Invisible Places (Simon)

“Touch is the parent of our senses as all our senses rely on specialized skins.” “A place is understood through its echo” Juhani Pallasmaa As I have returned home after visiting the conference on Acoustic Ecology, Invisible Places, I can understand how Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and keynote speaker on the conference, refers to all…

The presence of everything (Simon)

“Silence is not the absence of something, it is the presence of everything. […] Silence can be carried like embers from a fire. Silence can be found, and silence can find you. Silence can be lost and also recovered. But silence cannot be imagined, although most people think so. To experience the soul-swelling wonder of…

The tuning of the world (Simon)

It’s been extremely stormy tonight and the whole house was vibrating. An amazing feeling that got right through my blanket under my skin and it also gave me some uncomfortable dreams, but I also felt very much alive. IT made me think of the elements and the constant drone of sound they add to our…

And there you sing – Creative Assignment #1 (Simon)

Collect 5 different sounds from your community (at least 30 sec each) and combine them in a sound collage. Besides the collected sound you may add two more elements of your choice. Listen with headphones and close you eyes! You crawl into this dark hole and there You sing You sing of hope with no…

Memolodies (Simon)

I must admit, I am a melody person; always have been. Probably even enforced by learning melody instruments and singing from when I was very young. I think it’s a rather a contemplative and aesthetic approach to music driven by sound as a colour and a story, in other words more cognitive, compared to experiencing…

Blessing for the artist at the start of the day (Simon)

May morning be astir with the harvest of night, your mind quickening to the Eros of a new question, your eyes seduced by some unintended glimpse that cut right through the surface to a source. May this be a morning of innocent beginning, where the gift within you slips clear off the sticky web of…

The shortest days (Simon)

I rediscovered recently my curiosity for musical games and graphic notation. This is what came up when I got inspired by my teaching music in the cold short days of winter. A composition in 4 stations for at least 6 musicians. De korteste dage Denne komposition skal spilles af et ensemble af mindst 6 personer….