sol andersson
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.




Samspel consists of four short pieces written for kids with cerebral palsy and Blåsarsymfonikerna. It’s a piece that mixes traditional instruments, specially 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 into 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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A piece written for piano and laptop.
Graphical score with lots of room for improvisation.
Performed at Kulturhuset, Stockholm

Piano: Mats Persson
Electronics: Sol Andersson


Watchers commisioned by the ensemble Pearls Before Swine Experience

The piece Watchers premiered 2013 at the movie theater Roy during the Gothenburg Filmfestival. It was commissioned 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 

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 problem with musical interaction to film is that it’s simply not possible. 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 accompaniment 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(sound file) and the video file separated using a Max patch 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


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