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    Second edition including enhanced photo prints and a point cloud image of the glacier.

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    White Marbled Vinyl LP with a photo book of 12 analog large-format photographs of the glacier in winter and summer (B/W, 28 pages).

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Freezing 01:36
Drone 01:43
Wind 01:56
Bubbles 02:02
Milk 01:58
River 01:38
Pond I 02:01
Pond II 02:01
Crevasse 01:50
Sand 01:58
Ablation 03:05


Collective long-term documentation of the rapidly melting Morteratsch glacier in the Swiss alps through underwater and contact field recordings, and analogue photography. Recorded during the summers and winters of 2015-2018.

"Rapid ice melt has been profoundly shaping the alpine region in recent years. It has become an omnipresent and tangible phenomenon, and an iconic symbol of ongoing climate change. Over the past three years, the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Christophe Girot and architecture students of ETH Zurich have been documenting the melting landscapes of the Morteratsch Glacier region, using underwater and self made contact microphones, as well as large- and medium- format analog photography. The sounds of the moving ice mass contrast with the eerie silence of the black and white pictures. The selection of works in this publication turn the evanescent beauty of the glacier into a strong sensory experience; they thus become meaningful witnesses of the rapid changes to come
in the alpine landscape." – Christophe Girot

"Top Ten Field Recordings & Soundscape of the Decade", "Top 20 Albums of the Year", "Best Winter Album of the Year" and "Best Packaging of the Year" (A Closer Listen), "Best Records of 2018" (Volume Morto), "Records of the year 2018" (Canti Illuminati), "Top 2018 Albums" (Ousadia & Descobertas), "Astonishing Release" / Best of 2019 (SoundOhm)

"Amazing, […] a triumph. Melting Landscapes is a success on all levels: concept, execution, presentation and sound. […] The Institute of Landscape Architecture is here to remind us of this potential catastrophe, inviting us to appreciate the value of ecological balance, and to fight for its preservation. […] This release would have been important whenever it appeared, but it’s especially relevant now." (Richard Allen, A Closer Listen)

"A release that crosses the boundaries of science, sound art and education on geomorphology and climate change." (Geosounds)


released August 31, 2018

Concept and teaching team: Ludwig Berger, Dennis Häusler, Johannes Rebsamen, Matthias Vollmer

Recording assistance, composition and mixing: Ludwig Berger
Sound Mastering Assistance: Stéphane Claude

Participating Students: Christina Akesson, Michael Beerli, Shalin Bhatt, Philipp Bosshart, Lloyd Broda, Altair Cerda Tirado, Weilun Chen, Jenyben Dave, Devashree Dvivedi, Camino Escosa García, Nadia Gaiarin, Masahiro Gokita, Andrea Gonzalez Palos, Camilla Gormsen, Benjamin Graber, Dennis Häusler, Yufei He, Anna Hermann, James horkulak, Marie Jacobsen, Seonju Kim, Aleksander Kongshaug, Bess Laaring, Jungwoo Lee, Xijie Ma, Viktoriya Maleva, Stephan Mauser, Marc Over, Vasiliki Papadimitriou, Bhoomi Parmar, Shailaja Patel, Thalia Poziou, Timon ritscher, Laura Schütz, Dhruvil Soni, Jean-Marc Stadelmann, Dharal Surelia, Tulsi Vadalia, Oliver Walter, Jan Westerheide, Sonja Widmer

Graphic: Jacques Borel. Print: ropress, Zürich. Vinyl: DMS, Berlin. Natural Copies: 300

Photographic assistance, Image editing: Matthias Vollmer, Johannes Rebsamen. Negative scan: TrICOLOr Bild Produktion.

Special Thanks: Laura Endres, Géraline Burger, Rebekka Hofmann, Giulia Cereghetti, Michael Beerli, Nancy Reuland, ALPA of Switzerland, Ralph Rosenbauer, Regula Schweizer, Nora Howald, Isabelle Fehlmann

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Institute of Landscape Architecture ILA
Network City and Landscape NSL
Departement of Architecture, ETH Zurich


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Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies Zürich, Switzerland

Chair of Christophe Girot, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich.

We understand sound as a primary element of the spatial structure and aesthetic quality of a landscape. Combining experimental fieldwork with a 3D-sound laboratory setting, we analyze, remodel and recompose sonic spaces.

Team: Ludwig Berger, Fabian Gutscher, Dennis Häusler, Johannes Rebsamen, Matthias Vollmer
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