Program 2017

Thursday

Alvin Lucier: Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra
performed by Espen Aalberg, solo triangle

Ståle Storløkken: Solo improvisasjon
performed by Ståle Storløkken, church organ

Lee Patterson: Amplified Objects
performed by Lee Patterson

Singers from Trondheim Voices: Improvisation
performed by Tone Åse, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Randi Pontoppidan, Siri Gjære, Ingrid Lode

The Nidaros Cathedral Choir performance is unfortunately cancelled.

A silent walk, listening to the natural sounds on the path between the Nidaros Cathedral through Bakklandet to Dokkhuset, guided by Michael Duch and Njål Ølnes.

How often are you aware of your surroundings and actually listen to what's going on around you? The concept of soundwalk was created in Vancouver in the 70s, pioneered by associates of the composer R. Murray Schafer. A soundwalk is about just that – being aware of and listening actively to your immediate surroundings. Michael Duch and Njål Ølnes will give us a short introduction before we silently walk from the opening concert at the Nidaros Cathedral to the official opening of the symposium at Dokkhuset.

Hildegard Westerkamp describes a soundwalk the following way:

... any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.

Jørgen Langdalen, Head of Department of Music at NTNU, wishes you a warm welcome with an introductory speech and opening at Dokkhuset, before we open the doors to the "The Sound of the TMV quay".

Dokkparken has been the center of Trondhjems Mekaniske Værksted (TMV) for over a century, and several hundreds of ships have docked in its quay throughout that period. Students of music technology at NTNU, under the guidance of Frank Ekeberg and Sigurd Saue, will attempt to recreate the sound of TMV in a sound installation at Dokkhuset.

Friday

Doors: 09:45

10:00 - 12:00

  • Hild Borchgrevink: What is spectral music? – About Grisey's Partiels

In her lecture, Hild Borchgrevink will give a broad overview of spectral music as well as focus on Grisey's Partiels, whcih is considered to be one of spectral music's central works.

  • Concert: Økofanfare (Lasse Thoresen), performed by Trine Knutsen (flute)
     
  • Hild Borchgrevink in conversation with Lasse Thoresen: Spectral music and microtonal music in Norwegian contemporary music

Lasse Thoresen was, together with professorial colleague Olav Anton Thommessen, the first Norwegian to establish contact with the french spectral music scene. Through his acquaintances with Tristan Murail and Gérard Grisey, he brought the first important impulses to young aspiring composers at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

– lunch break –

12:00 - 14:00

  • Ellen Lindquist presents Mantra

Ellen Lindquist has composed a piece for Indonesian gamelan and sinfonietta, where the ensemble is intonated after gamelan instruments through spectral analysis of said instruments overtones. This produces a soundscape where the intonation is in constant change, and the purity of the new intonation forms the musical core of the piece. Mantra is big in form with a low tempo, which illustrates the spiritual theme of the piece and refers to the structure of traditional gamelan music.

  • Panel discussion on microtonal musikk with Hild Borchgrevink, Lasse Thoresen and Ellen Lindquist

We conclude with a panel discussion between Borchgrevink, Thoresen and Ellen Lindquist, who has been an active composer of spectral music for Trondheim Sinfonietta amongst others.

  • Concert: Ciel étoilé (Kaija Saariaho), performed by Michael Duch (upright bass) and Espen Aalberg (percussion)

No Ideas but in Things is a documentary film about the American composer Alvin Lucier (born 1931), directed by Viola Rusche and Hauke Harder. The movie follows Lucier to live performances in the Netherlands and Switzerland, as well as a visit at his home in Connecticut USA.

Lucier expands upon his early pioneer work with live electronic music to newer ensemble pieces. He also provides rare insights into his time as a member of the Sonic Arts Union, as a lecturer at Wesleyan University and his friendship to John Cage and David Tudor.

Watch the trailer on Youtube.

Associate professor Andreas Bergsland and students at the NTNU Department of Music present an electroacoustic concert under the name The Immersed Listener. Electroacoustic music is a form of music based on sound recordings and digital sound procession in order to create new and exciting soundscapes. You will hear music by composer Frank Ekeberg in addition to premieres of electroacoustic music by master students at the NTNU Department of Music.

