The title of Laurie Tompkins piece, 600 Halmstad Songs, alludes to the new dwellings to be built at Tullkammarkajen in Halmstad 2020 - one song for each of the proposed residential units. A contemporary notion of what constitutes a song will necessary take many different forms, but at their heart each will bear witness to the realities of the lives lived in Halmstad.
In both conception and performance, Tompkins made use of the delaying, reverberant effects to be heard at several points along the river Nissan that runs through Halmstad. Singing and shouting, with cupped hands or a horn for amplification, he revealed acoustic effects, materials and spatial dimensions and used long reverberation times to sing in duet with himself and some of the wildlife. The songs varied but tended to consist of an array of howls, shrieks, grunts and heavy breathing, with occasional harmonica.
Sound at Nissan
Sept 9-11 2016
Harp Art Lab, Sweden