Øystein Wyller Odden: Kraftbalanse
Øystein Wyller Odden: Kraftbalanse (2019, WP)
(Composition for Piano, Alternating Current and Orchestra)
As part of the new osloBIENNALE, artist Øystein Wyller Odden’s new composition Kraftbalanse is a musical representation of changes in the power grid.
The work consists of a self-resonating piano that has been tuned to vibrate according to the frequencies emitted by AC current. The piano is fitted with vibrating devices connected directly to the power grid. In Kraftbalanse the piano is accompanied by a string octet which reacts to the fluctuations of the current in real time, based on a score developed in collaboration with Jan Martin Smørdal. The ensemble performing Kraftbalanse includes string duo Vilde&Inga and the piece alludes to both electricity’s utilitarian and magical qualities, and to its constant, underlying presence in everyday life.
Wyller Odden has also created an inflation for osloBIENNALE, called Power Line Hum, which will be running in the Rådhushallen every day between 15.45–16 until 21 September. This concert will mark the closing down of the installation.
String arrangement by Jan Martin Smørdal
Vilde Sandve Alnæs – violin
Miriam Bergset – violin
Ragnhild Lien – violin
Julija Morgan – violin
Torunn Blåsmo-Falne – viola
Tove Bagge – viola
Sverre Kyvik Bauge – cello
Inga Margrete Aas – double bass
In collaboration with osloBIENNALEN.
(Photo: Hanne Grieg Hermansen)