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Listening through the noise (on Spotify)

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I'm planning to use Joanna Demers' eminent book Listening Through the Noise - the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford uni press 2010) in a course I'm going to teach this spring at NTNU. The music examples used in the book are exhilerating, and I've compiled this Spotify-list of music examples from the book, based on the Discography, p. 191-193.

Naturally I was not able to find all of the music examples. Some extra tracks I found in Wimp - the Norwegian equvivalent of Spotify: http://wimp.no/playlist/c99ae63e-f5a1-40d4-b63c-25c202a3bd7c

I hope these links can be of help for other readers of the book.

Le lieu unique....

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...is a very nice place to both hang out and work in Nantes, France. Highly reccomended for anyone passing through Pays de la Loire. http://www.lelieuunique.com









Symposium report: Analysis of electronic music

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First I want to say sorry for being a bit long and dull in this post. This is a web version of a report I wrote for my university about the symposium What do we want from analysis of electroacoustic music and how might we get it? at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTI), Du Montfort University in Leicester on 5th of November 2011. Needless to say: this is for the music tech crowd, geeks and nerds, a selected few academics only.

Musical experiments at 11:11, 11.11.11

When it comes to music I consider myself primarily as a pop-musician/rock guitar player. But I also nourish this strong fascination for ugly sounds. I can hurt my ears with sharp edged noise for hours upon hours. It's fascinating to wear on headphones whilst walking through the city. It's an inspirational backdrop whist working. It's all about opening your ears to the unexpected.

So, sometimes if I get hold of a synthesizer or some exciting software, I make stuff that does not sound nice. To celebrate 11:11, 11.11.11 I give to you two of these experiments. The first one is me fiddeling around with two analog synthesizers, creating a preliminary study for a synth part in my (very much straight forwards rock'n'roll) solo album that I'm never able to finish. The second one is a small idea preformed with my laptop microphone and Max/MSP.

Should I say "hope you like it"? I guess I don't even bother ;-)


Electronic improvisation #2 by Nordic Sound Lab

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Musikkteknologidagene 2011 Conference report

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Rockheim is clearly the new pride of Trondheim, at least when it comes to museums. It's a thrill in interactive and technological communication of history. It embodies so much of the current trends in music technology. So it was a great ide of the organizers to arrange this years Musikkteknologidagene conference here. Is this why it was such a good conference? I don't think it was the only reason.


Before I start, I should say a couple of words about why I'm writing this text. I'm blessed with a bad memory. You've heard the definition of happiness? Bad memory and good health. So at least I'm halfway there. Now, this is a clear disadvantage in my work as a historian. Luckily there are several remedies available. Writing is the most prominent one. I find that taking notes really helps. But I must admit that no matter how many Moleskins i fill up, it's when I write for others that I really activate my mind in way that things might stick. A conference bombards…

The first post

So then. Welcome to the new blog! This is actually my third webhome. The first one was a crappy MSN Space thing back in 2005 (anyone remembering the MSN Space? Oh the horrors). The second was a moderately successful Wordpress blog, that allowed me to play sys-admin on my own site for some years (it's still out there. Should I take it down?). This third one was started because I was fed up with being administrator, having to deal with all the upgrades, the PHP code and the other nerdy stuff. I wanted to start anew. I wanted to get rid of the slag of history (which is a bit ironic, since I'm a historian by training, usually spending my days trying to make people preserve history). I wanted a place where I can just write. Nothing else. It's a bit like buying a new notebook. Wonderful blank pages full of promises of intellectual bravery and poetic twiddle. We'll see how it goes this time.

This is also a place where I will practice writing in English. Being a PhD candidate…