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Mats Börk

Sound of the sun

Cataloguenumber: maginot10
Year: 2009
Format: CD,  Solar cell, 

Tracklist
  • 1: Sound of the Sun  

A solar cell driven composition packaged in a standard CD-jewel case. This release is focusing on the research for a way to actually hear the sun, the exploration of the borders between instrument and phonogram, and the role as a musician or a listener. For the transformation of sunlight into sound Mats Björk have constructed a solar cell powered and controlled tone generator. This is packaged in a standard CD-jewel case to give it the feel and the attributes of a phonogram.

Connected to a pair of headphones, you one can choose to listen to one of the two parts this composition basically consists of. With the lid open, the circuit (that also makes out the musical score) with its oscillators, is carefully tuned for broad daylight to capture the intense piercing and powerful energy, here manifested in the mantra of a clear but uncertain six tone chord. Slowly shifting in pitch as the sun wanders the sky and occasionally hides behind a small cloud, this part of the composition lets you sink in to the relations between the tones themselves and between light and tone.

By more actively interacting with the sun, or exploring the sounds of artificial light, the piece moves into its more chaotic experimental phase and you as a listener approach the role of the musician. Like zooming in on the exploding fire bursts of the solar surface, the experience of minimal noise clusters, related to all kinds of light, is revealed.

Mats Björk (b.1975, Huskvarna, Sweden) is a sound artist with a past in large variety of constellations and styles, now exploring sound and music under the banner "free composition". Sound of the Sun is the third edition in the Komplott maginot series of releases. This serie began in 2008 with the project Very Friendly by Ronnie Sundin, catalog number maginot03 and maginot07. The Maginot releases is meant to serve as a side-track of the labels traditional publishing with the intention of presenting music in a way that differs from traditional publishing forms. Upcoming releases in the series includes Ronnie Sundin next issue of of the Very Friendly project.

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