Workshop for students with Stephan Meidell on Sound Integration

A two-day workshop with acclaimed musician Stephan Meidell, held on January 25-26, marked a chapter for the students of the Live Electronics course at the University of Agder. This event offered an opportunity for participants to delve into the world of acoustic and electronic sound integration, employing the innovative use of transducer speakers.

The workshop emphasized a radical departure from traditional musical norms, focusing on disrupting established concepts of agency, roles, and hierarchy within ensembles. Meidell’s approach fostered an environment of playfulness and experimentation, pushing students to rethink and explore beyond conventional boundaries.

One of the highlights of the workshop was the participants’ engagement in improvisation. This exercise proved instrumental in unveiling new possibilities, not just within their own instruments, but also in the instruments of their peers. The collaborative spirit encouraged among the students led to a series of unique performances, where technology played a central role in creating a cohesively connected experience. 
Students at the workshop ventured into an innovative use of technology, combining acoustic and electronic elements in ways that were both bold and experimental. The results were a series of performances that resonated with excitement and emotion, reflecting the dynamic interaction between the ensemble members.

The workshop has been hailed as a significant step in the evolution of live electronic music at the university, with students and faculty alike looking forward to more such transformative experiences. Stephan Meidell’s expertise and innovative approach have left an indelible mark, inspiring a new generation of musicians to explore and redefine the boundaries of sound and performance.

Photo by Kristian Isachsen