About the sound installation Flounder

The sound installation Flounder is created by the composer, musician and programmer Øyvind Brandtsegg. This work of sound has been built over an existing sculpture by the sculptor Nils Aas, which carries the same title, and which is located at Straumen in Inderøy, Norway.
The work was initiated in 2003 while Nils Aas was still alive, and he showed great interest in the initiative. He thought that the sound would add a new dimension to the sculpture and said: “I really would like to hear the Flounder sing”.

At www.flyndresang.no, you may follow the audible development of the work through 10 years. At the web site, you will have the opportunity to listen to the composition in two versions – the authentic sound played back through the sculpture at Inderøy, as well as a version that has not been interpreted.

The sound installation Flounder makes use of a loudspeaker technique in which the sound is transferred to the metal in the sculpture. The music is influenced by parameters such as high tide and low tide, the time of year, light and temperature, and thus reflects the nature around the sculpture.
Soundscape Studios has been an active partner in the development of both the sensor technology as well as the loudspeaker technology that has been employed in the project. The artistic concept has been developed further in close collaboration with both Kulturbyrået Mesén and Soundscape Studios. The sensor data and the sound signals are streamed via the Internet between Inderøy and Trondheim where the computer which calculates the sound is located. Midgard Medialab and ITEA NTNU are collaborators when it comes to the technical execution of the streaming via the Internet. In addition, ITEA contributes with the operation of the computer technical part of the project. The Internet connection at Inderøy has been provided by NTE Bredbånd.

Students at NTNU/Experts in Team have contributed to the development and the testing of the Internet based sound playback solutions; further, students at NTNU Department of Computer Technology and Information Science have contributed to improve the architecture of the composition software. Students at Acoustics have contributed with the development of the software for sound processing, more specifically a sound particle generator. This generator may be heard in the sounds that resemble birds’ song.

Contributors to the sound installation Flounder:

Øyvind Brandtsegg composer and programming
Kulturbyrået Mesén project management for the sound installation and the web site
Soundscape Studios technical producer
Erle Stenberg animation on the web site and design of the flyer

Collaborating partners:

Nils Aas Kunstverksted
Midgaard Medialab
Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk
Sjøkartverket

We want to express our thanks to:

Christine Reintz, Atle Aas, Per Vatn, Einar Johan Jakobsen, Marcus
Edvardsen, Sigurd Saue, Letizia Jaccheri, students at NTNU Informatics
and NTNU Acoustics, Sjøkartverket, Tore Hagen, Gunnar Tufte, Bent Sæther,
Kurt Sandaunet, Ylva and Tyra Øyen Brandtsegg, Inger Jorid Brandtsegg

The project has received financial support from:

Inderøy Local Council, Nord-Trøndelag County Council, Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for lyd og bilde, Norsk Musikkfond, NOPA, Komponistenes Vederlagsfond and Soundscape Studios.

For more information about the project please contact:

Øyvind Brandtsegg
m: 0047 – 922 03 205
m: obrandts@gmail.com

Randi Martine Brockmann
m: 0047 – 932 29 629
m: randi.brockmann@gmail.com