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5 Questions to Olle Cornéer and Martin Lübcke

Bacterial OrchestraOlle Cornéer and Martin Lübcke from Sweden work together on their sound installations and performances as a team. That is why this time the Five Sound Questions are answered by two people at once. 

We have seen their work on Everyday Listening before. They are the creators of the Bacterial Orchestra, and the wonderful Harvest, in which a traditional music ensemble plays the cropland of Sweden. 

Martin Lübcke is a musician and a computer consultant and Olle Cornéer is a DJ/producer of electronic music. These are their answers to the Five Sound Questions:

1. What sound from your childhood made the most impression on you?

Martin: The snare drum sound that occurs when you slam the lid to a plastic toilet.
Olle: The first time I pressed down C-E-G on our black piano. So beautiful.

2. How do you listen to the world around you?

Martin: Very actively. I always try to analyze sounds to find out if I like the particular sound for it’s association - or for it’s timbre.
Olle: Sometimes I don’t listen at all. It’s just the everyday life. And sometimes I listen to it like the orchestra it is. Strange how you can switch between those two modes.

3. Which place in the world do you favor for its sound?

Martin: The forest, stairs, churches, dry places with rain.
New places, for example cities I visit. Because they force me to start listen to them, since I’m away from the normal. Sometimes I even add a soundtrack - some specific music in my headphones - to alter the experience. 

4. How could we make sound improve our lives?

Martin: By listening more actively. Not only sounds for communication like music and speaking - but all sounds.
On a personal level it’s easy. Just start to listen. But how do you get people to listen? That’s more tricky…

5. What sound would you like to wake up to?

Martin: The sucking of a thumb.
Olle: The birds that come with the early Swedish summer.

Also read the answers of other artists in the Five Sound Questions section.

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Reader Comments (1)

Except for his last answer (because I'm not Swedish), Olle's answers align themselves with my own thoughts about sound.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPedro Oliveira

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