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Rishaug, Alexander

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Alexander Rishaug (b. 1974) is a sound artist and composer working with sonic archeology, environmental and sound political issues. He is a graduate from Nordland kunst og filmfagkole in Kabelvåg (1991-1993) and a diploma from NTNU, Kunstakademiet in Trondheim (1996-2000).

From 2018 - 2021 Alexander is an artistic research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Academy of Arts, UiT - Arctic University of Norway.

He’s been teaching workshops in listening practice and sound editing at the Academy of Arts and Nordland kunst og filmfagkole.

In the research project The sound of time - Tuning into the Norwegian landscape and the post-industrial soundscape he wants to investigate how we as humans relate to public space and the sound environment around us, collective auditory memory and how sound function as a phenomenon, a social and political construct.

Rishaug creates site-specific sound projects that investigates time, memory, space/place and acoustics through the use of extended field recording techniques and advanced speaker technology, computers and generative sound manipulations. This has led to numerous performances, art projects and collaborations within the field of sound art, contemporary music, visual art, film, dance and theatre.

Rishaug has collaborated with artists and performers such as Espen Sommer Eide, Haco (JPN), Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, James Wellburn, Simon Wetham, Lasse Marhaug, Tetsuro Yasunaga, Ole Henrik Moe, Future Farmers, Maja Ratkje, Kari Rønnekleiv, Sigbjørn Apeland, Thomas Ankersmit (NL), Siri Austen, Ivar Bjørnsson, Andrea Belfi, Ballongmagasinet, Elin Mar Vister, Michael Duch,  Hilde Marie Holsen, Tape (SE), Pekka Stokke, Marius Watz, HC Gilje, Erik Berger (FIN), Ilan Katin (US), Andreas Paleologos and UK collective Squidsoup.

He has also has released albums on international labels such as: Asphodel, Smalltown Supersound, Melektronikk, Lucky Kitchen, Jester Records, Rune Grammofon, Freakout Cult, Enlightenment, Cronica Electronica, Eilean records and Tapeworm.

Rishaug is a member of Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK), Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF), TONO and Creo.

For more info about Rishaug’s projects see