Ugress Kids at J. G. Ballard sci-fi festival, Oslo
Posted Apr 19, 09:40 with tags , , , , , , ,

Only Connect is a sci-fi music festival in Oslo inspired by the ideas and the universe of the influential British author J.G. Ballard. This year's festival is dedicated to Jon Bing (1944-2014), author, professor and science fiction enthusiast who got J.G. Ballard translated to Norwegian. Mr Bing was instrumental in creating this years festival but sadly passed away earlier this year.

I'm supposed to be a hermit composing in a bubble right now, not performing, but Mr Bing is one of my childhood heroes, I still want to live aboard the library solar-sail spaceship Alexandria. And Mr. Ballard one of my favorite authors. (I don't want to live in his high-rise.)

And also, actually, exposing children to the possible technological mayhem of machines taking control and making us dance is a hard job but somebody's got to do it. 

  • Ugress Kids (ages 5-800)
  • Only Connect, Festival of Sound, Ny Musikk
  • Saturday May 24, at 12:00
  • Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (website)
  • NOK 50,- (tickets)

There is the intriguing festival programme.

 




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Swarms Of Ghost Clones - Research Performance - Bitlounge, Jan 18th
Posted Jan 14, 17:48 with tags , , , , ,
 
I’m comissioned to create a work for Norwegian contemporary music ensemble BIT20. Premiere is set for spring 2015. Work will take place through 2014, partly in public "beta-tests" of concepts and techniques. First tryout is at the BITLounge part of BIT20's Secret Theatres at Bergen Kjøtt on January 18th.
 
The concept for this tryout is using swarms and flocks to recreate zombie clones of musicians. I’m currently intrigued with big data and privacy. In wetware, swarms and individuals. 
 
I am using these themes both theoretically and practically to build instruments and create music. I already started working with the orchestra, having individual sessions with the performers of the ensemble. I’m currently working on creating ghost clones of musicians and musical phenomena, and then using swarm and crowd simulators to create flocks of these ghost clones, and THEN using these hive-minded clone armies as musical instruments. 
 
We will discover if this actually works on January 18th. For this evening, I am inviting Nuria Guiu Sagarra (choreography, dance) to join me on stage, I expect this to be a highly physical, responsive and movable work. 
 
BitLounge is not part of the programmed concert, but a separate event after the main concert programme. You kind of buy a ticket to Secret Theatres (which will be awesome) and get these clone experiments as an extra. 
 
  • Swarms Of Ghost Clones
  • BITLounge, Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway (map)
  • Saturday 18th January, 2014, starts at 20:00 
  • After the regular concert programme "Secret Theatres
  • Expected runtime approx 15-20 min
  • Open for observations and comments post-performance

 




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Nebular Spool - Stromlos - Out Now
Posted Oct 31, 12:00 with tags ,

The dead comes down with the rain. Post-apocalyptic, dystopian, a broken violin. The fourth release from this dark, ambient side-project from Ugress. 

Download in HD from Bandcamp, or listen in Spotify, Wimp, iTunes, Amazon.

Production notes, location photos.




Blog: Location Photos for Nebular Spool - Strømløs


Live Cinema: Jeanne D Arc - Sept 26, 27
Posted Sep 24, 15:30 with tags , ,

 

I perform my live score to Dreyer's Passion Of Joan Of Arc this weekend. 

I love working with live film scores; they are living beings, growing and changing. The original score from 2003 was upgraded earlier this year to an anniversary 2013 version. I now upgrade it further to include live violin and electronics. Here is a two minute teaser video for the anniversary version, with glimpses of cues.

 




Nebular Spool - Ættskjær video
Posted Sep 19, 15:13 with tags , ,

Ættskjær is the first track from the upcoming Strømløs album by my post-apocalyptic side-project Nebular Spool.

Strømløs is released October 31st.




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Ugress - Another Planet EP - out now
Posted Jul 1, 12:22 with tags , , ,

Another Planet - the sixth and final episode of the Planet U saga. 

  • Another Planet
  • Lillies Off The Trolley
  • Windup Weevils
  • Talking Distance

Streaming directly above from Soundcloud, buy download at my Bandcamp store.

Spotify, Wimp, iTunes, Amazon.

Thomas T. Dahl and Kristian Svalestad Olstad contribues on guitar on Another Planet.

There are production notes.




Blog: Report: Another Planet - Production Notes


Rose Wars - Trailer
Posted May 26, 19:25 with tags , , ,

Rose Wars - Trailer for the upcoming Masterpiece Revisited performance.





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Festspillene: Masterpiece Revisited
Posted Apr 11, 15:02 with tags , , , , , , ,

May 31st I perform a commision for Festspillene i Bergen at Østre.

Working title is "Rose-offeret" / "The Rose Sacrifice". It's a live performance, a realtime cinematic interpretational mashup of Grieg's song Rosenlied, Stravinsky's symphony Rite Of Spring and using elements from a broad palette of Astor Piazolla's work.

These are all excisting works presented in the regular Festspillene programme of 2013, which is the idea behind the concept, to have new artists re-do classical masterpieces in a new language and setting.