Mole Play
Performance, 2021

Video documentation of the first performance of ‘Mole Play’ with 6 players, developed in collaboration with Arthur Carlander, Sophia Ioannou Gjerding, Holger Hartvig, Greta Eacott and Valdemar Kragelund. . Mole Play can be performed in an unlimited number of variants, of which this is the first variant. The play is set up by the method of animated notation. Animated notation is a way of playing music, where the music is instructed by visual material instead of the traditional sheet music systems.

Mole Play consists of a game engine where the player(s) can control 4 colors each corresponding to one of 4 instrumentalists. For other variants of the play, any instrument can be selected for each of the 4 colors. The rules for each of the building's different departments are determined by the musicians before the play begins. By using a game engine, the visual material is created live simultaneously as the sound is responding to it.

Players: Arthur Carlander (guitar), Mark Tholander (game engine main player), Sophia Ioannou Gjerding (game engine co-player), Valdemar Kragelund (keyboard), Holger Hartvig (keyboard) and Greta Eacott (drums).

Game engine programmed by Lars Hemmingsen Nørgaard, with instructions from Sophia Ioannou Gjerding, Arthur Carlander and Mark Tholander.

Video documentation of the full performance. Video recording by Mikkel Kaldal.

Supported by Samsø Billedkunstråd, Statens Kunstfond, 15. Juni Fonden and William Demant Fonden. Thanks to Stefan Wolffbrandt for equipment.

More info about the method of animated notation (article by Oliver Laumann in Passive/Aggressive):

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