13September2015 Nikel sound history club


As part 1 of my contribution together with Signe Lidén for the Dark Ecology Journey 3, we went to Nikel, Russia last week to organize the first edition of the Nikel sound history club, discussing sound and memory with local residents of Nikel.

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04September2015 The remarkable features of mosquito hearing

I made a new composition for the Ultima festival 2015, to be performed and spatialized live on the acousmonium of GRM/Ina at Vulkan arena, Oslo 16. September. 

The piece is inspired by the my experiences with mosquitoes and salmon across the Sør-Varanger Peninsula. It is in part also an investigation into animal sensory biology. Both animals have a very unique way of hearing. The mosquito has vibrating antennas that is tuned to certain frequencies, in particular the ones connected to the "flight tone" of the female mosquito. The salmon has a more deep listening ability, being able to hear infrasound and using it to navigate the ocean back to its origin river.

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03September2015 Bridge over Mosow

24.-30. September Verdensteatret is going to Moscow, building and performing our piece Bridge over Mud at NCCA. You will find me sweating behind the faders and knobs. We have been working the last month in Oslo growing the piece further (out of control and out of proportion some might argue, since it now takes one week to assemble the "room-instrument" with 10 people working day and night...). 

Recently the piece won an Hedda Award for "best audiovisual design" and is also nominated for the "Critics Award 2015". Also great reviews all around for our Oslo show, so our hard work developing it over the last 4 years (starting in Kolkata in 2011 !) is not a complete secret anymore.

Now keeping fingers crossed for the containers to go through customs smoothly!


07June2015 Debut mini album from Kvien & Sommer released


07June2015 Language in Time

BEK has released this ebook I wrote for apple iBooks. 

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This text is based on a lecture for the Platform series at Bergen Kunsthall 10. February 2013. Doing research for my exhibition “Dead Language Poetry”, first installed at Bergen Kunsthall /No. 5 in 2013, I sifted through a vast range of subjects regarding language, some of which made it into the works of the exhibition – others fell into the background web of inspiration. Included is also sounds from the playlist intervention and the video of the performance of the work: Structural metaphors recited in the vedic style.


26May2015 Korsmos Ugressarkiv exhibition at Nikolaj Kunsthal

The weeds are spreading to the continent. The Korsmo weeds archive is now open at Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen, Denmark. Open until 21. June. 



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08April2015 Exhibition opening and film screening

11.04.2015 The evening starts at Trykkeriet, Fjøsangerveien 70A with exhibition and food 6 p.m – 9 p.m. Followed by a premiere film screening at Landmark at 9:30 p.m (doors open 9 p.m). Afterwards there will be music by Are Mokkelbost (Single Unit, Kill) and Mental Overdrive (DJ set by Per Martinsen).

Material Vision – Silent Reading is a film and series of prints by Espen Sommer Eide, based on the creation of new musical instruments and a performance developed on Bear Island.

At Trykkeriet Espen Sommer Eide will exhibit 6 photogravure prints originally commissioned by KORO / University of Tromsø for the recently opened Faculty of Science and Technology building, in addition to a new installation work. The prints are printed in an edition of 14.


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02March2015 A chord is like a scientific instrument probing the universe


The exploded lapsteel – photo: Isabelle Vigier

Performed at Sonic Acts / Stedelijk Musem 2015. From the Sonic Acts blog:

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20February2015 Antisolar ∞ 7: Phonophani – Epsilon

Released and sold out. Damn those collectors!

Antisolar ∞ series is a small-run endless loop cassettes label. The artists invited present a piece specially designed for this format.These cassettes are handmade one by one. It's a lo-fi product. These type of cassette may not work on every cassette deck since they have no sprocket/teeth. (it should work fine on a vintage two-head design cassette deck. But, for example, it doesn't work on Nakamichi LX-3 or Tascam 122 mkIII). The cassette is meant to last around 10,000 cycles = 500 hours. But you never know. A tape is a tape. 10 copies is not much. But it takes a lot of time to build them. The cassettes will be available exclusively here. Only one copy per person. 

No pre-order / No demo / Thank you

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22January2015 New instrument

Debuts in a new musical performance for Sonic Acts, February 26. More info here


08January2015 Winter events

Happy new year! Some upcoming winter shows:
12. January, Bergen Kjøtt, 20x20x20 collaborative concerts (with Thea Hjelmeland (song), Odd Martin Skålnes (song/gitar), Øystein Skar (synth), Stephan Meidell (gitar), Espen Sommmer Eide (div elektronikk), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (trommer) Ana Jorge (visuell kunst), Guro Rimeslåtten og Ole Martin Meland (dans)).
17. January (Kvien & Sommer live), Arts birthday, Norrlandsoperan Umeå, Sweden
26. February (musical performance), Sonic Acts (opening at Stedelijk) Amsterdam. 
28. February (presentation of Material Vision – Silent Reading), Sonic Acts conference.

Came across this quote that seems to explain it all:

"I’m thinking about the piece Espen Sommer Eide played in the school in Nikel on Saturday evening. He basically took what I guess was a first inversion of a harmonic minor triad – the kind of chord you play before the tragic resolution of a sad symphony about your deafness, or whatever – and he made it ooze, sort of atonally, a little bit around the edges, and made it bleed a little bit. Then he took the oozing-bleeding and bent it and moved it around and started playing with it. It was as if he took some kind of hard clay and warmed it up and bent it, transmuting it until it became something much more sensual, something that set the stage for what happened next..."
– Timothy Morton, interviewed after the Dark Ecology journey.


10December2014 Structural metaphors of western thought recited in the Vedic style


Voice artist Trine Hylander Friis interpretation of a composition by Espen Sommer Eide. The melodic structure is based on the indian Vedic recital tradition. The list of metaphors used as a “libretto” in the piece, is a system of conceptual metaphors based on Lakoff and Johnsons book "Metaphors we live by" (1980). Some would even go as far as to say they are a universal system of the way we think.