Between instrument and everyday sound


2010-2013, Viva voce 2014

Ruben Sverre Gjertsen


The aim of the project is to explore multidimentional, amorphous and vague expressions arising when many musical parameters are given more independent roles than in traditional musical écriture. Approaches are melodics and morphing in extended definitions, used inways questioning sound identities and exploring transitional zones between everyday sound and instrumental sound. This can best be explored in diverse constellations. I therefore aim the project towards a sound installation in form of an hour work for ensemble, voices and electronics, placed in a location where musicians and loudspeakers can be freely distributed throughout the entire space.


The main work Landscape with figures II was premiered 7/9-2013, Dansens Hus, Oslo (Ultima) by Song Circus, Oslo Sinfonietta and Notam.

Concluding reflection, web version at this site.

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Documentation (pdfs)

Project description (english)

Project summary (english)

Prosjektbeskrivelse (norsk)

3 Manual Microtonal Organ

The Ruben-OM patch library

Concluding reflection


Artistic results created as part of the project

PSI for cello solo

Installation at Troldhaugen

Landscape with figures I


Sketches for past works and works in progress