Zwischenraum (Interspace)

poster presentation, Julia Rommel, 2019

Zwischenraum (interspace) is based on an artistic exploration of an acoustic measurement of space. The work draws close connection between the cultural techniques of graphic notation and cartography.  
To gain a more precise overview of her daily movement routine, Rommel recorded every distance with at least a duration of 3 minutes for a period of exactly one year, with precise details of the duration, starting, and end points of the movement and the means of transport. Although this documentation was not originally created for the purpose of analysis, it became the starting point for reflecting on what overcoming distance – the interspace – means to her.

The interspace actually describes a temporal-spatial interval, which has to be traversed by subway, train, car, or airplane, in order to get from A to B. Even though this is a kind of by-product, the space in between becomes a kind of state of mind, of contemplation and distraction. Rhythm is the permanent confirmation of continuity. The space in between contains neither the past nor the future, thus no development, but rather the standstill in the present of passive movement.

In my curiosity to understand this very inspiring spatial configuration, Rommel started to document cartographically the interspace. Those graphic notations are the base for sonification with the graphical sequencer IanniX.

Julia Jasmin Rommel (*1979 in Mutlangen, Germany) studied visual communication and scenography in Berlin, Stockholm, and Zurich. Her work focuses on developing spatial concepts for contemporary music theater productions (Follies for Fontane, Brandenburg 2019; Match Cut Music Convention, Berlin 2017; Die Nachtigall, Berlin 2017; Into the Deep, Radialsystem Berlin 2017; Mockumentary Altus, Bremen 2014; Orlando UA Theater, Bielefeld 2013) as well as on scenography for classical opera productions (Dido & Aeneas, Cosi fan tutte, Acis & Galatea, Antwerp 2015/16; Kinderzauberflöte Berliner Philharmoniker, Baden-Baden 2013)     

Another focus of her work is creating orientation systems for buildings and public spaces (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg 2010 for Integral Zürich, Löwenbräuareal Zürich 2010 for Integral Zürich) and also corporate design and cartography. Furthermore, she is participating in a PhD program at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, where she explores the phenomena of ubiquity and space constitution in the contex of information and communication technology.


KMH organisation team for the festival Between 2019

Bill Brunson, Henrik Frisk and Kim Hedås

with Mattias Petersson, Mattias Sköld, Marcus Wrangö, Monireh Shirani, Cecilia Österholm, Jesper Tullback, Erik Metall, Björn Allevad and Per Sjögren.

EASTN-DC Events 2017-2019
Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH)


The EASTN-DC project at KMH is centered in the electroacoustic music program of the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory. Principal Creators are Kim Hedås, Henrik Frisk and William Brunson. In the following, we present our diverse activities with respect to EASTN-DC ‘s five Poles and central questions regarding digital creativity.  We believe that the vision of EASTN-DC can exert a transformative effect on KMH. Thus, in addition to reaching out to wider audience through workshops, lectures and concerts, we have endeavoured to integrate our research and artistic activities into the fabric of KMH, to involve both students and faculty.

· November 2017 Grenoble, France
· June 2018 NOVARS, University of Manchester, UK
· November 2018 Cité de la Musique, Romans, France
· October 2019 Grenoble, France

At the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, larger EASTN-DC projects are arranged twice per year in November and March. These highlight different aspects of Five Poles artistic research combined with a wider public outreach.
· Spaces for Artistic Research (March 2018)
· Student project: Ljudbänken c/o KMH I (Summer 2018)
· November Space (November 2018)
· Dubbelkonserter I-III (March 2019)
· Student project: Ljudbänken c/o KMH II (Summer 2019)

· EASTN-DC at KMH has established contacts with several international companies, world-leading in technology for audio, for exchanges about technical and artistic audio practice.

Upcoming 2019
· Residencies – Fall 2019
    o  David Granström – composer, programmer
    o  Sten Sandell – composer, musician, PhD

· A museum in Stockholm has invited KMH to participate in the sound design of an exhibition. Production work will begin in the Fall 2019, and the two-year exhibition will open in October 2020. Six students from KMH will participate and contribute with new compositions.

