Gunhild Seim

Feb 23.-24. 2017 Yann Coppier

Jul 24. 2017

I had a few days in Copenhagen in February, recording with my friend Yann Coppier. Yann is a french sound artist who has lived in Denmark quite a while. Yann and I met in at Choreosound in Gothenburg in 2009. (Choreosound was an artistic lab week on contemporary music and dance, a very interesting event […]


March 6.-15. Cesilie Kverneland and “Limbo”

Jun 14. 2017

I did not really know Cesilie when I asked her to have a duo session with me, so it was a relief that from the first moment, she was very positive and bubbling over with ideas. Cesilie is a great dancer who works  for, among others, Sita Ostheimer (D) and James Cousins Company (UK). She is also a choreographer. […]


Establishing the duo Chattermark – our first concert Feb 2nd 2017

May 21. 2017

It is now May 2017 and I have to catch up a bit, by starting where I left off 3 months ago, in February. Will tell more about that later. Chattermark is my duo with my husband, bass player John Lilja. I have been mentioning the project before, for instance in this post Relating to […]


Amp on fire! Ilana and Laura Moidel Acevedo Nov 29th 2016

Feb 04. 2017

Show me how you handle your feedback and I will tell you who you are… John and I had borrowed this multi channel amp for our Nov/Dec stay in Hawaii, for rehearsals and to bring with us to jams. This amp was the biggest, meanest, dirtiest amp I had seen in my life, but it […]



Jan 18. 2017

The Duos Project is me having duo sessions with a series of artists, not just musicians but also sound artists, dancers, visual artists, directors, you name it. Around 2014-15 my work was taking some new directions. I was starting to work more cross-disciplinary than before, and I wanted to get as much experience as possible […]


Tortusa/Seim sessions 16. Oct and 8. Nov 2016

Jan 05. 2017

This summer I ran into Tortusa by coincidence, and that was the start of a beautiful friendship. Tortusa is an ambient musician/composer from Stavanger, a.k.a. John Derek Bishop, a really talented guy, who among other things joined me in duo sessions October 16th and November 8th. Tortusa just got nominated for a Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannsprisen, […]


Seim/Rothenberg at Bergen Kjøtt 17. Dec 2016

Jan 04. 2017

Happy new year! There is reason for celebration, since just before Christmas, the Duos Project had its first session in front of an audience, with me and David Rothenberg playing a concert at Bergen Kjøtt on December 17th. This will be the first of many shows, I should hope! I am starting the new year with retrospect […]


Relating to “the other”

Dec 30. 2016

We are a duo, my husband John and I. We have played together in different bands as long as we have known each other, this is how we met. In the spring of 2016 we started the duo Chattermark with the goal of making trumpet and bass sound nothing like trumpet and bass at all. Chattermark is a […]


A different view on Community music, from Hilo, Hawaii

Dec 10. 2016

I would like to dedicate this post to some of my heroes: Music teachers in the outskirts of the world. Examplified by some musicians I know in the Big Island of Hawaii: My sister-in-law, Lisa Lilja Wells, and a more recent aquintance, pianist Wendell Ing. The two in their roles as music community leaders, have […]


Looking for whales reminds me of you – Marilyn Crispell and David Rothenberg

Dec 08. 2016

I am sitting by the ocean in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, looking for whales. This town is a former whaler’s town, and supposed to be a good spot to see them. Whale season has just begun. Humpback whales, the ones who sing. I already saw one from the car. The way you spot them is you […]


Berkeley 14. Nov 2016 – Jacob Felix Heule and Tom Djll

Dec 07. 2016

Travelling with my electronic setup, trying to learn, what better place to stop than Berkeley? Berkeley, home of Don Buchla, inventor of the modular synthesizer, and also where Pauline Oliveros, creator of ”deep listening”, started out as director of San Fransisco Tape Music Center. The San Fransisco Bay Area has been central to innovation in […]


Can playing music be of help to the world?

Nov 22. 2016

Many people would be surprised to hear about how the musical world is a microcosmos, a mini version of the real world, where there is a lot of bad attitude. The most interesting thing about concerts is who wins the performance. YOU are a loser if someone is playing better than you. If you are not playing perfectly, […]


Creating connections

Nov 17. 2016

” As we start to step up, your ladder arrives.” (Rumi). I arrived in Hawaii yesterday, totally jetlaged and confused. A good time to reflect? I don’t know. I’m starting. My name is Gunhild. I am a musician. I make a living from music, as insecure and low income as that is. I make niche […]


Feb 23.-24. 2017 Yann Coppier

Jul 24. 2017

I had a few days in Copenhagen in February, recording with my friend Yann Coppier. Yann is a french sound artist who has lived in Denmark quite a while. Yann and I met in at Choreosound in Gothenburg in 2009. (Choreosound was an artistic lab week on contemporary music and dance, a very interesting event which unfortunately only happened that one time)


When I asked Yann to join the Duos Project, he invited me to his loft studio in an old refurbished factory building near Amager, Copenhagen, filled with an amazing collection of stuff, from vintage to state of the art recording equipment. Yann is a very knowledgeable person, with a broad background of working on almost everything related to sound. Originally a guitarist, he later has specialized in studio and field recording, sound design, composition for performances and films, synthesis and live performances. Currently, he is working on a sonic research project titled “Creating new meaning through the absurd – the poetics of sound”, which is “an attempt to realize new potentials for sound design as a performing art form, by shifting from technical innovation to dramaturgical innovation. It involves work on sound itself, but also on semantics, on dramaturgy, on the body and on the room, and will end with an exhibition.” Very interesting work indeed.

We worked for two days February 23.-24., hanging out, free improvising, chatting, using the facilities of the studio. We made around 3 hours of high quality multitrack recording. I used a small version of my Ableton live setup with an old beat up cornet, extended techniques, DPA microphone and granular synthesis plugins with midi controllers mapped to them. I also got to borrow some of the studio’s vintage microphones.

Yann’s setup was very interesting:

Macbeth Elements analog synth
Monome Aleph (open source music computer) + Monome 128 Grid
OTO Biscuit (8-bit distortion unit)
OTO BAM (reverb unit)
Red Panda Particle (granular pedal)
Eventide H9 Max (multi-effect pedal)
Koma Kommander (x2) (infrared CV controllers)
Sennheiser MD441-N (microphone)
Fender Telecaster (guitar)

During the session, Yann happened to mention he just got a hydrophone, so of course we HAD to record some underwater cornet. That’s not included in this post’s track, but who knows, probably one can find some exciting uses for that. Listening back to the results of the session, some of it is very nice indeed. We want to do something with the recordings, don’t know what yet, but so far we picked out a 3,5 minute excerpt for this blog post. And we plan on playing more together. Yann did some mixing too, he added some fades to the development and some spatial movement. He also did a little bit of compression and equalizing.


Yann made me feel very welcome, typical for what I have come to associate with Copenhagen in general, a very relaxed atmosphere, lots of tea brewing, and trips out to small “indie” sandwich shops. In addition to that, there were good, inspiring conversations about life, society, and the how’s and why’s of what we do, – especially the why’s. Add the crisp air and winter sun, snow, and a great view of the city from the loft, perfect…!

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