Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK

Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK is a 12 year long project where we played through the twelwe tones of the well tempered tuning of the chromatic scale. J.S. Bach made his Wohltemperierte Klavier, a study of each note of the well tempered scale. We have made our own study by each year playing one single note for a whole concert.

Each concert time is a play with numbers: The first concert was 20.01.2001 20:01 (January 1. 2001 at 20:01), the second was 20.02.2002 20:02 (February 20. 2002 at 20:02) and so on. That means that the last concert was 20.12.2012 20:12 (December 20. 2012 at 20:12).

At each concert, we played the note for as long as we felt like.

The order of the notes follows the twelve-tone row made by Anton Webern for his “String Quartet opus 28″. This famous twelve-tone row starts with the notes B-A-C-H, and so suits our purpose quite beautifully.

Another aspect of Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK, is where each concert is held. It is always somewhere in Oslo, and we chose interesting or even strange places. We might even choose a place for it background noises, which we then perceive as a part of the music.

All concerts are recorded, and they are released by Rune Grammofon in 2013.

Record link

Concerts:

Part I: Emanuel Vigeland’s mausoleum.
Part II: A basement at Grünerløkka.
Part III: The mall Oslo City at the centre of Oslo.
Part IV: The Norwegian Nobel Institute.
Part V: St. Edmunds Church.
Part VI: A cabin at the island Nakholmen in the Oslo fjord.
Part VII: Outdoors at Akerselva, Oslo’s river.
Part VIII: On the roof of the new opera house in Oslo.
Part IX: Hønse-Lovisa’s cabin at Akerselva.
Part X: A living room in Brugata.
Part XI: Old Aker Church.
Part XII: Fysikkbygningen, Oslo University.

 

photos by Kai Holmen, 2006
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