Piano Piece (2019/2020) by Kristine Tjøgersen
for piano, electronics and live camera
WP at Akademie der Künste, Berlin 1. February 2020
Ellen Ugelvik - soloist
In the process of making my Piano Piece I recorded a spruce forest and its inhabitants in Tjodalyng on the south coast of Norway at many different times during the day and night in June and July 2019. I slowed down the recordings many times, made transcriptions and tried to find sounds that we tend to overlook.
I then searched for sounds inside the piano that resemble the sounds of the forest. Insects, birds, leaves, water, creaking trees etc. and the human presence in the forest is the inspiration of the sound material used to create an artificial forest, and the audience is placed in the middle of it.
I want to investigate how we relate to nature, how we want it to behave in a way that we can predict, and our desire to control it and putting humans in the centre of attention.
Another important factor is my deep fascination of trees and their secret life and hidden underground communication network. Parallel to this is the inner life of the grand piano that the listener rarely sees, and have little relationship to. There is still much to discover in both areas.
Piano techniques are developed in collaboration with Ellen Ugelvik and the light design is developed in collaboration with Ingunn Fjellang Sæther.