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  3. Music, object menagerie & action by Johannes Bergmark

    Visual concept, video capture, editing & production by piak

    Recorded at Fylkingen, Stockholm, July 31st, 2013

    Bergmark says:
    My amplified “Platforms” were constructed in 2008 in order to shift the focus in the playing from constructed instruments to objects, which was already on the way with an earlier one-man band multi-instrument called the Whalefish. I find that the hidden sound potentials of discarded objects, toys and tools, found materials and weird flea market finds are just as fascinating as the surprising visual (and for me, tactile) appearance they have when they end up on the same little stage. In lucky cases it can be a poetic effect on many levels. However, in concerts (and in many concert documentations) it can be difficult for the audience to get the visual aspect very much, so I asked my friend piak, since I admire the high quality of his film work, to make a special little film with me focusing on the details. To my delight he accepted. piak's curious eye wanders its own way and it's wonderful to see that the music becomes at times a soundtrack to the other drama of the viewer. More on bergmark.org/platforms

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  4. http://bergmark.org/anacousticstudyofthewind

    Performance sound installation at PALS (Performance Art Links) festival II, a production by Fylkingen at Katarinahissen, Slussen, Stockholm, April 27th 2014.

    “An Acoustic Study of the Wind (first performance)
    (as a revenge for a work that was stopped, I will try to make a guerilla installation which will be the longest, or highest, instrument I made so far – ca 33 meters)”

    For me, I think it might also have been my most beautiful piece so far.

    The purpose was to use this very long string to capture the sound of the wind through it. I made a contact mike that I attached to the loose end of the string with a glued-on magnet, and it worked splendidly. I could hardly believe the magnificent sound it made through this small battery-powered amplifier. (The noises in the end of this clip come from people banging the fence, which wasn't really my purpose for this, but as soon as you give people a microphone they just go wild...) I was also prepared to be stopped by the police at any time since I had no permit for doing this. An earlier proposal for a long-string installation at this location was turned down. I must say that there was never any real danger to anyone. The string is the most wide piano wire you can find (1,6 mm ø) and could easily hang more than 100 kg. Nevertheless, in the lower end, just to have a little weight, and for visual purposes, I attached a red balloon with a mouthful of water and the rest air, in it. It was decorated with a Pippi Longstocking image (which was not visible on distance).

    Filmed with my very lousy mobile phone, other better videos will hopefully come later. On the youtube version, I've used a smoothing tool to make it less painful to watch, however there is still no sync between sound and image, which explains the sound gaps in the end of every clip.

    Better sound at:

    Also check out the photos in this album:


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  5. For best sound, please use good speakers or headphones! Those good low notes don't come through on small computer speakers...
    here, I briefly explain how I got the idea to the Stringed Stirrups, in front of a recording from Oslo Impro '97.
    Then, a clip where I perform the Stringed Stirrups at MAF/Ungdomens Hus on Högriskfestivalen, Malmö, '02.
    The Stringed Stirrups (formerly called the Angel Strings) have (like another of my instruments, the butter bass) loose piano strings going through loops on a resonator - the resonator is tied around my chest. I am giving tension to the two strings standing in the lower end stirrups, thus hanging suspended from the ceiling in the strings. It is played with two bows and specially made wooden beaters. Sometimes the longitudinal vibrations of the strings are excited with rosined gloves. It is amplified with a contact microphone.
    More photos, sounds, info at http://bergmark.org/stirrups

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