Fish Music “Flyndre” (Flounder) Sculpture by Nils Aas

Electric Earth Music

We stopped for a picnic lunch at the Muustroparken Sculpture Park in Straumen, Norway.  The park contains a number of sculptures by Nils Aas including most prominently, this one, titled “Flyndre” or “Flounder” in English.  The sculpture includes electronic components, and an electro-acoustic transducer which makes the metal “sing” with an ever-changing soundtrack, which is allegedly interactive, although I have no idea how it gathers input from the outside world.  The soundtrack changes continuously, but it cycles through a number of sounds and themes, and after about 15 minutes or so it starts to sound familiar.

I enjoyed the music quite a bit, although the sculpture does not “sing” very loudly.  Flyndre also has parts that move in the wind, and in it’s location near the waters of Sandvagen Fyord, the wind blows a lot.  I used a contact microphone held directly against the metal to record this soundtrack without…

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Author: john hardin

Artist bio: The writer in me says: “Don’t tell them who you are, show them what you do.” The artist in me says: “It must be strong, simple, bold, yet rich with detail, but above all, original.” The filmmaker in me says: “We need to contextualize your work by weaving the roots of the Psychedelic Revolution, the Environmental Movement, Gaia Theory, Future Primitivism and musical influences from Iannis Xenakis to Bart Hopkin into a narrative that portrays an iconoclast's struggle for cultural relevance from the forested hinterlands of rural Northern California within the greater post-industrial, post-post-modern, post-reality mind-fuck of the 21st Century.” The critic in me says: “Will that guy ever shut up?” The comedian in me says: “It has to make me laugh at least once.” The engineer in me says: “Don’t forget to tell them that you do it all off-grid, with solar power, using recycled materials.” And the improvisational musician in me says: “Cut! Great job everybody!”

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