Henrik Frisk, saxophonist, photo by Karl-Martin Almqvist.

henrikfrisk.com

This site is dedicated to sharing information about what I do as a musician, composer and researcher. I will happily receive any kind of feedback, especially through posting comments in any of the two blogs, either the one dedicated to music or the one more geared towards thinking (through music). The site is definitely an infinite work-in-progress and perhaps more of an archive than a promotion, but hopefully you will not experience weird behaviour and broken links. However, if you do, please feel free to send me a note about what happened and how it happened.

I will attempt to use this site, among other things, as a virtual stage posting new recordings every now and then. Please check back regularly and thank you for visiting!

I am also writing a blog (in Swedish) which is more concerned with politics and other things than music.




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2020-09-03 [Music]

Ismail √Otekvilicim & Henrik Frisk

Recording of a performance made for Kulturnatten in Uppsala 2020. A tune by Isamil's grand father is used as a foundation for this improvisation.
2020-08-26 [News]

Keynote at Is the Virtual Real?

The SixTones and David Hebert gives a keynote address at the conference/webinar Is the Virtual Real? - Musical Communities in the 21st Century on August 25. See the program at the website for more information on this very interesting and relevant conference.
2020-04-02 [Document]

Challenging machine aesthetics and the musical automation

Departing from the artistic research project Goodbye Intuition (GI) hosted by the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, this presentation discusses the aesthetics of improvising with machines. Playing with a system such as the one used by GI, with limited intelligence and no real cognitive skills will obviously reveal the weaknesses of the system, but it will also convey part of the preconditions and aesthetic frameworks that the human improviser brings to the table. If we want the autonomous system to have the same kind of freedom we commonly value in human players' improvisational practice, are we prepared to accept that it may develop in a direction that departs from our original aesthetical ambitions? The analyses presented here are based on some of the documented interplay between the musicians in the group in workshops and laboratories. The question of what constitutes an ethical relationship in this kind of improvisation is briefly discussed. The aspect of the machine's disembodied relation to the music emerges as a central obstacle in the development of musical improvisation with machines.

To open the presentation in full screen, click here

2020-03-08 [News]

New issue of Organised Sound with article by me

My article Aesthetics, Interaction and Machine Improvisation is published in the latest issue of Organised Sound on the theme Computation in the Sonic Arts. The article is part of the Norwegian artistic research project Goodbye Intuition
2020-02-18 [Document]

Aesthetics, interaction and machine improvisation

Departing from the artistic research project Goodbye Intuition (GI) hosted by the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, this presentation discusses the aesthetics of improvising with machines. Playing with a system such as the one used by GI, with limited intelligence and no real cognitive skills will obviously reveal the weaknesses of the system, but it will also convey part of the preconditions and aesthetic frameworks that the human improviser brings to the table. If we want the autonomous system to have the same kind of freedom we commonly value in human players' improvisational practice, are we prepared to accept that it may develop in a direction that departs from our original aesthetical ambitions? The analyses presented here are based on some of the documented interplay between the musicians in the group in workshops and laboratories. The question of what constitutes an ethical relationship in this kind of improvisation is briefly discussed. The aspect of the machine's disembodied relation to the music emerges as a central obstacle in the development of musical improvisation with machines.

To open the presentation in full screen, click here

2020-01-11 [News]

Audio paper broadcasted on fr-bb

The Audio paper Found in translation published by the peer-reviewed platform for contemporary music and sound art, Seismograf, earlier this year is broadcasted by fr-bb on February 11 at 15:00.
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