21st June 2017

Borealis Recommends – June

You’re packing for the beach – speedos, flip-flops, sun cream – but what are you going to listen to and read? Never fear. Borealis has some suggestions to elevate your ears whilst sipping that piña colada…

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Håkon Stene & Kristine Tjøgersen‘s new album on Norwegian superlabel Hubro asleep, street, pipes, tones is the perfect way to lose yourself in listening, as they explore the works of American composer Michael Pisaro. Think stillness, depth and frozen sound worlds! Perfect for the cabin we think

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 10.27.53If your beach time is troubled by thoughts of what the future of music might contain, then we recommend you quell your fears with Robert Barry‘s excellent new book The Music of the Future. It’s not a set of predictions, but rejoices in musical experiments and is a call to arms for everyone engaged in music: “to fail again, fail better.” Borealis even gets a mention!

 

 

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And once you’re full of stillness and the future (and maybe pina colada), try this new album of remixes of Brazilian vocal legendElza Soares, including some heavyweight dancefloor tunes from Borealis favourite DJ Marfox!

 

 

Happy Hollidays!

14th June 2017

Meet the composers part of Borealis Ung Komponist

 

Øyvind Skarbø, Kristin Bolstad, Tine Grieg Viig og Rosella (Johanne Skaansar, Carmen Boveda, Vladimíra Ščigulinská, Claudia Cox)
Composers Øyvind Skarbø, Kristin Bolstad and Tine Grieg Viig together with the string quartet Rosella (Johanne Skaansar, Carmen Boveda, Vladimíra Ščigulinská, Claudia Cox). Composer Alan Ó Raghallaigh was not present for the first meeting.

Meet the composers taking part in Borealis Ung Komponist

After an application process Borealis has the pleasure to announce that we’ve invited Alan Ó Raghallaigh, Kristin Bolstad, Tine Grieg Viig and Øyvind Skarbø to take part in Borealis Ung Komponist – a mentor programme for composers in the early stage of their career and which we believe can shape future music experiences. The program will encourage broader discussion and dissemination of young composers’ work in Western Norway.

Towards Borealis in March 2018, composers Alan Ó Raghallaigh, Kristin Bolstad, Tine Grieg Viig and Øyvind Skarbø will work closely with four internationally renowned mentors and the string quartet Rosella about developing four new works. Norwegian Christian Wallumrød and Øyvind Torvund, American Natacha Diels and English Joanna Bailie are invited as mentors for these young composers to challenge them to think beyond the established musical norms. The mentor program consists of workshops, mentor meetings and discussions for staging of the concert.

Read more about the composers, the mentors and Rosella – visit Borealis Ung Komponist website and follow the progress at Borealis Ung Komponist tumblr.

Borealis Ung Komponist is supported by Morten Eide Pedersen and Norwegian Society of Composers

8th May 2017

Borealis Recommends – May

Kaija Saariaho – Photo by Andrew Campell
Kaija Saariaho – Photo by Andrew Campell

When Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour de Loin was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York last year, it was only the second opera by a woman to be presented in the company’s history. The first was in 1903. For the Bergen International Festival Peter Meanwell talks with one of Europe’s most prominent composers about a life in music, the role that gender has played in her career, and about the continuing imbalance between male and female composers on the concert stage. The talk will take place on May 29, 19.00-20.00 at Litteraturhuset – you can read more about the event here.

As well as Peter’s talk with composer Kaija Saariaho make sure you don’t miss the performance of her new commission for cello, alongside works by Per Nørgård, Benjamin Britten and J.S. Bach. Stalwarts of the London new music scene, the London Sinfonietta are in town as well, performing as part of the Norsk Komponist Forening’s 100th Anniversary, with works by Eivind Buene and Rolf Wallin, alongside Louis Andriessena and more Kaija Saariaho.

 

In the office this month, we’re getting excited about the forthcoming albums by Bergen local Phonophani and Borealis favourite (and 2015 artist) Jlin.