Trondheim Sinfonietta performs the concert series Spectral:

  • Lasse Thoresen: AbUno

For AbUno (1992), composer Lasse Thoresen received the award for "Composition of the Year" by the Norwegian Society of Composers. The piece is regarded as one of his finest works from a long series of award-winning and internationally recognized compositions.

  • Gérard Grisey: Partiels

Partiels (1975) by Gérard Grisey is a defining work in spectral music. Several second and third generation spectral composers cite Partiels as causing their initial interest in the spectral outlook.

  • Hilmar Thordarson: Kuki No Sukima

Kuki no Sukima by Hilmar Thordarson is commissioned by and for Trondheim Sinfonietta, and translates to "between air". Through the composed material, the conductors movements and active participation in the soundscape, new possibilities arise for musical performance and experience. By letting the conductor play the role of active musician and creator of sound, the piece offers a visual dimension as the audience can "see" the processing of sound live.

Saturday

Doors: 09:45

10:00 - 12:00

  • Listening as architecture with Helge Sten and Kyrre Laastad

Helge Sten, best known under his artist alias Deathprod, is a Norwegian musician and producer. He's widely known for his productions ranging from noise, jazz, contemporary, electronic and rock, as well as his active role in Supersilent and his collaboration with Motorpsycho. In conversation with musician Kyrre Laastad (Snøskred, Jenny Hval, Trondheim Jazzorkester), he will discuss the subject of listening as architecture.

  • Listening to nature with Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen

Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen invite you to explore the subject of nature and listening. Both of them have worked with various ways to record sound underwater. What the difference is between recording and listening to sound in fresh and salt water is one of many questions that will be asked and hopefully answered in this discussion.

– lunch break –

12:00 - 14:00

  • Listening and tea tasting with Lasse Marhaug

Musician and composer Lasse Marhaug, in conversation with Michael Duch, will talk about listening and tea tasting, and what these two subjects have in common. Perhaps we'll even get a taste ourselves?

  • Four Bass Violins (Lasse Marhaug, Michael Duch, Trondheim Bassorkester)

We conclude our program at Dokkhuset with a concert, where Lasse Marhaug and Michael Duch present Four Bass Violins, a quadrophonic piece for four or more speakers and double basses. In addition to Marhaug and Duch, Trondheim Bassorkester complete the ensemble on stage.

Tony Conrad: Completely in The Present is a documentary about the life and work of filmmaker, musician, artist and teacher Tony Conrad, directed by Tyler Hubby. The screening is introduced by Lasse Marhaug.

Tony Conrad was one of the great American artists of his time, yet to the world at large he remains largely underappreciated. After his passing in 2016, there's been a renewed interest in his work, in great part thanks to this documentary. With recordings of Conrad and his collaborators, shot over the last 22 years, as well as extracts from his own archives of film and sound recordings, the movie has become a reflection of Tony Conrads particular playful and radical way to create art.

Watch the trailer on Youtube.

We conclude the symposium with a grand concert. Supersilent will take you on a sonic journey through silence and noise.

Supersilent consists of Arve Henriksen, Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken. The group was created when the trio Veslefrekk, consisting of Henriksen, Storløkken and Jarle Vespestad collaborated with Deathprod (Helge Sten) for the first time at Nattjazz in Bergen in 1997. The mix between the experimental jazz elements of the trio, together with Deathprod's electronic approach to noise and drone music was an immediate success, thus giving birth to Supersilent as a quartet.

Since then they have released 13 full length albums on Rune Grammofon, each of them numerically titled. Several of said releases garnered international attention far beyond the realms of jazz, amongst other 6 which was given the title Best New Music by Pitchfork in 2003. Drummer Vespestad left the group in 2009, and Supersilent continued as a trio. Through their career, they have collaborated with musicians such as Terje Rypdal and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and remain today one of the most recognized and celebrated groups in improvised and experimental music throughout the whole world.