27April2011 Hear it! – a playlist for the Stedelijk Museum

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.

Performances by

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)

Works by

Mark Bain (USA/NL) / Pierre Bastien (FR) / John Cage (USA) / Alvin Lucier (USA) / Gert-Jan Prins (NL) / Dick Raaymakers (NL)

Introduction by

Harold Schellinx / Juha van ‘t Zelfde

Compiled by

Michiel van Iersel & Juha van ‘t Zelfde (Non-fiction)

14April2011 Radio Arc

Radio Arc from Material Vision on Vimeo.

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.

06March2011 Len Live at HKS, Bergen 6.3.2011

Len Live at HKS, Bergen
From H.C. Giljes Flickr set.
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28February2011 Immaterials: Light Painting WIFI

Einar Sneve Martinussen, Timo Arnall and Jørn Knutsen just released a great WIFI lightpainting video. Music score by Phonophani.

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi from Timo on Vimeo.

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.

More here:


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13February2011 Black Warrior Review: Sound Art

A new issue of Black Water Review is out. Including a sound art section were I contribute a track "Mjuklia". Check it out. 5. Mjuklia by aagnone
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12February2011 Spring dates

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!

24January2011 Phonophani Japan Tour 16.-26. February

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:

16.2 Tokyo, Gift
17.2 Kyoto, Urbanguilde 
18.2 Osaka, Common Cafe
19.2 Kobe, Guggenheim House
24.2 Nara, Sample, White Room
25.2 Nagoya, K.D.Japon
26.2 Tokyo, Soup

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 

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01January2011 And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing from Verdensteatret on Vimeo.

35 min documentation of Verdensteatret's live performance "And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing"

01November2010 Upcoming shows

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!

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17October2010 Verdensteatret to participate in 'The 8th shanghai Biennale 2010'

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.


13August2010 Phonophani news and concerts

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:

The Milk Factory (in English)
Bergen Tidende

The cd or the cd+10" vinyl special edition can be ordered at runegrammofon or from me at the alog shop

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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03August2010 phonophani - kreken

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19June2010 Cinema and Crop Circles

Videos by Marte Aas now exhibited at the National Gallery in Oslo. Music by Espen Sommer Eide. More information here.
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19June2010 And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing

The germany premiere of the verdensteatret show I have been working on for the last couple of months coming up... below is more information about the performance and the theater festival. In the autumn follows Oslo, Bergen and then the Shanghai art biennal.


And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing




08 July 8:00 PM German premiere
09 July 8:00 PM with public talk
11 July 4:00 PM

PACT Zollverein

60 minutes

18 Euro / concessions 9 Euro

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing
is a composition in the form of a hybrid between performance, concert and installation. A transparent though complex work with an overwhelming richness of details. It might be described as an art-machine played by musicians, performers and robots.

By treating the whole room and everything in it as the material, the group has created a vast intermedia composition where visual art, sound art and music are combined with the theatrical potential in the material.

Physically the work appears as a landscape of highly original kinetic sculptures that activate a diversity of animation techniques, micro puppetry, music, lights and shadow play. All objects produce art and are also a part in it. The idea of simultaneous perspectives and multiple functions tied to each object creates a work of works. ”..We enter a state of excited surprise that all we wonder about starts to sing instead of giving answers.”

Festival Theater der Welt
The festival has taken place every three years since 1981. Theater der Welt has since then developed into one of the most important international festivals for the performing arts in Germany.

From 30 June to 17 July almost 400 artists from all over the globe have been invited by the Theater an der Ruhr, Schauspiel Essen and the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 to Mülheim an der Ruhr and Essen.

During Theater der Welt 2010 they present their personal visions of our world and take us on a journey around the globe that provides new sensations, surprising encounters and unexpected events.

Verdensteatret is an art group based in Oslo. The group consists of artists from many different artistic professions making installations, performance art, concerts and other art related works. Characteristic for their work is that they are building exquisite links between seemingly incompatible technologies and materials. Verdensteatret currently ranks amongst the most innovative art groups in Norway. Their characteristic combination of advanced technology in a close dialogue with more traditional tools, results in complex works and space-related compositions. Their works are presented internationally in different art contexts and locations. 

Artists: 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, Erik Blekesaune, Hans Skogen, Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie, Elisabeth Gmeiner.

For more information, photos: www.verdensteatret.com

The project is a co-production between Verdensteatret and Theater der Welt, Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen, and Festival Avant Art

The project is supported by Arts Council Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Verdensteatret is supported by: Arts Council Norway.

10June2010 Phonophani - Kreken

Press release from Rune Grammofon: Kreken” is the fourth album from Phonophani, aka Espen Sommer Eide, possibly Norway´s most original and inventive electronica musician today. In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist he is also a digital electronics expert, programmer and instrument builder, which goes a long way in explaining why he doesn´t sound much like anything else. His music is about rediscovering the great mystery of music through dissecting the sound of ordinary or ”real” instruments such as cello, vibraphone, guitars and the human voice and dissolving melodies into their elementary particles. While he has previously turned his attention to other cultures and traditions, with ”Kreken” he has now tuned his ears to Norway´s own traditional folk music and instruments, it´s melodic content and special tuning systems, all treated electronically in one way or another. Among the guests are Jenny Hval (Rockettothesky) and American guitarist David Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol, The Red Krayola).

Also available as a very special limited edition in only 250 numbered copies.

Released 21.06.10

Kreken by phonophani
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