The music on this CD was created as a sound installation to the exhibition “Quanga” at Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen in the summer 2012.
The exhibition was part of a dissemination project created by the Danish National Museum is targeted at people in Greenland and Denmark. Through four graphic, scientifically based but fictive, novels stories from Greenland’s prehistory are introduced. The amazing cartoonist Nuka K. Godtfredsen is hired to transform the latest archaeological knowledge into exiting stories of love, hunt, jealousy, spirituality, hunger and friendship.
The installation consisted of drawings from the first two of four graphic novels, placed in 6 areas of a room, distinguished by the different seasons in which the stories take place. With one basic piece of music binding them all together, 6 pieces of music refer to the pictures of each season and is triggered as the audience approach them. 7 pieces of music in total, playing together in random order, supporting the expression of the images and melting together as one piece.
Whilst drawing and painting his landscapes, people and spirits, Nuka hears and feels music in his head. Just like I see and feel landscapes, people and spirits my head, while I make music. The things Nuka heard, he told me, was dirty, brutal, gritty and beautiful. Right down my alley.
I wanted to make the music as vivid and vibrant as possible while still being a co-player to the drawings. My aim was to describe the emotions and moods of the characters and the environment, rather than making illustrations with sound. I wanted to avoid sounds that have too many connotations, so that the music could speak as directly to the heart of the viewer/ listener as possible. I wanted hand played instruments and melodies.
Because of the randomn character of the total piece, I tried to avoid rhythmic structure. I worked around that with a very loose and dynamic rhythmic feeling - kind of like a heartbeat.
Thank you Lill Rastad Bjørst for your great voice and extensive and inspir- ing knowledge of arctic history and lifestyle. Mads Beldring Hansen and Emil Jensen for your great skill on the Hunting scene and The Meeting.
Thank you Martin Appelt, the aerchelogic mastermind behind the grafic novels and the project manager of the exhibition. All the people at National- museet and Nordatlantens Brygge for believing in the project and making it come true. Djbfa for financial support, Mike Højgaard for helping design the cover, and Herle and your Polar bear mom for being such great inspiration.
– Kristian Harting, Copenhagen 2012
released December 24, 2012
Music composed by Kristian Harting & Lill Rastad Bjørst. Recorded and mixed by Kristian Harting.
Mastered by: Jakob Hvitnov.
Illustrations by: Nuka Godtfredsen.
Kristian Harting plays Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Cello & Keyboard.
Lill Rastad Bjørst Sings.
Emil Jensen plays Trumpet.
Mads Beldring plays Percussion.