In the spring of 2014, my good friend Peter Fjordbak Sørensen and I developed two interactive sound installations for the exhibition Aarhus Rocks! in Den Gamle By in Aarhus .
The exhibition is about pop and rock music in Aarhus in the period 1960-2014 .
One installation was a “recording studio” set up like the legendary Feedback studio where you could record a song and have it sent by mail .
The other installation was a kind of jukebox where you could listen to Aarhusian music from different decades.
Peter and I developed installations for the company Danish Sound Design, who had the contract with Den Gamle By.
In the spring of 2009, I was involved in the development of an audio installation called Sound People. It was made in collaboration with Sune Hede and Helga Rosenfeldt-Olsen as a part of a course at Aarhus University on interactive audio design . The idea behind the installation is to comment or sonify interpersonal relationships in the public space .
This video is a brief presentation of the installation:
Below, you find our course report about the installation:
In the spring of 2008, I and three of my fellow students developed the concept UrinalBand/FountainOrchestra which is a sound installation located at a urinal .
With the band as a metaphor, each urinal guest becomes a band member and each urinal an instrument (eg. Drums, bass, vocals etc.) . Our intent with the installation was, in a humorous way, to challenge the many unwritten conventions that exist in public places – in this particular case, the urinal. We did this by sonifying human relations in this place where every relationship is most often avoided.
Unfortunately the installation was mainly accessible to the male sex but some women did manage to find their way in to the men’s room, thus challenging yet another rule of this public space.
My three accomplices were:
Mads Stenøj Andresen
Brian Hauge Hansen
This is a walkthough of the setup at Musikhuset in Aarhus. Esben explains (in Danish):
This is a primitive mock-up video we made while developing the concept:
Below, you find the report we wrote on the installation: