Gunhild Seim

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Lyden av Vann

“Lyden av Vann” (Sound of Water) is a site-specific happening, a commission from Obstfelder 150 år for me and theatre director Berit Aarrestad. For the anniversary of norwegian poet Sigbjørn Obstfelder (1866-1900). It was premiered September 14th 2016 outside at the city market in Stavanger with 2000 children as participating audience, playing with water, sound and […]

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Elephant in the room – Bigband version (2014)

Big band. Originally written for quintet in 2011, and arranged for big band in 2014. Listen to Quintet version (Spotify)

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Schlafe, Mein Liebster (2010)

Bigband/vocal “jazz” arrangement of the aria from the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach. Originally commissioned by Stavanger Jazzforum/Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble for a Christmas concert with Eva Bjerga Haugen on vocals.

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Skogs-Drømmer (2010)

Bigband piece. The meaning of the name is “Dreams in the Woods”. Commissioned by Stavanger Jazzforum/Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble for a Christmas concert, this piece is inspired by my mother, who grew up in the woods, and a gift she got in her early youth, from a sailor friend who’d been travelling overseas, a music box […]

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Just a Hunch (2008)

Trumpet, sax, marimba, bass, drums. Recorded on the Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle album “Morpho”

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Diary (2012)

One of the songs from the song cycle “Story Water”. Lyrics by Sienna Dahlen.

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Armies In The Fire (2011)

A song I wrote to a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Premiered by Canadian vocalist Sienna Dahlen and band at Tou Scene, Stavanger.

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Story Water (2012)

Commissioned by Vossajazz 2012. Durata 68 min, for vocals, 3 horns, 2 electric guitars, drums and visuals. Electronic elements from the performers. Texts by Jalaluddin Rumi, Sienna Dahlen and Edgar Allan Poe, plus traditional children’s rhymes. The visuals contains visualisations of sound input from each musician.

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…Jul in Memoriam (2009)

A variation on “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber with Norwegian text by Erik Hillestad, but quite a step away from the original. Commisioned by Kitchen Orchestra. This piece has been quite popular and was performed 6 years in a row at Kitchen Orchestra’s annual (alternative) Christmas concert at Tou scene. Released as the B-side of the […]

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Konferansieren (2010)

For emcee (master of ceremonies) and band (flexible lineup). Improvisation/spoken word-improvisation. Written for Kitchen Orchestra with Nils Henrik Asheim as the emcee, as an introduction piece for a concert. Premiered at Kitchen Orchestra’s 5 year anniversary in June 2010. Financially supported by Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

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Soto (2010)

For improvising musicians (flexible lineup) with choreography/movement of sound. Commissioned by Kitchen Orchestra and performed at the 5 years anniversary in 2010. Financially supported by Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

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XX2 – A home in the Clouds (2008)

Improv piece for concert band with guitar soloist. Structures for improvisation intended for classical musicians. Written for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, premiered at Realtime Music Symposium during Oslo Jazzfestival 2008.

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Elegi (2007)

Wind ensemble (2 flutes, clarinet, alto sax/clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 trumpets, 2 french horns, 2 trombones, tuba). Durata 5:21. Commissioned by an ensemble of wind instrument teachers at Stavanger Kulturskole. Performed at 2 concerts 2008. Listen to an excerpt of Elegi

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Make My Words (2014)

Bigband piece in afro-cuban style.

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Horus (2012)

Improv piece, 12-piece ensemble, performed by Kitchen Orchestra at the What’s Cooking festival 2012

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Passing Through (2008)

Jazz ballad

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Du Grønne Glitrende Jazz God Dag (2009)

An arrangement of a traditional Norwegian Christmas song, with text by Johan Krohn to a melody by the German composer Christopher Weyse. It was originally commissioned by Kitchen Orchestra with soloists Eva Bjerga Haugen (voc) and Knut Wedø (recorder). A bit of an ironic piece, it starts out as a humoristic jazz duet between the […]

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Motion Sickness -Big band version (2014)

Bigband version of one of my own compositions from 2008. Kind of a quirky blues.

