Himlen Var

(2015): A 12-channel acousmatic work

Duration: 10:37

Performances:

Sonorities Festival,
(26th November 2016)

Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music,
(2nd-4th September 2016)

iFIMPaC,
Leeds, (11th March 2016)

Nova,
RTÉ Lyric FM, (7th February 2016)

San Francisco Tape Music Festival,
San Francisco (8th-10th January 2016)

DF#30,
Manchester (15th August 2015)

Audiorama,
Stockholm (28th March 2015)

Himlen Var was created with the assistance of Ems in Stockholm and was composed during 3 residency periods in the Ems studios between 2013 and 2015.

This piece explores the interior sound worlds of the Buchla and Serge modular synthesizers housed at Ems, in combination with the exterior sounds of Stockholm and the outer Stockholm Archipelago.

I recorded many, many hours of material over the course of the project, but the most significant locations were:

The Stockholm Public Library (thanks to Ewa for access)

The Stockholm Public Library (thanks to Ewa for access)

The Storkyrkan / Sankt Nikolai kyrka (thanks to Mårten)

The Storkyrkan / Sankt Nikolai kyrka (thanks to Mårten)

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Blidö (thanks to Gabrielle)

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…and Sandhamn

It’s difficult to summarise my feelings for Stockholm, so I won’t attempt it here. This new work is a meditation on the open skies and waters of Stockholm, in all their darkness and shimmering light.

Himlen Var is a 12.1 piece that was premiered at Audiorama on March 28th 2015.