Sound Development City

The 'Gap Station' is an online radio and a on-off FM radio station during the Sound Development City expeditions.

The radio's program is gen­er­ated out of the sound­ing works of the ex­ped­i­tions' artists and con­tent pro­duced dur­ing the ex­ped­i­tions, such as interviews, recorded performances or field recordings by the artists. The Gap Station is an acoustic archive, a collage of all editions.

The Gap Station plays

  • Artist interviews with our participants
  • City Talks with cultural protagonists of the expedition cities
  • Sounding works by the artists
  • Recordings of performances


The Gap Station features recordings, interviews and works from the on-going expedition between noon and 8pm. Between 8pm and noon, the program is made up of content gathered during previous expeditions.


The participating artists are interviewed by the SDC team. These Artist Talks are being broadcasted daily from September 14 on.

The Artist Talks and the City Talks are being made available as podcasts.

The fifth Sound Development City Artis Expedition took place from September 6 - 25, 2016. A group of twelve international artists worked on individual projects in Madrid, Casablanca and on the journey in-between. Several public events took place and invited local audiences to take part.

This website makes processes visible by gathering and sorting content from a variety of sources. The participating artists, an expedition writer and the team feed the website and build an ever growing archive of artistic fragments, research documents and fleeting encounters. The online radio Gap Station broadcasts content around the expedition, while Artist Talks and City Talks are published as podcasts.


About the Project

Sound Development City gives artists time – time for processes to develop, for experimentation, for taking new paths – but also time to go astray, to detect and discover the unexpected.

Each year in late summer, Sound Development City organizes a three-week expedition to two annually changing cities. Around a dozen selected artists working on individual projects are part of the expedition team. The Sound Development City participants are selected through an open call for projects. It is geared towards artists working in all disciplines and from all over the world who distinguish themselves through a process-oriented approach to their work, their curiosity and an explorative mindset.

Sound Development City is an adventure, a place for experimentation, and a research lab, and it offers a productive environment for exchange and collaboration. The artist expedition sets off into foreign urban and cultural spaces, in order to strike new paths and break new ground. Here, work theses can be examined, new project ideas or forms of expression can be tried out and bold visions can be put into practice.
The expedition format itself is meant both as practical instruction, as well as a metaphor. Sound Development City is a studio on the road, but also an inward journey to personal thought and work patterns, which are challenged through the experience of the unknown and the unpredictable, and could even be re-aligned by it.
The expedition cities serve as urban resonance chambers, as working material, inspiration and playground for public presentations.

Sound Development City was initiated by the private and non-commercial cultural initiative Sound Development in 2012 and was developed in collaboration with Heller Enterprises, an agency for cultural projects. The project is financed by Sound Development and organized by Heller Enterprises.

About Sound Development

Sound Development is an independent an privately funded platform which has been launched by Nia Schmidheiny in 2002. Through the experimental format of Sound Development City, Sound Development aims to give artists the opportunity to realize trans-disciplinary projects. For Sound Development, personal encounters and collaborative work play a key role in developing new ideas – away from academic or institutional settings, Sound Development offers open space to let the unexpected happen and encourage a “culture in the open”.

— «Sound Development connects and supports unconventional people and ideas.»
— «Sound Development sounds out new interfaces between philosophy and art.»
— «Sound Development produces and supports cultural projects in the open.»

About Heller Enterprises

Heller Enterprises is responsible for the concept and realization of Sound Development City.

Heller Enterprises initiates, develops and accompanies cultural projects of various kinds. Founded in 2003 by Martin Heller, the company accepts research, conceptional and planning mandates. We are responsible for the artistic substance in form and content in exhibitions, cultural events, festivals and similar formats. Whenever possible, we adopt a cross-disciplinary approach along the interfaces of culture, the economy and politics.

A Sound Development project.