Vienna (July 21, 2005)–It used to be that musicians made albums that were best appreciated while wearing headphones, but now that aesthetic has expanded as Austrian artist Oliver Hangl has been holding live events that require the entire audience to wear wireless headphones. The “On Ear” performances, as he calls them, blur boundaries between painting, music, theater and film while using AKG wireless headphone technology to deliver sound without disturbing the surrounding environment.
This enables Hangl to move outside traditional museums, theaters, concert halls, etc. Recent projects range from “silent” concerts held amid the hustle and bustle of downtown marketplaces or in a parking garage, to karaoke nights in a tenement building, DJ and disco events held poolside or even on the public sidewalk, theatrical performances on a rooftop, even radio drama at the zoo.
Hangl’s equipment for the recent Kino Im Kopf (Film In Your Head) and other events includes over 300 AKG wireless headphones, including the K 105 UHF II, K 305 UHF II and K 306 UHF II. On Ear events are extremely varied and often lengthy, so Hangl chose the headsets using criteria that they be rugged, comfortable, have a low power consumption for long battery life and replaceable ear pads.
Oliver Hangl / ON EAR