freq-out is a sound art collective founded and curated by CM Von Hausswolff in 2003, and it primarily creates site specific sound installations. JG Thirlwell has been a member of the group since its inception.
The latest iteration of freq_out is freq_out 11, designed for interactivity on the internet through the Copenhagen based online radio station The Lake. It consists of a web-mixer and twelve unique and looped minor compositions that may be heard separately or altogether, depending on the mixer faders positions and the web-composer (this being the person behind the computer of course).
Participating artists are JG Thirlwell, Jana Winderen, Mike Harding, Maia Urstad, Permagnus Lindborg, BJ Nilsen, Christine Ödlund, Finnbogi Petursson, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Anna Ceeh & Franz Pomassl, Jacob Kirkegaard and Kent Tankred.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff created the concept for the web based version of freq_out and the web based mixer. The mixer was programmed and designed by Bjarke Rasmussen, and the project was facilitated by The Lake, aka Kasper Vang and Jan Stricker
The new freq_out LP contains the studio mix and a live recording of the first permanent installation of a freq_out piece called freq_out 1.2 ∞ SKANDION. The multi-channel work is up and running in the entrance garden at the Skandion Klinik, a new hospital for cancer treatment in Uppsala, Sweden.
The freq_out project has existed since 2003, when Carl Michael von Hausswolff was invited to Copenhagen to invent and install a sound-art installation. He divided up the audible sonic register into 12 parts and asked 12 artists, musicians, composers, and architects to each accept one of the 12 parts and compose a sonic piece from it. The result became 12 compositions/artworks that were simultaneously played on 12 different sound systems in the art space of Charlottenborg, thus becoming one piece. Since then, freq_out has also been installed in Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Chiang Mai, Kortrijk, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Marrakesh.
The artists who contributed to the work are Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Christine Ödlund, Brandon LaBelle, JG Thirlwell, Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, The Sons of God, Franz Pomassl, Anna Ceeh, Mike Harding, Finnbogi Pétursson, BJ Nilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, PerMagnus Lindborg, and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. It’s released on Sep 25 2015 by Ash International and you can order it from Touch in Europe or Forced Exposure in the US.
freq_out 1.2∞(skandion) will be the first permanent freq_out sound installation. It will be installed in the small garden at the new Skandion Clinic for cancer treatment in Uppsala, Sweden, and inaugurated in the fall of 2014. The following artists will contribute to the sound installation : Tommi Grönlund / Petteri Nisunen, Mike Harding, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Petursson, Anna Ceeh / Franz Pomassl, Jacob Kirkegaard, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred / Leif Elggren), BJNilsen, Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Brandon LaBelle, Christine Ödlund, Permagnus Lindborg and artist curator Carl Michael von Hausswolff. The project curator is Lotta Mossum and project organizors are Tomas Nilsson and Akademiska Hus.
The Skandion Clinic is the first clinic for proton therapy in Scandinavia. Proton therapy makes it possible to treat cancer more effectively and with fewer side effects than with conventional radiation therapy. The clinic is located in Uppsala, Sweden and the first patient is expected to be treated in 2015. The clinic is designed at present for treatment of 1000 patients per year, but with an option of future expansion.
The artists of freq_out feel very honored to contribute to this project.
freq_out 9 will take place as part of the Sonic Acts Festival on Feb 21 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, in a room illuminated by light works by Dan Flavin. This is the fifteenth edition of the Sonic Acts Festival, subtitled The Dark Universe, and it runs from Feb 21-24 2013.
freq_out, now in its tenth year, is a sound art collective curated by Carl Michael Von Hauswolf. freq_out is a sound installation comprising 12 individual sound works, each utilising a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space.
The participants of this version of the installation will be JG Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, BJ Nilsen, Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Kent Tankred, Finnbogi Pétursson, PerMagnus Lindborg, Christine Ödlund, Franz Pomassl, Mike Harding, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen and Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Also appearing at the festival will be The Bug feat Flowdan & Miss Red, Mika Vainio, Dead Fader, Pete Swanson, Cut Hands, Biosphere, Lustmord, Maja Ratkje, lectures, installations and much more.
JG Thirlwell will be in Kaliningrad, Russia from May 24-26 2012 for the Sound Around Kaliningrad Festival, an International Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art. JG will have a new six channel sound installation on display, entitled “Otitis Interna”. In addition he will do a performance and lecture.
Describing “Otitis Interna”, Thirlwell said : “When I was presented with the image of the room in Kaliningrad where my sound installation would be housed, I felt it evoked a sonic landscape of wood and organic matter, of work and anxiety, of memory and loss trapped in the grain and the walls. I sought to examine and paint these ideas with sound. I sourced and arranged a sonic palette into a six channel spatial environment/composition of musique concrete to convey these ideas into the space. Adding blacklight as the sole source of illumination in the room added a twist of disorientation which is meant to invoke an x-ray.”
Other participants in the Festival this year include Jacob Kirkegaard, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jana Winderen, Kiwa, Greta Christensen & Camilla Sørensen a.k.a. Vinylterror and Horror,Mats Lindstrom, Robert Piotrowicz, Vladimir Tarasov, Maksims Shentelevs, Hanna Hartman, John Grzinich and Jelena Glazova, as well as Kalinigrad musicians Kratong, Danil Akimov, Nikodim, Sergey Sorokin, Kraynost, Not a mind, StirliTZ and more. The festival will take place in many sites around the city, including the Kaliningrad Zoo. There will be concerts, performances, installations, workshops, screenings, audio broadcasts, interventions in public spaces and an open record library.
For the latest installation of the sound installation freq_out , Moderna Museet in Stockholm is going to be open from 7 pm February 17 through 7 pm February 19. For forty-eight hours non-stop, seven of the museum´s galleries will be occupied by the sound installation freq_out 8. The result will be a combination of sound and light that will “drench” the galleries in all the colors of the rainbow. The participating artists will include JG Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, Mike Harding, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Pétursson, Kent Tankred, Franz Pomassl, Maia Urstad, Brandon Labelle, Christine Ödland, Permagnus Lindborg, Petteri Nisunen and Tommi Grönlund.
The first freq_out installation in three years will occur in Stockholm at the Moderna Museet in February 2012. For freq_out 8, curated by Carl Michael Von Hausswolf, the participating artists will include JG Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, Mike Harding, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Pétursson, Kent Tankred, Franz Pomassl, Maia Urstad, Brandon Labelle, Permagnus Lindborg, Petteri Nisunen and Tommi Grönlund.
freq_out is a sound installation comprised of 12 individual sound works each utilizing a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space. The last freq_out event, freq_out 7, took place in September 2008 as part of the Happy New Ears festival in Kortrijk, Belgium. Previous freq_out actions have occurred in Berlin, Paris, Chiang Mai, Budapest, Copenhagen and Oslo.
Kronos Quartet will be performing a newly commissioned piece by JG Thirlwell at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 12. Entitled Eremikophobia, which means fear of deserts and sand, the multi-movement eighteen minute piece will open the evening. The evening’s program also features toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan and Portuguese instrument builder Victor Gama. To conclude, Kronos will be joined by Matmos in a tribute to Terry Riley.
Read further, buy tickets and see a clip of David Harrington of Kronos Quartet talking about the evening here. Additionally, you can read Thirlwell’s notes about his composition . There are currently no plans to record Eremikophobia, so don’t miss it!
Update 03/14/2010: JGT thanks everyone who came out to the Kronos Quartet concert at Carnegie Hall last Friday for the premiere of “Eremikophobia”, and discusses his composition.