das wohltemperierte spunk
Photo by Kai Holmen
Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK is a 12 year long project where we go through the twelwe tones of the well tempered tuning of the chromatic scale. J.S. Bach made his Wohltemperierte Klavier, a study of each note of the well tempered scale. We have made our own study by each year playing a single note.
Each concert time is a play with numbers: The first concert was 20.01.2001 20:01 (January 1. 2001 at 20:01), the second was 20.02.2002 20:02 (February 20. 2002 at 20:02) and so on. That means that the last concert will be held 20.12.2012 20:12 (December 20. 2012 at 20:12).
At each concert, we play the note for as long as it takes us to be finished with it.
The order of the notes follows the twelve-tone row made by Anton Webern for his String Quartet opus 28. This famous twelve-tone row starts with the notes B-A-C-H, and so suits our purpose quite beautifully.
Another aspect of Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK, is where each concert is held. It is always somewhere in Oslo, and we choose interesting or even strange places. We might even choose a place for it background noises, which we then perceive as a part of the music.
So far, we have played the first five parts of Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK.
Part I: Emanuel Vigelands mausoleum
Part II: A basement at Grünerløkka
Part III: The mall Oslo City at the centre of Oslo
Part IV: The Norwegian Nobel Institute
Part V: St. Edmunds Church
Part VI: A cabin at the island Nakholmen in the Oslo fjord. (pdf by Kai Holmen