25June2019 Phonophani on Bandcamp

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27May2019 Korsmo Weed Archive at Stavanger Kunstmuseum

15. May - 13. Okt 2019 at Stavanger Kunstmuseum as part of exhibition "Flora". Photo: Marie von Krogh/MUST

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13March2019 Spectres

New release 8. March including my text "Exercises in non-human listening"

Composer l’écoute / Composing listening


Félicia Atkinson, François Bayle, François J. Bonnet, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Eliane Radigue, Régis Renouard Larivière, Espen Sommer Eide, Daniel Teruggi, Chris Watson

This book has been conceived as both a prism and a manual. Following the “traditional” arc of electroacoustic composition (listen—record—compose—deploy—feel), each of the contributions collected together here focuses in on a personal aspect, a fragment of that thrilling territory that is sonic and musical experimentation.
Although the term “experimental music” may now have be understood as referring to a genre, or even a particular style, we ought to hold on to the original use of this term, which was based more on an approach than on any particular aesthetic line to be followed. The experimental is first and foremost a spirit, the spirit of the exploration of unknown territories, a spirit of invention which sees musical composition more as a voyage into uncertain territories than as a self-assured approach working safe within the bosom of fully mapped out and recognized lands.

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13March2019 Reality-Based Audio Workshop: Mongstad

In the project Reality-based Audio Workshop, some of Norway’s most experienced sound artists attempt to re-think the relationship between sound and reality. Initiated by BEK – Bergen center for electronic arts, the artists have visited Mongstad, an industrial area North of Bergen, to record on-site and follow CO2 gas from the refinery, through the CO2 capture facility – which Jens Stoltenberg called Norway’s “Moon Landing” – to an algae plantation where CO2 is used in the cultivation of edible algae. The attempts at making a circular path of the CO2 in this facility, becomes a symbol of the biggest issues facing Norway today, concerning our past and our future.

Notions of “place” must be seen in new light when concepts such as “post truth” and “fake news” in recent years have become actualised. Do we need to find new ways to do reality-based audio recordings when the differences between truth and fiction have become politicised? Can sound art find a new way to bridge the gaps of a more polarized media reality?

03April2018 Vertical studies / Fjell documentation

A short video document from the Borealis festival event at Fjell festning 2017.

More info in Norwegian about Vertical Studies at Forfatternes klimaaksjon her

15March2018 Imaginalia observation

«I see the work Imaginalia as a story about the landscape where the artist grew up. A landscape in movement and change throughout the seasons. The same wind, the same seasons, the same sounds, well known but unreachable at the same time.

To return to a landscape after so many years… the senses are the same – but the meaning changes because we ourselves have changed.

A landscape you feel in the bones – but still is but a memory. Watching the film I get a pang of anxiety when I see the intensely yellow birches’ leaf; It is beautiful, but still it tells me of my loneliness and alienness in this world. I have always been curious about other beings’ experience of our common wood.

The yellow birches’ leaf is beautiful… and yet it is a moment of anxiety. The leaf represents something safe and homely we have grown up with – it is at the same time so foreign that it slaps us in the face and our soul freeze up.»

Asle Nilsen, Verdensteatret

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11March2018 Imaginalia opening at ØKS

Thank you: Tolga Balci, David Rios, Daniel Persson, Roar Sletteland, Janne Kruse, Signe Lidén, Norsk Kulturråd, Vederlagsfondet, Fond for Lyd og Bilde and BEK.

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07February2018 Imaginalia

Solo exhibition opening at ØKS, Østfold Kunstsenter, 10. March - 22. April 2018

A composer, disillusioned by the limits and weakness of the human imagination, decides to travel back to nature. He journeys to the rivers and highlands of Northern Norway, hoping to get in touch with other sources of imagination. The composition ‘Imaginalia’ is constructed of visions unsullied by human agency and emotional politics. The sensory biology of animals and plants becomes a visual score with rhythms and harmonies based on unknown principles. All the while the composer is constantly visited by ghosts of his own past, something that makes it ever more difficult to finish the composition ‘Imaginalia’.

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21September2017 autumn concerts

Phonophani autumn concerts coming up. Join me at the following locations! 

24. September, Coast Contemporary, Landmark, Bergen 

11. November, Alternativa Festival, Prague

16. November, Radiophrenia Festival, Glasgow

8. December, Glimt, Wrap, Bergen (Kvien & Sommer)

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27June2017 Deep Learning

music by phonophani http://phonophani.com
visuals by Lia http://liaworks.com
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13February2017 Sint Jansklooster

Photos by Pieter Kiers

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16January2017 Vertical Studies at Sonic Acts

We will perform our new Vertical Studies piece at the opening of the Sonic Acts exhibition 1. February, and then again during the festival 23. February. More info about location and tickets here: http://sonicacts.com/2017/news/vertical-studies-in-sint-jansklooster-1

Vertical Studies: Acoustic shadows and boundary reflections

by Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide 

In this new collaborative work, Eide and Lidén wish to invite the participants on a journey to a 46 meter high abandoned water tower in Sint Jansklooster. The tower has been re-imagined as a vertical field-lab where the artists will introduce their ongoing investigations into connections between sound, history, wind and weather. For this purpose they have constructed a range of special instruments for the recording and playback of sounds in the vertical dimension. The participants on this journey, will experience both live vertical studies outdoors and inside the towers spiral staircase, as a ascending vertical soundscape shaped by Eide and Lidén. 

In their collaborations, Lidén and Eide investigate how sound is shaped by and resonates in various environments. Their previous work, the critically acclaimed 2016 performance Altitude and History was staged in the hills above Nikel, Russia, as part of the Dark Ecology journey. Leading the audience on a performative field trip, they delved into the connections between wind and sound at various altitudes and its connections vertically to layers of local history. Sound movement through the atmosphere is affected by the wind profile, the open landscape and the winter temperatures, which can bend the wave front, causing sounds to be heard where they normally would not, or vice versa, creating acoustic shadows. Building upon this archive of altitudinal sounds from Nikel and other areas visited by the artists, they are now working on a new model of verticality. As an imaginative figure the artists experiment with sorting their archive of sounds by height. From the bottom of the oceans, to the planetary boundary layer with land formations and weather shaping the sounds, up through the clouds to the outer atmosphere.