Rupert Huber

@EXPO 2020 Austrian Pavilion

Three rooms (“cones”) of the Austrian Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai are dedicated to the music of Rupert Huber.

His music installation “Music for the Senses” rotates musical sounds through the three connected cones. Huber recorded his composition using a historical church organ, a grand piano, and sheets of industrial steel as instruments.

The tonalities in the composition were chosen according to the measurements of the cone structures. The music’s rotation, and slow and meditative texture, create a pleasant and introspective experience for the visitors. A motion sensor reacts to the movements of the people in the cones, and orchestrates additional sounds.

Every visitor becomes a listener who creates her/his own individual version of the music. This technique, called “social counterpoint”, was created by Rupert Huber as a part of his music theory “dimensional music”.

The Expo 2020 in Dubai, the first world’s fair in an Arabic country, is taking place from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. “Music for the Senses” by Rupert Huber is an unique, site-specific, multi-layered sound experience that has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands people from all around the globe.

This work was commissioned and produced by Ars Electronica Solutions
Music composed performed and produced by Rupert Huber