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10th February 2017

Programme book

Here’s the online version of our colorful programme book!

22nd December 2016

New Artists Announced for Borealis 2017

mm_aa_djmAs part of our annual collaboration with the Utmark concert series at the Bergen Kunsthall, Borealis is excited to add a night of new musical experiments to the festival line-up. Hitting the dancefloor hard, from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Lisbon – Moor Mother, Abdu Ali and DJ Marfox – are artists pushing at the edges of their scenes, receiving growing international acclaim for their often uncompromising art. Always trying to find the sounds that don’t fit easily into one genre or another, this night at Borealis will feature words and music that are as confrontational as they are danceable.

From Philadelphia, USA, interdisciplinary artist Camae Ayewa’s Moor Mother project blends protest and Afro-futurist time-travel in a whirlwind of experimental noise and poetry. Projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra she uses a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers to construct fractured, cacophonous waves for her punishing words to ride. Her latest album, Fetish Bones, released in September 2016, was No.3 in the The Wire magazine’s albums of the year.

Abdu Ali er rå, kompleks og visker ut alle tenkelige forskjeller. Han er en homofil rapper fra den amerikanske byen Baltimore, som legger kraftfulle tekster om rasisme og homofobi på den råeste dansemusikken og på mer eksperimentelle prouksjoner. Han har blitt sammenlignet med Death Grips og andre støyrap-grupper på grunn av sin utrolige energi på scenen, og har skapt sin helt egne sound med grobunn i egne erfaringer og historier, påvirket av punk, støymusikk, afrofuturisme og BMore klubbmusikk. I 2016 slapp han MONGO, som Fader magazine kalte “a pitch-perfect ‘black self-care mixtape’ from Baltimore’s most exciting rapper.”

In DJ Marfox aka Marlon Silva´s hands, Angolan roots meets Portugal today, and kuduro – the electronic music of Luanda – undergoes a twisted transformation as it lands and is reborn in Lisbon’s urban Afro-Portuguese dance scene. As a DJ, producer and now boss of record label Príncipe Discos,  he believes claiming ones roots is a crucial impetus for creative, technological, and collective social evolution. His music has acquired iconic status in urban Portugal and diasporic African communities throughout Europe, and helped to create a grassroots network of young, creatives seeking to breach new territory in sound and culture.

13th December 2016

Experience Borealis from the inside as a volunteer!

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Experience Borealis from the inside as a volunteer!

Do you want to volunteer at Borealis 2017? We are looking for people to work with tickets, technical, office, information, transport, catering and other fun tasks. Read more about the tasks here.

By volunteering at the festival you will get the chance to find out how a festival works from the inside, meet a lot of new interesting people and of course plenty of valuable experience. Fill out the form with all the information needed, and we will get back to you shortly. If you have any questions about being a volunteer at Borealis don’t hesitate to contact frivillig@borealisfestival.no

Sign up here !

18th November 2016

New design and new partnership

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We’re really excited about our new design and soon you’ll see it plastered across the walls of Bergen. We’ve been working closely with our designer Thomas Bush, and so we asked him to say a few words about it: “The identity for 2017 is stimulated by the multiplicity of spaces, performers, movements, and atmospheres which compose Borealis, and the connections which exist between these things. It is possible that the route it offers is not the most linear or straightforward, but hopefully this gives us the opportunity to make discoveries beyond our expectations. Expression of this comes through what I can only describe as an harmonious cacophany of typeface, colour and line.”

This month we’re also announcing a major new partnership with NEXT, the leading festival of exploratory music in Slovakia – and we’ll be heading to Bratislava at the end of the month to start the development of three projects that will be coming to Borealis in March.

