Open invitation for musicians in Oslo

WELCOME to an open invitation for musicians based in Oslo!

Ann Rosén, composer and sound artist from Sweden invites musicians to a participate in workshops to explore the GRAPHITE BARRIER instrument.

The GRAPHITE BARRIER instrument consists of graphite, paper, computer and Ann Rosén’s own software with which she can create and control sounds by drawing. Through playing the Graphite Barrier instrument one can play, conduct and generate graphic scores all at the same time.


The one to one workshops will take place at Notam the 11th-13th of December in slots between 16.00-18.00 and 19.00- 21.00.

Ann Rosén will perform a GRAPHITE BARRIER piece at the WINTER SOLSTICE the 15th of December.

Musicians participating in the workshops are invited to perform together with Ann Rosén at the concert. This is not mandatory. But if you like to participate the preparation, rehearsal and sound check are the 14th.

If you like to participate please send an email to Ann Rosén:

The workshop is part of the building process creating a new Nordic collaboration project / the Nordic Barrier Orchestra with musicians, composers and stage artists from the Nordic countries.

Ann Rosén’s sound art involves expanding the palette of sounds using her own self-built instruments. Glitches, sparks and clicks, white noise and electronic artefacts characterise Ann
Rosén’s sound world, as do spatial soundscapes created using real-time synthesis. Many times there are visual elements of design, equipment and materials innovatively integrated into her
performances. In recent years the composing – usually in combination with her self-made electronic musical instruments – has taken an increasingly large place in Ann’s oeuvre.

In the work RESILIENCE and through the BARRIER ORCHESTRA, Ann’s long artistic activity is mirrored in modular pieces for the custom-built instruments KNEECUFF and INTEOCH, voice and mixed instrumentation. THE BARRIER ORCHESTRA and the piece RESILIENCE are part of Ann Rosén’s The Great Barrier Orchestra project, which aims to challenge our inner and outer barriers, deepen collaboration with the musicians, composing and developing new instruments, playing techniques, music and art.

Quote – "My work deals with inner outer barriers, personal and individual, the barriers between humans as well as their surrounding barriers. I have my entire life wrestled with barriers, with boundaries without having been aware of it. An example is that I have a hard time understanding myself in things of a social nature and how one builds relationships. And thus I have practiced, and explored human relationships. How do they do? How do they think? What do they mean? How should I communicate with others? I have understood that rules exist, but have had a hard time perceiving as well as deciphering them. In exchange with others, I find that I have been powerless.
Why do they say and do as they do, what does it mean. The struggle I’ve encountered, I have made into an opportunity. The barriers have become handrails to hold on to, frameworks to relate to, but also boundaries to move beyond. /Ann Rosén”…

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