The Waves

Inspired by the novel The Waves, by Virginia Woolf, Norwegian composer Espen Sommer Eide makes an eponymous spatial music album for Marres.

Inspired by the novel The Waves, by Virginia Woolf, Norwegian composer Espen Sommer Eide makes an eponymous spatial music album for Marres. During the exhibtion, the album will ‘live’ inside the house as well as launched on vinyl at the opening on November 15th. The year preceding the opening of The Waves, and during other exhibitions, Espen Sommer Eide recorded nightly performances in the rooms of the house, together with the voice Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Martin Taxt on microtonal tuba. Jochem Vanden Ecker was asked to document the entire process. With these recordings, Sommer Eide composed a series of works that succeed each other in space and can be listened to either separately or joint together.

The tracks take the visitor room by room through the building, following the shadows of the nightly performances, the history of the respective areas explained in detail. They hear songs, melodies, and rhythms, with the voices and perspectives of the performers reproduced simultaneously from multiple angles as if the house were a mirrored palace of sound. The music turns the building into a place where many worlds are possible – completely free from the view or presence of a particular thing or subject.