Tine Surel Lange

Tine Surel Lange is a Danish/Norwegian composer and artist – based in the arctic Lofoten Islands, Norway, a true Nordic composer – with background from the Norwegian Academy of Music, The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Sonic College (DK) and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. At the Nordic Music Days she will be a part of the project “The Sad Truth” a residency, workshop, netart project that starts already the 20th of May 2019 at Fleinvær, a small island outside Bodø.

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Tine Surel Lange is working with the surrounding world both thematically and as materials and her works range from experimental chamber music to electro acoustic pieces (live electronics, soundscape composition, installation, ambisonics) to performances and audiovisual works. She has also done music to several theatre and dance performances. She belongs to a new generation of artists and composers who work with 3D audio, immersive and surrounding sound. She is engaged in listening aesthetics and our psychological categorization of sound. Her hope is to create increased empathy to our surroundings through listening.

Can you say something about the way you think as a composer?

My work is deeply rooted in sound and listening. I want to present sounds that I find interesting and I also want to teach my audience to listen; We live in a noisy world of constant change, and I think it is extremely important that we do not shut down, but through the senses relate to what is happening around us. Therefore, it is just as natural for me to work with shaming, sex press and social media (as in my upcoming audiovisual installation and performance work “All women are dirty whores” to the Festspillene i Nord-Norge 2019) as with purely sounding elements (like in my “Works for Listening” series of high order ambisonics works presented in larger speaker rigs around the world).

What thoughts do you have about the composer’s role in the further development of the music and art field?

The composer, or artist, has an important role, whether it is to make purely sound art or political works. The art is in any case helping to open up – and we need it!
I think over time there will be an extra relocation and confusion of artistic expressions – both in the form of collaborations and that more techniques and methods become more readily available.

Can music be “true”? Is this something you are struggling with in your compositions?

No, I think it is up to the individual artist to set limits on how free or true an art form is, just as the individual artist helps to colour and define his or her art form and the truth. If the same thing is conveyed in different languages, the message will still be the same, but hopefully with more recipients.

What expectations do you have for the Sad Truth project?

That different artists of different sex, background and artistic expression will be gathered and isolated on a relatively deserted island a little week I think will be great. I hope that any genre walls will soon break down fast and there will be plenty of room for reflection and creation.

You are both Danish and Norwegian, can you tell a little about your Nordic background and how you use the Nordic region as a workplace?

I am and have always felt very much Norwegian, but only when I returned to my roots of Lofoten / Vesterålen, things fell into place. I think where you live colour people wherever you come from or what background you have, and Northern Norway and the Arctic are certainly a place with strong energy, but I will at the same time say that people create places.
My 17 years in Denmark have obviously coloured me a lot. The most important feature may be a tendency to quickly comment on things that go against me – knock on the table and stuff – I’m not afraid to engage in debates or do politically charged works. I feel that people in Norway are a little more careful – but again, this is something that is coloured by people and not necessarily country and place.

The Sad Truth

On May 20th the project “Sad Truth” gets underway, where six artists are gathered for a week on the small island of Fleinvær, outside Bodø. There they will collect sounds, pictures, and films, and collaborate on digital artworks.

“Human beings are perhaps the first beings on Earth who can and must make a choice about whether to live in equilibrium with nature as a whole, or take care of its diversity. Why then do we choose not to do that which is obviously correct and important? We are the first generation to have both the knowledge and tools to take action – if we had the will. So, when the words that form the social debate are drained of their power, perhaps a space opens up for art and music to meaningfully contribute.”

Works by Gyrid Kaldestad, Tine Surel Lange, Håvard Lund, Leif Haglund, Espen Tversland & David Rothenberg

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