SoundEffects – an online journal

SoundEffects – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience is a

“peer-reviewed online journal that brings together a plurality of theories, methodologies, and historical approaches applicable to sound as both mediated and unmediated experience. The journal primarily addresses disciplines within media and communication studies, aesthetics, musicology, comparative literature, cultural studies, and sociology. In order to push the border of interdisciplinary sound studies into new areas, we also incourage contributions from disciplines such as psychology, health care, architecture, and sound design. As the only international journal to take a humanities-based interdisciplinary approach to sound, SoundEffects respons to the increasing global interest in sound studies in the past decade.”

Poet and text-sound artist Bengt Emil Johnson dead

Bengt Emil Johnson was born 1936 in Saxdalen, Dalecarlia, and was one of the pioneers of Swedish text-sound composition and electroacoustic music. He studied piano and composition for Knut Wiggen, but later become more interested in poetry. Johnson worked at Sveriges Radio (the Swedish national radio), and edited the contemporary music journal Nutida Musik for many years. He passed away on July, 14, 2010.

Johnson’s text-sound compositions have been released on e.g. Text-Sound Compositions – A Stockholm Festival and The Pioneers (PSCD 63) from Phono Suecia, and some of them are available at UbuWeb. There are also some material available at (in Danish/Swedish).

Update 2010-07-25. Some press voices (in Swedish only):

There is also a recent dissertation (in Swedish) on Johnsons poetry: “Tro mig på min ort” : Oöversättligheten som tematiskt komplex i Bengt Emil Johnsons poesi 1973-1982 by Johan Alfredsson, published by Holzweg.

Hz #13

Hz #13 presents:


“Program” System of Digital Art:”BOOM! Fast and Frozen Permutation” – Taiwan-Australia New Media Art Exhibition
by Yu-Chuan Tseng
Yu-Chuan Tseng reports on Taiwan-Australia New Media Art Exhibition from the perspective: “An important element of digital computer technology … has digital art features of aesthetic concepts and behavioral structure….’program’ is an important factor in constructing the work.”

Games: The Art of Making, Bending, and Breaking Rules
by Andrew Yashar Ames
“In interactive art, the observer and the work are constructed by rules that can be bent or broken, but cannot be absent.” Andrew Y. Ames examines “Game-based art… [with] implied and explicit rules that artists expose and exploit for aesthetic and ideological purposes.”

The Miracles of Feedback
by Mario van Horrik
“This paper deals with my fascination for acoustic feedback… I want to express my doubts, theories, and questions, as well as our motives and enthusiasm for using this medium.” Sound artist Mario van Horrik explains his involvement over two decades with acoustic feedback experiments.

Hz vs Church
by Novi_sad
Sound artist/composer Novi_sad’s project “‘Hz vs Church’ aims to use Churches (or other big sized public buildings) as post loudspeakers in order to create, unfold and play live various sounds which appear in the ‘aural surface’ by using and manipulating in real time different kinds of frequencies.”

We Are Not Alone
by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico
“Network and information technologies, with a mutagen leap, directly connect the mind of the human being to hyper-contents and to hyper-contexts, creating perspectives that are totally new.” Iaconesi/Persico on their projects which emerge as one of the possibilities/directions network technology brings forward.

Intimate Transactions: Close Encounters of Another Kind
by Tony Fry
“Crucially, the interactive intent of the work was to create a means to reflect upon a particular kind of experience – the experience of our being relationally connected as a collective body.” Writer/theorist Tony Fry on Keith Armstrong(creative director)’s “Intimate Transactions,” and its link to Ecosophy.


Pollen Soup
by Pierre Proske

Sharedscapes – Points of View on Landscapes
by Grégoire Zabé

by Myron Turner

Passivitate Imunitass (Activista)
by Poderiu

88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (To Be Played with the Left Hand)
by David Clark


Hz is an on-line journal published by the non-profit art organization Fylkingen in Stockholm. Established in 1933, Fylkingen is the oldest forum for experimental music and intermedia art in Sweden. Throughout its history Fylkingen has been known to be a driving force in the Swedish art scene to introduce and promote yet-to-be-established art forms, the examples of which include Bartok, John Cage, Nam June Paik, Electro-Acoustic Music as well as Stelarc in recent years. Our members are leading composers, musicians, dancers, performance artists and visual artists in Sweden. For more information on Fylkingen, please visit

Sachiko Hayashi/Hz

Den gröna potatisen

Den gröna potatisen är förre EMS-chefen Ulf Stenbergs memoarer. Skinnskatteberg, EMS och Stockhausen upptar omkring en fjärdedel av boken, och musiken tar överhuvudtaget stor plats. Stenberg målar dock upp en något förskönad bild av sin tid på EMS, t.ex. nämner han inte ens konflikten kring ombyggnaden.

Men på det hela taget är det en underhållande och välskriven historia – jag har läst betydligt sämre självbiografier. Och även om många av oss äldre EMS:are har hört en hel del av anekdoterna vid EMS fikabord, så tål de att återupplivas. Texten hade dock behövt en till korrekturläsning, och jag vill påpeka att även Love Mangs (förutom Anders Blomqvist och jag själv, men min betydelse är överdriven) jobbade som ljudtekniker när Stockhausen fick Polarpriset.

(Boken finns förstås i EMS bibliotek.)

Om bloggen

Alla bibliotekarier med självaktning måste blogga nuförtiden, har jag lärt
mig. Så därför har jag startat denna blogg om litteratur,
internetresurser, bibliotek och arkiv etc. inom elektroakustisk musik (EAM).
Litteraturtips, länkar och andra bidrag är välkomnna, och alla länkar
kommer att läggas upp med taggar (ämnesord) på den tillhörande

Och eftersom jag är bibliotekarie på EMS (Elektroakustisk musik i Sverige)
i Stockholm, kommer jag också att posta nyheter om vårt lilla bibliotek,
t.ex. nyförvärv av böcker och fonogram.