The sound of water filtered through a ring modulator.
Harmonics on a cello mixed with the sound of wind.
Squeeks and noise from outer space.
A recording of my grandfather singing an old swedish song.
A bass flute playing a melody.
A symphony orchestra playing long notes that creates a texture of slowly changing harmonies.
Birds, especially sea birds.
A distant sawmill.
Footsteps on a wooden bridge.
A viola da gamba with it’s old sound quality.
pink noise from a radio.
A philicorda organ recorded with a microphone and then digitally processed through filters and effects.
A trumpet pitched down 2 octaves.
Prepared Kantele played with a bow.
My idea is to create a musical soundscape. The music is there not as songs or tracks but as a soundscape along with all the other sounds. You should enter the installation as you enter a room where you will stay for a while to contemplate over the idea of north. The sounds has no narrative line to follow, they are just there juxtaposed to each others. Sometimes with a meaning, sometimes by coincidence, but all the time as a never ending wave or flood of details that creates a stillness that goes beyond the world we are used to live in. I am thinking of a quadrophonic sound system, or 5.1 but it’s not important. For me it can be 7 speakers playing individually. Or 3. The important thing is to create a room where the audience will stay for 10, 15 or 25 minutes to think or just be there. (Leif)
excerpt from our installation at the high coast naturum experiential museum in sweden (2007). our current installation, n.waves, uses this previous piece as a departure point.
Music for n.waves. This is a recording of a Philicorda organ where I used different materials to hold different keys for a long time - matches, stickers and more. Then I’ve edited the music with a filter in my computer. I like the mix of analogue and digital and during the process of making this music I experimented a lot with acoustic instruments or analogue recordings filtered through a digital program. Then I added field recordings from the surroundings of Höga Kusten and an arrangement for three cellos.