CTM – Walking around blinkered, putting stones into the mouth (interview)

English Feature March 9 2016 CTM_Photoby_AlbertGrøndahl_web

By Mette Slot Johnsen – foto: Albert Grøndahl

A couple of weeks ago I went to see CTM play a show in London, starting off a night of Nordic music, on a Thursday night. The venue was small and Caecilie Trier and Malthe Rostrup sidled on to the stage on the back of a particularly hyper electro track. The room fell quiet, and without a word the music started. 40 minutes later, after a set of Trier’s recent EP, “Suite For a Young Girl”, and a few other songs, the room was still remarkably quiet. Until the crowd knew it was definitely finished, no one disturbed. This is pretty special, for London on any night, let alone the one before the weekend’s first hangover.

Before the show I had sent Caecilie Trier some questions. Her answers are shedding light on her moods and methods in relation to “Suite For a Young Girl” but also giving food for thought as we can look forward to new music which may arrive in time for spring to wholeheartedly set in.

P/A: You are in your second formal music conservatory education, on top of the many years you’ve spent playing music before starting in the conservatory. Do you think it is necessary or advantageous to learn how to do things ‘by the book’ in order to constructively break the rules?
“I remember in an interview John Cage is speaking on this subject and he mentions Demosthenes. He was a Greek statesman in ancient Athens and he wrote speeches for a living, he was an orator. Demosthenes decreased his ability to speak by putting stones into his mouth. Læs resten