This site contains the reflection and documentation of the work of double bass player Håkon Thelin, as a fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in the period 2007-2011 under The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme.

The story of ZAB...

A theoretical and practical approach to Philippe Boivin's “ZAB ou la passion selon st. Nectaire”, including historical notes on instrumental theatre, illustrations of playing techniques and gesture, as well as discussions on musical and interpretative challenges.

New techniques – new works

The playing techniques of Stefano Scodanibbio have been subject to a creative exploration, which extends into my own music. The techniques are illustrated through examples from my own works in addition to works by Scodanibbio, Lars-Petter Hagen and Helmut Oehring.

Multiphonics on the double bass

An investigation of the development and practice of multiphonics on the double bass in contemporary music. The research was conducted in collaboration with Knut Guettler, and resulted also in the article Bowed-string multiphonics analyzed by use of impulse response and the Poisson summation formula.

A folk music for the double bass

A broad critical reflection on the development of novel techniques and virtuosity on the double bass, and a contextualization of its instrument-specific musical language in the spirit of Stefano Scodanibbio.

Documentation of concerts, music scores and the recording of the CD ”Light” is displayed through video and audio examples, downloadable scores, pictures and texts.