Today I saw a fascinating and touching rendition of the Norwegian National Anthem, “Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet” (“Yes, We Love this Country.) It was created by a musician, composer and artist named Ole Hamre.
He’s developed what he calls a Folkefon, a type of “menneskeorgel” (human organ). He visited folk from Lindesnes, the southernmost point of Norway, all the way up to Nordkapp and asked them to look directly into his camera and sing a long tone. Afterward, he transferred those tones and faces into a computer program, which he can actually “play” like a real instrument. Hence, a human organ.
The concept behind the project was to show the deep love Norwegians have for their country. He recorded people with all kinds of backgrounds: Old and young, black and white, powerful and weak. He also wanted to express love for this country in the good, as well as difficult times, as life in Norway, like all countries has a darker side as well.
Click on the link below to see the video:
I hope you enjoy this video and tell me what you think. Does it give you a different pictures of this Scandinavian country?