Exploring the indoor space as an artistic quality in herding call.

This project is based on questions about the significance of the acoustic space for kulning (herding call). Could I kula without a forest? Would I be able to create a “virtual forest” indoor where my voice can subside and echo the same way as outdoors? In this project I explore these questions by improvisation and composition in kulning in indoor spaces.


The Dome  – Spatial herding call composition for tree different acoustic indoor spaces.

  • Part I – New music for mix Choir in Floda kyrka – 11th century church dome in Katrineholm. Architect Axel Herman Hägg, performed by Katrineholms kammarkör 31 of may 2017. Supervisor prof Karin Rehnqvist
  • Part II – New music and improvisation – for tree voices and electro-acoustic dome with 29 speakers at Royal College of Music in Stockholm, designed by Prof Bill Brunson. Performed by Irmelin 13th of october 2017. Supervisor prof Henrik Frisk
  • Part III – New music and improvisation – solo performens in a Large Gasklocka in gävle. It was built in 1898 and designed by John Ekelund. – Work in progress


  • Kulning positions Exploring the effect of directions, body position, technique, on the herding call sound.
  • Shadow Composing – Using shadow singing to get musical ideas to implement in new compositions etc.
  • Grand Piano Lake – using a Grand Piano as an acoustic space for herding call improvisation
  • Footprints of The Forest – creating virtual musical atmosphere using digital technology. Supervisor Hadrian Prett.
  • Tutorials – making Kulningstutorials to explore my tacit knowledge of the art of Kulning
  • Transcription and variation – Transcribe traditional material and analyze melodic and rhythmic variation
  • Recordings – explore technical possibilities and issues  in the process of record kulning.

Maria Misgeld – Master program, Folk Singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Artistic supervisor Susanne Rosenberg

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