Listen to the World

 

Listen to the World is an interactive sound installation that plays back recorded everyday sounds from a number of selected places around the world. The purpose of the installation is to enrich the perspectives and possibilities of the sounds that surrounds us by giving audience an experience that can make them more conscious of their own acoustic everyday environment.

The installation is therefore created as to make possible for audience, an easy-to-access, analytical comparison tool and even an instrument for creative soundscape composition. By using a simple group of buttons and knobs, the audience can select different sounds from different places, and control a simple set of mixer variables, eg. volume, balance etc. The physical installation consists of a simple setup with a computer screen, a set of headphones and a small control pad.

In the first version, I’ve invited a group of artists to record and send me sounds from places that had some resembling geographical characteristics. The task I gave the artists was to find a small group of sounds that stood out and had some sort of uniqueness to the place. I also asked the artists to take a picture of the sound origins plus write a small text describing the sounds. I ended up with 5 groups of sounds that represented 5 different soundscapes from 5 different places.

This version has been created as a long distance, network cooperation where I have communicated without physically meeting the participants, but it can also be done in a site specific version, for example as a school workshop-format or in relation to a festival or other exhibitioning event where participants spend time together recording sounds that are afterwards gathered and exhibited.

Listen to the World was first time exhibited at the Smag Verden festival in Copenhagen, august 2013.

Please contact me for a version of the catalogue from Listen to the World #1

Listen to the World #1 also exhibited at Gängeviertel in Hamburg, november 2013

Please feel free to contact me regarding ideas for setting up Listen to the World or if you have any other comments.

Thanks and great credits to Anders Børup for programming and sharing.

Participating artists in this example version

SØS Gunver Ryberg (DK)

John Grzinich (US/EE)

Jez Riley French (UK)

Maile Colbert (US/PT)

Rui Costa (PT)

Valeria Merlini (IT/DE)

 

 

Animate!!!

Animate is a soundart project that seeks to reveal and refocus on the qualities of leftover objects and things considered as aesthetically out-of-value. Animate seeks the hidden life of seemingly worthless objects considered as trash and environmental stains and bring them onto stage where they’re treated as the most beautiful instruments of human expression and investigation.

The project starts with researching on the local surroundings for trash and other disposed but re-usable objects. The objects are tested and rehearsed on for their own as well as mutual acoustic responsivity. As a result of this phase, the objects will end up being stacked, conjoined and in other ways organized into a sculptural organism of thrash objects. From hereon, the projects main event is a performance consisting of a live animation ritual where the objects are brought to life and start giving life and being responsive to each others acoustic capabilities.

 

Videolink

 

(more documentation to come on this page)

Animate!!! has been supported by two Nordic Culture Point Mobility Grants.

 

Game of Drones

Excerpt of rehearse for concert tonight with the Animate! project where I’ll be performing with Juuso Paaso. Animate is a live sculpture-performance modelling a chaotic resonating sound-sculpture.Animate CPH 2014 rehearse excerpt

Ishimura prototype

Prototype of the project Ishimura featuring a small introduction + some excerpts from a playthrough performance for a small audience of 4 people. Tuning for 6 string bass. (24 hz, 39,81 hz, 48,49 hz, 61,94 hz, 97,86 hz, 118,5 hz)

Ishimura is about amplifying and controlling the resonant frequencies in the actual space being performed in, using simple equalization and a resonating instrument, tuned precisely for the soundwaves hitting the instrument at the exact position it is placed. In this manner, the acoustic character of the room becomes very much alive and responsive to the musicians performance.

When experiencing this piece first hand you hear a omnipresent style of soundscape. Therefore I urge to bear in mind that the sound you can hear in especially the videoclips is actually a very poor representation of what is happening acoustically in the space.

One interesting thing from the “bad recordings” though, is that you can actually grasp the phenomenon of the lively acoustics in the space. At certain times in the recordings the microphone is clipping, even though the overall volume of the performance isn’t that loud. This is happening because the microphone is placed at a spot where some very specific soundwaves at certain times are vastly enhanced by the room acoustic feedback. Imagine this is happening to you while you walk around in the space. Some times you can even feel the air moving as a pulse on your body without any corresponding level of sound coming to your ears.

