Concept & idea: Liv Runesdatter and Maja Friis
Film director: Maja Friis
All sound performed by Song Circus
Music composed by: Ruben Sverre Gjertsen
Sound production: 2L / Lindberg Lyd
Producer: Liv Runesdatter
Cinematographer: Anders Nydam
Visual consultant: Lys og Trolddom / Rasmus Møbius
The video is awailable in different formats and can be customized for screening.
The music is originally recorded and produced in Auro 3D.
Contact for screening: Liv Runesdatter – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound of a Cage is build up around the legacy of John Cage and his fellows. The triennial is curated by Song Circus´ artistic director, Liv Runesdatter. SOAC combines art, music, design, performance, workshops, lectures and topical discussions. This third edition of Sound of a Cage set focus on sound poetry.
Sound poetry is an artistic form bridging literary and musical composition, in which the phonetic aspects of human speech are foregrounded instead of more conventional semantic and syntactic values; “verse without words”.
Song Circus will perform UPSWEEP-WHISTLE-BLOOP. Upsweep, Whistle and Bloop are the names of unidentified sounds detected on the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hydrophone arrays, recorded by the surveillance system SOSUS which has been active since 1961, and was an operation meaning to register the presence of Russian Submarines. After the cold war the operation was reduced, but the hydrophones were not removed, and still during the nineties they picked up a collection of sounds. It is unknown wether these sounds originate from manmade vehicles, such as submarines, or natural phenomena, such as whales or icebergs. Upsweep- Whistle-Bloop takes shape in the tradition of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Just as in the NOAA’s list, all disciplines create an ambiguous world where the organic and the mechanic are constantly at play.
Concept & compostion: Stine Janvin Motland
Concept & visuals: Jasmijn Visser
Performance & co-composers: Song Circus Costume design: Altinstark
Vocal excerpts from ANATOMY OF SOUND by Song Circus and 2L.
Pure Audio Blu-ray with 9.0 Auro-3D: https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l/1001457
Song Circus had an amazing and busy week during Rotterdam in May, attending seminars and meetings, establishing new collaborations, booking concerts and performing a successful showcase concert in deDoelen! Thank you for inviting us Classical:NEXT!
Concept, visuals and music by Jasmijn Visser and Stine Janvin Motland.
Performed and created with Song Circus (Liv Runesdatter, Anita Kaasbøll, Signe Irene Stangborli Time, Eva Bjerga Haugen, Stine Janvin Motland)
Costumes by Altinstark(Esra Altin, Samy Celler) photos by Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky
This collection of experimental pieces for five voices and electronics is definitely not in the wheel house of your average grumpy old audiophile, but if you can power through your preconceptions about songs and melodies you might find that Song Circus will evoke feelings and emotions that are as rewarding as they are unsettling. So no, you will not be humming these pieces to yourself after listening in your car on the way to work. This is brain music, to put it succinctly, something to help you define your own expectations when it comes to your musical sensibilities. Song Circus will either challenge you and expand your horizons, or it will make you head for the exits. But I can’t think of a more informative recording in my entire music collection. If you patiently listen to Song Circus in its entirety, you’ll emerge from the experience knowing more about your sound system and how it interacts with your listening room. You’ll also know more about your brain, and how it interacts with new information. – Marc Phillips, The Vinyl Anachronist, Feb 2016
We are very proud to share with you all that Song Circus is selected as one of six curated showcases at Classical:NEXT in May 2016!
“Norwegian ensemble Song Circus is comprised of five vocalists, and the music they make is thrilling, demanding, and light-years removed from traditional choral music. ‘Anatomy of Sound’ showcases the work of two composers, Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Ole-Henrik Moe. Their pieces are jangled and nervous. Thick vocal textures are interwoven with washes of digital sound. A singer’s whisper morphs into a full-throated roar, then yields to near-subliminal mouth percussion. Just as unique, Song Circus’ stage setup surrounds the audience, positioning them within the ensemble so they can act as co-conspirators in the performance.”
The Song Circus album “Anatomy of Sound”, with music by Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Ole-Henrik Moe is nominated Spellemann 2015 (Norwegian Grammy). We are so proud and honored.
We have been working on a new art project: “Transit”, a music installation by Liv Runesdatter, with Song Circus and a group of untrained voices by refugees and immigrants from nine different counties. Text by Confucius and Mansur Rajih (Jemen/Norway).
In the first week of Desember we did eight performances in Rogaland, Western Norway. We have made new friends, and we have been moved by individuals´ strength and bravery. I have witnessed how people contribute to help the refugees who arrive the city, and I have met skepticism.
ومن ليس اصيلا يتهاوى
ستجرفه الريح بعيدا
عن مجرى الثورة
والوطن المتجدد دوما في التأصيل
طريقك يا وطني
هذا الدرب طويل
In collaboration with Johannes Læringssenter. Supported by Rogaland Fylkeskommune, Stavanger Kommune, Musikernes Konsertfond (MFO Rogaland) and Arts Council Norway.