Crepuscular Hour is composed by Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje with texts from The Nag Hammadi Library and Film by Kathy Hinde.
Released by Rune Grammofon 2016 as DVD with 5.1 sound mix, CD and LP.
Below are two extracts from the DVD which is centred around a live performance at Town Hall, Huddersfield 20th November at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012
Crepuscular Hour is a one hour long piece to be performed in a cathedral or similar with musicians surrounding the audience. The piece is written for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians and church organ. The room will be filled with sound in an intense, but almost meditative hour, where the voices blend with the distortion, the noise sometimes taking over, and the organ eventually hoisting the music to new dramaturgic level.
The piece is inspired by the phenomena ‘crepuscular rays’, which is when rays of sunlight stream from one point through gaps in clouds or other obstacles. The name comes from their frequent occurrences during the ‘crepuscular hours’ (Crepuscular comes from the Latin word “crepusculum”, meaning twilight), when the contrasts between light and dark are most obvious. The visual design of this concert is a play on the phenomena, as I want the light to be filtered by the obstacles and musicians in the room. ‘Crepuscular’ is also a term used to describe creatures that are primarily active during twilight, that is at dusk or dawn.
Live performance at Town Hall, Huddersfield 20th November 10PM
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012
Performed by The 24, RNCM Chamber Choir, University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir, Stian Westerhus, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Phil Julian, Mark Durgan, Antoine Chessex, Lasse Marhaug and Nils Henrik Asheim
Conducted by James Weeks
Live sound at Town Hall by Alex Fiennes
Lights at Town Hall by Johnny Marshall
Town Hall sound recording by BBC and Thomas Hukkelberg
Town Hall performance filmed by Kai Miedendorp and Kathy Hinde
Sound mix by Maja S. K. Ratkje at Notam, Oslo, Norway
Mastered by Håvard Christensen at Store Studio, Bodø, Norway
Film edited by Kathy Hinde
All additional footage devised and shot by Kathy Hinde in Bristol, UK
Sculptural Light installation constructed by Kathy Hinde at The Big Act, in Bristol UK
Installation lighting by Aideen Malone
LED tube lights loaned from The Rose Theatre, Kingston, UK
DVD production by Carsten Aniksdal
Cover by Kim Hiorthøy
Released with support from the Art Council Norway, the Norwegian Fund for Sound and Image and the Norwegian Society of Composers
Some stills from the DVD