One of the people who inspired me to come to NOTAM in the first place was Anders T whom I met in Paris in January 2013 when we both presented works at the GRM’s Akousma festival.
Unfortunately he’s proved to be a little elusive over the times that I have been here in Oslo, but I was finally able to meet up with him for a conversation about the project, and he also showed me where I could find good beer (though frighteningly expensive).
I can’t quote any wise statements directly from our discussion but I can present my thoughts on the project after our discussion, which I jotted down while Anders was off buying drinks at the bar.
Composition One takes the sounds of the studio and highlights the divergent compositional approaches that this theme (of “Quiet”) encourages.
- Is a more naturalistic approach adopted? (Presenting quiet sounds quietly, in a more natural state).
- Or should a more interventionist approach be used? (Whereby quiet sounds are taken and amplified into the foreground).
The two subsequent works in the project might each explore one of these trajectories. EITHER ambient / soundscape OR highly gestural and developed.
Natural or Processed.
- Quiet sounds in its natural state.
- Or quiet sounds highlighted to draw attention to their beauty.
Now, time for some hard thinking [sic].