Radical melodies, spontaneous improvisation – the NEXT festival in Bratislava has long been an exciting showcase for the kinds of music that Borealis celebrates, so we’re thrilled to be part of the Fresh Air project, bringing together Norwegian and Slovakian audiences and artists for performances that will feature at both festivals: Drums – a new commissioned piece that explores the limits of the drum kit, bringing together 4 diverse voices in international drumming, and four drum kits; Threnoscope – a spatialised microtonal drone instrument, developed by composer and live-coder Thor Magnusson, which he uses in improvised performance; and Slovakian field recordist and sound enthusiast Jonáš Gruska will be bringing his inventive instruments to Bergen for a special site-specific installation and workshop. Click on the link to learn more about each event.

18th October 2016

Borealis internship in communication or production

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Borealis is a festival for experimental music that lasts for 5 days each March in Bergen, Norway. We are a small team that grows bigger as the festival approaches and we are now looking for interns who want to gain experience in all aspects of putting on a festival!

We are looking for an intern that can assist our head of communication in the making of the program book and how we present the festival to press and audiences. You must be organized and able to work in both Norwegian and English. We’re looking for someone that can start as soon as possible.

We are also looking for an intern to assist our producer and who will get a deep insight in festival production. Here we’re looking for someone that can start in December or early January.

As an intern you commit to 15 hours a week, although we can be flexible for the right people. You will be working alongside our core team, but you will also be asked to run and develop projects on your own, and you’ll gain valuable experience in all aspects of making a festival and cultural work in general. We offer a small stipend to each intern, but can’t contribute to accommodation or travel costs.

We are seeking people who are interested in new and experimental music in all its forms, and have a passion for communicating this music to a wider audience. We want people who will take good care of both our artists and our audience. There’s always lots to do at a festival, and you´ll get experience working on things like: press, communications and social media; working on a production from the first idea, through its development to its performance (and the de-rig!); and you will meet artists, musicians and composers, and work with logistics and planning. The most important thing is that you want to be part of a team that shapes a fantastic festival in March 2017.

For questions contact Managing Director Tine Rude, and to apply send a short email outlining your skills, musical interests and why you want to be part of the Borealis team to tine@borealisfestival.no // 95 90 53 76.

Applications close on the 1st November.

20th September 2016

Oliver Coates’ Concert

In August Borealis once again took part in the one-night festival “Poekhali!
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Oliver is a cellist, composer and producer based in London. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award and is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. He recently released a new project called Upstepping that you can listen here.

We’re excited to announce that Oliver Coates will be back in Bergen in March 2017 with a new project for Borealis!

All photos by Magnus Haaland Sunde

26th August 2016

Borealis Listening Club is back!

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Pauline Oliveros is our first guest in this seasons Borealis Listening Club, returning Tuesday 30. August. For a special collaboration with Bergen Assembly and the project WITHIN, we’re heading back to our old haunt of Sentralbadet.

Artistic Director for Bergen Assembly, Tarek Atoui is inviting the Borealis Listening Club in to the unique listening space he has created in the old swimming pool, and together we will be hosting a very special Borealis Listening Club with the electronic music pioneer and pioneer of Deep Listening Pauline Oliveros.

Join us from 8pm, we’ll have the usual popcorn ready, and the bar will be open. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear a living musical legend discuss how we can listen in whole new ways. And entrance is free!

The following last Tuesday in each months Borealis Listening Club returns to our usual residence at Hordaland Kunstsenter. We’ll use these events to look forward to the festival and reveal some of the highlights. And remember – there’s always some good offers for concerts and other events for BLC members.

10th August 2016

Renewed trust to Borealis leader team until 2020

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Peter and Tine both joined Borealis in 2014, and have completed two very successful festivals. Peter Meanwell has accepted a new term as artistic director until 2020. And Managing Director Tine Rude has also accepted a new contract, now as a permanent position.

– “The festival has developed strong artistic projects and international cooperation, and they have had a steady hand on the operation of the organisation. The Board is satisfied with the work and is delighted that both Peter and Tine have agreed to continue in their efforts.” says chairman of the board Tone Tjemsland.

