Ear Sound Scape VII, Extra2023/4/23

Sunday, April 23rd, 15:00
Inter Arts Center
Bergsgatan 29
Red Room, 4th floor

Code for door and elevator: 123

Free admission

In this special version of the 7th edition of "Ear Sound Scape", we are proud to present three electroacoustic compositions and soundscapes, by composers from Canada, Denmark, and Sweden.

Three compositions, each with different approaches of composing for spatial sound, in both multichannel and ambisonic formats, are presented during an acousmatic consert in the 35+ loudspeaker large Acousmonium, that again this year are installed during a few weeks in april in the Red Room at Inter Arts Center, in conjunction with the Intonal festival

The world-premier of a new soundscape, "Absent Near Dawn" by the Canadian composer Darren Copeland, alongside two new works by Ear Sound Scape regulars: the premiere of "In and Out of Here" by Jørgen Teller, and a performance of "Hemmaglöd" by Jakob Riis.


"Absent Near Dawn" - by Darren Copenland
"In and Out of Here" - by Jørgen Teller
"Hemmaglöd" - by Jakob Riis

Sound diffusion by Jørgen Teller and Jakob Riis

Absent Near Dawn (Dec 2021 - June 2022) 2023 - 28:17

This new composition is part of Darren Copeland’s ongoing series of soundscape pieces “The Absent Listener”. Pieces in this series are derived from continuous soundscape recordings made on a 14-acre rural residential property in Lount, which is an unincorporated township located 40 kilometres from the northwestern edge of Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada). The property has mixed forests with a variety of Maple, White Pine, Cedar, Spruce, Tamarack and Birch trees. It borders on a lake, and a creek, and has a mixture of rocky and swampy terrain. It is also 20 KM from a highway. This distance limits the road noise audible in the soundscape to only local vehicle traffic.

The recordings are made continuously and unsupervised save for battery changes and maintenance visits every two days. The recording process is done in this way so that the presence of the recordist has as little influence as possible on the sound-making of people, animals and insects. Recordings are made with two DPA 4060 lavalier omni-directional microphones mounted in a boundary configuration that are occasionally augmented with an Aquarian Audio hydrophone and LOM geophone.

Absent Near Dawn is based on recordings that happened within one hour before or after daybreak. They are arranged in a chronological sequence of recordings every 4 to 6 weeks between December 2021 and June 2022. All of the recordings retain their original character, pitch, speed and spatial imaging. Multiple recordings are overlapped throughout the piece in order to condense and arrange them for multi-channel concert presentation.

"In and Out of Here" - a study by Jørgen Teller

A sound-piece in six parts based on spatial recordings of live actions in a circular 8-16 speaker system. Teller used soundfield microphones in a tetrahedral microphone set-up, both for recording of sound actions, and later for the final creation of the ambisonic 1st order sound-file.

The aim of this study is to spatially explore the inherent timbres of a copper-plate and the frame of a grand-piano - played with a contact microphone as the plectrum. Thus hinting at steps of dance shoes running around in and out of your skull.

A short intro features a montage of synths, palmas, tetrahedral recordings of objects and field-recordings from a visit to Cádiz 2022.

Created at EMS and Inkonst 2023.

"Hemmaglöd" - 10′44″ - by Jakob Riis

An electro-acoustic composition investigating sounds from everyday home-electronics, and sounds from other acoustic and electronic devices found in the apartment.

For this performance the 16 channels of the composition are explored through 5th order ambisonic spatialazation, rather than traditional diffusion in the large acousmonium.

Premiered at the "Glowing Electronics Festival, Östra Hoby 2022"

Darren Copeland is a Canadian sound artist who has been active since 1985 and currently lives outside of the village of South River, Ontario, Canada. His work includes projects exploring multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape composition, radio art and sound installations. His fixed-media compositions are published by empreintes DIGITALes. Darren Copeland is the Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) in South River.

Jørgen Teller has a long career as electric & acoustic guitarist, vocalist, electronic musician and performer, as well as composer of numerous eletro-acoustic, and multichannel works. He released many records solo and w. Jørgen Teller & The Empty Stairs. He also co-labed / performed w. many danish and international players

Jakob Riis is an electro-acoustic musician and composer, working extensively with loudspeaker-orchestras and multichannel compositions, as well as improvisation and electronic real-time processing of both acoustic and electronic instrumentalists. With a background as a trombone player and composer in modern and free jazz, he has since the 2000s moved towards a more experimental musical scenario developing personal, digital computer-based-, as well as analogue tools for his work on integrating electronic and acoustic musical idioms.

Event on the IAC webpage

Photo credit: Darren Copenland