Bestillingsverk DESIBEL

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Desibel er eit initiativ frå Vevringutstillinga i høve markeringa av 30-årsjubileet.
Prosjektet vert coprodusert av Sogn og Fjordane kunstmuseum og produsent er Torkil Sandsund. Desibel er eit bestillingsverk av ein støykonsert som skal framførast med eit spesialbygd instrument.

Dei inviterte kunstnarane er komponist og musikar Maia Ratkje og biletkunstnar Geir Hjetland. Konserten skal framførast under jubileumsutstillinga og konserten skal kunne opplevast og høyrast i heile ytre Førdefjord. Instrumenta skal ha ein kapasitet som gjer at lyden i samspel med den naturlege resonans frå fjord og fjell får lyden til å bere over store avstandar.

Dette er ein grandios, humoristisk og kunstnarleg kommentar til Nordic Mining sine planar om å opne verdas 4. største gruve i Vevring. Noko som vil medføre 24h/7d støykonsert i minst 30 år framover. Prosjektet tenkt å turnere i regi av Sogn og Fjordane kunstmuseum.

 

Commision work DESIBEL

DESIBEL – the Worlds Largest Mobile Horn Load-

speaker Soundsystem Desibel, a mobile sound art project, commissioned by Vevringutstillinga in 2009, for their 30th anniversary of their annual exhibition. At its first performance, the loudspeaker horn pointed towards the mountain on the opposite side of the fjord. The sound echoed around in the fjord landscape – the whole landscape answered, it was heard in places far away!
Desibel is a protest against the plans of a major mining project in Vevring, a quiet village situated in the district of Sunnfjord. The concession is owned by Nordic Mining. The mining will cause 200 000 000 cubic meters of contaminated waste to be dumped every year into a valuable national salmon fjord. Only four percent of the mountain will be used in various commercial interests. The mining will go on for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 30 years.
Desibel is a protest against ruthless exploitation of natural resources and against short time profit thinking.


Desibel is a ten meter long horn, sounding with frequencies between 15 Hz and 15 000 Hz reaching 130 Db within ten meters distance.
Weight: 2 tons
Height: 3.6 meters
Length: 10 meters
It plays a ten-minute long composition written by Maja S. K. Ratkje. The composition is made based on fre-quency analysis of the horn, and the pitches are

chosen to give the horns a full volume range. The main sound source is trombone, a sound that one can asso-ciate with due to its shape. The trombone is sampled and pitched into large chords, sometimes treated with noise effects, but most of the time as it is. The sound of seagulls is also present - an absurd, oversized respons

to the mining company's promise that the mining work will only be as loud as the seagulls.

 

Composer: Maja S. K. Ratkje
Sculpture: Geir Hjetland
Sound engineer: Bjørn Kolbrek
Produced by: Torkil Sandsund and Wenche Wefring
Consultant: Robin Stöckert/ Soundscape studios
Thanks to: Dans for voksne v/Harald Fetveit and Frode Haltli (trombone)
Desibel is supported by:

Norwegian Culture Council,
KORO
Sogn og Fjordane Art museum.

 

 

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