Echo Chamber 3.0 is a concert performance for the ear, by Maja S. K. Ratkje written for Trondheim Voices in 2020. The piece is a continuation of Ekkokammer 2.0 which is a staged performance, premiered in 2015.
The album is a 2xCD with one version in English (Echo Chamber), and one in Norwegian (Ekkokammer).
The voice is a unique instrument, inevitably connected to the body. Everybody has a voice – that can be shared and interpreted among all who can hear. A voice can soothe or shake, in recognition or provocation. Never boring! The music of the vocal cords has direct access to the human soul. Echo Chamber is all about what it means to have a voice, metaphorically as well as physically. What do you wish to express with your voice? The singers’ own answers and thoughts to this question comes through in this piece. All spoken text is exact transcriptions from interviews with performers in Trondheim Voices, but the lines are spread among the singers, and we no longer remember who said what in the first place. But that doesn’t matter now.
Ekkokammer 3.0 and Echo Chamber 3.0 is performed by Trondheim Voices:
Mia Marlen Berg, Siri Gjære, Kari Eskild Havenstrøm, Anita Kaasbøll, Ingrid Lode, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Heidi Skjerve, Torunn Sævik and Tone Åse. Introduction read by Marianne Meløy.
Produced by Maja S. K. Ratkje and Marianne Meløy Recorded and mixed by Jo Ranheim at Øra Studio December 2019 and March 2020
Mastered by Maja S. K. Ratkje at Svartskog June 2020
Artistic director Trondheim Voices and co-producer Sissel Vera Pettersen
Script by Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
Music by Maja S. K. Ratkje/Trondheim Voices,
”Moonlight Shadow” by Mike Oldfield,
”Searching” by Mia Marlen Berg,
”Bruremarsj fra Gudbrandsdalen” (trad.) arranged by Øistein Sommerfeldt,
”Working on a building” (trad.) and various quotes
Cover photo by Christina Undrum Andersen
Cover design by Ernesta Vala
MNJ Records 2020
Supported by Norsk Kulturråd & Trondheim Kommune