Two of Henning Christiansen’s tape works from the 1980’s, 'Peter der Große op. 174' (1986) and 'Gudbrandsdal op. 178' (1987), are now released for the first time by the Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology. Originally composed for different contexts – 'Peter der Große' as the score for a German radio feature and 'Gudbrandsdal' for a performance in collaboration with Joseph Beuys and later Bjørn Nørgaard – the two works stand out in Christansen’s extensive and many-faceted oeuvre by employing almost entirely electronic sounds. Peter der Große involves electronic instruments like synthesizer and a crackle box, while Gudbrandsdal employs a more minimal approach and aesthetics through the heavy use of echo effects and manipulation of the tape speed. Both of the tape works carry a heavy atmospheric tone and are set in a largely electronic sound world. Two absolutely enthralling and immersive pieces of tape music, now available for the first time.
released February 22, 2020
Composed and produced by Henning Christiansen, 1986-1987.
Text by Magnus Kaslov
Digital transfer by Claus Byrith
Mastering by Andreas Pallisgaard
Cover design by Kasper Vang
A great thank you:
Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen, Helmut Kopetzky, Bjørn Nørgaard, Mark Harwood, Claus Byrith, Lars Mørch Finborud, Henie Onstad Kunstcenter, Eva Havshøj Ohrt, Edition·S, Åse Hedström, Henning Christiansen’s Archive.
Published by Institut for Dansk Lydarkæologi 2020
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With support from KODA Culture.
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With the entanglement and interaction of noise and musical tone, we seem to have traveled through the jungle infested by ghosts, and witnessed a new universe being reborn in this strange chaos and harmony. Through this recording, Jim O’Rourke reconstructed the order of sound in a sense. alain.proust
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This is what happens when one of the most interesting and groundbreaking modern composers turns his eyes on new age - or rather "new age", because it does not sound like anything else in the genre. Especially Per Nørgårds application of his compositional innovation, "uendelighedsrækken" (the infinity series), a kind af fractal minimalism, is put to otherworldly use. Eminently listenabel and far out radical at the same time. polinos