Thorolf Thuestad is a sound artist, composer, sound designer, art and sound technician. He studied musicology, music technology and composition at the University of Trondheim, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Utrecht School of Arts where he graduated with an MA.
Thorolf has worked extensively with stage arts, contemporary music, sound installations, and film music.
Among his numerous projects he has created sound design for full scale operas performed at the Norwegian Opera and internationally, he has done live processing and sampling of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in cooperation with composer Knut Vaage for the 250th anniversary of the orchestra, and has also provided sound design for countless theater productions from small events to main stage productions. He has also scored several short and feature films as well as contemporary dance shows.
He has toured around the world with the New York Bessie award-winning art collective Verdensteatret and has, as part of the theatre companies Transiteatret, and Verdensteatret received multiple Norwegian Hedda prizes, and a Gabler prize. He is much sought after as a specialist in the realization of electronic and electroacoustic music and has been responsible for the electroacoustic realization of many contemporary classical works as well as developing live electronics for numerous new pieces.
In the period 2004-2007 Thorolf held the position of director of sound and music at The Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (BEK).
In 2011 he instigated with Roar Sletteland the formation of the art collective An Index of Collisions, a Bergen based constellation that create kinetic sculptures, musical instruments, text, stage art and film, with the aim of creating a fertile interplay between these elements.
Thorolf is a member of Bergen’s Bit20 ensemble, with responsibility for sound and performance electronics in their productions,
He is the co-director of the music-theatre company Neither Nor with Alwynne Pritchard.
Recent projects include Underground, a co-production between Neither Nor and Scènes-Théâtre-Cinéma, a large-scale stage production that is a live film where the audience experiences both the film set and the completed movie and Polytop a sound installation by Oslo based Lemur atNational Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.
Thorolf is currently a research fellow at the University of Bergen with the project Emotional machines- composing for unstable media.
He has twice been awarded the Norwegian Arts Council one-year artist’s stipend.
Photo: Monika Sandnesmo.