In a few minutes I am off to Luster in Sogn & Fjordane for a 3-day field recording trip.
Thursday coming week I’ll be performing as part of the online radio stream ToBeContinued…, organised by Stazione di Topolò and Global Health Incubator on the World Tuberculosis Day. My performance will be 1430-1500 CET. A few hours earlier Stephan Meidell will be performing, both of us from BEK.
My plan is to do a series of field recordings at Harastølen, a former institution for treatment of tuberculosis in Norway. I am also planning to work on the recordings on site, preparing my material for the performance as far as possible.
Furter information about the net radio broadcast will be available here:
The sad news has reached me that François-Eudes Chanfrault passed away a few days ago. He has been one of many friends that I have made around the world among the community of Max developers and users frequenting the Max mailing lists and forums over the years. When Max for Windows was first released, f.e. made a huge contribution towards all of the Max community by porting and compiling many 3rd party externals to Windows, including my filters externals. I also had the pleasure of meeting him in Paris some years ago, when he took me along to one of the better restaurants that I have ever visited in Paris.
Over the past ten years François-Eudes Chanfrault established himself as an important composer of film scores, blending acoustic chamber music, minimalism, electro-acoustics and electronica in a unique and beautiful way. A feature in The Dissolve a year ago hailed him as an innovator of music scores for horror movies:
In recent years, however, genre movie scores have gone one of three ways: carbon-copy sonic imitations of those old Carpenter sounds, nondescript orchestral arrangements that owe nearly everything to John Williams and Bernard Herrmann, or sparse and transparently avant-garde combinations of jump-scare-ready ambient sounds. To hear anything approaching iconic, you’d have to look overseas—in France, specifically, where composer François-Eudes Chanfrault has gifted his aggressively electro scores to hardcore films like High Tension and Inside. In America, though, horror scores have been far less idiosyncratic.
Some of his music can be checked out at Bandcamp and SoundCloud.
Rest in piece, f.e.
I’m in the process of updating the layout of the Jamoma web site. It is not completed yet, so there is nothing to see so far, but one of several changes is that we’ll now use Bootstrap for mobile responsive layout.
In the past we have also used fancyBox for displaying images as light boxes. Initially I had problems getting fancyBox and Bootstrap to collaborate. It turns out that fancyBox depends on jQuery being loaded in the header while Bootstrap usually loads jQuery in the footer.
In order to test it out and get it working, I have made a fork of fancyBox that integrates Bootstrap as well. A demo of fancyBox with Bootstrap can be found here.
This week the Borealis experimental music festival is taking place in Bergen, and I have one of those work weeks that makes BEK such a great place to be. Thursday we are doing yet another Multi surround sound concert at Lydgalleriet. It will feature new and commissioned works by Anders Vinjar, Kari Telstad Sundet and Julian Skar. Today we have gotten the rig up and running, and right now Kari is testing out her piece and adapting it for the rig. Kari took part in the Multi workshop that I gave last fall, and it is fascinating to hear the kind of command that she is taking of the system now. This concert will happen twice Thursday, at 17:00 and 21:00, so make sure not to miss out!
Wednesday and Friday I will be hanging out with these fine experimental musicians from Cairo. Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session, featuring Asmaa Azzouz, Shorouk El Zomor, Jacqueline George, Nina El Gebaly, Hagar Masoud and Ola Saad, performs at Østre Thursday night. Wednesday and Friday I am giving a two day workshop for them. The first day will be an introduction to Reaper and the Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper. Friday they get their hands on the 24 channel rig at Lydgalleriet, in order to try it out with their own material. We hope to be able to continue the collaboration and bring them back to Bergen sometime later, in order to hear what they might use the rig for.
From the recent installation in Heimdal kunstforening
In a recent blog post Jeremy Welsh is reflecting on artistic research, and how it relates to our collaboration on the Atmospherics project.
Atmospherics is not based within any academic framework. Still, I feel that it has become the platform where we continue to elaborate on the core subjects of the Re:place artistic research project that we both were part of a few years ago, topics that need longer processes than the Re :place project itself could provide.