Microreview: The Waves
- 2022 June
- Sabine Popp reviews Espen Sommer Eide feat. Martin Taxt and Mari Kvien Brunvoll, The Waves, Christinegaard Hovedgaard, Bergen, Norway, Borealis festival for experimental music, 16.3.-20.3.2022.
- Author / Publisher
- Sabine Popp for NewsLibrary
- Author Info
Sabine Popp is a relational art worker and a member of the studio collective Bergen Ateliergruppe, exploring and intervening with places and their socio-material conditions—preferably through collaborative processes. She holds a PhD from The Art Academy at the Faculty of Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen, Norway.
- Reviewed Publication
Espen Sommer Eide feat. Martin Taxt (microtunal tuba) and Mari Kvien Brunvoll (voice), The Waves, Christinegaard Hovedgaard, Bergen, Norway, Borealis festival for experimental music, 16.3.-20.3.2022.
Sounds morph into objects. Language forms acoustic fields. Loudspeakers look like detectors, transmitting voices in illegible conversations. They talk and listen to each other, embedded in floating sounds. No linear development. A spectral image. What we hear in Bergen is music and the traces of a year-long process, involving a few people, selfmade instruments, electronics and a building in Maastricht. Each room—in Bergen and in Maastricht—is conceived as an individual track on the three-dimensional album which is the house. Walking orders and produces layers in the porousness of the space.
In Bergen I wish for access to the initial process, which I have to imagine from narrative, and this makes me long for the space of the sounds’ origin. In Maastricht, spatial and human conditions were accumulated during an entire year and presented in condensed form, as an installation for an audience on site there.
Transferred to Bergen, The Waves encounter the historical presence of the house at Christinegaard, and I long for the other building, a sense of expanding time, and an ephemeral, dense presence, when a building and its (temporary) inhabitants thrive in coexistence there. I long for the listening there, and an absent, intriguing process which might have taken place when it was yet to become an album.
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