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For the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the British label TOUCH, Phill Niblock & Jacob Kirkegaard will present their first concert together ever. The concert will take place on Halloween's eve at SHARE on Sunday the 29th of October 2006.
For this concert Niblock & Kirkegaard will be playing some of their solo works simultaneously;
Jacob Kirkegaard: excerpts from "4 Rooms" & "Der Höllentrichter"
Phill Niblock: 'Bells & Timps", "Aomori Water", "Trains"
In October 2005 Jacob Kirkegaard went to 'the zone' where he picked out rooms that once were active meeting points for people. The rooms he found and recorded were abandoned abruptly, urgently, and for good. Their inhabitants were evacuated by Soviet military and were forced to leave all their belongings behind. On April 26th, 1986, the explosion of Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had removed all possibilities of human survival in the vicinity.
The sound of each room was evoked by an elaborate method: Kirkegaard made a recording of 10 minutes and then played the recording back into the room, recording it again. This process was repeated up to ten times. As the layers got denser, each room slowly began to unfold a drone with various overtones. From a technical point of view, Kirkegaard's "sonic time layering" refers back to Alvin Lucier's work "I am sitting in a room" . He recorded his voice in a space and repeatedly played this recording back into that same space. In Kirkegaard's work, however, no voice is being projected into the rooms: during the recordings he left the four spaces to wait for whatever might evolve from the silence.
4 ROOMS is part of Kirkegaard's Chernobyl project which also includes the work entitled AION. This work is an audio-visual installation which will be exhibited at Diapason gallery throughout November 2006.
Jacob Kirkegaard: Born in Denmark in 1975. Currently lives in Germany
Investigates sonic membranes and discrete interference occurring in different environments. Graduated from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne Germany, Kirkegaard has lectured on archaeological and spatial aspects of sound at the Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen. His works include installations, live performances, film music and compositions - 'Soaked', a collaboration with Philip Jeck (Touch, 2002), '01.02' (Bottrop-boy) and 'Eldfjall' (Touch, 2005). In his latest work for Touch, '4 Rooms' (2006), Kirkegaard explores the sonic legacy of Chernobyl. Jacob Kirkegaard's works have been presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, KIASMA art museum in Finland, ARSENALS in Latvia, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Gallery Rachel Haferkamp and at the Transmediale in Germany. He is also a member of freq-out.org
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986; clouds of radioactive particles were released, and the severely damaged containment vessel started leaking radioactive matter. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from the city and other affected areas. Despite the fact that radiation is still being emitted from the nuclear disaster site, the 900-year-old city of Chernobyl survives, although barely. As of 2004, government workers still police the zone, trying to clean up radioactive material. Many — mostly the elderly — have decided to live with the dangers and have returned to their homes in the zone's towns and villages. Their population was highest in 1987, when there were more than 1200 people. In 2003, there were about 400 and now 350 are registered. The effects on the environment were catastrophic: huge areas of northern europe were dosed with radioactivity.
URL's to Jacob Kirkegaard
http://fonik.dk & http://secretsounds.dk
And myspace: http://myspace.com/jacobkirkegaard
CHERNOBYL PROJECT: http://secretsounds.dk/nada[/url]
Press sheet for 4 ROOMS: http://secretsounds.dk/nada/data/chornobyl/TONE026CD_L.pdf