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Svevning I 38:15
Svevning II 38:55


released September 30, 2021

Fredrik Rasten : Acoustic guitar, voice

" Svevning is a Norwegian word meaning levitation or flying, in the sense of flying without
effort – like when a bird is fully supported by the airstream, merely gliding.

Svevning also refers to interference or beating, the acoustic phenomenon that occurs when
two tonal sounds differ in pitch only slightly. When two tones are sustained with stability, their difference in frequency manifests sonically as a pulsating pattern of vibration. As the difference in frequency between the two tones increases, the speed, or frequency of the pulse increases correspondingly until a point or
area is reached where the difference is no longer heard as a pulse, but as a tone. This is
what is known as a difference tone.

I do not know how the two meanings of ‘svevning’ (in German, Schwebung) relate to each
other etymologically, but I find a latent poetry in their combined meanings and connotations.

Svevning is an extension of my earlier piece Limn. The music unfolds as an ever-changing continuum of chords, propelled by open strings and their harmonic nodes, slowly interwoven by retuning, patterns of plucking and occasional

(Fredrik Rasten, July 2021, Berlin)

Recorded by Fredrik Rasten at CityLAB Berlin on March 3 & 5, 2021.
Mixed by Sam Dunscombe.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Cover artwork and design by d’incise.
Thanks to Marcus Pal, Mareike Lee, Adam Asnan, CityLAB Berlin, Sam, Giuseppe and


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