Rune Lindblad – A Retrospective. An exhibition curated by CM von Hausswolff.

20 February 2001 18 March 2001


Curator C.M. von Hausswolff

In 1953, Rune Lindblad composed his first work of “musique concret”: Party. With this work, he wrote himself into music history as one of the first composers in the world to employ electronic music, taped music and sampling. His few precursors include Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Between 1953 and his death in 1991, Lindblad composed over 200 sound works, mostly in his home town of Gothenburg but also at the Electronic Music Studio, EMS, in Stockholm. In the late 1990s, Pogus Productions of New York released a couple of CDs of Lindblad1s music, after which his work is being increasingly talked about. In Sweden he remains a relatively unknown figure.

What is even less well known is that he was also a visual artist: painting in the 60s, graphic art and wood engraving in the 70s, and collages in the 90s.

Färgfabriken is pleased to present the music as well as some of the paintings, engravings and collages of this pioneer on the tenth anniversary of his death. The exhibition also includes records and other objects related to Lindblad’s work. It has been curated by artist and composer CM von Hausswolff.

To coincide with the exhibition, Firework Editions have collaborated with Färgfabriken in producing an LP, a CD and a booklet. As well as two compositions by Lindblad, the LP and CD include a series of tributes to Rune Lindblad by different musicians and composers. Parts of Lindblad1s sound works have been used in new compositions.

The contributors are:

CD: Kent Tankred – known also as a member of The Sons of God Leif Elggren – praised for his retrospective at Färgfabriken last autumn Edvard Graham Lewis – a member of Wire and Dome B J Nilsen – a k a Hazard CM von Hausswolff.

LP: Jean Louis Huhta – well-known musician featured in Ocsid among others, and a name DJ Brommage Dub – J-L Huhta and J Dahlbäck as a duo.

The booklet contains a recent text by Magnus Haglund, a Gothenburg music critic, and a photograph of Rune Lindblad taken by Annika von Hausswolff in 1990.