Off The Page Oslo
- a music festival without music
A new one-day festival in Oslo devoted to music criticism, audio culture and sonic experiences featuring a host of international speakers. Off The Page festival has been hosted two times previously by the international magazine The Wire in the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent. In 2014 the festival transplants across the North Sea to Oslo, where nyMusikk collaborates with The Wire for a new version.
Off The Page Oslo will also be the host of an independent music fair offering vinyl, fanzines, magazines, books, cassettes and lots more. BRING CASH!
- five favourite sounds
What is the quietest place in the world? Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. In the early 1970s he was one of the founders of the influential, experimental group Cabaret Voltaire. Watson now works as a sound artist and his daily work is to record the sounds of David Attenborough’s famous BBC nature documentaries. He has released four solo albums of field recordings, including Weather Report from 2003, and has also collaborated with other artists and musicians such as Mika Vainio, Philip Jeck and Biosphere.
- Pat Thomas on the music of the Black Power movement
A notable music producer, musician and writer, Pat Thomas has been described as San Francisco’s musical catalyst. Through labels such as Water Records and 4 Men With Beards, Thomas is responsible for reissues of bands like Tom Rapp & Pearls Before Swine, Terry Reid and Les McCann. Through a research project on the Black Panther Party, focusing on the protest recordings that the Black Power movement inspired in the 1960’s and 70’s, Thomas uncovered dozens of rare Black Power recordings in all areas of jazz, soul, poetry, interviews, and rock/pop music, which manifested in the book Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974.
- 5 favourite songs in conversation with Tony Herrington
Karin Krog is perhaps Norway's leading jazz singer and certainly it’s most idiomatic. She is a unique artist with a great international reputation possessing her own recognizable style and voice. Her constant creative approach towards contemporary jazz has never been bound by tradition, even though her music bears a deep respect for its forms. Krog is equally at home with jazz standards, blues or electronic experimental techniques. In addition, she has been active in improving the working conditions for musicians and contributing towards a vital jazz milieu.
PANEL: THERE ARE NOE GATEFOLDS ON YOUTUBE
Music’s complex relationship to the visual is at stake in an age of format-less music consumption. The panel discusses album cover art and design in the age of immateriality. With graphical designers Kjell Ekhorn, from Non-Format, and Adrian Shaughnessy, artist Cory Arcangel and editor and music writer Audun Vinger.
SELECTED NOTES ON CREATIVITY
- Cory Arcangel on the hip-hop interview
Cory Arcangel is a Brooklyn-based artist who makes work in a wide range of media, including composition, video, modified video games, performance, and the Internet. Arcangel often uses the artistic strategy of appropriation, creatively re-using existing materials such as dancing stands, Photoshop gradients, and YouTube videos to create new works of art. His work explores the relationship between digital technology and pop culture. Recent exhibitions include "Masters" at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2012-13), “Pro Tools” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011) and “Beat the Champ” at the Barbican, London (2011).
Arcangel will do a performative lecture on the hip-hop interview format, and will also be part of the panel on music and design.
THE RISE OF DJ CULTURE, DISCO AND THE DOWNTOWN SCENE
- by Tim Lawrence
Tim Lawrence tells the definite story of dance culture in Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 (2003) and is praised for the first biography of Arthur Russell, Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92 (2009). Lawrence is a Professor in Cultural Studies in the University of East London, where he teaches music and leads the Music Culture: Theory and Production degree. Additionally, he has staged numerous events with CSSR, including the four-part Critical Beats series with the Wire (2011-12).
Lawrence is invited to talk about the political undercurrents of disco’s golden age.
THE ALCHEMY OF THE CONDUCTOR
- with Tom Service and Halldis Rønning
Tom Service writes about music for The Guardian, where he has been Chief Classical Music Critic. Tom Service regularly presents Music Matters, Radio 3's flagship classical music programme. His books, Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras and Thomas Adès: Full of Noises: Conversations with Tom Service, were published by Faber. He was Guest Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2005. His PhD, at the University of Southampton, was on the music of John Zorn.
PANEL: THE NEW MUSIC CRITICISM
The changing role of the music critic in the age of blogs, reader reviews, ezines and social media. A panel chaired by The Wire’s Frances Morgan with Susanna Wallumrød, Knut Schreiner and Rob Young.
PANEL: NORDIC JAZZ - BONFIRE OF THE CLICHES
Glaciers, mountains, frozen lakes: the same old phrases are often applied to critics’ descriptions of Scandinavian jazz. But how valid are these cliches in the 21st century? A panel including Martin Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist, Kiill, Mammon), Fiona Talkington (Connextions, BBC Late Junction) and Lars Mørch Finborud (Morgenbladet, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter) reassess the sounds, strategies and personalities that define past, present and future forms of Nordic jazz and music writer and author Rob Young (chair).
PANEL: THE ART OF FIELD RECORDING
The philosophies and processes of contemporary phonography, its relationship to the parallel disciplines of acoustic ecology and audio mapping and it’s relationship to composition. Panel: Anne Hilde Neset (chair), Jana Winderen, Chris Watson, Elin Vister and Henrik Hellstenius.
Saturday 25 January
Fair 11:00 - 16:00
Programme 12:00 - 22:00
+ The Wire Sound System DJs
Admission: 150/100 (members and concessions)
Tickets on the door.
Address: Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo