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Composer & Soundscape Improviser

Christian Aalby Svalesen combines improvisation, interactive music technologies, and real time sound design to create complex and atmospheric musical textures.  He has composed original material for more than 20 audio-visual projects. 

Prveviously done work for

Wings of the dragon - VR Game Prototype

Paranoid Micro Organisms

Edinburgh University Amateur Boxing Club Promo

Sine Rider - Game 

Select Compositions

Improvised Soundscapes

album process

The practice run-up and recording of early sketches towards my first full length soundscape album has started.

For the past 7 years, I have been improvising soundscapes using trumpet and live electronics. First mainly with a Kaoss pad effects sampler,  but the past two years the process has transitioned to centre around interactive computer performance systems. 

I started collecting sounds from places I found to hold significance. The Waves of the North Sea at Stangnes where I  spent my summers growing up, the rumblings of rocks thrown around in Krikken, a nearby WWII bunker. The river up in the mountains at Ustaoset.

Traveling, I picked up percussion. A Chinese chau gong in Singapore, a  Paranaku daiko drum in Japan, Tsonga drums in South Africa. In these places, there were also sounds. The bell of  Hwaseong fortress in South Korea, the rumble of the Elephants in Timbavati, South Africa.  

I wish to combine all these elements into a story of emotions and places, using building blocks composed, and with the story told through improvisation.   

In late December 2016/ early January this year, I did field recordings of the animals in Timbavati wildlife reserve in South Africa. I was lucky to capture the sounds of a herd of Elehpants, a pride of Lions, Rhinos, Zebras, Giraffes and countless birds. I´m currently in the process of editing the recordings for use in soundscapes and sound design. 

I have also joined Edinburgh´s  Theatre Paradok production of the critically acclaimed play The Nether, and composed original music and soundscapes for the play.  The play was staged  in Edinburgh from 28th of March to 1st of April.

© 2017 by Christian Aalby Svalesen

Photo by Martin Aalby Svalesen