The Sound Playground

A unique addition to Germany’s museum landscape, the Sound Playground combines elements of nature with technical and musical sophistication.  Michael Graseman, the playground’s architect, is responsible for creating a closeness to nature.  Wood is his element.  His artfully arranged climbing landscape is made of Black Locust beams, which offer different levels of difficulty for balancing and climbing, due to the natural growth shape of this heavy timber.  In addition, this type of wood fits nicely into the overall look of the courtyard area.  But it is the Sound part of the playground that is truly unique!  Erwin Stache, the very artist who brought the Sound Room to life with his ingenious construction, also conceived and designed the Sound part of the playground.  Four invisible sound installations are integrated into the playground and offer children creative possibilities, namely to experiment with tones, sound groups and noises as they play.  The new Sound Playground is now open to young and old guests from March 15 to October 15 on weekends between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Additionally, we will be offering workshops for school classes soon.  Please contact us if you are interested! Contact

The wind swing:
Tones and sounds of splashing ocean waves accompany the swing’s movements.  Stronger swing motions generate different ocean sounds than lighter motions.  Other times bells will sound; the motions of the swing act just like the clapper of a bell as it swings back and forth.  As they sit in the swing, children can be transported into a dreamlike state.  The atmospheric noises and sounds further enhance this dream world by forming imaginative soundscapes.

The stepping boards:
Three platforms are equipped with sensors which are able to recognize tremors and vibrations.  Children can produce different sounds and tones by stepping or hopping on these platforms.  A step on one of these three platforms causes the noise that your feet make on the stepping boards to come back transformed.  It sounds almost as though you were walking inside a cave or in a church.  Everything is about perception.  The playground is real, but the sounds can simulate an entirely different place; a place one can walk through, jump over, tip toe across, or touch. 

The ball game:
Three stainless steel balls are attached to posts.  You can touch them and also connect them to one another by touching two at the same time.  The balls become magical as they release and transform tones.  If a connection between the balls is made through two people, you can even play piano on the other person’s arm by treating it as a keyboard and touching it with your fingers.  You yourself become the instrument.

The rope harp:
A series of ropes are taut and can be played like a harp when touched.  Each rope has a different sound, so that several children can form a miniature orchestra.  This is an instrument that invites creativity.  Using the pre-set scales, one can immediately begin to playfully experiment, especially with rhythms.