– ”I’m delighted to have another three years to continue to develop exciting, genre-crossing projects, and to work with the expanding audience of adventurous listeners in Bergen, and beyond. Borealis has a growing international reputation as a place to hear forward-thinking new work from Norway and to meet ground-breaking artists from around the world. I’m very proud of what Tine and I, alongside the festival team, have achieved so far, and excited about what we can do together in the next three years”, says British born director Peter Meanwell.

Borealis continues to gain international recognition and has over the past two years initiated several major collaborative projects and acquired financial support from international partners. The festival’s focus on experimental music and related art forms has found an interested and curious audience. The festival’s presence in Bergen is stronger, among others through the new monthly concept Borealis Listening Club.

– “Activity and visibility throughout the year has been positive. We are a small organisation, meaning we can turn around very quickly and test new ideas when they occur. I look forward to continue to surprise and at the same time create good conditions for the festival to grow” says Tine Rude.

 

 

30th June 2016

Borealis is looking for a new producer!

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Borealis is looking for the right producer who can help us plan a fantastic festival in March.

Duties will be varied and challenging, and requires a high degree of independence, accuracy, initiative and ability to cooperate. You must have interest and appreciation for the music and art we present and have experience in production, often at alternative venues or art forms. You must have good written and oral communication skills in English and Norwegian.

The tasks will go from dialogue with artists, performers, partners and suppliers of technology and equipment, setup of test and schedules, logistics and supervision of projects, working closely with festival teams and venues, and organizing events.

The producer is working directly under the Managing Director, working languages are English and Norwegian.

Irregular working hours may be expected. The work will initiate with training and introduction to projects during September, with the escalation of commitment towards December and the festival in March. Wages, working hours and job percentage agreed with the right person.

Deadline Friday 15 July at. 12:00. Applications with CV to tine@borealisfestival.no.
For more information, contact Managing Director Tine Rude on the above e-mail or phone 95 90 53 76.

Borealis is a festival for experimental music that takes place in Bergen 5 days in March each year. Introducing new musical experiments from Bergen, Norway and the rest of the world on many of its small and large concert halls, art galleries, cultural venues and other weird places you might not have been before. Borealis includes concerts, installations, performances, lectures and films. We are a small team throughout the year, but grow into a festival staff of about 15 people and 80 volunteers up to march. Borealis has offices at Hordaland Kunstsenter.

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20th January 2016

The New Discipline : a compositional manifesto by Jennifer Walshe

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Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino from Ensemble Pamplemousse.

As part of our 2016 programme, artists such as Object Collection, Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino are presenting works that involve a new use of the body in contemporary composition. We asked Irish composer and artist Jennifer Walshe, whose own works embrace this composed physicality, to write a text reflecting on this way of writing music for our programme book, and what she came back with is a manifesto for a new school of composition, that she calls The New Discipline.

Read the full text here.

In her text she situates these disparate works as the product of a post-MTV, post-internet generation of composition, but also as one that isn’t entirely dismissive of its deeper roots,

“The New Discipline thrives on the inheritance of Dada, Fluxus, Situationism etc but doesn’t allow itself to be written off merely as Dada, Fluxus, Situationism etc. It’s a music being written when Dada, Fluxus, Situationism etc have aged well and are universally respected. It takes these styles for granted, both lovingly and cheekily, in the same way it takes harmony and the electric guitar for granted. As starting points. As places to begin working.”

This is not a purely theoretical manifesto, but one borne from composers getting their hands dirty, as this new music doesn´t come with the same kind of resources as the dance, theatre, film worlds it draws on. At Borealis this year there will be lots of composers who are also performing their own work,

“And always, always, working against the clock, because the disciplines which are drawn from have the luxury of development and rehearsal periods far longer than those commonly found in new music. Then again, the New Discipline relishes the absence of that luxury, of the opportunity to move fast and break things. In this way, it is a practice more than anything else. And the concomitant: the New Discipline is located in the fact of composers being interested and willing to perform, to get their hands dirty, to do it themselves, do it immediately.”

