Visual scores are a fascinating phenomenon in (contemporary) music history. They became particularly popular in the 1950s and 60s, when composers were looking for other ways of notating music and sound besides traditional music notation. Even today, some composers consciously opt for a graphic approach.

Since the spring of 2017, a beautiful trail of ‘drawn sounds’ has been open to walkers in Klankenbos. With visual scores by John Cage, Cathy Berberian, Helmut Lachenmann, Ann Eysermans, Karel Goeyvaerts, Robin Hayward, Thomas Smetryns, Hallveig Agustsdottir and Louis Andriessen.

Practical details

  • Visit the Drawn Sounds trail free of charge all year round.
  • The trail is included in the Klankenbos app and marked on the map you can pick up at the Klankenbos info point.
  • Eight of the ten visual scores can be found on panels distributed around the forest. Two visual scores have been given a special place...

In partnership with Matrix [New Music Centre]