LYDUR (sound clock) is an installation based on personal perception of time. Time of day, environment and other more emotional aspects influence how we take charge of our daily agenda. As a result, certain tasks are carried out lightly while others are procrastinated. All this while time monotonously tics unaffected forward. The installation was on display at DogA, centre for design and Architecture in Oslo, Norway in August 2010.
It took 3 weeks, subtracting the general planning, to accumulate, borrow, buy and build the installation. It's been an improvised process that would not be possible without the generous help from several participants.

The process started back in New York where I started to purchase smaller high frequency drivers on E-bay. This was transported to Norway in a HEAVY suitcases with help of Isak Ree. All the larger speaker drivers was bought via Finn (norways e-bay). Marius at Konsertsystemer sold me the intensely loud JBL horns for a bargain. Svein Moen at Movement let me haggle on the EV speakers. Knut Corneliussen kindly let me borrow his Yorkville's and Odd Dahle donated the central and massive speakers for the funnel. David Gurrik and Rolf Yngve Uggen pulled some stings that landed me 4 active boxes. The retro Seas was as good as give to me by Odd Utgård.
The installation concept relied on old furniture and memorabilia. This was a risk element early in the process as I had no knowledge of what I could find without breaking the already drained bank. Thankfully Odd Wikstrøm at Samlesenteret in Bjerregaardsgate put me in contact with Bjørn Dahle, describing him as a major collector/seller of what I was looking for. Apart from a handful of objects, all of the furniture comes from Odd and Oddvar. Most of the furniture is for sale so grab a bargain.

The plywood speaker boxes  and trumpet horns has been assembled in in the Galleri Storck studio in Bjerregaardsgate 29. The sawdust is still circulating the neighborhood. Phillip and the guys at Rampeservice erected the massive funnel in a day with a 3 days notice. Knut used his brute force on the remaining assembies. Jan Skomakerstuen set the lights in his spare time while Kjetil Austvoll-Dahlgren has been soldering for gold.
The installation based itselves on 30 channels of audio. That meant 15 stereo amplifiers. If I could choose I would only use valve amps but that Idea was promptly parked. I borrowed 1 from Knut, 2 from Odd, I had one, and DogA had 3. 8 left to go. Sunday before the opening I passed Oddvar at the Samlesenteret. He had found 2 old Tannberg amps in a cupboard and later that day, valve enthusiast Per Arne Haugen entered the arena with another 7 valve amps. The only modern technology used is a tower Mac lent to us by Marvin Bergli from Info Grafikk.


Recordning at location

Hard disk recordning at 11pm.
Preview video:
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