You can read the full text here. 

Experience works which invoke the extra-musical at Borealis 2016.|
We recommend:

Object Collection – It’s All True
Ensemble Pamplemousse 
Jennifer Walshe – AN GLÉACHT 

11th November 2015

The very first Borealis Listening Club!

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The Borealis Listening Club was born yesterday evening! The club meet was a huge success with so many people actively participating. We ate popcorn whilst listening to experimental sound worlds, shared some music and ideas, and so many were unafraid of voicing opinions about the music we experienced.

Club members were also able to get free tickets for upcoming new music concerts in Bergen. This will be the first of many special offers for our club members!

So, if you want to join the club watch for updates on our mailing list and facebook group where we will post some of the music we experienced last night as well as details about our next listening club on the 8th of December! If you have any questions/ suggestions for music we can listen to,  you can contact the club directly claudia@borealisfestival.no

28th October 2015

Come and Listen!

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We would like to invite you to our new and exciting Borealis Listening Club! Together we´ll explore experimental sound-worlds new and old, through listening together, watching short films and performing experimental pieces. Every month at Hordaland Kunstsenter there´ll be our trademark Borealis popcorn, and listening club is open for everybody from the first time listener to the seasoned musicologist from the smallest to the oldest and wisest.

Every second Tuesday of the month, from November to February 2016, we’ll be here at the Hordaland Kunstsenter cafe, to share thoughts and experience in making, working and listening to music.

Sign up to the Borealis Listening Club group on Facebook and our mailing list to be sure to receive information and reminders of upcoming events, and if you still have any questions, don’t be shy and contact Claudia Cox.

16th October 2015

Borealis is looking for new interns!

Borealis is a festival for experimental music that lasts for 5 days each March in Bergen, Norway. We are a small team that grows bigger as the festival approaches and we are now looking for interns who want to gain experience in all aspects of putting on a festival!

We are looking for people to start before Christmas and be able to commit to around 15 hours a week, although we can be flexible for the right people. You will be working alongside the Artistic Director and Managing Director of the festival, but you will also be asked to run and develop projects on your own, and you’ll gain valuable experience in all aspects of making a festival and cultural work in general. We offer a small stipend to each intern, but can’t contribute to accommodation or travel costs.

We are seeking people who are interested in new and experimental music in all its forms, and have a passion for communicating this music to a wider audience. We want people who will take good care of both our artists and our audience. There´s always lots to do at a festival, and you´ll get experience working on things like: press, communications and social media; working on a production from the first idea, through its development to its performance (and the de-rig!); and you will meet artists, musicians and composers, and work with logistics and planning. The most important thing is that you want to be part of a team that shapes a fantastic festival in March 2016.

For questions contact Managing Director Tine Rude, and to apply send a short email outlining your skills, musical interests and why you want to be part of the Borealis team to tine@borealisfestival.no // 95 90 53 76.

Applications close on the 1st November.

13th October 2015

Thank you!

Sofia Jernberg & Ingar Zach

Thank you to everyone who came and made a very “koselig” event last Saturday. We had a great talk with the composer Sigurd Fischer Olsen and Sofia Jernberg about the piece he is writing for her and BIT20 Ensemble that will have its World Premiere at Borealis 2016.

Short after, Sofia did an amazing improvised performance with the percussionist Ingar Zach.

Here you can listen again to the conversation and also check out some of the pictures of the amazing night we had!

