Interobjective soundscapes

INTEROBJECTIVE SOUNDSCAPES is the title of a new artistic project that explores different ways of experiencing music and sound as an inter-objective reflection of space and time.

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

As I continue to develop this project, I will compose a larger work in which the different parts of the music are performed in different rooms simultaneously by several musicians.

The main title, "Interobjective soundscapes", is inspired by a branch of modern philosophy called object-oriented ontology. Object-oriented ontology rejects anthropocentrism, the belief that human beings are the central or most important entity in the universe. In his 2015 book "Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End Of The World" environmental and object oriented philosopher Timothy Morton coined 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
(https://www.hcn.org/issues/47.1/introducing-the-idea-of-hyperobjects (link is external))

(Timothy Morton is an environmental philosopher and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University in Houston, author of "Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality" and "Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End Of The World.")

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

2 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.

You may read more about the project here: https://www.sigurdhole.no/project/795/interobjective-soundscapes

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