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Rune Grammofon

Spunk 'Das Wohltemperierte'

£32.99

Rune Grammofon

Spunk 'Das Wohltemperierte'

£32.99

Kristin Andersen: trumpet and flutes Lene Grenager: cello Maja Ratkje: voice, violin, harmonica, accordion, theremin and various

Hild Sofie Tafjord: french horn and various. At one minute past eight in the evening of the twentieth of January, 2001, the Norwegian quartet SPUNK began playing a drone in the key of B, inaugurating a project that would weave into their musical lives for the foreseeable future. Eleven years, eleven months and eleven minutes later, the same foursome struck up a G, embarking on the final leg of a journey that had taken them through the twelve notes of the equal tempered scale – one tone per year.

The twelve concerts took place at a variety of unusual locations around Oslo, including the immense, almost pitch-black interior of the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum, with its twenty-second reverberation time; the Nobel Institute; a cabin on a remote island in the Oslo fjord; in a tent on top of the slanting roof of the newly built Opera House; the Physics Department of Oslo University; a vibrant high street shopping mall called Oslo City; and a private domestic living room.

”Das Wohltemperierte Spunk”s thrilling, texturally complex improvisations can be appreciated in their own right without any knowledge of the underpinning structure or concept. And yet the underlying numerology places the piece in a long line of consciously mathematical music, from the Bach keyboard corpus from which it takes its name, to Anton Webern’s String Quartet opus 28 (1938), which closes a circle by spelling out B-A-C-H in the first four notes of its twelve-tone row. SPUNK’s own opus uses the same order of tones as the Webern quartet.

Tracklisting:
CD 1:
1. 20.01.2001 At 20:01 Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum (Bb)
2. 20.02.2002 At 20:02 A Basement At Seilduksgata 25k (A)

CD 2:
1. 20.03.2003 At 20:03 Oslo City Shopping Centre (C)
2. 20.04.2004 At 20:04 The Norwegian Nobel Institute (H)

CD 3:
1. 20.05.2005 At 20:05 St. Edmund's Church (D#)
2. 20.06.2006 At 20:06 A Cabin At Nakholmen Island (E)

CD 4:
1. 20.07.2007 At 20:07 Nydalen, By The Akerselva River (C#)
2. 20.08.2008 At 20:08 The Roof Of The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (D)

CD 5:
1. 20.09.2009 At 20:09 Hønse-Lovisa's House (Gb)
2. 20.10.2010 At 20:10 An Apartment At Brugata 3A (F)

CD 6:
1. 20.11.2011 At 20:11 Gamle Aker Church (Ab)
2. 20.12.2012 At 20:12 University Of Oslo, The Physics Building (G)