Birgitte Alsted: Agnete's Laughter
27 April 2013
Headphone CommuteAgnete’s Laughter is a six-movement composition
employing computer-processed sounds and vocals by Birgitte Alsted, a Danish electro-acoustic composer and graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. The pieces offer a glimpse into a hallucinogenic and at times even nightmare laden dream-world of experimental music laced with dripping water and schizophrenic voices. Alas, the darkness of these sounds and words are not so negative per se – the ability to capture the voices of another dimension and weave them into a sonic quilt is almost supernatural in effort.
This sound collage is inspired by literature and poetry, drawing roots for this specific piece from Danish ballad, “Agnete and the Merman”, in which Agnete leaves behind her husband and children and dies of a broken heart. An underwater sculpture by Suste Bonnén at the bottom of Frederiksholm Canal is another interpretation of the poem, to which Alsted plays a tribute with the sounds of water. The compact disc release collects three other works by Alsted: Melencolia, Sorgsang V and Belletter.