Errka turns Nobel Prizes into soundscapes

For this year's edition of the exhibition Nobel Creations a soundscape will be produced which visitors can experience when they walk around the premises. The sound is also affected by how you move.

The music is composed by seven students attending the master's program Music Production at KMH.

The students' task involves interpreting the Nobel Prize. But they interpret not only one prize but will jointly interpret all six Nobel Prizes in their collective work.

Erik "Errka" Petersson, who is one of the students who work with the soundscape, has the following thoughts about his participation:

Erik "Errka" Petersson

Vad were your expectations when you found out that you were working on this project?

– I knew I would get to do something I've never done before, which felt rewarding. Right from the beginning I have taken the project seriously and valued it highly. I am quite sure I will learn a lot and get a lot of valuable experience.

How did it feel to get the commission to interpret the Nobel Prize?

– I have a great interest in science, especially space physics and I occasionally read popular science magazines. So science is something I am interested in on my leisure time. I see The Nobel Prize as an including prize because it is based on Alfred Nobel's thought, "to humanity's greatest benefit." I think this is a good basis.

What is your working process like?

– After each priz has been announced, we have worked individually to create small short pieces which we have presented to each other the following day.  We all work in different ways, ranging from acoustic music to composing within a computer environment. We all have different backgrounds, styles, experiences, etc. that we can take advantage of. Sometimes you do e.g. what can be done even though you do not really have the knowledge of how, but maybe someone else has. So we give and receive between each other.

How do you see your soundscape in relation to all other artistic forms in the exhibition?

– For me it is important that the music is in harmony with all other forms of expression in the exhibition. That it has a function in the room. It should not take over or seem imminent. I think a little bit to put oneself on the level found in natural sound environments. It must be music which is inclusive, which involves and takes place but that does not interfere.

Charlotta Jeppson, Nobel Museum

In Nobel Creations students interpret the Nobel Prize in music, design, photography and handicrafts. It is a collaboration between Nobel Museum, KMH, Beckmans College of Design, the Photo School, The Friends of Handicraft and Tom Tit's Experiment. The results will be shown at Tom Tits Experiment in Södertälje.

See also: 

The Nobel Museum website (in Swedish)

Uppdaterad 2016-10-07