Magnar Åm


aching hard, aching soft (concerto for violin and infinitely responding space)

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  1. Yes, living can be somewhat painful. You feel as though you have been flung into a room
    that is surrounded by forgetfulness: What was it I was supposed to be doing here?
    You are drawn into a vortex of thoughts, hopes, actions and consequences that move so
    quickly that you can’t manage to maintain a broad perspective. Naturally the
    consequences are not only painful; of course life is also beautiful and tender.
    But the painful feeling of being shut out lasts and lasts.
    But – shut out from what?
    Then do I have a memory, after all, of another, more profound reality?
    A vision of a sense of unity behind it all? Because if that did not exist, we would not have
    the feeling that we had lost it, would we?
    When contemplating questions such as these, a type of life and a type of music spring up
    that are characterised by the tension between two elements: at one level, the feeling of
    being denied access to one’s real sources and goals, and at another, the feeling of being
    carefully tended and included by that same source. Loneliness wrestling with loving
    cohesion. But music and life naively gamble that loneliness is a temporary thing, while the
    inclusive power of love has always shimmered, and always will, at the bottom of
    Magnar Åm

    • Play Geir Inge Lotsberg. Recorded on October 27, 2004. 19:35

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      1. aching hard, aching soft (concerto for violin and infinitely responding space) 19:35

      Recorded by Audun Strype at the Emanuel Vigeland Museum in Oslo.
      Emanuel Vigeland’s Museum at Slemdal is one of Oslo’s best kept secrets. The
      museum’s main attraction is a dark, barrel-vaulted room, completely covered with fresco
      paintings. The 800 sq.m. fresco Vita depicts human life from conception till death, in
      dramatic and often explicitly erotic scenes. Large groups of bronze figures reiterate the
      dedication to the mystery of procreation. Entering the museum is a unique experience. The
      impression of the dimly lit frescoes with multitudes of naked figures is reinforced by the
      unusual and overwhelming acoustics of the room. Reverberation time is app. 20 seconds!