Through a concept called "Kanal" ("channel" in Norwegian) the Ekko festival has been exploring the borderline between concert experience and dance floor, and between composition and performance. This is nothing new as such, as this can be traced back through Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz, to swing bands in the 30s and even further back to folk music traditions everywhere.
But the Ekko festival has its own approach to this, and among the central elements is a multi-channel sound audio system for club music. The festival then commission work from artists to explore this concept. The last few years have seen commissions by artists like Todd Terje and Casiokids, but this year the festival approached two artists that haven't worked together before.
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