ensembles & electronics



Commissioned by the ensemble Norrbotten NEO.
Was premiered during the New Directions Festival March 26th 2015 and recorded and broadcast by the swedish radio P2.

Sara Hammarström, flute
Robert Ek, clarinets, electronics
Daniel Saur percussion
Mårten Landström, piano

Karin Hellqvist, violin
Kim Hellgren, viola
Elemér Lavotha, cello
Staffan Larson, conductor




Samspel consists of four short pieces written for kids with cerebral palsy and Blåsarsymfonikerna. It’s a piece that mixes traditional instruments, special built instruments and electronics.

-1The idea: To give the kids a chance to interact and play music with professional musicians and together give a concert on a real stage.

The challenge: For me (as a composer) was several. First I had to come up with an idea of how to communicate the music in a way that both the children and the musicians easily could understand and enjoy. I ended up dividing the kids in two groups that got two play two pieces each. One group was then subdivided into two smaller groups (five in each) but kept the musicians as one group through the whole piece. It acquired two conductors (one for each group) and I wrote a traditional score for the musicians and a mixed score for the kids based on different colors for each instrument.

The project was Initiated by music teacher Magnus Allensten ( Jorielskolan) and commissioned by Musikaliska, Stockholm. The first concert was performed in April 2015.
Foto: Chris Anderson

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Performed at Kulturhuset April 20th

Piano: Mats Persson
Electronics: Sol Andersson

A piece written for piano and laptop.
Graphical score with lots of room for improvisation.


The piece Watchers premiered february 2nd 2013 at the movietheater Roy in Gothenburg during the Gothenburg Filmfestival. It was commisioned by the ensemble ‘Pearls Before Swine Experience’ along with three other pieces. Fredrik Olofsson – Red O , Niels Rønsholdt – Burning is a blues ,Marcus Fjellström – Odboy & Erordog
We all work (in our own ways) both composing music and making film/video. The challenge was to write a piece for music and video/movie in a simultaneous progress so that you wouldn’t be sure of what came first when watching it, the film or the music?
The most problematic thing with musical interaction to film is that it’s simply not possible. The media itself almost always want to dominate and the music/sound is just there to enhance your visual experience. I don’t really think that simply playing ,say piano or whatever, to the movie is interacting. It’s still accompaniement to moving picture. I wanted to experiment with this element in two ways. First by trying to treat the image as an instrumental part in the score. Then, keeping the electronic part(soundfile) and the videofile separated using a Maxpatch to trigger both via midi. That way it’s possible to not only play the movie but also rearrange the movie and the music however you like.
Watchers is an open form 3 part piece

the peärls before swïne experience
Sara Hammarström, flutes
George Kentros, violin
Mats Olofsson , cello
Mårten Landström ,piano , midi



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Written for Norrbotten NEO and performed in Visby 2011. 

Bassflute: Sara Hammarström
Percussion: Daniel Saur

Prepared Piano: Mårten Landström
Cello: Elemér Lavotha


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