Denise Burt

Graphic arts and design for music

CD: Jexper Holmen – Oort Cloud

Frode Andersen, accordion; Frode Haltli, accordion; Torben Snekkestad, saxophone

Released on Dacapo Records, 2010

Image: Title and artist name glyphs randomised through found algorithm

 

Oort Cloud is a 1-hour cloud of unrelenting accordian sound which in the words of Torben Sangild is “a work that is so complex and demanding that it borders on the absurd and unreasonable.” The work’s title refers to the cloud of comets believed to surround the very extremitites of our solar system. Jexper Holmen and Frode Andersen described the piece to me: “Like the universe – it doesn’t give a damn about you”.

The CD graphics – including a 24 page booklet – were made up of only the composer’s name and the title of the work mixed up and spat out in a random matrix of letters. If the work didn’t give a damn, then we weren’t going to put an explanatory essay in the package.

Oort-cloud-cover

Oort-cloud-booklet-inside

Oort-cloud-case-inside