FREIfenster: StreetNoise and street music in Innsbruck
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FREIfenster: StreetNoise and street music in Innsbruck

Who is the StreetNoise Orchestra? What do they do, and why? What kind of music do they play? Do they improvise or do they have sheet music? In their self-created radio broadcast on FREIRAD – Free Radio Innsbruck, four members of the StreetNoise Orchestra discuss these very basic questions as well as other exciting issues.

Even though the musicians themselves, even internally, do not always agree on what overall goal the band is pursuing, there is an intersection upon which all find consensus. For instance, all StreetNoisers prefer to play on eye level with the audience. Playing is indeed much more fun if one can directly interact with the crowd. This becomes easier when the altitude difference is removed between musicians and the people grooving along with them.

Also, next to the goal of enjoying the art of creating music, the StreetNoise Orchestra defines itself as an “activist street band” and aspires to support, and sometimes even organize, events advocating social or political causes. As part of the activist street band movement, they are in contact with other bands spread around the globe, all of whom are trying to make the world a better place by using the tools music has to offer.

But now, who is the leader of the band? Actually, the StreetNoise Orchestra (at least theoretically) completely organizes itself via “grassroots” democracy. This might also be the reason for their, at some occasions, slightly chaotic appearance to the outside. (But really, we´ve got it all under control!) What exactly it means to act without a musical or technical leader is what Anna, Felix, Sebastian and Carole talk about in their FREIfenster.

Have yourself a listen (and maybe a translator, too, as it is all in German)!

Listen to the broadcast

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