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Anatomy of Sound - Song Circus
Anatomy of Sound - Song Circus
Anatomy of Sound - Song Circus
Anatomy of Sound - Song Circus
Anatomy of Sound - Song Circus
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Through minutiae explorations into the very microlevels of sound anatomy, through vocal investigations into, as well as the activation of, spatial premises and through the discovery of timbral qualities of objects, Song Circus masters an unusual audial vocabulary that expands the idea of what music can be. The Stavanger-based chamber ensemble Song Circus consists of five professional Norwegian singers, led by Liv Runesdatter, who specialise in contemporary music and improvisation. Song Circus has enduring relationships with several composers and creating artists. The ensemble has given life to an unusual and fascinating vocabulary of sound combined with rare musical precision.

For more than four years, Song Circus has collaborated with Ruben Sverre Gjertsen on his Landscape with Figures. The human voice is a central part of the instrumental palette of this project and much of the music is the result of the joint efforts of the ensemble and the composer. Landscapes with Figures is partially open in its form; the music is tremendously detailed and intricately notated and requires considerable musical and vocal technique and virtuosity. The composition stretches the limits of tonal flexibility and microtonal precision. Landscape with Figures IIa is composed for performance with eight or sixteen sound channels. As part of the process, Gjertsen studied the academic work of Wishart and Ferneyhoug, and their systems of notation and compositions.

Ole-Henrik Moe's Persefone is an acoustic piece written for five female voices and wine glasses. It is a textural study of vocal sound, dynamics and microtonality. Moe took inspiration from Morton Feldman when he wrote Persefone and, in the first part, he stretches silence and slowness so far that any sense of a horizontal timeline dissolves into a music of state. Visit www.anatomyofsound.no for more info. The project pages works as a database with related texts, visuals and sounds. The pages will be developing continuously 2015-2018.

Recording sessions: Facebook Photo Album

Immersive Sound is a completely new conception of the musical experience. Recorded music is no longer a matter of a fixed one-dimensional setting, but rather of a three-dimensional enveloping situation. Stereo can be described as a flat canvas and Surround Sound as a field, but Immersive Sound is a sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. The 9.0 Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray features sound reproduction that is more realistic than anything you've heard before. It delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the listener in a cocoon of life-like audio.

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Album title
Anatomy of Sound
Performer

Song Circus
Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, electronics
Vocals: Stine Janvin Motland, Maria Norseth Garli, Liv Runesdatter, Anita Kaasbøll, Eva Bjerga Haugen, Rønnaug Bakke

Catalogue #
2L-117-SABD
EAN13
7041888520726 (main album, physical)
7041888520733 (vocal excerpts, audio files)
7041888520740 (vocal excerpts, video)

ISRC-code
NOMPP1508010-130  (main album, physical)

NOMPP1508610-020 (vocal excerpts, video/files)
NOMPP1508710-020 (vocal excerpts, video)

Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.0 DSD
Stereo DSD
Disc 2

Pure Audio Blu-ray
DTS HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.0
Auro-3D 96kHz/24 bit 9.0
LPCM 192kHz/24 bit STEREO
mShuttle: stereo FLAC 96kHz + MP3
Region: ABC - worldwide

Release date
October 2015
Recording date
April 2015
Location
Uranienborg Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)