Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonas Qvale A 196 plays electronic devices, field recordings, audio file editors, self-made instruments, found objects and stolen recordings to create origami antarktika.
The project arose in 2001, when acoustic improv group Hornorkesteret had accumulated a number of strange recordings that were deemed inappropriate for that unit due to digital and analog glitches, phasing problems, fuzz, feedback and clipping.
Jonas A196 of Hornorkesteret saw that this could become a new soundworld unto itself and submitted a track to the CDR compilation CDR comp We Are Hell-Oh?! (2002). This track consisted of wild jamming on reindeer antler instruments and field recordings that had been erronuosly copied between two different-brand MiniDisc recorders, resulting in a strange phasing effect.
By chance, a new soundworld appeared, and eventually a new way of organizing these sounds. The Origami Antarktika began digging into this source material with fresh ears, and expanded to sample other origami units as well as electronical sound sources.
The idea behind Origami Antarktika is: To steal, re-organize and transform samples from other Origami units, from Hornorkesteret, field recordings and many other sources. To freeze down, time-stretch, to punctuate or blur these sounds. To submerge everything in the black waters of Lake Vostok, perhaps never to come back, perhaps to become new soundscapes one day.
The low activity level of this unit is due to extremely cold temperatures. When things are frozen, the atoms don't "die" or stop moving, they just slow waaaay down.
agents >>> Jonas Qvale A196, Fredrikstad, Norway
| Støy På Landet | Hessdalen | Norway
Jonas A196 has also played in or_/boe at the Klubb Kanin 10 Year Anniversary (Oslo) and at the "acoustic laptop" exhibition vernissage at Sound Of Mu, Oslo. He has participated in or_/all-stars several times.
related >>> Hornorkesteret