We at Drap og Design S/A were contacted by musician Morten Qvenild who was looking for a little something extra to compliment his music while performing live. Morten is adament that his music is the focus point during live performances, constantly looking for ways to "erase" himself from the scenario. What he wanted was something that could communicate with and play on the highly digitized format of his music. The result was Lightning Mountain.
4 x 1 meters, black, faceted and with an inner glow of endless color variations, Lightning Mountain drapes the stage around Qvenilds grand piano. Blobs of light in different colors pass across the installation, with their speed and size depending on what Qvenild plays or sings. From a little control panel next to him, Qvenild can adjust both responsivity and presets on the lightning mountain, from relatively calm three-color-presets making their way comfortably down the length of the installation, through more staccato, fragmented neon-like appearances, or simply a number of white sparks sweeping randomly all over the Lightning Mountain.
Morten was recently nominated for the Norwegian Spellemannpris, and asked us for a something wearable for the ceremony and afterparty. We made a small 'Lightning Handkerchief' to hang from the breast pocket of his blazer. This is as responsive as Lightning Mountain, lighting up in various colors when the wearer speaks.