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Music for Gezi I (2013)

Bigband piece in the style of Astor Piazolla, written during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul 2013, hence the title. Commissioned by Østnorsk Jazzsenter. I conducted the first performance myself, at the Østnorsk Jazzsenter bigband camp for amateur musicians, summer of 2013.  

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Honu – Bigband version

Big band, durata 6 min. Originally written for quintet in 2011, and arranged for big band in 2013. Listen to Quintet version (Spotify)

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Changes (2008)

Piece for string quartet, contrabass, piano and timpani. This was written for a recording date with great classical musicians, during a residency in Berlin 2008. An early attempt to write soundtrack music for symphonic instruments.

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Trouble (2008)

Piece for flute and piano. This was written for a recording date with great classical musicians, during a residency in Berlin 2008. An early attempt to write soundtrack music for symphonic instruments.

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Strange Atmosphere (2008)

Piece for string quartet, flute and prepared piano. This was written for a recording date with classical musicians, during a residency in Berlin 2008. An early attempt to write soundtrack music for symphonic instruments. Berlin jazz saxophonist Oliver Fox on flute. Listen to Strange atmosphere

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Cell (2008)

Piece for flute, horn, string quartet and piano

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String Chorale (2008)

String Quartet and piano. Durata 2:42. This was written for a recording date with great classical musicians, during a residency in Berlin 2008. An early attempt to write soundtrack music for symphonic instruments. Turned out the piece sounds more like chamber-music, there is a lot going on in the music, so it would work better at […]

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Billie Holiday for vocals/symphony orchestra

Orchestra arrangements of jazz standards “Don’t explain”, “I thought about you”, “Strange fruit” commissioned by Stavanger Sympony Orchestra and Eva Bjerga Haugen for a matinee concert with arrangements of Billie Holiday songs. Contact me for info as I can not post excerpts due to copyright issues.

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Per Spelmann (2005)

A big band/ concert band arrangement of a Norwegian traditional folk song. Originally written for Sandnes og Stavanger Ungdomsstorband (youth big band), it has since been performed by several other bands.

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A Chet In My Soup (2004)

A jazz tune inspired by Chet Baker

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Sandvigå Suite (2012)

Commissioned by Stavanger Kulturskole. Improv piece for wind ensemble and rhytm section (minimum 12 horns, flexible line-up). Suitable for young bands.

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Eyes No See (2011)

Trp, sax, piano, bass, drums. Duration flexible. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings

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Manu (2011)

  Graphic piece for 2 or more horns and rhythm section. Duration flexible. Recorded on my album “Elephant Wings” (2012)  

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Volcano Village (2011)

Trp and piano. Durata 4:28. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings

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Song for Amelia (2011)

Trp, sax, piano, bass, drums. Durata 4:19. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings. Dedicated to Amelia Earhart

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Moving Perspective (2011)

Graphic piece for 5 or more performers. Duration flexible. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings

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Elephant in the room (2011)

Trp, sax, piano, bass, drums. Durata 5:17. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings

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Joni (2011)

Trp, sax, piano, bass, drums. Durata 6:08. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings

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Enough (2011)

Trp, sax, piano, bass, drums. Durata 6:42. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings

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Honu (2011)

Trp, sax, piano, bass, drums. Durata 7 min. Recorded on the album Elephant Wings. The title means “turtle” in Hawaiian, and the inspiration is the turtle’s graceful movements once it is in the water.

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Jambo (2011)

Trp, alto sax, piano, bass, drums, durata 6:06. Recorded on the album Elephant wings.

