Alog Arkivsirkus Building Instruments Dead Language Poetry Karusell Kvien & Sommer Language Memory Lokofon Mosquito Base Phonophani Rural Readers Silent reading Software Sonus barentsicus Trollofon Verdensteatret Weed Archive the Movement I-V tuning
I mange borgalege heimar på tjuetalet sa man at Salmonsens Konversationsleksikon var som å ha ein hest i bokhylla. Lærmengda i permane tilsvara ein heil hingst. Det megalomane 24 bind store norsk-danske leksikon. Trykt av ein dedikert dansk boktrykkar – Isaac Salmonsen og hans namnlause bror. Tusenvis av artiklar om for lengst utdøydde dyr, ideologiar og mennesketypar.
Desse artiklane blei arkiverte live av Nicholas H. Møllerhaug & Espen Sommer Eide (aka Pilota – som tidlegare drifta Trollofonen, Klubb Pilota, Rural Readers m.m.) på Landmark 30.04.2011 – ved å bruke eit nytt digitaliseringssystem. Spesialutvikla for anledninga. Arkivmaterialet blei umiddelbart bli kommentert live av to legendariske sjangersprengande songarar: Jaap Blonk og Attila Csihar.
Here are some snapshots from the building of the installation/concert piece Alog performed at the Stedelijk Museum 28. April.
And a short video:
On Thursday 28 April the Stedelijk Museum and Non-fiction present Hear it! – a playlist for the Stedelijk Museum, with works by Dick Raaymakers, Alvin Lucier, Mark Bain and Gert-Jan Prins, and performances by Paul Panhuysen, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Alog, Claron McFadden and many others.
“I don't separate ‘Sound Art’ from ‘music’. I am one person; my ideas come from the same place.”
- Alvin Lucier
A playlist for the museum
Hear It! is presenting a playlist of these different types of work with sound, and is presenting different generations of musicians and artists who work with sound in their own way. This evening does not aim to provide a historical cross-section of sound in the arts, but is a personal playlist of works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum and performances by (international) artists and musicians who are exploring the limits of the building and sound. The evening was organised intuitively by listening carefully to the building, the collection and the public, and is possibly most comparable to the way in which a DJ works, or to the musical experience you have with Soundcloud and Spotify. That is why there is a mixed succession of a Siren, a Norwegian DIY band, a Gregorian choir and the public which assumes the role of composer and performer, amongst others.
The sound of now, since 1952
It is now almost 60 years since director Willem Sandberg embraced music in the Stedelijk with his famous series ‘The Music of Now’ in 1952. Sandberg’s view was that the museum should provide room for other art forms than visual art as well, including contemporary music. Since then contemporary music has assumed many different forms and is described in various ways: as experimental music, sound art, sound performances, sound sculptures and audio culture. Some musicians call themselves ‘artists’ and some artworks are characterised as being ‘musical’. It is not always completely clear, but what is evident is that there is great deal happening at the point where the visual arts, music and sound come together.
Aardvarck (NL) / Alog (NO) / Nathalie Bruys (NL) / Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SE) / Allard van Hoorn (NL) / Brandon LaBelle (USA) / Claron McFadden (USA/NL) / Gabriel Lester (NL) / Paul Panhuysen (NL) / Sarah van Sonsbeeck (NL) / Schola Cantorum Amsterdam (NL) / Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (NL)
Mark Bain (USA/NL) / Pierre Bastien (FR) / John Cage (USA) / Alvin Lucier (USA) / Gert-Jan Prins (NL) / Dick Raaymakers (NL)
Harold Schellinx / Juha van ‘t Zelfde
Michiel van Iersel & Juha van ‘t Zelfde (Non-fiction)
I received my Arc today. After unboxing, I updated an old patch I had lying around to be controlled by it. The patch mimics a long-wave radio, and the "stations" I tune into are soundfiles lying on my desktop. It was actually originally made to be controlled by the Griffin Powermate knob. But this upgrade to Arc gives me much better control through high resolution and visual feedback. One knob is for tuning in larger/coarser steps and the other for fine tuning into the stations spread around the Arc.
This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs.
A four-metre long measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting.
