Intervju z Andersom Lindom, švedskim skladateljem in zvočnim umetnikom: 24. 9. 2020
Avtor: Matic Anžej
KGOSF: The Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra is very pleased to perform such an innovative piece as your “Voltage Controlled String Orchestra”. Where did you find the inspiration for this piece?
Anders Lind: For this piece I am interested in exploring sounds from the traditional string orchestra in combination with sounds of old analogue synthesizers. I tried to compose a kind of mixture between these different sound worlds and thr mobile phone orchestra I used as performers for this platform just as a way to perform electronic music.
KGOSF: Is this going to be the first time you are going to perform this piece?
Anders Lind: Yes, this is the first time. A world premiere.
Anders Lind and Steven Loy during rehearsal with KGOSF, 24. 9. 2020
KGOSF: Could you just explain in a few words what role the audience has in this? What will they control exactly with their mobile phones?
Anders Lind: They will have this mobile phone platform (https://mobilephoneorchestra.com/home) which I developed with my partners, a programmer and designer. It’s about performing electronic music using mobile phones. And for me the idea is two-sided. The first idea is to provide a new way to perform electronic sounds and to be able to have them as a sort of orchestra-like set-up, using a multiple speaker set-up and combining these to create electronic orchestra sounds. That’s the artistic ambition. But there is also another ambition that I think is important: that is to invite, to have people, regardless of their musical background, to be able to participate in an artistic performance and to let people take their part in the contemporary music synth [scene? “synth” doesn’t really make sense…] by using their mobile phones.
KGOSF: These days mobile phones are not only phones, but actually complex small computer devices. Was it difficult to make this application simple enough to be used for the average audience? And where did you find this idea for this simple-colour platform app?
Anders Lind: This work is also a part of my artistic research. I work at Umeå University in Sweden, so I am also exploring this time a type of performance practice. I worked a lot with interactive sound art. Actually I have an exhibition in Maribor now, on Festival Maribor - where people can come into the room with different sensors and by interacting with the sensors they can play music together as a group. From that project I also came to this idea to make a mobile phone an instrument. There are a lot of apps out there that can play music. But one of the key elements is the notation system which I have been working on and it is a sort of animated notation instead of traditional notation and here you have a sort of video-game-like style. There are graphics presented on the screen and the mobile phone orchestra is divided in the six individual parts. They have their own parts and their own sounds and they perform after looking at the instructions on the screen.
KGOSF: When you started from scratch to make this project, did you have an idea of program music with some story behind or just experiencing new sounds, techniques and so on?
Anders Lind: It is not like there is a programme for it but it has maybe elements of that I think people can relate to. But the idea for me - my ambition - was to explore these analogue synthesizer sounds which I have been working on a lot, and to explore the use of electronics in combination with a traditional orchestral set-up.
KGOSF: For the last question, could you tell us how Sweden is dealing with this corona situation in the musical world right now? We know your country chose a different way of dealing with the pandemic but - how are musicians going through this?
Anders Lind: It is really difficult, as it is everywhere in the world I guess. Musicians are struggling, especially those who are not employed. Freelance musicians have a hard time. I know that just recently the government came out with a funding plan which is quite good but it is hard to see actually right now what is going to happen. It is a hard situation for musicians these days. I think these times it is important we fight for culture because it is very important in society. It is what defines society. If we lose culture, we lose everything. It is hard to see that at the moment but in the long term it is very dangerous. But I see a positive future.
KGOSF: Thank you very much. KGOSF is very happy to perform tomorrow with you in Maribor.