Marilou Polymeropoulou - Musical Polarities


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You are viewing my presentation at St. Peter's College graduate seminar on 22/2/2011. My topic was "Ice Music: musical polarities".

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Marilou Polymeropoulou - Musical Polarities

  1. 1. Ice Music festival Musical Polarities Musical Polarities <ul><li>Marilou Polymeropoulou </li></ul><ul><li>DPhil in Music </li></ul>St. Peter’s College graduate seminar 22/2/11 [email_address]
  2. 2. My research <ul><li>Theoretic approach : ethnomusicological </li></ul><ul><li>Area : Music-making with repurposed media </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose : Understand values & terms of social relations </li></ul><ul><li>How : Ethnographic research (Ethno+graphy= collection of writings about a nation) </li></ul>
  3. 3. STOMP
  4. 4. Repurposed Game Boy consoles Arrows denote modifications (sound inputs/outputs, colour alteration)
  5. 5. Experimental music <ul><li>“[I define experimental as] anything that has departed significantly from norms of the time, but with the understanding that something experimental in 1985 could have inspired what was conventional by 1990” Joanna Demers, Listening through the Noise (2010:7) </li></ul><ul><li>Made by modified/repurposed instruments </li></ul><ul><li>use of music technology (synthesizers, computers) </li></ul><ul><li>often has a “chance” factor </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cold and Ice themes in Music <ul><li>Coldwave: French version of 80s New wave. Minimal, dark sounds, feeling of “coldness” and isolation created by sound effects (reverb and chorus). Ice and cold related lyrics </li></ul><ul><li>Neue Deutsche Welle: German version of New Wave </li></ul><ul><li>Both are Punk influenced musics: DIY ideology, experimental and unconventional, political awareness, “no future” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example 1. Oto - Anyway (1984) French coldwave band from Nancy Other french coldwave bands: Charles de Goal, Eskimo, Guerre Froide, Jacno, Norma Loy, Moderne, KaS Product
  8. 8. Example 2. Grauzone -Eisbär (1981) Swiss band, Neue Deutsche Welle genre (new German wave). Similar bands: D.A.F., Ideal, Liaisons Dangereuses, Nena, Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria!, X-Mal Deutschland
  9. 9. Example 3. X-Mal Deutschland - Polarlicht (1987) German band based in Hamburg. Neue Deutsche Welle
  10. 10. Example 4. KaS Product - So young but so cold (1982) French coldwave band
  11. 11. Ice Music <ul><li>Terje Isungset, Geilo-born experimental composer and performer </li></ul><ul><li>Idea of ice music concept driven by national awareness and need for a unique sound-making experience inspired by Norwegian nature </li></ul><ul><li>2005: the 1st Ice Music festival takes place </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ethnography in Geilo, Norway
  13. 13. Ice Music festival 2011 3 nights - one performance on days 1 and 2, three performances on day 3 Why Geilo? 1. Terje’s birthplace 2. Below zero temperature (average -10℃) Organised by Høve Støtt (events agency based on Eco tourism) and Destinasjion Geilo (tourism office)
  14. 14. Ice Music festival programme
  15. 15. The stage <ul><li>Designed by Portuguese architect Helder Neves </li></ul><ul><li>Handcrafted by volunteers </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ice music instruments <ul><li>Designed by Terje and Bill Covitz </li></ul><ul><li>Created by Bill and “tuned” by Terje </li></ul><ul><li>After the festival they are left to melt </li></ul>
  17. 17. Text Islangeleik: Ice Music festival 2011 showcase Langeleik: Traditional folk instrument. Small dulcimer Traditional Langeleik Islangeleik made by Bill
  18. 18. Example 1. Solfrid, Knut, Ole & Skarvebarna -Ding Dang dalang
  19. 19. Example 2. Day 2. Terje, Fatma and Bram
  20. 20. Example 3. Terje, Bram, and Marie
  21. 21. Expected organisation structure 2. Administrative organiser Pål Medhus 1. Funding: Sponsors and ticket sales 2. Art administration Terje Isungset 3. Marketing manager Anne Varden 4. Creators (Architect, sculptor) 5. Musicians 6. Volunteers
  22. 22. Actual organisation structure 2. Art administration Terje Isungset 1. Funding: Sponsors and ticket sales 5. Administrative organiser Pål Medhus 6. Marketing manager Anne Varden 3. Architect and volunteers 4. Musicians 2. Sculptor Bill Covitz
  23. 23. Points of interest <ul><li>Is it possible that it is unique? </li></ul><ul><li>Recording of ice music but melting of instruments </li></ul><ul><li>The value of music instruments based on their materiality </li></ul>
  24. 24. Thanks <ul><li>State scholarships foundation in Greece, Faculty of Music and St. Peter’s College for funding my research </li></ul><ul><li>To all of you who honoured me with your presence today :-) </li></ul>