Some more Phonophani dates for March:
5. March: HKS, Bergen (music for Len Lye film).
11. March: Knipsu, Bergen (presentation/performance "the sound of dead languages")
23. March: Blå, Oslo (with Pierre Bastien)
24. March: Borealis/Landmark, Bergen (with Pierre Bastien)
27. March: Presences Electronique / GRM, Paris
31. March: Athens (with Pierre Bastien)
See you there!
Finally all is ready for the Phonophani tour of Japan! Together with Sigbjørn Apeland and Alexander Rishaug I will play a series of concerts, many of them in collaboration with local japanese artists.
The dates and venues are:
And here are some of the musicians we will meet up with:
Sean Roe - electronics
Yosuke Fujita - Pipe organ
Haco - voice/electronics
Reiko Imanishi - koto
Ali Moromoto - toy instruments and Game Boys
Akinori Yamazaki - guitar
Tim Olive - guitar/electronics
Yasuhiro Usui - guitar Ryoko Ono - alto sax Taro
Tatsumaki - drums
ZONZONO - sampler/electronics
Hosomi Sakana - electronics
Some very special phonophani shows coming up in November.
First up are my collaboration with french instrument builder extraordinaire, Pierre Bastien. We will play two concerts as part of the Les Borealés festival in Caen, France.
19. Nov 21h Auditorium de Bayeux
22. Nov 21h Maison de l’étudiant, Caen
More concerts with this project are being planned for 2011.
Following this I will do two special edition duo concerts as Phonophani + Sigbjørn Apeland (Harmonium).
28. Nov 17h Blackbox, Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1. Des 20h AB, Brussels, Belgium
See you there!
Exhibition Dates: 24 October 2010–28 February 2011
Opening Reception: 23 October
Verdensteateret has been invited to participate in 'The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010', Shanghai, Peoples' Republic of China, curated by Gao Shiming, with Fan Di'An, Li Lei and Hua Yi. The biennial presents the concept of 'rehearsal' — a discourse on the art exhibition as a phenomenon: 'The exhibition not only reformulates — represents — everyday life, but also provides a vessel for its own representative polity. In the meantime, the exhibition is also the autonomous region of art, within which artists are also legislators'. Within the biennial, Verdensteatret participates with the work And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing, a hybrid work consisting of a performance, a concert and installation with a multitude of kinetic sculptures-machines, sound, animation, puppetry, music, lights and shadowplay.
And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing will be performed by Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Christian Blom, Kristine Roald Sandøy, Hai Nguyen Dinh, Ali Djabbary, Øyvind B. Lyse, Gjertrud Jynge, Espen Sommer Eide, Thorolf Thuestad, Eirik Blekesaune, Hans Skogen, Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie and Elisabeth Gmeiner.
Curatorial Team: FAN DI'AN, LI LEI, GAO SHIMING, HUA YI
Here is a collection of news. My new cd "Kreken" has already gotten very nice reviews here and there. Here are some links to the reviews:
Some phonophani concerts are lined up for the autumn:
20/10 - Ekkofestivalen, Bergen
21/ 10 - Bimhuis, Amsterdam
19/11 and 22/11 - Les Boreales festival, Caen, France (together with Pierre Bastien)
24/11 -- Japan tour (details TBA)
Inbetween this I also will do some shows with Verdensteatret (http://www.verdensteatret.com) as I have been involved quite a lot with sound and instrument design for their latest show. The premiere is on Blackbox in Oslo on the 8. September.
Now, I am on my way for a stay at the SUMU new media art residency in Turku, Finland - so if you live in Finland please tell me if something is going on this month!Kreken by phonophani
A music video was just released to accompany the track "Kreken". Marte Aas, an artist collaborateur/friend of mine filmed the material with super-8 and I edited it down together with the music. It was quite a new experience for me to edit film to music and not the other way around! Check it out below in a previous post - the track is based on an old norwegian fiddle music piece (Tussebrura) from wax-rolls that I have electronically reworked.
The term "folk music" was invented by nineteenth-century scholars to describe the music of peasantry, age-old and anonymous. To me it means homemade-type music played mainly by ear, arising out of older traditions but with a meaning for today. (Pete Seeger, 1972)
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