Record release for Knut Wiggen

On October 18 2018 the LP Knut Wiggen – Electronic Works 1972-1975 was released at NOTAM. The album is published by O. Gudmundsens Minde and contains the pieces Sommarmorgon, Rest, Etyd, Massa and EMS för sig själv, and is published for the first time in stereo. The album is mastered by Cato Langnes at NOTAM, and I have written the sleeve notes. The label O. Gudmundsens Minde is an alias for Lars Mørch Finborud and Lasse Marhaug.

Teh record has received great reviews, as here in Morgenbladet and in Vårt Land.

A podcast where I describe Wiggen’s achievements can be found here.

Preserving Digitally Inscribed Music

On October 25, 2018, the National Library of Norway puts on the seminar “”, And mys contribution is “Preserving digitally inscribed music.”

Here is the abstract:
Musical notation is a prescriptive tool that is at least 4000 years old, aiming for preservation of both musical ideas and performance practices. The notation system for instruments and voice that we use today is hundreds of years old, and has over time been developed into the complex instruction sets that one can find in contemporary score, where new musical expressions are pursued by unusual excitation methods and increasingly detailed performance control.

This notation system has also found its way into the digital domain, and much research effort has been made in developing methods for migrating paper-based scores into machine-readable documents. However, digitally inscribed music often relies on more than pitch, duration, pulse and rhythm, and much of the modern electronic expressions cannot be captured or reproduced using conventional notation.

This presentation will discuss the urgency of preserving the heritage of digital music, present early projects and practices in this area, and provide recommendations for future efforts in securing an updated and more complete record of musical history in formats that also facilitate performability.

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Knut Wiggen nettsted

Som en slags foreløpig avslutning på arbeidet med Knut Wiggen har jeg laget nye nettsider som både forklarer innsatsen hans, og inneholder en bibliografi for dem som ønsker å vite mer.

New article in Organised Sound

I have written a new article for Organised Sound: Unpacking the Musical and Technical Innovation of Knut Wiggen. The text sums up what I have managed to uncover about this Nordic computer music pioneer, through his texts, his technical development of what in the early 1970s was the most advanced composition studio on the planet, and through his five short musical works, created with his ground-breaking software MusicBox. More than fifteen years should pass before a similar software was created.

ICMC 2018

International Computer Music Conference 2018 was this year organized in Daegu, South Korea, from Aug. 5 to Aug. 10. My contribution to this community was a presentation of my work on Norwegian computer music pioneer Knut Wiggen, and this rounds off my academic work on this key figure in the development of our field.

See the article here: The Contributions of Computer Music Pioneer Knut Wiggen.