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Birgitte Alsted   (Born 1942)

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The Danish composer Birgitte Alsted (b. 1942) is inspired and fascinated by the sound and noise of everyday life, the implicit music of the surroundings, and the terms of the nonverbal communication between humans and other living creatures. In 2002 she combined 'Whhoommm', 'Sssscchhh' etc. with the words of a letter written by the poet Rilke in her work "Zu Versuchen, Die Fragen".

Birgitte Alsted is an experimental artist. She plays the violin and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music with final examination/debut concert in 1971. In 2006 she got her Master's degree in electronic music composition from the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, - but she began her compositional work as soon as 1972.

Birgitte Alsted has received numerous awards and scholarships, including National Arts Foundation 3-year scholarship in 1980, Borresen Prize in 1992, the Ancker Award scholarship ('Det Anckerske legat', a travelling-scholarship for artists) in 2003, and the National Arts Foundation 3-year scholarship in 2006. In 2011 she received The National Arts Foundation's Composer Prize for female composers.

Birgitte Alsted still plays the violin. Her work as a musician also influence her compositions, which often have dramatic and expressive character, and she works with acoustic instruments, computer and tape. Alsteds activities are extensive: from alternative modes of collective improvisation and composition with children to theater music, from music for modern dance to visual installations, solo works, vocal music, chamber music and orchestral music. For several years, Birgitte Alsted has worked with multimedia performances. This has enabled her to start working with electroacoustic music, where she has been particularly attracted to computer music's ability to manipulate sound, and she has experimented with the creation of multi-faceted sensory experiences with the use of literature and poetry, dance and light installations.

Live Dates

11/01/2013   CD release: Agnete's Laughter
Ved arrangementet "Latter og sorg" fejrer vi udgivelsen af Birgitte Alsteds prisbelønnede hovedværk "Agnetes latter" - Møstings Hus søndag 20. januar kl.14
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10/01/2013   Ny video: Agnetes latter
Se komponisten Birgitte Alsted fortælle om sit prisvindende værk "Agnetes latter", som nu udkommer på CD
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27/04/2013   Headphone Commute

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"Fans of early electronica will enjoy."
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27/04/2013   Headphone Commute

Birgitte Alsted: Agnete's Laughter
"The ability to capture the voices of another dimension and weave them into a sonic quilt is almost supernatural in effort."
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21/02/2013   Seismograf/DMT

Birgitte Alsted: Agnete's Laughter
"Misundelsesværdigt fandenivoldsk.", "På mange måder er denne udgivelse et bevis på, at anerkendelsen af kvindelige el-komponister er kommet et skridt videre. Videre fra dengang, hvor electronica’ens grand old lady, Else Marie Pade måtte kæmpe mod fordomme om, at kvinder og deres lyde bare kunne tage og skride hjem til kødgryderne."
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06/02/2013   Time Out Chicago

Birgitte Alsted: Agnete's Laughter
"If the Shedd Aquarium ever decides it’s ready to get down with new music, we’ve found the soundtrack."
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31/01/2013   Fyens Amts Avis

Birgitte Alsted: Agnete's Laughter
"Der er masser af historier i Birgitte Alsteds kompositioner, som bedst aflyttes i liggende, afslappet, lydhør stilling."
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11/10/2012   MusicWeb International

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"This is something which stimulates and educates.", "If you want to know what happened in Denmark after the Yamaha DX7 was relegated to a dusty cupboard, this is a hot place to find out."
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03/10/2012   Gramophone

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"An intelligently conceived musical idea is served by technology."
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Photo: Frank Borchorst

Discography

Agnete's Laughter
Agnete's Laughter
Birgitte Alsted

CD 8.226575 (2013)

Prizewinning electro-acoustic sound collages based on the folk tale of Agnete and the Merman

Electronic Music Produced at DIEM 1987-2012
Electronic Music Produced at DIEM 1987-2012
DIEM

CD 8.226559-60 (2012)

A cavalcade of electronic works created over 25 years by a wide selection of Danish composers at the Danish Institute for Electronic Music.

Planetarium Music
Planetarium Music
Nyvang and Alsted

CD 8.224083 (1997)

Computer music by Michael Nyvang and Birgitte Alsted, created to evoke the experience of space in the Planetarium, Århus


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