Ugress and ROMA 2089 Live, Roma
Posted Sep 23, 20:38 with tags , ,

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Performing two live shows at the MarteLIVE Biennale festival this week, in Rome. The performances are part of the Nordic Landscapes programme at the Pelanda Factory, attached to the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Arts.
 
ROMA 2089 is a 30 minute musical work that uses sounds, graphics and video from Roma city to build a retro-futuristic observation of Rome today, built through a recent residency at Circolo Scandinavo, June 2014. It involves vampires, gladiatrixes, singing fountains and mutated elephants amok in churches.
 
Ugress Live is an upgraded electro-cinema show with both released and unreleased Ugress tracks, electronic music with a cinematic twist. This time I'm experimenting with realtime digitally processed acoustic-instruments and trying out some new customized visuals.




Blog: "Portal" pre-production, photos, report
Blog: Photos from Ugress, Real Ones, Bygdalarm
Blog: Ugress Live: Bygdalarm - Real Ones, Tractors, Lasers


ROMA 2089 - Can't Climb Your Wall
Posted Jun 30, 23:14 with tags , , , , ,

The final part of my work in Rome, Can't Climb Your Wall, a pop-song finale. The lonely vampire Draculus is haunting an empty Rome, with his unrecruited love for the ghostly gladiatrix Moria. It's hard to be a vampire and allergic to blood. 

Also available are videos of part one Rome, part two Draculus and part three Moria. Each episode introduces the various sounds and graphics. And there are reports from each of the 24 production days in the personal blog




Blog: ROMA 2089 - Performance in Rome, June 24th
Blog: June Residency In Rome, Italy
Blog: Report: Only Connect 2014, J. G. Ballard
Blog: Animated GIF Report: Ugress Kids


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.

 




Blog: Live: The Sound Of Hardanger, March 22


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

 




Blog: The Sound Of Hardanger - Video


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