Interobjective soundscapes

INTEROBJECTIVE SOUNDSCAPES is the title of a new project that explores different ways of experiencing music and sound.

The first work in the series, a piece called "4 rooms", was premiered by solo double bass on May 25th 2022 at the art gallery Kunstbanken in Hamar. The piece is however not exclusively written for double bass, and may be performed by whichever or by as many instruments as one likes.

As I continue to develop this project I will both compose more short pieces for solo instruments, as well as several longer works for larger ensembles in which the different parts of the work are performed in different rooms simultaneously. This way, if the audience move about freely during the performance, one may actually choose to "walk into" different layers of the music, listening and examining the sound up close.

The main title, "Interobjective soundscapes", is inspired by a nascent philosophical movement called object-oriented ontology, and more spesifically by the writings of Timothy Morton. Object-oriented ontology rejects the privileging of human existence over the existence of nonhuman objects, as opposed to the more mainstream view of anthropocentrism which says that human beings are the central or most important entity in the universe - or at least on planet which seems to have been the general concensus for the quite some time, making possible the greedy exploitation of the living world and thus fuelling the climate crisis and loss of nature.

In his 2015 book "Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End Of The World" environmental and object oriented philosopher Timothy Morton introduced the term "hyperobjects", of which inter-objectivity is a core aspect. One of the central hyperobjects of our time is global warming:

"We can see, for instance, that global warming has the properties of a hyperobject. It is “viscous” — whatever I do, wherever I am, it sort of “sticks” to me. It is “nonlocal” — its effects are globally distributed through a huge tract of time. It forces me to experience time in an unusual way. It is “phased” — I only experience pieces of it at any one time. And it is “inter-objective” — it consists of all kinds of other entities but it isn’t reducible to them." - Timothy Morton, 2016 ( (link is external))


May 25th: Premiere of new project // INTEROBJECTIVE SOUNDSCAPES

6 months 2 weeks ago

Premiere of new work in the art gallery Kunstbanken, Hamar, May 25th. The audience were able move freely during the performance, walking "into" and "through" the sound of the piece, listening to it at a distance or examining it up close, allowing the sound to accompany their experience of the visual elements (or vice versa).

THE VIDEO features a very basic sound recording of the performance, coupled with a simple video I made of the rooms in which the piece was performed. The installation by artist Tone Bjordam is called "Morph - Transformations in Lichen Landscapes". My performance was not a planned collaboration between the two of us, but simply my response to the installation (I got to see the installation before composing the piece).

In all it's simplicity, the video does at least give some hint to the experience of the audience during the performance.

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