Kristin Bolstad
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Composer & performer

Site-specific music

I have always been fascinated by sound

and, perhaps without knowing it, by sonic phenomena.I discovered sonic interference as a youngster when I found it fun to sing along with the sound of a vacuum cleaner, and to choose a pitch slightly above or below it, so that I “felt” how the tone met resistance. Different sonic phenomena are something I investigate in my site-specific pieces. I also aim for the composition to be the room: be fully integrated with it and express its essential character; the room should manifest itself in the music. The compositions are dependent on the particular space for their authentic soundscape, which is generated through a unique interplay that gives an extra dimension and level of expression, and which can only be found there, in that setting.

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Stemmeklang - Echoes & Shadows
Stemmeklang - Stilla

Commisioned works

My music is often conceptual and contemplative,

or playful with humoristic elements. It wonders about small or big things in life and seek to be asking questions rather than giving answers. What is sound? What is noise? Is sound noise?

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Sju vers - Skyene (Alpaca Ensemble)
Sju vers - Bileta (Alpaca Ensemble)

Vocalist & improviser

Sounds forms the base of my music and sound,

and leads back to how I've been imitating everyone and everything around me since I was a little child. The quality of different sounds interests me, both how it sounds and feels like. My music is often sound based, with textures forming the musical material.

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Duo Bolstad/Efstathiou - Habitat

Silent film

I work with music and sound for silent films, mainly by live concerts.

I love exploring music and sound through silent films, finding sounds, music and atmospheres that goes together with the film, and that can open for different perspectives of how we experience and see the film. It’s interesting how different moods and atmospheres colour the narrative of the film, and how different characters can be expressed through their own musical theme.

With different music instruments, objects, toys, kitchen and office equipment, I do live sound effects, foley and mickey mousing. The sound of penguins or a shooting star, the atmosphere of a snowy landscape, or someone falling; I try to find a sound that gives something to it. With vocals and live electronics, I try to make music and atmospheres that can follow and complement what unfolds on the screen.

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Lyden av Méliès - The Conquest of the Pole
Lyden av Méliès - The Merry Frolics of Satan