Henning Christiansen · Peter der Grosse / Gudbrandsdal

Henning Christiansen
Peter der Große / Gudbrandsdal

Henning Christiansen · Peter der Große / Gudbrandsdal
Released February 2020 · IDL 17

Two of Henning Christiansen’s tape works from the 1980’s, Peter der Große op. 174 (1986) and Gudbrandsdal op. 178 (1987), are now released for the first time by the Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology. Originally composed for different contexts – Peter der Große as the score for a German radio feature and Gudbrandsdal for a performance in collaboration with Joseph Beuys and later Bjørn Nørgaard – the two works stand out in Christansen’s extensive and many-faceted oeuvre by employing almost entirely electronic sounds. Peter der Große involves electronic instruments like synthesizer and a crackle box, while Gudbrandsdal employs a more minimal approach and aesthetics through the heavy use of echo effects and manipulation of the tape speed. Both of the tape works carry a heavy atmospheric tone and are set in a largely electronic sound world. Two absolutely enthralling and immersive pieces of tape music, now available for the first time.

Composed and produced by Henning Christiansen, 1986-1987.

Text by Magnus Kaslov
Digital transfer by Claus Byrith
Mastering by Andreas Pallisgaard
Cover design by Kasper Vang

A great thank you:
Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen, Helmut Kopetzky, Bjørn Nørgaard, Mark Harwood, Claus Byrith, Lars Mørch Finborud, Henie Onstad Kunstcenter, Eva Havshøj Ohrt, Edition·S, Åse Hedström, Henning Christiansen’s Archive.

Published by Institut for Dansk Lydarkæologi 2019
IDL 17 · All rights reserved.
With support from KODA Culture.