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 […]


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 the other. February 2nd, we played our first concert. We were booked by Pål Asle Pettersen from the concert series Zang at the space Rimi/Imir scenekunst.

Photo by Gro Hole Austgulen

Photo by Gro Hole Austgulen

This is a picture from the concert. The space is a former supermarket, and the architect Tor Olav Austigard has set up an installation inside it, made for concerts, called Moving Sound, and this concert were to take place inside his space inside of the space. At the time, Chattermark was starting to become a real band, we had had many, many sessions, jams by ourselves, jams together with other people, a proper recording session, a workshop for Hawaiian kids, a photo session. It is an interesting process, moving from being a project to becoming a band, even in cases like this when the band members know each other already well. The first public concert was of course an essential step.

The concert had two sets, and the other band was an amazing american string duo consisting of Daniel Levin (cello) and Mat Maneri (viola) who played a mix of free improvisation and contemporary classical music. Chattermark has been free improvisation all along, so our set would naturally also be totally free improvised. But since we’ve played all these other sessions already, we had sort of established a sound and a repertoar, so we knew what possible building blocks we had, and could concentrate on making an “arch”, building up the set slowly. This being the second Duos Project concert, I used a simpler version of the Ableton set I used in the first concert although I think I forgot to mention the details about my Ableton Live set. It was based around two types of granular samplers/delays, Henke’s “Granulator II” and Sample Sumo’s “Saltygrain”. I also used reverbs, delays, distortion and a little bit of synths. But in the Chattermark concert I didn’t feel like using synths, so I took out that part. John’s setup is a little different, he is using guitar pedals and no laptop. By placing loopers both at the start and end of the effect chain, he can create a loop and manipulate effects as it plays, and he can then make new loops with effects with the looper at the end of the chain. At the bottom of this post, I posted an excerpt from the concert.
For evaluation, this was a nice experience, and to make it even better, we decided that at our next concert we would like to have a sound engineer. We also have thoughts about making another studio recording, and to maybe use visuals for our next concert. I’ve started to collect some videos and put together.
The reason for the delay in my blogging is actually very positive, I have played some amazing duo sessions in the period, and I have also had amazing development in some other musical projects. I’ve been so busy making music, I didn’t have time to write!

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