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The Sonar Festival
Live performance: 17 Jun 2004 --
Presented by: SofusForsberg
Public: Free
Jenka Music Showcase, The Sonar Festival
Barcelona -- Spain

Sofus Forsberg performed live with vocalist Henriette Sennenvaldt from "Under Byen" (http://www.underbyen.dk) at the Jenka Music Showcase in Barcelona on Thursday, 17 June 2004 as part of the Sonar Festival (see photo report at http://www.sonar.es/2004/eng/noticias.cfm?id_noticia=34). Forsberg's full complement of sound sources included: vocals, melodica, glockenspiel, 2 laptops, MOTU828mkII, Capybara320, CM Labs Motor Mix, and a Kaosspad II. As Sofus describes it: Henriette has a very delicate breathy voice which I put through some of the various granular cloud things. And also I would use the looper Sounds. I think Kyma is really great for the more abstract sounds and it's great to improvise with. Sometimes I would sample a loop on the Kaosspad then into Kyma. The glockenspiel through some of the granular cloud things.... Very beautiful. I also used some of the live time stretch stuff.

Discussion (Eyewitness reports, descriptions, discussion):

As a former guitar player, Sofus likes to perform live but he wanted to do more than, as he puts it, "stand there checking mail" on his laptop during a performance, so he got into Kyma. He continues: Okay it was really heavy together with all the other equipment. But, I wanted it to be right. And the Kyma system gives me sounds and freedom I can't get from anything else.

The performance was very well received by the audience (lots of autographs signed and records sold after the show) and it was recorded for broadcast on John Peel's One World Show on BBC Radio 1 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/tracklistings/peel_archive.shtml?20040617). You can also listen to some of this delicate granular magic at http://www.sofusforsberg.com (click the red line for media and play the track called Convertible Love (also included on the Sonar CD 2004).

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