Movie clips:

 

Intro w/ subs https://vimeo.com/89035086

Main section w/ bow https://vimeo.com/89035088

Ending https://vimeo.com/89035090

 

Audio recordings

(Please use proper headphones or sound-system)

Bow entering

ending

Excerpts from Sonic Interventionism MoKS august 2013

130814_0402-MadsSolo_excerpt

130814_0401-JuusoSolo_excerpt

Lyt til Verden

Lyt til Verden is a sound installation where audience can compose their own personal soundscape by using a simple interface controlling a program and a bank of different field recordings from various places.
The recordings were done by an international group of field recording artists who were given the task to

  • 1. find a location with geographical similarities to the site of the actual installation.
  • 2. Analyse and record sonic events that represented this location in particular.
  • 3. take photos and make a small description of the location and the recordings.

The material was published in a pamflet that were placed at the installation so the more curious audience could dig deeper into the sounds, locations and the artists.

This first edition was developed to the multitude festival Smag Verden in Copenhagen. The installation was placed in a small half open shed with three headphones so more people could cooperate on choosing which sounds should be in their own composistion.

Lyt til Verden is the first branch on my interest in developing installations and performances based on field recordings. I’ll make new versions of this project in particular and theres also other stuff in development for the greater project Digital Nordic 2015/16.

Thanks to PB43 and Smag Verden for cooperation and funding and Anders Børup for programming.

 

Sonic Interventionism workshop at MoKS, Estonia

The workshop where held from august 8th-16th 2013 at the artcenter MoKS in Mooste Estonia and investigated the local surroundings, old ruins and leftover spaces with the goal to appropriate objects and structures into building temporary sound installations.

Together with an extremely cosy, small group of dedicated sound artists I spent a week doing talks, temporary interventionist sound installations and even a spontaneous concert for the general public of Mooste. Among other things we turned two allmetal sheds from a pumping station at an abandoned land-fill area into a great guitar-based feedback system.

See a video from the workshop made by Juan Duarte here

Thanks to Kulturkontakt Nord and Eesti Kultuurkapital for funding, the MoKS crew for cooperation, shelter and general warmth and Juuso Paaso, Sirpa Jokinen and Juan Duarte for participating, cooking gorgeous meals and bringing life and content to the workshop.

 

 

 

Underwater love in Århus

First weekend in february, I’ll be heading to Århus where I’m invited to do an underwater soundinstallation and concert together with the exciting Århus-based underwater orchestra AquaSonic who has kindly asked me to participate in their gig. I’ll bring a re-developed soundsystem from the Sejerø-festival project together with a re-found love for my 6-string bass and violinbow + the various effectpedal feedback-setups I’m using in my Rainforest constellations.

The gig is held sunday february 3rd at 19 hrs. in the swimming hall called Spanien as part of the greater event “Kærlighed” arranged by the peoples university in Århus.

See more on the event here

Regnskov in Århus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 14th there’s an opening concert for the 4th Rainforest installation workshop that Derek Holzer and I’ve done together. This time we have 6 local participants and it is the first time it is set up in public space. We’re collaborating with and are supported by Kulturforvaltningen, Århus Kommune and www.byiby.dk. In Århus we’re situated amidst a very interesting ongoing temporary urban space experiment right in the center of Århus. (see below for location)

The opening starts at 17 hrs with a concert and saturday and sunday between 12-17 the Rainforest will run as an ongoing performance installation. Free entry and everybody is invited to come and have a go with (amongst other stuff) our 3 meter long scrapmetal urinal.

See more on previous Rainforest in Berlin here.

Also, listen to an interview from SNYK radio from our recently ended Rainforest project at this link

 

Sonic interventionism @ Roskilde festival

Thursday, july 5th, at 17hrs, Obernkarbi will perform a special sonic intervention for the Rill-bar @ Roskilde festivals Sonic Zone by the pavillion junior stage.

Obernkarbi, has prepared the area by mic’ing up hidden places of acoustic interest, and will be using the live inputs to create a lively, meditative and interactive soundscape. The concert will be held in a special headphone system providede by the Rillbar.

See more on sonic interventionisms and other performance installations here and further on.

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