Topos has launched its digital release series Topos 00/00/00.
Topos is an independent arts organisation, founded in 2019 by three artists and composers, Jacob Kirkegaard, Tobias Kirstein and Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard , to pursue their shared commitment to cross cultural and cross media activities that move beyond the strictures and boundaries of separate fields and disciplines. Its projects and program use various modes of presenting, publishing and releasing contempor ary and archival material, generated or discovered by Topos.
Topos is collaborating with Julie Martin, Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) to research and publish selected material from the organization's extensive archive of sound recordings that include performances, interviews and other sound material produced by E.A.T. activities over the past 50 years. A double vinyl gatefold of John Cage's Variations VII from the legendary 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering in New York City in 1966 marked the beginning of Topos's collaboration with her. Their main focus is on sound generated in the 9 Evenings performance works by artists such as John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and Robert Whitman.
Please support TOPOS by purchasing this track. Topos is a non-for-profit organisation. All proceeds from the 00/00/00 series will fund future physical releases from the E.A.T. archives.
Happy New Year
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w. Jacob Kirkegaard, Tobias Kirstein & Julie Martin
A 24 hour long piece for 9 oscillators, 2 church organs & choir (premiere).
w. Jacob Kirkegaard, Tobias Kirstein & Julie Martin
Out of office
It is finally here!
'Symphony No. 1 – Music for the Inner Ear'
The symphony was released by Forlaget Vandkunsten on May 30th.
I finished the symphony back in the spring of 2016 and after having 4 different layouts the symphony finally found it´s right form in collaboration with the good folks at Vandkunsten.
'Symphony No. 1' consists of 3 movements; Moderato, Largo & Concerto for piano and microtonal crotales.
The Symphony inhabits multiple states at the same time - being in constant fluctuation between alphabet, word, language and meaning - & between book, score, written text and imaginary music.
The symphony can´t be approached from only one of these positions- the symphony inhabits all these states at the same time and is hovering within a superposition.
The reader becomes the listener. The listener becomes the composer.
May 25th, Bloom Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Presenting Birdsongs (worldpremiere) - a feedback study for 20 parabolic microphones generating birdlike sounds.
June 3rd-8th, Suoni Per il Popolo, Montreal, Canada.
Presenting XV (worldpremiere) - music for 15 oscillators created in a collab with Nicolas Bernier- supporting Hans-Joachim Roedelius.
Triangular Mass (North American premiere)
June 15th, Organ Sound Art Festival 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Presenting Egis Ce Asc (worldpremiere) - Music for pipe organ i 6 movements.
June 22nd, Mengi, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Presenting new work for 5 saxophones and SOUND X SOUND music for 30 chromatic tuners.
Le Passe-Partout (2014-2019)
In Denmark the Nem ID (Easy ID) is a cardboard master keycard printed with multiple 6 digit codes which gives acces to all official digital platforms needed to be a citizen in Denmark such as your tax affairs, the doctor, the school - pretty much everything.
Once you've used all the codes on the NemID keycard you will have a new NemID keycard, and what is left is all the used codes that sum up all your actions within a given period of time (actions which are all traceable).
A self-portrait of a kind and the story of your life.
The series is a called 'Le Passe-Partout' (The Master Key) and so far it counts 18 keycards.
999999 actions is an ongoing series of works which deals with how to understand metadata within an analogue context.
Each time the numeroteur (a numeric band stamp) is pressed down a number is left on the paper - so the action of pressing down the stamp itself is registred in numbers - much like all our actions within the digital world is traceable.
The numeroteur used for creating these pieces are made with 6 digits, which means that the highest number that is available is 999999 - therefore this stamp can register 999999 actions.
The best guess is that the numeroteur reaches it´s maximum number within 30 years from 2019 wrapping up the series in 2049.
A new year and a new website.
Music for Krügerrand - quartet for gold bullion coins will be performed in Harpa, Reykjavik on Feb. 2nd, as a part of the Dark Music Days Festival.
The ensemble will consist of Skúli Sverrisson, Helgi Jonsson, NLL and Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir.
Release of Recepteur d´observation de la nature - a selfdestructing 12" acetate record relased in 1 copy which investigates what happens when matter is mediated within post-thruth times.
The sound on the acetate record features field-recordings from the spring of 2018.
On one side; recordings from the beaches of Fanø and on the other side; ambient sound from my office at the RMC in Copenhagen.
The experience of the actual sounds from the beach and the office got lost in the second they were recorded and played back - in the second they were mediated.
Each time the acetate record is played back, the acetate gradually deteriorates due to the softness of the acetate, and each time the sound gets even more distorted offering a new sound just as (non)real as the inital sitespecific recording.