a project by TERMINALBEACH initiated and produced by TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in cooperation with TRONDHEIM SINFONIETTA

supported by:
Norsk Kulturrad // Trondheim Kommune // Sor Trondelag Fylkeskommune
Fond for lyd og bilde // PNEK // Atelier Nord

is a collaboration between PURE (Vienna/Berlin) and BERGER (Helsinki) since 2002.

The Trondheim Sinfonietta was founded in 1998. The musicians come from the local professional music environment. The main goal of the ensemble is to perform contemporary music and music from the 20th century. Most of the important composers of the past 100 years have composed for the instrumentation of a Sinfonietta. Its repertoire includes music by Nordheim, Ligeti, Xenakis, Varese, Berio, Schönberg, Jon Oivind Ness and Maja Ratkje. The ensemble works in an interdisciplinary way according to artistic expressions and genres and collaborates with visual artists, electronic musicians and writers.

TEKS, Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre is a non-profit organization founded in Trondheim in 2002 for promoting electronic arts of any field, locally and nationally. TEKS is a resource and competence centre for artists working with digital and electronic tools. TEKS initiates and organizes artistic productions and projects, works with promotion and education through courses and workshops, and acts as organizer or co-organizer of various cultural initiatives in the Trondheim region.

The organization serves as an IT consultant for cultural institutions and administers mailing lists and web sites for cultural projects. Due to Trondheim’s position as a national technology center, one priority of TEKS is to coordinate local resources and competence by establishing an interinstitutional network. Artistic projects are developed and realized by prioritizing interdisciplinary collaborations with relevant educational and research based institutions. TEKS organizes “Trondheim Matchmaking”, an annual international festival of new technology and electronic arts. This festival is an arena for presentations of innovative ideas and artistic projects – a place where competence and resources are maintained and developed.

The idea of the project “Heart Chamber Orchestra” was initiated in 2003 by Espen Gangvik, TEKS. The idea originally suggested that the electronic duo PURE.BERGER, now TERMINALBEACH should make a cooperational project with an “analog” orchestra, a project where the electronic duo would have use of the orchestra as part of a digitally-based piece of music and performance. This was the very birth of the HCO project, and from this the project has developed further.