live BJ Nilsen, Magnetoceptia, Royl Cubertson’s Metal Mangs





BJ Nilsen is a Swedish composer and sound artist based in Berlin and London. His work is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums released by Touch Eye Of The Microphone (2013) – a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London – and The Invisible City, have explored the urban acoustic realm. He has collaborated with Chris Watson on Storm and Wind, released by Touch.

His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, including Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I am here (2014, dir. Anders Morgenthaler).


Portrait (c) Jiyeon Kim



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It is uncertain what the Metal Mangs are. Greater than the sum of the parts. Creations, which, though at first dependent entirely on an external will for their existence, eventually develop identities of their own. Piggy, Hello Kitty Tabernacle, Orbis Trium Grill, Secretary, Piglet, Stehpig, Magician, et al. Centithorpal Resonating Three-dimensional Masses. Tuned visually more than aurally and imperfect (relative to musical instruments) by their individual natures, Mangs obey no scales, but rather can be called through rhythmic and textural interaction to wake from silence.

Defying mistakes in approach to playing, every possible sound one can elicit from a Mang is just that; a sound. Exploration necessarily creates pathways, which can be well expressed by way of concert. Ideally, the Mangs function visually while being silent or being played. The sounds produced by the Mangs, however, are best understood independent of their visual nature, as a soundtrack to an inner vision.

A Project by artist and musician Royl Cubertson.

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Magnetoceptia (Patrizia Ruthensteiner & Dewi de Vree)



Magnetoceptia is a series of performances and installations in which self constructed antenna­based costumes pick up electromagnetic fields and other invisble phenomenas and make them audible through electronic sound. It is a collaborative project by Dewi de Vree (NLD) and Patrizia Ruthensteiner (AT)

“Magnetoception: a sense which allows an organism to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude or location.” ­ ­ The Kinematic Loom of Orbitis a site­specific recreation of a sonic performance that has taken As the original sound has primarily been a result of the signals bouncing back from the stone walls of the experienced sound is each time influenced by the acoustic properties of the specific spatial place in a former Sovjet Silo in Estonia 2016. the Silo, highly concentrated and enhanced in this reverberating container, structure in which this installative setting is created and performed.

The performance incorporates a Soviet Loom transformed into a wearable antenna receiver, two persons in constrained position in the center of a velvet prayer­rug, vested with Estonian sheep costumes. They are performing their actions in circular motion, composed in such a way as to merge into a perpetuating apparatus.

The sounds are caused by two orbiting signal sources (electrical motors), interfering with each other intangibly affecting the cross­shaped electromagnetic antennas incorporated into the loom, that transform the signals into electronic sounds that are being modulated electronically. and creating a superposition of waves, The integral mechanism is caused by the dynamic interaction of various constants with limited room for maneuvre. The input of the singular elements to the whole system is dependant upon each other’s position and determined by the spatial and material elements.