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The Ghettoblaster Ensemble


Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Session 1: The State of the Art
Friday 8 August, 09:00–10:30. Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
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The Ghettoblaster Ensemble is exceptional on the stage of sound-arts: each of the eight participating musicians has his own ghettoblaster and receives his particular part of each composition on a unique CD-R made by the composer — in this version of the acousmatic loudspeaker orchestra the loud speakers are mobile and the mixer has been replaced by conductor and live musicians! Due to the mobility and flexibility of the ensemble, concerts can take place anywhere: in concert halls, music clubs, streets, squares and parks.

Our repertoire is very large and still growing. In concert it is presented by conductor Ture Larsen and the eight members of the ensemble — among the most active composers and musicians of the Danish music scene: Tobias Kirstein, Sune T.B. Nielsen, Steffen Leve Poulsen, Søren Raagaard, Jakob Riis, Pelle Skovmand, Jakob Brandt-Pedersen and Jørgen Teller. There is much interest in the ensemble in Denmark as well as internationally. The ensemble has presented more than 30 diverse works composed by major, innovative Danish, Japanese, Indian and Canadian sound-art artists.


Jørgen Teller has completed many commissions for the the new breed of Danish/Swedish choreographers. He produces an annual series of SoUNDPORTRAITS and works a lot as an improviser both on analogue electronics, shortwave-radio-setups (performing as Lucky Ringston) and with his bass/electric guitar Le Bastard. The CD Wundersim, by his trio Jørgen Teller & The Empty Stairs, was selected as one of the best albums of 2007 by experimental music mag GEIGER. Last year saw a new collaboration with reknowned beat-poet Peter Laugesen and the new action-poet Lars Skinnebach. He also performed with Kristoff K.Roll an organised and recorded in Copenhagen with Tony Conrad and others. He promoted and organised concerts with Bernard Parmegiani in Copenhagen and Aarhus (Dec. 2007).


Paper originally presented at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium 2008, August 2008.

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