Artistic Research & Development - Department of Music
About artistic research at NTNU department of music
The faculty at the department of music are engaged in performing and creative activity. Both in quality and quantity the department makes it's mark on the national and international scene.
Most of the artistic research at the department deal with performing issues. The issues in question could be refining one's excisting practise and developing new forms of musical performance. This could be related to the development of new instruments and technologies, but also dealing with a more traditional genre-based expression. The work often involves interdisciplinary questions that naturally links it to other disciplines within both the humanities and NTNU's more technically related fields.
Artistic research at the department of music can be devided into the categories classical performance, improvisation, music technology and composition, in addition to combinations of these.
Areas in artistic research
Areas in artistic research
The department’s performers of vocal and instrumental classical music contribute to the development and preservation of western classical music traditions, from early music up to contemporary music. Our employees perform hundreds of concerts during a typical year, and participate in local, domestic and international festivals. They’re also active recording artists as soloists, ensemble musicians and ensemble leaders.
Examples of classical music performance as research and development:
Øyvind Gimse, cellist and former artistic director of the Trondheim Soloists / TrondheimSolistene (TS) from 2002 to 2017. He’s performed on an impressive string of concerts, tours and recordings, featuring guest soloists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter. There’s a high international level of activity. Several of the Trondheim Soloists’ recordings have been awarded the Norwegian Spellemannsprisen, and/or been nominated for the Grammys.
Marianne Thorsen, violinist and former musical director for the Nash Ensemble from 2000 to 2017, is active as a chamber musician and soloist domestically and internationally, with an impressive track record of concerts, tours and recordings. Marianne currently plays on a violin by J.B. Guadagnini, made available by Dextra Musica.
Our staff within improvised music is big and versatile. The jazz department houses several improvising and creative musicians who combine performance and composition.
Examples of improvised music as research and development:
NTNU’s Department of music employs several productive composers from a range of genres such as contemporary music, vocal music, jazz composition, oratorios, opera, chamber music, theatre music and musical theatre.
Examples of composition as research and development:
Performance-oriented use of technology is an area of focus for the NTNU’s department of music. This definition ranges widely, and includes concerts, studio work, art installations and web-based ensemble playing in real time. Interdisciplinarity is a common thread, as are the various concepts of artistic research. Several of our staff members combine artistic research with the use and development of music technology. We’ve hosted several Ph.d. projects in the former Norwegian Artistic research Programme, including Tone Åse, Trond Engum, Daniel Formo and Hilmar Thordarson.
Examples of music technology as artistic research and development:
In the project Cross adaptive processing as musical intervention, new technology is developed in order to allow sonic parameters from interacting musicians govern the other performers’ sound processing. The project has explored the various ways in which this technology affects ensemble playing and improvisation.
T-EMP ensemble investigates ensemble improvisation in an electro-acoustic setting. The ensemble consists of employees from the fields of music technology, music performance and musicology at the department of music.
VIBRA-prosjektet explores ways of connecting dance movement to music and video projections in a physical space through sensor technology.
Active research fellows at NTNU’s department of music
Espen Angelo Aalbergespen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad PhD Candidategyridnordalkaldestad@gmail.com Department of Music
Jordan Sand PhD Candidatejordan.email@example.com Department of Music
Matilda Rolfsson PhD Candidate+47-94433875 firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Music
Håkon Magnar Skogstad PhD Candidatehakon.email@example.com Department of Music
Stian Voldseth Westerhus Affiliatedstian.firstname.lastname@example.org HF faculty administration