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All photos Magnus Håland Sunde

1st October 2015

Composer and Singer – 10th October

How does a new work come in to being? What does the composer actually do between getting a commission and us hearing the piece? Do the musicians even get a say in what happens? Fresh out of a workshop with BIT20 Ensemble, Norwegian composer Sigurd Fischer Olsen will be in conversation with vocalist Sofia Jernberg about a new piece they will premiere at Borealis in March 2016. They´ll be talking about the piece´s conception, from development to realisation, and the ups and downs on route to the concert hall.

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to have the amazing vocal talent of Sofia Jernberg in Bergen and not hear her voice. Equally happy on the opera stage, with free jazz players, or writing her own music, Sofia´s voice is a uniquely versatile instrument. Tonight she´ll be performing a first time collaboration with another multi-talented player, Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, whose dynamic solo sets and work with bands Dans les arbres, Huntsville and Mural (amongst others), brings new meaning to a simple percussion set up.

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Presented in collaboration with BIT20 Ensemble

Doors – and the bar, opens at 19.30.
The conversation starts at 20.00 in the café and the concert takes place in the gallery.
Free entrance.

Welcome!

8th September 2015

New office!

Borealis has been welcomed in to the HKS family. Find us upstairs at the Hordaland Kunstsenter, Monday and Tuesday give us a call, Wednesday to Friday the gallery and cafe are open to the public so just come up and say hello! We´re busy planning Borealis 2016, it´s going to be great!

29th August 2015

The Subjective Frequency Transducer – 28. august

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What an amazing evening! Thanks to all of you who took part in Borealis’ event for Landmarks opening of the season.
After a performance by Stine Janvin Motland, some of the audience even got to try the amazing machine for themselves.

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All photos Magnus Håland Sunde.

And here you can hear an interview with Stine about the project:

 

Intervju: Stine Janvin Motland – “The Subjective Frequency Transducer” by Egg På Studentradioen I Bergen on Mixcloud

 

9th March 2015

The Sounds of Bergen


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There is always sound. It is constantly around us. Some of those sounds grab our attention more than others. Borealis Festival is all about different sounds and the roles they (can) play.

We live in a time where we focus more and more on vision, both in and out of home. We watch all our screens, optimise our interior and dance with fashion. We orient by the mountains, look where we walk for safety or aesthetics. Those all are beautiful things. But what happens when you stop for a second and treat your ears, is pretty amazing.

Every place on earth has specific sounds that are always there. They give character to the city.

Here are ten sounds which we think give character to Bergen! We have two festival passes to give away to whoever is most accurate!

Send your answers to rick@borealisfestival.no
We will announce a winner on Wednesday afternoon.

Tip: be as specific as possible.

7th March 2015

Cassettes and Stones: part wild horses mane on both sides

Get inside the heads of idiosyncratic duo part wild horses mane on both sides, as they develop a new work for Borealis on residency at Bergen Kunsthall. From rocks to broken reverb boxes, their installation performances teeter on the edge of falling apart, embracing the fragile energy of stepping in to the unknown.
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Video by Karoline Finnema

5th March 2015

Postcard from Kirkenes!

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Lucy Railton and Russell Haswell present their latest collaboration that exploits the languages of contemporary instrumental music and hybrid analogue/digital synthesis. For this new commission developed on residency in the Barents region, Borealis and Landmark are excited to join forces with Dark Ecology (2014-2017), a project highlighting the border zone between Northern Norway and Russia around the Arctic Circle, organised by Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi.
Borealis caught up with them during their residency to find out what they have been up to.
14. mars, 22:30, Landmark

22nd February 2015

Brådypt (or in the deep end)

Artistic Director Peter Meanwell invites you to join this year’s Borealis from the bottom of the empty swimming pool in Sentralbadet. The festival takes place in Bergen from 11th to 15th of March.

Music by Sons of Kemet – Going Home

9th January 2015

In Conversation: Daniela Cascella

Writer and curator Daniela Cascella talks to Borealis artistic director Peter Meanwell about sound writing strategies, Italian murder stories and her project Writing Sound 2, which opened at www.lydgalleriet.no on 20th November 2014.