“Everybody is a composer!” – “I wish this was a Song. Music in contemporary art”

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Sølvguttene (The Silver Boys) open the Christmas month with a new piece made by Apparatjik and Audiokolor in the Museum for Contemporary Art.

The work on the new piece “Everybody is a composer!” started the same day as the exhibition “I wish this was a Song. Music in contemporary art” opened in September. The finished choir piece will be performed live on Tuesday December 11th at 5 pm by Sølvguttene in spectacular silver suits designed by Moods Of Norway.

This year, Sølvgutene have expanded their traditional Christmas repertoire by singing a newly written choir piece by Apparatjik in the Museum for Contemporary Art. Apparatjik is a band started in 2008, consisting of Magne Furuholmen, Martin Terefe Guy Berryman and Jonas Bjerre.

In the media the band is often described as a “super group”, a superlative which is based on the fact that Furuholmen has his background from A-ha, Berryman is the bassist of Coldplay, and Bjerre is vocalist in Mew. For them, Apparatjik works as a free-zone where each member’s artist-me is of less importance. The band has played several concerts in a cube shaped installation called The Apparatjik Light Space Modulator, which is inspired by Lázló Moholy-Nagy’s moving, shadow-throwing sculpture Light Space Modulator from 1930.

For “I wish this was a song. Music in contemporary art” Apparatjik have, along with Audiokolor, made a place-specific piece. The piece titled “Everybody is a composer!” uses the movement patterns made by the visitors of the museum. With the blessing of Datatilsynet (the Norwegian Data Protection Authority), signals from the museum’s surveillance cameras are transferred to a program which abstracts and reinterprets the information into graphic codes.

Apparatjik uses these as a base for their new composition. The composition is in other words not an interactive piece per se. It’s more a controlled musical translation of the visitors’ relatively random movements in the room, which gives the Orwellian reality a beautiful conclusion.

Both Apparatjik and Sølvguttene’s conductor Fredrik Otterstad will be present and available for questions after the premiere.

For more information, contact Stina Högkvist, the National Museum, phone nr +47 45 03 46 35.

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