Eurovision 2016: Stockholm installs five Singing Tunnels for ESC

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,523 views

Would you like to sing in Stockholm during Eurovision? Well maybe your wish is fulfilled when you hit the Eurovision host city next May, as the City of Stockholm is all set to make the forthcoming Eurovision edition a memorable one! A total of 5 Singing Tunnels will be placed in the Swedish capital specially for the occasion.

Urban pedestrian tunnels are places you normally would pass through as quickly as possible, until now. In connection with the Eurovision Song Contest, five Singing tunnels will be installed in Stockholm. Magic is created through technology and music. The tunnels will be installed before the event and in place throughout the year.

The tunnels are a kind of interactive sound installation where the visitor’s own voice, sound modules and the acoustics of the tunnel interact. The result is a jam session between the visitor and the tunnel!

At the entrance to the tunnel, the visitor is invited to sing loudly. But instead of the natural echo, a sampled voice will be heard. The result is the singing tunnel. The installation is a collaboration between the two sound artists Max Björverud and Håkan Lidbo and the City of Stockholm within the framework of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Cecilia Wallenius ( Stockholm Traffic Office) comments:

We wanted to visualize Stockholm’s strengths in music and tech and transfer that to the street environment. The singing tunnels are fun and creative and our hope is that they will add enjoyment in a rather dull environment.

The Singing Tunnel recognizes the tone you sing and then returns the sound with a similar voice. When you sing a few notes, an additional voice enters, singing back notes that have been sung before. The visitor and the tunnel sing in two voices.

Cecilia Wallenius adds:

The tunnels only respond to singing, not talking, shouting or traffic noise. The more people singing, the more melodies the tunnel will learn. The idea is that each tunnel will develop its own musical dialect.

The tunnels, along with other projects are unique to Stockholm.

The Singing tunnels

  1. Gullmarsplan Norra
  2. Bredäng Centrum
  3. Londonviadukten
  4. Kirunaplan, Vällingby C
  5. Brunkebergstunneln

The City of Stockholm is working round the clock in order to showcase the very best of its hospitality and bring about a magnificent Eurovision experience for its visitors when the Eurovision lands in the majestic Swedish capital.

The  2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May at the Globe Arena in Stockholm