Morten Qvenild gets (Hy)personal (video)
«I am developing this animal…», states Morten Qvenild, patiently tweaking the knobs of a keyboard controller. «You add a new dimension, then another dimension», he continues, slowly embarking on a fascinating and largely wordless exposition of his musical research. «It’s like crashing into a pile of paper. It’s just fun to be able to do it».
In celebration of it’s 20th anniversary, the Department of Improvisation & Jazz at the Norwegian Academy of Music has released a series of videos documenting and commenting it’s unique approach to genre-free improvisation with no taboos and few stylistic boundaries.
In the opening video we’re presented with keyboard-wizard Morten Qvenild and his personal approach to electronic improvisation. Morten is curently developing a PhD-level project under the auspices of the Norwegian Programme of Artistic Research. In «A Hyper (Sonal) Piano», he takes on the task of expanding the grand piano´s sonic palette by «integrating electronical devices in different relations to the piano.» During his work with piano and electronics, the two worlds have grown steadily closer, driven by the search for a sonic merge between acoustic and electronic sound.
Qvenild’s research question is: «How can I develop a HyperPiano that merges the acoustic grand piano and music technology into an instrument with homogenic sonic possibilities that correspond with my aeshetics and performing practice?»
And these are some of the goals in Qvenild’s project:
- Develop musical originality, personal musical voice and footprints in interplay and compositions through technological intergrations in a HyperPiano.
- Do extensive research on different components of the HyperPiano structure to reach my goals of sonic complexity, homogenity and a clear musical poetry.
- Through critical reflection discuss how musictechnology can be applied in a best possible way according to the desired artistic output. How can the musical message be preserved and strengthened despite all the technology?
- Create musical works and put the instrument on display through concerts and web-solutions to make it possible to experience my musical and technological solutions in different perspectives.
- Obtain an intuitive relation as a performer to the HyperPiano, making it possible to react appropriate to events in interplay and the inner musical ear.
Further videos in the series: http://vimeopro.com/nmh/sjangerfri-improvisasjon