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.
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.
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.
The SOUNDBUS is a soundinstallation and performance developed for the festival ACTS 2012 in Roskilde, Denmark.
In a bus, I’ve installed contact microphones connected to a multichannel soundsystem to be operated in a MAX/MSP and Reaper controlled environment. I’ll be playing by the sounds coming from the bus, as it drives through the landscape with passengers sitting inside.
The result can be compared to some sort of windchime-like setup, organically developing and gradually changing as I try to play along the sounds coming from the bus journeying through the landscape.
Playful immediatism and physical simultaneity merged with radical methods of interventionism. This is a documentation from a workshop on tactile-acoustic interventionism, where the participants investigate and experiment with resonant properties of objects and structures in public space.
After a phase of experimenting, the participants go into setting up temporary sound installations, where selected objects are transformed into acoustic sources and sounding units. Thus the end results of the workshop is a ‘hidden’ soundinstallation where the existing objects and structures in public space are converted into “instruments” and “speakers”.
The underlying mission is to emphazise the positive aspects of using sound as prime medium of acquirement and perceptionally challenge a visually dominated and over-crowded public and communicative space.
My tech-setup is a special developed sound system, optimized to mobilty and quick independent interventions. Some challenge since sound installation art can be some of the most gear-heavy stuff
During the last couple of years, I’ve become a fanatic sailor, so of course I’d eventually have to integrate the two worlds of sailing and doing sound installations.
What to do then? Packed the boat with enormous loads of batteries, transducers, soundcards, wires, soldering iron, etc., took two friends with me and set sails for the island Sejerø (app. 100 nautic miles from Copenhagen) where a small but really nice underground festival took place.
We arrived at the Sejerø Festival two days later, anchored in a small bay and swam ashore to invade the island and the festival. The weather proved a bit of a challenge since you need somewhat stable winds and a decent shore to anchor up the boat, but everything succeeded for a proto-test of the concept.
The concept is to use a live signal stream from the sounds produced by the boat to process into a supernatural soundscape coming from a multichannel speaker system that lies on the bottom on the sea. Everything battery driven and run from the off-limits sound-lab belly of my boat of course
At sunday morning app. 05 a.m. when the general festival party had ended, I took a dozen party-drunken and open minded festival audiences down to the coast, we swam to our boat and supplied people with diving equipment, wetsuit, floating devices etc.
It was a mindblowing experience and the session went on for an hour before the winds got too heavy and we had to pack up to sail to a safe harbour.
More of this will definitely continue when winter has passed.
This workshop I held as part of the festival Tuned City in Tallin, European Cultural Capital 2011.
By cooperating in a small group of workshop participants, a series excercises with sound installations were produced through investigating, experimenting, learning and performing with the acoustic possibilities of a city.
The method I’ve developed is basically to experiment with what I call the Tactile-Acoustic Interventionist approach. This meaning, to use the physical and tactile aspects of acoustics to adapt the everyday objects and structures in our urban surroundings. A bit like street art but with the absolute nerdish approach of sound art
From day to day, different sites of interest in Tallin were located and intervened with by testing the acoustic nature and adding acoustic energy in the objects and structures.
To perform this workshop I’ve developed a special Tactile Acoustic Interventionist System, that relies on principles of transduction, ie. the converting of energy from one form to another. The system uses transduction to set in vibration any objects or structures of choice in order to make sounding units. At the core of this system are certain speaker driver units called audio transducers. Their function can be described as a speaker magnet seperated from it’s cone and cabinet, and specially designed to flexible attachment and optimal transferring of vibrational energy to any given material attached upon. This technology is being used in as vast areas as crash-testing bridge-constructions, sonar, guitar pickups and of course home theaters and butt-kickers.
It might seem technically complicated (some of it is) but I made sure that to participate in the workshop only a low entry level on the tech-factor was demanded. Hence, none of the participants had worked with sound-installations before. And as a finishing result, the workshop developed to do a final, really nice, and well disguised interactive installation at a public playground in downtown Tallin.
The workshop results were presented to a general audience, who could also try the system by own hands. Also, we did a small performance where workshop participants together with the audience played on the installation using a laptop-soundcard interface and various found objects, i.e. trash from public space.
Obernkarbi has been invited by the municipality of Copenhagen to develop and construct a installation of discarded books as a contribute from the public libraries of Copenhagen to the annual streetparty festival Copenhagen Distortion in june 1-5.
Obernkarbi and Anders Børup have begun a cooperation with the property company of Carlsberg on a pilot project developing an interactive soundsystem for the magnificent public space sculpture/canopy situated in the old Carlsberg brewery area in Copenhagen.