by 14 February 2019


BJ Nilsen


Sonic Acts


Amsterdam (NL) and Paris (FR)


Sound Performance

ORE by the Swedish sound artist, field recordist and composer, BJ Nilsen, is a piece about the sound of mining.

The composition is based on recordings that Nilsen did over the past four years on locations that are connected to mining iron ore and coal in Norway, Russia and the Netherlands. The acousmatic live performance that Nilsen developed during a residency at Ina GRM, Paris, reveals his research into mining iron ore and its impact on society and cultural relevance.

Nilsen released a special ORE (extended version) of his sound piece. This includes an individual download code to the digital release of the sound piece, and a cryovial tube containing 2.0 ml iron ore concentrate from Kirkenes, Norway. The digital release was engineered and mixed by BJ Nilsen at Odd Echoes and Phasing, Amsterdam, Ina GRM, Paris, and Wachtertorgasse, Krems. Annette Wolfsberger did additional production, the art work was designed by Anagramme, and printed by robstolk. Released by Sonic Acts 2019.

Commissioned by Sonic Acts and Ina GRM as a part of HEREAFTER Sonic Acts Festival 2019. Part of Re-Imagine Europe, and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, De Player, TU Delft.

Photo BJ Nilsen / Aude Paget

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