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KATRINE AMSLER

Soundscapes

 

I am a composer, sound designer, producer, instrument builder and musician based in Copenhagen. I have a master in improvisation and composition from the Music Academy in Malmö Sweden.

As a composer and sound artist I contribute to different types of audio-visual projects, podcast productions and similar. As a musician and producer I work with experimental electric/acoustic trio Shitney (Faust, Wikström), Sweden based electronic / cinematic rock unit Thymeshift, international chamber rock group Isildurs bane and as a solo artist.

I am originally educated a piano player but the fact that you can’t manipulate or bend the strings of a piano (in the way that I dream of) eventually made me start building and modify my own instruments. I build mainly spring and string instruments for my own use and occasionally on demand customised especially for the projects that I work on.

I have a deep interest in the texture and structure of sound. I often find myself exploring and investigating the sounds of different objects. Whether it be old organ pipes, cheap-keyboards-running-low-on-batteries, a beautifully squeaking bridge or a hifi recording of a kitchen fan.

Both as a composer and a musician my work is often a result of a process where I sculpture and layer sound elements both played and sampled. Sometimes handled with utmost care and other times with calculated carelessness. I sometimes polish to an almost psychopathic extent and other times I keep the untreated ingredients completely raw. My music is diverse, touches a variety of genres and always wants to be listened to.