Sebastian Edin

  • Year of composition: 2017
  • Duration: 10:06
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Det Kongelige Bibliotek — København


Vestiges was written with a fascination for the spectral (in both senses of the term) qualities of recorded sound, during an extended stay on the Faroe Islands in Autumn 2017. To work with these sounds, I felt, was to allow oneself to be haunted — to remember (and therefore to create) innumerable lost pasts through electronic rites. This relationship between technique and time, two interdependent notions, is the main foundation of a piece in writing which I came to ponder my own experiential-recollecting apparatus; through the borrowed modalities of microphones, portable recorders, sound processing software, speakers… Through the voice of another.

[Source: MR 2018]

Vestiges was commissioned by The Royal Library in Copenhagen. The piece was premiered at Den Sorte Diamant, Copenhagen, on November 4, 2017. Vocals performed by Anna Katrin Egilstrøð.