· Between 2019is KMH’s EASTN-DC festival, which will be arranged 8-13 November 2019. From the call for works —
The digital world conditions our real-world experiences. Digital creativity employs tools, manifested virtually, that allow us to do things that we can conceive of, but which are difficult to execute in the analog domain, or can only be accomplished by digital means.

The festival seeks to bring imagination to bear on media and materials. The festival is an attempt to probe the themes of spatialization, digital creativity and public access through artistic and scholarly explorations of music and sound. These issues will be explored through concerts, performances, installations, workshops, presentations and informal discussions. We anticipate that interdisciplinary projects will focus on interaction, integration, communication, and experience.

Given the rapid, emerging impact of artificial intelligence across a multitude of fields — be they artistic, social, technical or scientific, etc. — we have decided to dedicate a thematic strand to this pivotal issue.

Invited Keynote Speaker: Prof. Georgina Born, Oxford University.

Upcoming 2020
· Residencies – Spring 2020-Autumn 2021: Composers, musicians, researchers.
· Format Week – March 2020: Companies, specialized in art, science and technology, are invited by EASTN-DC to meet at KMH in March 2020 for a week focused on exploration of formats. Presentations, concerts, installations and workshops together with composers, musicians, researchers and students.

Student project: Ljudbänken c/o KMH

Ljudbänken c/o KMH is a special event within the ambulatory art project Ljudbänken (the Sound Bench), aimed to create sound art for public areas outdoors all around Stockholm. The art project, initiated in 2017, is run by Stockholm Art together with Audiorama and has collaborated with Swedish and international artists to produce specially composed music played through Ljudbänken in parks and on squares. The bench is made of metal and wood and has a built-in sound system with four speakers. The music from Ljudbänken blends with the city's own expression and creates new, magical sound rooms – open to all people passing by. During the summer, the Traffic Office is conducting an initiative called Levande Stockholm (Live Stockholm) with a variety of activities on temporary summer streets and summer squares. The aim is to make the city's public space more vibrant, create pleasant outdoor environments and an attractive city life.
Stockholm art contributes four exciting art events, one of which is the collaboration project between Stockholm art and the Royal College of Music where students compose new works that are played during the summer months.

In 2018, four new works were composed for Ljudbänken by Bachelor students Mattias Hållsten and Maria Lindström together with Master students Daniel M Karlsson and Fredrik Mathias Josefson from the education in Electroacoustic Composition at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm (KMH). Ljudbänken ℅ KMH 2018 was placed in the very center of the city at Gustav Adolfs Torg, in front of the Royal Opera.

In 2019, four new works were composed for Ljudbänken by Bachelor students Mikael Lindblad Ehnborg and Adele Marcia Kosman together with Master students Anna Björn and Diego Ratto from the education in Electroacoustic Composition at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm (KMH). Ljudbänken ℅ KMH 2019 was placed on Hässelby square in the 1950s suburb of Hässelby, a 35 minute subway journey west from Stockholm Central.



Ljudbänken c/o KMH 2018
1 June 1 – 10 August 2018
Gustav Adolfs Torg, Stockholm (in front of The Royal Opera.)

Mattias Hållsten: Tūla(2018)
Maria Lindström: The Inner Square (2018)
Fredrik Mathias Josefson: What Word Can I Say To Convince You That All My Happiness Is In Loving You? (2018)

Ljudbänken c/o KMH 2019
13 June 13 – 5 September 2019
Hässelby torg . Stockholm (a suburb).

Mikael Lindblad Ehnborg: As the ground is giving way, we look for a place to land (2019)
Adele Marcia Kosman: For Dancemusic You’d Emit to Formless (2019)
Anna Björn: Bolmört (Hyoscyamus niger) (2019)
Diego Ratto: Intryck från Stockholm (2019) (Original title: Eindrücke Aus Stockholm
Dubbelkonserter: Orgel + ea
(Double concerts: Organ + ea) 

20-22 March 2019
The Dubbelkonsert/Double Concert series is part of a new collaboration at KMH: Organ + ea. Newly composed works for organ and electroacoustic music were presented in two concert halls with dual immersive sound systems and a total of sixty speakers.
At Dubbelkonsert I, new works were performed by Magda Mayas, Sten Sandell, Johannes Landgren, Henrik Frisk and Kim Hedås for organ, piano and electroacoustic music.
At Dubbelkonsert II and III, ten new works for organ, voice and electroacoustic music have been composed by students in electroacoustic composition and performed by organ students.

