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Blog archive for August 2015

Contribution to the book “Labor Mülheim”

August 6, 2015


I have contributed a chapter to the book Labor Mülheim. Künstlerisches Forschen im Feldern zwischen Prekarität und Kreativität, edited by Jürgen Krushe. The book reflects on artistic research projects carried out in Mülheim in the Ruhr region, and is published by Jovis Verlag GmbH.

The book documents and reflects on artistic research projects corrdinated by Zürcher Horchschule der Künste (ZHdK). An extended version of the reflection on the sonozones project has previously been published in Journal for Artistic Research.

Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper 1.0.b5

August 7, 2015


I’ve uploaded a new beta version of Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper to

This version fixes an issue with the binaural decoder and Spherical HRTFs at 88.2 and 96 kHz. I’d like to express my gratitude to Juan Pampin for pointing out this bug in the code.

Additionally, there’s a new channel (within track) mute and solo utility plugin that can come in handy when doing effects processing on a B-format => BtoA => FXs => AtoB => Bformat signal processing chain. I would then insert the MuteSoloChannels plugin before the AtoB plugin in order to monitor the effect of the processing on each of the channels of the A-format signal.

Atmospherics trip

August 9, 2015


Last week me and Jeremy Welsh went for a 3-day sound and video field-recording trip in Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane, continuing the Atmospherics project started out last year. As I have been teaching at the Grieg Academy this past spring, I have had less time for field recordings over the past months. It felt great to be back on (4 channel ambisonic) track again.

I am constantly reminded of the fundamental difference between what we see (and capture with a camera) and what we hear (and hence record). One stellar example during this trip was a stop along the winding road climbing the Rørvik mountain in Sogn & Fjordane. In front of us we had a scenic view of the Haukedalsvatnet and the valley surrounding it. Opening the door of the car, we were greeted by the loud engine sound of a tourist bus, running idle while the passengers were out taking snapshots. The sound was completely overshadowing any other sound, turning an assumedly tranquil place into a bus terminal. None of the recordings from this trip escaped the sound of voices, steps, cars, motorbikes, helicopters or airplanes. When recorded, even the most pristine, scenic and assumedly untouched parts of Norway reveal themselves as being dominated by the antroposcene.


Photo by Jeremy Welsh

At Røst

August 10, 2015


Field recording bonanza continues this week with a trip to Røst. I’ll be visiting Elin Øyen Vister at Røst AIR this week. I will be assisting her with preparation of the installation Røster III for the Ultima festival in Oslo, and I hope to get time to do some recordings as well. Because of strong wind I am currently stuck at the main Røst Island, but I hope to get to Skomvær tomorrow. Røst can safely be added to the list of most spectacular places I have ever visited.

Field recording in Trondheim

August 18, 2015

Field recording bonanza continues for the third week in a row. This week me and Jeremy are in Trondheim, recording in and around the city. Today we visited Munkholmen, and also did some recordings at the outskirt of the city center.











Recording inside old German canon at Munkholmen



Texture Concrete






Jeremy filming



Jeremy filming


Some photos from Røst and Skomvær

August 18, 2015

Here are some photo’s from last weeks trip to Røst and Skomvær. The main purpose of the trip was to assist Elin Vister with spatial mixing of her sound installation “Røster III”, soon to be presented at Ultima in Oslo.

I have assisted her on previous versions of this work, presented at Tromsø kunstforening, NOTAM and at Bergen kunsthall as part of the master exhibition 2014. Visiting Røst, Skomvær and passing by many of the places that she’s recorded, made this session a very special one for me.








By Elins house at Røst



By Elin’s house at Røst



Cormorants resting at a reef



Boat trip from Røst to Skomvær lighthouse, passing by bird nesting colonies that Elin has recorded.



Boat trip from Røst to Skomvær lighthouse



Boat trip from Røst to Skomvær lighthouse



Røst, as seen from the sea



Skomvær lighthouse at night



Listening to Elin’s sound installation “Røster III” late at night Friday.

In the midst of the mixing process there’s a tendency of having my head stuck in all sorts of details – voice handling, minor and larger mixing decisions (levels, localisation, transitions). Being able to hear all of the work at the end of the Friday session,, at this location, so close to where it has been recorded, was quite a transcending experience. And the boat trip back in to Røst the next day, with Elin enthusiastically pointing out all the places that the various recordings originates from, will be one of the most profound experiences I’ve had this year.


At Tautra

August 20, 2015

Field recording with Jeremy at Tautra. The weather could not be better.