new colour code virtually imperative. The decisions to use experiments to approach it from both sides – photometric and phonotropic – might have been an aleatoric-intuitive stroke of luck. Its success proves those right who have always campaigned for a dual research approach, even though, in its consequence, it initially bordered on arbitrary incineration of research funds.

*Using the DeltaE=17 colour spacing, the world’s first audible colour was developed. And it is hardly surprising that this colour spacing ultimately boils down to the Pythagorean comma (an interval with the ratio of 531441:524288).
Nonetheless this (hairsplittingly-technical) analysis is disproportionate to the poetic force of the discovery. And, how could it be otherwise: Even before the audible colour has been made clearly visible, the first car manufacturers have already started vying for the permission to use it.
In order to pre-empt the actions of the usual industrial spies and patent agents from the realm of advertising and manufacturing, the research team has decided to enter the vision competition - even though the realisation of the vision is most likely not going to take the full 50 years. Should the visualisation happen prior, then the world of 2063 will be already be much changed.

**second manned space programme of the United States