Final Cut For Real presents:
The Act Of Killing
A Film By Joshua Oppenheimer
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
Co-directed by Christine Cynn & Anonymous.
Produced by Signe Børge Sørensen
Executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer.
“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade… It is unprecedented in the history of cinema.”
I was honoured to be given the amazing opportunity to work on ambient sound compositions, for this original, beautiful and shocking documentary. It was a joy even though the story is so hardcore that I could barely watch it at first.
The Guardian journalist Catheringe Shoard writes in her review of the documentary The Act Of Killing how “Joshua Oppenheimer’s surreal, astonishing documentary recreates the atrocities of 1960s Indonesian death squads.“
- The Act of Killing still
Links to reviews:
I am very happy and greatful to be spending the next to weeks at BEK, in Bergen.
Coinciding with my stay at BEK is Bergen Open, which means you can come and visit BEK and listen and see works in progress by myself, and artist Espen Sommer Eide (NO) and Nathan Wolek (USA). Doors will be open from Friday the 14th of September at 6 pm until midnight, and Saturday as well as Sunday the 16th til 4pm.
I am spending my time at BEK working on “Røster”, a new soundwork for 8 channels, in collaboration with Trond Lossius. (A Norwegian artist pioneer in spatialisation of audio, field recordings and multichannel sound installations and composistions.) He will assist me in the use of the ViMiC system, and testing speaker setups. The work will be premiered as a soundinstallation at Tromsø Kunstforening, during my exhibition “Soundscape Røst for Insomnia” which opens on October the 19th in Tromsø.
Tigernet and the physical shop Tiger, situated in Hammersborggt. 18 (close to Youngstorget in Oslo),now stocks Soundscape Røst – Spaces And Species Vol I. Click here to buy the vinyl. 300 copies only. On 180 gr vinyl, with double gatefold sleave and coloured innersleave. Mastered and pressed by Record Industry in the Netherlands.
Quiet Position- Locale
The soundrecordist and artist Jez Riley, currently discovering the hidden sounds of the Tate Modern building in London, has curated a free download album of fieldrecordings for the Impulsive Habitat label entitled: Quiet Position – Locale. I am featuring a track recorded on Hriesy in Island amonst others my Nordic Sound Art collegue Signe Lide
Six tracks to preview on Soundcloud:
At the museum of contemporary art in Roskilde, Denmark:
I will present the installation: Pelagic Magic – The Listening Lounge.
I will also do a performance on opening day plus the following week.
One part of the installation is the release of the first album from the Soundscape Røst project, on LeynarRecordings.
Soundscape Røst : Spaces and Species Vol I
Fieldrecordings from the Røst archipelago, Nordland, Norway 2010-2o11
The record will be pressed by Record Industry on 180 g double vinyl, with a gatefold sleave. The cover will have original artwork by the fantastic Norwegian artist Theodor S. Kittelsen and my friend and collaborator Jason Rosenberg.
I am very happy about it ! It feels like I am giving birth to my first child.
Here is a prewiev of a Kittelsen print that will feature on the LP cover:
Fuglefellene på Røst av Theodor Kittelsen, tegnet i 1880 åra.
My first field recording trip to Røst came about in the early spring of 2010. I took a 3-4 hour long ferry journey from Moskenes in Lofoten to Røst. I arrived late Sunday evening on the 28th of March 2010. I was intensly looking forward to my very first recording expedition self-funded by a dj gig I did the same weekend in Svolvær, Lofoten.
I stayed in a small room at the rugged Røst Havfiskecamping together with seasonal workers from Poland. They where flown in to work twelve hours or more aday at the fish and fishoil factories during the annual Lofot -fisket, that begins in February and ends around March.
Soutwards view towards the ferryquai and the birdmountains
My first few days on Røst where spent walking about. The mainland of Røst is completely flat. The recordings was made with equipment I had rented quite cheaply from NOTAM in Oslo. A battery hungry Tascam recorder and a pair of wonderful Neumann omnis.
Mainland Røst is a cluster of a large and some smallrt islets intertwined, and inbetween theshores the tide comes and goes eternally. It had been a heavy winter so snow was still covering the ground and the birdmoutains. What you hear on this recoding is a close up of shoreside below the snow, pointing down on the seaweed where the tide was slowely sipping through it´s branches. The gulls present I presume are Herring Gulls, Common Gulls and Great Blacked Backed Gulls.
Seaweed by the shore below the last snow of March. Stavøya (Stav Island) an island shaped like a cone can be seen in the back.