August 2nd, 2008: Telemegaphone Dale Opening Ceremony

Telemegaphone Dale was inaugurated by the serene sounds of Bora Yoon.

Legs still sore after the amazingly exhausting mounting expedition and subsequent daily mountaintop debugging sessions we were happy to finally slip into our finest suits, cut that ribbon and officially reveal the Telemegaphone Dale’s phone number.

A small crowd of Dale inhabitants had gathered in the garden of the Nordic Artists’ Centre, located on top of Dalsåsen hill between the village down by the fjord and the Bergskletten peak looming to the southwest. The Telemegaphone were visually present as a tiny sihouette in the distance and magnified in a telescope.

Bora Yoon tele-performance

After a poignant opening speech by nkd-director Elísabet Gunnarsdottír the Telemegaphone Dale received a call by Brooklyn-based musician and sound artist Bora Yoon who performed a 5-minute Telemegaphone Concerto, prepared for the occasion. As Bora’s beautiful voice softly filled the valley people stood quiet, watery-eyed and listened. It’s was really quite touching.

A woman said the sounds reminded her kuling (old-style cow calling) and Norwegian traditional singing.

Åsa Ståhl recorded Bora Yoon’s performance onsite at Dalsåsen, 3 kilometers from the Telemegaphone. Crank up your volume, download it, or listen here:

Telemegaphone Concerto

Dale got the number first

We handed out the phone number, written on small business cards, to the people from Dale - half an hour before the rest of the world would have access to it.

People eagerly forwared the number to friends and relatives, and shortly afterward a deep, male voice sang a slow, sad tune. Everyone looked at each other to see who was the caller. Everyone shrugged. The Telemegaphone was no longer in our control.

Half an hour later we clicked the upload button, published the phone number online, and waited for the world to enter.

- Unsworn Crew

9 comments to “Telemegaphone Dale Opening Ceremony”

  1. i. love. this. can we download the Asa Stahl recording anywhere? it’s beautiful.

  2. I updated the post with a link to the mp3. Enjoy.


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  4. [...] You can read more about the opening here. [...]

  5. I think I just left half of our instrumental group’s EP across the soundwaves of Dale at 7:45am Oslo time. If so, we’re Grun-Tu-Molani and we’d love to get a confirmation you heard it. Anyone?

  6. This is an act of brilliance…and courage. I can only imagine how the best and the worst of sounds have been blasted over this quiet little community. I hope the worst didn’t discourage the town’s appetite for more! This idea is wonderful!

  7. [...] in the idea of mixing a vast expanse of hill and dale and throwing a megaphone into the mix. The effect, I am told is quite magical. It “fills the whole valley like a soft voice from above”. [...]

  8. [...] Erik and I left Dale, early the morning after the opening ceremony, we’ve had a massive response from the rest of the world, but we have learnt very little [...]

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