#22 What does Munich sound like?

 Munich is almost a character in Over Lunch and so we need a song that characterizes the city. We all know what Paris sounds like (you hear the French accordion) Barcelona (bring out that beautiful Spanish guitar), Rio de Janeiro ( a bit of bossa a bit of Samba), New York City (you hear the 30’s and 40’s or Frank Sinatra)… they all have distinctive sounds that have accompanied them as they became characters and not just settings in well-known films from around the world.

So our question was: what does Munich sound like? 

Well, let’s take Munich in the spring or summer time (all around nice). You have the city that doesn’t feel like a city but is Germany’s 3rd largest. You have the English Garden, the Biergartens, the river where people bathe and surf in, the sun, the rain, the children playing outside, business men and women strolling around, the church bells, the tourists, the lavish BBQs, the multiple outdoor summer festivals and the fight for an outside table on any and every corner of the city where a restaurant or a bakery is to find. So how to capture all of this and make it particularly Munich? Not Hamburg, not Cologne and definitely not Berlin, but Munich?

We had no idea so we took the next logical step: Chris, Amara and I started researching. For days we looked up local music groups, local traditional groups, and local folk music. We also asked around locals: what sound came to their ears when they thought of their hometown. We asked foreigners: what sounds came to their mind when they thought of Munich. We then sat down with Christoph, who has taken on the challenge of composing Munich a theme, and gave him all the information we had collected.

This is where the magic starts and the imagination sores. Can’t wait to hear what is in store…

What does Munich sound like to you?

Gärtnerplatz 2012 © Photo courtesy of Eugen Gritschneder

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2 thoughts on “#22 What does Munich sound like?

  1. Muenchen is one of my favorite cities, but I’m having trouble summing up it’s sound. Oom-pah music is too cliche, derivative of the Hofbrauhaus and tourist experience. Perhaps something stripped down, like solo piano? Viel Glueck!

  2. Oom-pah does characterize German/Munich internationally, but you are right, it’s too cliché (and personally we found it too “weighty” and not as up-lifting as we had hoped for when we joined it with the voice-over). The piano is a great suggestion though. I’ll send it over to Christoph and keep you updated. Danke! – Juliana

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