Leif Inge’s 9 Beet Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stretched to 24-hours, with no pitch distortion. This marathon 24-hour live performance started as part of our 24-Hour Launch and continued the following day and night. You could come and go, or stay the whole duration immersing in this epic and ethereal deep listening experience.
“The piece slows symphonic time so that movement is barely perceptible. What you hear in normal time as a happy Viennese melody lasting 5 or 10 seconds becomes minutes of slowly cascading overtones; a drumroll becomes a nightmarish avalanche. Yet the symphony remains somehow recognizable in spirit if not in form, its frozen strings fraught with tense, frowning Beethoven-ness.” (Ben Sisario, The New York Times)
Leif Inge is a sound artist based in Norway. He studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, Norway and the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. 9 Beet Stretch is his major work, it was initially realized in 2002 at the Norweigan Network for Technology, Acoustics and Music. The concert premiere took place in 2004 at Kupfer Ironworks in Madison under the production of Jeff Hunt of Table of the Elements. 9 Beet Stretch is available online in a number of audio formats, including a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week webcast.
The work has subsequently been performed across the world at venues including: Wien Modern, Vienna; BizArt Art Center, Shanghai; Issue Project Room, New York; Ultima International Festival of Contemporary Music, Oslo; 964 Natoma, San Francisco; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Only Connect Festival, Oslo; Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart; Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; Pact Zollverein, Essen; Impakt Festival, Utrecht; Spark Festival, Minneapolis; Piksel Festival, Bergen; iMAL (Interactive Media Art Lab), Brussels; Ars Electronica, Linz; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, and Manifesta 4, Frankfurt.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 12.