osloBIENNALEN – Concert at Oslo City Hall

(Composition for Piano, Alternating Current and Orchestra)

Øystein Wyller Odden

Dates and times

21st September 7 pm. Doors open 6.30 pm. (Power Line Hum by Øystein Wyller Odden can be heard between 6.30pm – 7 pm)

The concert is part of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. The sound work is by produced osloBIENNALEN, a five-year evolving program of art in public space initiated and funded by the City of

Oslo Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kulturetaten.


The work consists of a self-resonating piano that has been tuned to vibrate according to the frequencies emitted by AC current. The piano is fitted with vibrating devices connected directly to the power grid. In Kraftbalanse the piano is accompanied by a string octet which reacts to the fluctuations of the current in real time, based on a score developed in collaboration with Jan Martin Smørdal. The ensemble performing Kraftbalanse includes string duo Vilde&Inga and the piece alludes to both electricity’s utilitarian and magical qualities, and to its constant, underlying presence in everyday life.

The concert is free.