Magda Mayas, Sten Sandell and Johannes Landgren were invited by EASTN-DC at KMH for concerts as well as workshops and seminars.

Dubbelkonsert I / Double Concert I

Kim Hedås: Dense(2017) electroacoustic music in 8 channels
Sten Sandell: behind the piano (2019) for piano
Henrik Frisk: Locomotion(2019) for sixty loudspeakers
Sten Sandell:the language inside the organ (2019) for organ and electronics
Magda Mayas: Piano Mapping (2019) för amplified piano, objects and spatialization

22 March 2019 at 12:30 – Nathan Milsteinsalen / Lilla Salen-Klangkupolen

Dubbelkonsert II / Double Concert II

Linus Hillborg: Auguries (2019) for organ and digital reverb system                        Anton Linnerhed, organ
Theodor Kentros: Fractura (2019) for organ and electronics    
Fredrik Lundqvist, organ

Viktor Sandström: hyperorgel/hype-organ(2019) for fixed media in ambisonics-binaural playback
Maria W Horn: Konvektion(2019) music for organ four hands and electronics
Anton Linnerhed and Patrick Lindblom, organ

22 March 2019 at 19:00 – Nathan Milsteinsalen / Lilla Salen-Klangkupolen

Dubbelkonsert III / Double Concert III

Brenda El Rayes:Losing my mind (2019) for organ and electronics
Elias Fergin, organ
Mikael Lindblad Ehnborg: Drowning – Study I (2019) for organ and electronics
Ludvig Käll, organ
Adele Marcia Kosman: EMIT I (2019) for organ and vocals
Elias Fergin, organ
Adele Marcia Kosman: II (2019) for loudspeakers
Em Silén: skarri orre (2019)
Mattias Hållsten: For organ and VCS-3 (2019)

Spaces for artistic research

17-21 March 2018

Spaces for artistic research was a five-day event that combined concerts, performances, a symposium and a public PhD defense of Kent Olofsson's thesis Composing the performance. The ambition was to explore the ways in which research at KMH plays out, both within our campus, and in relation to the surrounding society. The hot topics and general spirit of EASTN-DC shaped the activities.
An open workshop in hörspiel composition attracted non-musicians and the general public. In this intense two-day course, the participants were divided up in two groups that each produced a short piece. The workshop was produced in collaboration with Audiorama, a concert space in Stockholm focusing on contemporary sound art, hörspiel and electroacoustic music. The workshop was also an introduction to Olofsson's dissertation, and the participants were invited to take part in the performances and the defense following the workshop.

In two concerts a wide range of Swedish electroacoustic music was presented in our special purpose hall Lilla Salen with its 29.4-speaker array, as well as in our large concert hall Kungasalen (5.1). We also presented two concerts with works by Kent Olofsson, the theatre performance Death to the Dogs of the Welfare State (by Teatr Weimar) and Hamlet: Exit G host, a hörspiel adapted for Lilla Salen.

November Space

19–22 November 2018
November Space 2018 was an international symposium focused on spatialised music and immersive sound. The center of this three-day event is KMH’s immersive 45.4 sound system Klangkupolen.

The symposium brought students and teachers together from The Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo), The Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and The Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH).

Visiting faculty Prof. Natasha Barrett, Prof. Gerhard Eckel and Daniel Mayer joined KMH counterparts Prof. William Brunson, Dr. Henrik Frisk and Dr. Kim Hedås, and Thomas Lund, Senior Technologist from Genelec, for workshops and lectures on ambisonics, composing for headphones, spatial techniques in SuperCollider as well as aesthetic and listening perspectives.

Three public concerts in Klangkupolen featuring electroacoustic works by students and faculty were presented.