Jexper Holmen: Oort Cloud

Oort Cloud is Jexper Holmen’s (b. 1971) remarkable breakthrough work commissioned by the Huddersfield Festival for Contemporary Music. The work’s title refers to the cloud of comets believed to surround the solar system a light-year away from here. Holmen describes his own music as “extremely slow and relentless, not unlike a cosmic disaster”. In this world premiere recording, Oort Cloud unfolds a 1-track, 1-hour cloud of sound, also emcompassing the work CosmygyralEcho by Martin Stig Andersen as a distant reverberation.

Release details:

DaCapo 2011


Music composed by Jexper Holmen
Frode Andersen, accordion
Frode Haltli, accordion
Torben Snekkestad, saxophone

Recorded in Engholm Kirken on 5 December 2009.
Recording producer: Ejnar Kanding.
Editing and mastering: Martin Stig Andersen.
Recorded with DPA microphones.
Graphic design: Denise Burt, elevator-design
“Oort Cloud” (2008) written by Jexper Holmen.
“CosmogyralEcho” (2010) written by Martin Stig Andersen.

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Jexper Holmen’s Oort Cloud blog