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Veithof (2010)

One of a series of tunes I wrote for the project “Veithof” which had the following line-up: Trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo and piano. This is the the same lineup as Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, and the name is an anagram. The idea behind this project is to somehow re-actualize the Hot Five, not by playing […]

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Terrible Ash Blues (2010)

One of a series of tunes I wrote for the project “Veithof” which had the following line-up: Trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo and piano. This is the the same lineup as Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, and the name is an anagram. The idea behind this project is to somehow re-actualize the Hot Five, not by playing […]

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Askesnabben (2010)

One of a series of tunes I wrote for the project “Veithof” which had the following line-up: Trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo and piano. This is the the same lineup as Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, and the name is an anagram. The idea behind this project is to somehow re-actualize the Hot Five, not by playing […]

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Askefast (2010)

One of a series of tunes I wrote for the project “Veithof” which had the following line-up: Trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo and piano. This is the the same lineup as Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, and the name is an anagram. The idea behind this project is to somehow re-actualize the Hot Five, not by playing […]

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Secret Thread (2010)

One of a series of tunes I wrote for the project “Veithof” which had the following line-up: Trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo and piano. This is the the same lineup as Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, and the name is an anagram. The idea behind this project is to somehow re-actualize the Hot Five, not by playing […]

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Pyramides (2009)

Improv piece, for 7 horns, performed by the wind players of Kitchen Orchestra at the What’s Cooking festival 2009

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Zwook (2010)

By Katya Sourikova and Gunhild Seim for trumpet, piano and electronics durata 37 min (for children age 6-12). The work toured for Rikskonsertene in 2010 and 2011.

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Pust (2010)

Solo trp with live electronics/realtime quadraphonic panning. Durata 20 min. Premiered at Tou scene january 2010. This short stereo excerpt won’t give a full impression of the dramaturgy or how the sound moves around the room, but it gives an idea PustExcerpt

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Gigue (2009)

Trp, sax, marimba, bass, drums. Durata 4:38. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Captain Cook (2009)

Trp, sax, marimba/perc, bass, drums. Durata 7:54. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Blue Morpho (2009)

Trp, sax, marimba, bass, drums. Durata 3:52. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Palindrom (2008)

Trp, sax, bass, drums. Durata 6:39. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Just a Hunch (2008)

Trp, sax, marimba, bass, drums. Durata 6:20. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Motion Sickness (2008)

Trp, sax, bass, drums. Durata flexible. Premiered by Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle in the spring of 2008 and part of the band’s concert repertoire. Released on our album “Morpho” (2009)

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Summer in Winter (2008)

Trp, sax, bass, drums. Durata 4:30. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Peripheral Guidance (2004)

Trumpet, sax, guitar, bass, drums. Premiered by Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle in 2005, and part of the touring repertoire the first years. Released on the debut album “Time Jungle” 2007.

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Pathways (2004)

Melody, bass, drums. Durata flexible. Premiered by Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle in 2004. Part of the band’s concert repertoire. Released on the debutalbum “Time Jungle” (2007)

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Imprint Outprint (2004)

Trumpet, guitar, bass, drums. Down-tempo. Premiered by Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle in 2004. Released on the debutalbum “Time Jungle” (2007)

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“Blues” for solo neverlur (2005)

Performed on tour around Norway with the project “Sang til Himmelen” with Liv Runesdatter 2005-2006

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Mauna Kea (2008)

Improv piece, flexible line-up. Originally composed for Kitchen Orchestra, and named after the giant sleeping volcano of Hawaii’s Big Island. Premiered 2008 with vocals, 6 horns, accordeon and extended rhythm section. Listen to an excerpt of Mauna Kea

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Little Guys (2006)

Graphic piece -flexible line-up. Duration flexible.

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Tunnel Mountain Drive (2006)

Trp, sax, bass, drums. Durata 5:25. Recorded on the album Morpho

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Frown (2006)

Trp, sax, bass, drums. Durata 4:29. Recorded on the album Morpho

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On My Doorstep (2006)

Trp, sax, bass, drums. Durata 8:24. Recorded on the album Morpho

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XX (2007)

6 horns, accordeon, electronics, piano, guitar, bass guitar, double bass and drum set. Written for Kitchen Orchestra, but more of a polyrhytmic piece than an improv piece. Premiered at Tou scene, November 2007.

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Suite for Bigband (2006)

Bigband suite in 3 parts. I finished the piece during a Composer’s residency at the Banff Centre in Canada in 2006, and it was recorded by the Banff Jazz Orchestra in the centre’s studio.

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City in the Sea (2006)

Bigband with SATB vocal group and extra percussionists. Tone poem, durata 9:33. Based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem with the same title. Performed twice at the Copenhagen Jazz festival 2006.

