“Seven Blues” uses recordings with a connection to time and place. Sounds of nature, cities, historical cites.

Also humans - some children here-and-now, some singing, some explaining historical events, some historical recordings.

Numbers, counting, dividing is central to music. Here numbers are used in two significant ways: establishing the overall form, and directly conceivable - counting, the sound of numbers, years in history, measured distances.

“Seven Blues” is composed for binaural listening using headphones. This technique makes it possible to decouple your ears, place them somewhere in the outer world, while your body remains at home in your favourite chair. The listener gest displaced to large squares, remote countries, cramped spaces, inside, outside, something close - without going anywhere.

In parts of the piece you are situated in giant caves 327 meters below the surface, deep down in the saltmines of Wieliczka outside Krakow, Mines being active from ca. year 1200 to 2007, with mine shafts stretching more than 300 km.

The video part of of “Seven Blues” consists of fragments from Moritz Nachtsterns book: "Falskmynter i blokk 19". Nachtstern was a Norwegian jew, displaced to Sachsenhausen during world war II. He originally worked as a typograper, and the nazis set him to counterfeit British pound notes, to be spread over England and destroy the English economy.

Nachtstern was one of around 30 Norwegian jews surviving the war.

Format: Electroacoustic video, Binaural

Anders Vinjar - 2021