[ARENA] Sleppet, new CD by Marc Behrens
Quarta-Feira, 28 de Outubro de 2009 - 16:47:06 WET
NEW RELEASE: MARC BEHRENS'S "SLEPPET" CD
Sleppet originated from a sound art project in 2007, when six renowned
artists ˜ Natasha Barrett, Bjarne Kvinnsland, Steve Roden, Chris
Watson, Jana Winderen and Marc Behrens ˜ recorded sounds on a 10-day
trip through the Norwegian Westlandet region and used the nature
experience for a couple of sound installations and music pieces.
Sleppet leads back to Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, for whom
contemplation of nature and its influence on the artistic creation had
Sleppet deals with the energy and the transformation processes of the
In the frame of the composition, realized exclusively with concrete
sound material, Behrens created several parentheses: the first part
starts with an unaltered field recording of a clamouring flock of
seagulls as exposition, from which this part is further developed. The
final part ends with an equally unaltered recording of a springlike
forest patch with various songbirds, a few kilometers up the hill in
the fjord valley ˜ in which seagulls can be discerned in the distance.
Bird song can be heard at other points within the piece, as by-
products of recording other sounds, as sound windows into spring.
The second parenthesis consists of the sonic intensity of drones used
in the first and the last part ˜ in the first part sounding like a
string group alongside acute cymbals, in the last part sounding purely
electronic, but always displaying a certain sonority. Such nearly
tonal quality does not exist in the middle parts of the piece. Instead
of that, the third, rather noisy parenthesis depicts movements of
tilting, slipping off and falling, as culminations within the internal
structure: a rubble avalanche (the loudest one in a sequence in part
2), and a collapsing part of a glacier (which closely missed Behrens
when he recorded melt water drops), after or framed by audible melting.
Acoustic utterances of animal impatience, which belong to nordic
spring like the melting of snow and ice, bring forward the
composition: besides the clamour of seagulls there is the noise of
impatient cattle, still chained inside their stable. The atmosphere of
a sheep shed in the final part picks up the theme again, but is almost
completely warped by noises from a hydroelectric powerplant and a ferry.
Phases of contraction (loud, dense) and expansion (quieter, sometimes
permeable) define the structures of parts 4 and 5. The first three
parts show a somewhat more consistent sound impression. At many points
in parts 1ˆ4, figure/ground and foreground/background relations are
The great movements throughout the course of the 41-minute piece put
focus onto the rendering conscious of accumulating and discharging
01 (1) Seagulls and Cattle
02 (2-3) Avalanches, Water and Stones
03 (4) Glacier
04 (5) Sheep and Industry
Composed and produced by Marc Behrens in 2007-2008 in Bergen, Oslo and
Frankfurt am Main. Basic material recorded in Gloppen, BErgen, on
Utvær island, at Brenndalsbreen glacier and close to Røsskleivvatnet
lake, Norway. Photograph taken at Fitje (Gloppen), Norway. Cover
design by MC & MB.
Sleppet appears on CD by kind permission of Deutschlandradio Kultur.
The work was completed in June 2008 for a world premiere broadcast on
Deutschlandradio Kultur, curated by Götz Naleppa.
The CD is now available directly from Crónica, through Boomkat or Zero
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