Denise Ritter

The effects of the Cold War are still present today in the Palatinate Forest, the largest contiguous forest area in Germany. The special arms depot “Area One” was one of the largest ammunition depots of the US military in Europe between 1957 and 1991, including nuclear missiles and chemical warfare agents. I was born and raised in the immediate vicinity. Particularly memorable: the 80s, when I was Young people clearly perceived the arms race and the threatening atmosphere of the Cold War over the Palatinate. Many music titles, especially from New Wave, Electro and Industrial, took up this topic. Looking back on this time, my piece “Area One” was created.

49°03’53.5″N 7°39’50.2″E  |  Area One, Fischbach bei Dahn, Germany


© Denise Ritter

denise ritter

© Denise Ritter


Denise Ritter is a sound artist and lives in Dortmund. In her sound installations she brings electroacoustic multi-channel compositions into harmony with three-dimensional spatial interventions. She studied Audiovisual Art at the HBKsaar in Saarbrücken and was a master student of Christina Kubisch. Denise Ritter is a prize winner of the German Sound Art Prize, is represented at exhibitions and festivals in Germany and abroad and also realizes sound installations in public spaces. In addition, she makes audio pieces, electroacoustic music and industrial aka counter-location mine. All of her compositions are based exclusively on audio recordings of real sound events.