EXERCISE FOR TWO & MORE PLAYERS - premiered at Atalante Gothenburg 20th of Oct 2023
performed by Curious Chamber Players musicians Martin Welander (SWE) Sofie Karolina Leedo (DK) Rei Munakata (SWE) and Sofie Thorsbro Dan (DK)
Commissioned by CCP supported by the Swedish Art Council, Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse and Göteborg Stad
The Essence and Idea of the Piece:
The title of the piece refers to the main idea of the installation, which is to practice something new as a group while using our previous physical experiences. The piece is a sound installation, a large instrument that reacts to how we move and how we interact with the wires. The relationship between the performers and the object is challenging because there is a distance between them since they do not have direct physical contact. The wires connect the performers and the object.
Set up for Exercise for Two & More Players:
- Three graters with contact mics hanging from the ceiling, all prepared with copper wires and fishing lines. Some are attached to the wall and the floor, while others are loose.
- Washboard on the floor with contact microphones
- Two loose graters on the floor (for part two)
- Four speakers, two sub bass, each speaker is connected to a grater and one speaker to the washboard
Part One - Participation
Instrumentation: Three grater hanging and washboard on the floor
Subtle texture versus dynamic sound. Common impulses - unison mixed with isolated sound events. In this part, we will find three sounds/movements each within the installation, which is the limitation and something clear to relate to. With these sounds, we will work on stretching the material, reducing/enlarging, with tempo and dynamics both sonically and visually.
Listening and give and take space will be a central part of this part of the piece.
Image: Discovering something new together in a group.
Part Two - Conversation Piece / Intermezzo
Instrumentation: Two graters on the floor
Grater with phasers - sharp, intense, comical noise
Grater with springs - contemplative, subtle
Image: Whose voice are we listening to and which information affects us the most? This part refers to today's media landscape and the noise of deepfake we are facing
Part Three - Move Slow
Instrumentation: The three grater hanging
The rock 'n roll part of the piece. Here we work with extremely slow movements that generate a large sound and noise.
The same sound material is used by everyone with small variations and a thick dense sound canvas appears.
Image: Human versus the destructive systems we have built that we seem unable to escape, such as eternal growth and inequalities in the global economy. The paradox of wanting to change but our own systems not allowing us to.
From rehearsals at Atalante before the premier:
Laborations in studio 2023:
Early workshop with percussionist Martin Welander from CCP 2022:
From first idea in 2021: