Do you remember the last time you heard a new musical genre for the first time, a totally new sound universe, or a surprising combination of sounds that you thought would never work together? We want to cultivate that moment with BEK Studio Sessions.
Wednesday April 24th Adam Parkinson and Tine Surel Lange presented the results of their collaboration during the second edition of Studio Sessions at BEK.
About Adam Parkinson (UK)
Adam Parkinson is a UK based electronic musician and lecturer in Sound Design at London South Bank University. As Dane Law, he has released a series of albums and EPs on Quantum Natives, Opal Tapes, Genot Centre and Conditional Records which use algorithmic process to stitch together granular tapestries from musical detritus he finds on YouTube and elsewhere. His new material uses karplus strong string synthesis
and Markov chains to create medieval trance – “Exploding pop and techno into cathedrals of euphoric shattered tones”, The Wire says.
About Tine Surel Lange
Tine Surel Lange is a Norwegian composer and artist, based in the arctic Lofoten Islands, with a background from the Norwegian Academy of Music, The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Sonic College (DK) and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She is working with the surrounding world both thematically and as material, and her works range from experimental chamber music to electro acoustic pieces like live electronics, soundscape composition, installation and ambisonics, to performances and audiovisual works. Surel Lange has also made music for several theatre and dance performances, and she belongs to a new generation of artists and composers who work with 3D audio, immersive and surrounding sound. She is engaged in listening aesthetics and our psychological categorization of sound. Her hope is to create increased
empathy to our surroundings through listening.
More about Tine Surel Lange here.
About BEK Studio Sessions
BEK Studio Sessions is a new series of artist residencies, initiated and organised by BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Art. During sessions of 10 days, BEK’s sound studio will be occupied by one local and one international musician. Together, they will develop and perform either a sound art piece, or experimental music. Two musicians/composers from differing genres will be invited to BEK so that they can collaborate and create a new composition, informed by their diverging musical backgrounds. The artists that we have chosen to invite will not have collaborated before, but they will have an interest in one another’s music. Their task is to develop a new, unique and experimental composition, which will be created and performed using various forms of both classical and modern technology.
With this new model for collaboration and production, BEK intends to give musicians the possibility to expand and create a new piece of music, with the help of experimental means. BEK Studio Sessions is a call to encourage the use of experimental methods of composing and/or instruments. It creates room for experimentation within both classic and newly established genres.
For the first Studio Session, BEK Studio Session #1, we invited two artists that both have a knack for electronic experiments and loop- and sample based music: Tom Verbruggen, aka toktek, and Eva Pfitzenmaier. See documentation of their collaborative performance here.
In the autumn of 2017, we produced a test version of BEK Studio Sessions, called BEK Sound Lab. Carsten Aniksdal and James Welburn performed a new piece that ended with a groundbreaking and hard hitting concert for Prøverommet at Landmark. See documentation of the results here.
BEK Studio Sessions is organized by Marieke Verbiesen for BEK, and is supported by Bergen Municipality and Norwegian Arts Council. BEK Studio Sessions is part of BEK’s programme for Future DiverCities, where we invite artists to develop new expressions and projects together. Future DiverCities is supported by Creative Europe.