Schmieds Puls

Karlsplatz, 2014

Schmieds Puls haven’t even started to perform when an elderly lady shouts out of a window facing Karlsplatz: “Can’t you play somewhere else?” Singer and guitarist Mira Lu Kovacs replies apologetically: “I am sorry, we can’t. But it will only take 15 minutes. And the music is nice …” So when the Viennese trio goes for an inspired take of “Play Dead”, the annoyed lady closes her window. Her loss! The city has been nagged by heat and now in the early evening hours there’s finally a fresh breeze coming up. The change of atmosphere and the intensity of the performance gives us the chills. Once Schmieds Puls have packed their instruments, the police shows up. Seems like someone did not enjoy the music …

Sarah Brugner
Michael Luger
Sound Recording & Mix
Michael Luger
Post production
Michael Luger


Karlsplatz is a centrally located square, situated between the inner city and the fourth district. In the late 19th century the square was erected on the former riverbed of Wienfluss, which was regulated and canopied. Karlsplatz lies at the foot of the massive and splendid Karlskirche, Vienna’s largest baroque church. Moreover Art-Nouveau-style Otto Wagner Pavillon with Club U, historic Wien Museum, project space, Künstlerhaus, brut and the Technical University are situated on or in the vicinity of the square. The square and its environment have experienced various transfigurations. It has changed from a notorious place for drug dealing to a popular hang out spot. In summer Popfest Wien brings live shows to Karlsplatz, while in winter the square is converted into a big Christmas market.