A street demonstration,
bringing everybody together
in new forms
of sound experience
and artistic expression
in the name of music
at this moment.
For the 13th of September, one day before the election and in the middle of the contemporary music festival Ultima, the Brussels based artist/composer David Helbich invites everybody who enjoys and practices new music to demonstrate in/at the streets of Oslo.
Demonstrations are normally seen as simply a means of political expression but they are also an effective way of bringing together people with common interests. In our case, the interest in new forms of sound experiences and artistic expressions.
We want to show - and see for ourselves - the enormous variety within new music.
In addition to expressing our interest in new music, we will also uncover the people and structures behind artistic music production.
This demonstration celebrates the fact that the motivation to create something new cannot be limited by stylistic boarders.
Another aim for the demonstration is to consciously keep the question 'who is part of New-Music?' open. Therefore, everybody is invited to take part!
We will use the form of a political demonstration with banners and megaphone
and a walk through the center of Oslo.
As the representative of your own music, projects, organization, bands or simply as a listener of so-called new music, you might like to come with something visual, like a banner or any other sign.
The best thing would be if the participating organizations, bands ... create their own banners beforehand.
Just in case however, we will provide material for banners an hour before the demonstration, so that everybody can make their own comment, logo or visual statement.
Since this demonstration aims to give a picture of the whole scene of new music in 2009 in Norway, we would be grateful if you would forward this call to people, organizations, projects, venues... who you consider to be part of "new music" in Norway.
Facebook event here
addressed at the peak of the New Music Demonstration,
13/09/2009, Oslo, in front of the Norwegian parliament:
dear New Music,
welcome to the first new music demonstration one day before the elections in norway.
this is a street demonstration, bringing together everyone interested in new forms of sound experience and artistic expression in the name of music in Norway at this moment.
we are here, because the weather is amazingly friendly,
and because we all have something to do with new music.
standing here among this particular combination of people, we represent by our diversity the even more diverse input on what the term NEW MUSIC can contain.
since it could have been any other combination of people - there are so many reasons for being here and not being here today - the first statement is already set:
we are an example of the randomness and the subjectivity of the concept New Music
and: we are full of lust to turn this into an optimistic message.
this demonstration celebrates the fact that the motivation to create something new cannot be limited by stylistic boarders.
thinking of New Music as the entire production chain behind an artistic sound work, or simply the general call to open your ears:
new music is the practice of new music
new music is a social concept as well as an individual experience
new music is what each of us calls new music
new music is what we make of it
we are new music!
yes, you hear!
yes, you can - listen!
David Helbich (New Music Demonstration organizer)