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Colours of Speech (2004)

Bigband. Ballad/tone poem. Inspired by Maria Schneider’s bigband music.

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Vil Dit (Bigband version, 2004/2006)

Bigband. The piece is in samba-style and riff-based. Inspired by Carla Bley. Originally written as a leadsheet in 2002, and arranged for bigband in different versions before it was finally premiered by The Banff Jazz Orchestra when I was doing a Composers Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, 2006.

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Running From Responsibility (2004/2006)

Wind ensemble (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 trumpets, 2 french horns, 2 trombones, tuba). This piece was originally written as a leadsheet in 2004, a modern swing tune with a bass ostinato, inspired by the style of one of my teachers, danish trumpeter/composer Flemming Agerskov. Then in 2004, I was asked to write something for […]

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Mind Your Step (2004)

Bigband. Jazz-waltz. Inspired by the speaker message “Mind Your Step” constantly played at Schiphol Airport. Performed by Stavanger Storband.

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Tankenes Tanker (1999/2002)

Leadsheet. First written as a vocal tune for the vocalist Anne Marthe Rygh under the title “Demolition Heart”. I wrote the english lyrics myself, but later discarded them (My english was so bad, and I never finished any norwegian version) The tune had a nice melody and was later played as an instrumental. Premiered by […]

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Once upon a Time (2000)

Leadsheet. Afro-Cuban rhythm section with a quite flowing melody. Miles Davis’ “Footprints” mixed with Georges Enescu and snakecharmer-music. Premiered by the Gunhild Seim Trio in Stavanger Concert Hall 2003.

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Vil Dit (2000)

Leadsheet. Samba-style and riff-based. Inspired by Carla Bley. Premiered by the Gunhild Seim Trio in Stavanger Concert Hall 2002.

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Ornettish (2002)

Leadsheet. Up-tempo, odd-metered swing tune, sounds a bit like Ornette Coleman or/and Thelonius Monk, but the real starting point for the compositions, was me trying to reconstruct how some of my third-grade pupils played their cornets after I told them about free jazz. Premiered by the Gunhild Seim Trio in Stavanger Concert Hall 2002.

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The Cleaner’s Version (2003)

Leadsheet. Medium swing. Bluesish melody with a tail. I used to think about this one as kind of “film noir”. Premiered in 2003 by the Gunhild Seim Trio at Jazz i Timeglass, Stavanger, when this small festival still existed.

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70 x 7 (2000)

Leadsheet. Bossa nova with a sad undertone. Premiered by the Gunhild Seim Trio at Jazz i Timeglass, Stavanger.

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Legato (1999)

This work I would call a folly of my youth, an experimental music video that I both wrote music, script, directed and helped editing myself when I was a student. Nevertheless, it has its qualities, and now, many years later it sorts of shows a direction for me, maybe not so much musically, but because […]

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Iwiwiwi (1998)

Solo trumpet and electronics, based on a recording of baby song. This was one of my graduation pieces from a composition course at Rogaland Musikkonservatorium, premiered in 1998.

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Sirenens sang (1997)

Experimental music video, which I both wrote music, directed and edited, with support from the organization Filmforum SørVest several film workers connected to the organization, and several (silent) actors. The film location was an old ferry. The soundtrack was partly programmed by me, partly improvised in studio while watching the film, in collaboration with Øyvind […]

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Green Ween (1996)

Leadsheet. Up-tempo. One of mye earliest compositions, inspired by a Coltrane riff. I remember thinking about this tune as “a quick flash of something green”. It was premiered at my debut concert as a composer/band leader, at Breivei in Stavanger 1997. Also recorded and performed at several concerts with the band Z Barabass Fri in […]

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Bedre før (1995)

Melancolic, down tempo, inspired by the ECM sound. My first official composition, premiered at my debut concert as a composer/band leader, at Breivei in Stavanger 1997.

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Vil Dit (2000)

Leadsheet. Samba-style and riff-based. Inspired by Carla Bley. Premiered by the Gunhild Seim Trio in Stavanger Concert Hall 2002.

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