The latest special issue of Danish Musicology Online features an article I co-authored with Jan-Olof Gullö, Hans Lindetorp, Peter Schyborger, Ivan Höglund, Anton Näslund and Julia Jonas. The article is about the infinite soundscape composition my fellow students and I created for the Nobel Creations exhibition in 2014.
Nobel Creations: Producing infinite music for an exhibition (pdf)
I’m travelling to Aalborg, Denmark, today for the 2015 Nordic Conference on Sound and Music Production hosted by Aalborg University. My fellow master students Anton Näslund, Ivan Höglund, Julia Jonas and I will give a presentation on the music we composed for the 2014-2015 Nobel Creations exhibition at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. Jan-Olof Gullö and Hans Lindetorp from the Royal College of Music will also join us for the presentation and Hans will talk about the programming he did that allowed the music to be arranged in realtime.
I’ve been working around the clock the last few days, getting everything ready in time for the exhibition opening on Thursday evening. The weekend was spent recording and editing an audio guide for the exhibition, featuring presentations from all of the students at KMH and Beckmans who have contributed music, art and fashion pieces for the exhibition. The audio guide featured a total of 47 tracks in both Swedish and English and was recorded by Anton Näslund, Julia Jonas and me. The exhibition is currently being put together at the Nobel Museum and we spent yesterday trying to get our music to come out of the right speakers at the right time. There’s still some more work to do. The system running the music is very complex, featuring two computers and a server running together, taking input signals from sensors and iPads in the exhibition hall, continuously arranging the music, and playing it back through 16 discrete speakers. The obvious downside to having a complex playback system like this is that it is hard to get up and running and working the way it’s supposed to. The upside is that it allows us to do innovative and creative work.
Last week, me and the rest of Tiny Union rented a car and drove out to the west coast of Sweden. We stayed at Bella’s parents’ place on the island of Orust, and used her dad’s newly built studio as our base. We had a great time there and wrote five or six new songs in three days. Bella unfortunately had a terribly cold the whole time there, which eventually spread to Gustav and myself…so I’m trying to recover from that as I write this.
Next week I will wrap up the process of producing music for the Nobel Creations exhibition at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. The music is pretty much finished by now, so what I have left to do now is to cut it up into smaller chunks of audio, sort of disassembling the puzzle if you will, export those files and then focus on getting the programming right so that everything plays the way it’s supposed to. My teacher and super hero programmer Hans Lindetorp at KMH has put in a lot of work creating the framework and the code that controls the music, and he will help me get the last bit right. As I’ve mentioned before, the exhibition will open for the public on the 5th of December.
There will be a release party and concert for the debut Jean and the Mean machine album (mixed and mastered by me) on Tuesday in Stockholm. Check out the Facebook event for more info.
I’m currently composing and producing music for a new exhibition at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm called Nobel Creations. The exhibition opens 5 December 2014 and will be on display until 1 March 2015. My contribution to the exhibition is 14 channels of interactive music routed to 16 speakers in the exhibition hall. The composition draws its inspiration from the Nobel Prize and from the 2014 laureates. My fellow master students in music production from KMH are also contributing to the exhibition, as well as students from the jazz institution and students from Beckmans Designhögskola.
Read the press release from KMH here (in Swedish.)