The Grinder

In collaboration with the Latvian festival Skaņu Mežs, the electronic music festival Insomnia has started to work on LYRA - a project aimed at kids and teens that is supported by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

The project aims to introduce kids and teenagers to experimental music and to get them involved in its creation. As it is democratic and non-hierarchical in essence, experimental music gives trained and untrained kids the chance to take part in making music. Since the project crosses social and ethnic divides, it is also socially inclusive.

For the first phase of the project, norwegian artist and composer Jenny Berger Myhre together with artist and writer Annie Bielski has interpreted the fairy tale 'The Grinder'. On latvian side of the project, composer Linda Leimane and video artist Mārtiņš Grauds are presenting a work that springs out from a series of latvian fairytales about animals.


From the depths of the ocean there is the sound of a grinder constantly churning…

“The Grinder” is an audiovisual concert by Jenny Berger Myhre and Annie Bielski, based on a Norwegian fairytale about two siblings, a trip to hell and back, and the devil's magical grinder that can give you anything you want, as long as you know how to make it stop. The fairytale was collected and published by the famous storytellers Asbjørnsen & Moe in 1852, and is a humorous take on why the sea is salty, as well as a friendly warning to be careful what you wish for.

Created with a musical grinder of unpredictable synths and electronics, and a visual grinder of abstracted dioramas, Berger Myhre and Bielski’s interpretation leans towards the uncanny and otherworldly. The visual world includes 3D animations rendered from dioramas made of paper, paint, rocks, and aluminum. The sonic world is composed of experimental, rhythmic songs and foley art. “The Grinder” is an energetic concert sure to bring pleasure to kids and adults of all ages.

Ideas and execution by Jenny Berger Myhre & Annie Bielski

Composition, synths, vocals and foley sound by Jenny Berger Myhre

Artwork by Annie Bielski

3D animation and video by Jenny Berger Myhre

Thanks to the VR studio at Notam —

Norwegian center for technology, art and music.

Premiere at Skaņu Mežs 25.09.2022

Premiere at Insomnia 20.10.2022