Six Moving Guitars

Six Moving Guitars
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Six Moving Guitars

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SOFA is very proud to release the outstanding debut record of composer/guitarist Fredrik Rasten.

In Six Moving Guitars, the stable sounds of justly tuned consonances are being «activated» by the different qualities of the movements of the guitars. The piece came out of the collaborative work between three dancers and three musicians. The group’s goal was to work with choreography and sound as a unity, erasing the functional differences between dancer and musician and focusing solely on the sonic output of moving or spatially situated sound sources. 

Six Moving Guitars is the result of one of the pathways that the group followed. The piece comprises an integrated whole of sound and movement, where all the six performers become moving guitar players and where the moving of the guitars is always instrumental to its specific spatial and sounding effect. 

The music and the movements tied to the specific playing techniques and sounds are composed by Rasten, whereas the overall choreographic form is created through a process of playing and investigating the material collectively in a room. The piece can also be seen as a study in how people, without necessarily being trained musicians, can act together in a musical situation based on awareness of listening and spatial orientation. 

Fredrik Rasten (b.1988) is a guitarist and composer from Oslo. Explorative work with intonation and related sound phenomena is a key musical tool for his work, both as an improviser/performer and as a composer. He is also a member of ensembles like Oker and Pip and released the album Giraffe, with solo guitar music and songs by Johan Lindvall on Edition Wandelweiser in 2018. Six Moving Guitars is his solo debut. 

Six Moving Guitars is released on LP and CD, and includes liner notes by composer Catherine Lamb.