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New octobass being built for Oslo's Only Connect festival

Norwegian improvisor Guro Moe to play four metre high bass

Only Connect festival in Oslo is building an octobass, which will be played at this year’s event by improvisor and noise musician Guro Skumsnes Moe. The octobass is a four metre high double bass invented by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in the 1850s. Three were actually made by him, and since then only a few replicas have been produced.

Tuned two octaves below a cello, the lowest note it can produce is 16 Hz, which is below the lower level of human hearing. Its strings are controlled from a set of levers mounted on the side, and players access the instrument via a small platform.

Skumsnes Moe is a member of Norwegian trio MoE, and she will be playing the newly built octobass with violinist Ole Henrik Moe. Guro also curates the All Ears festival with Paal Nilssen-Love.

Only Connect takes place in Oslo 4–6 June, across various venues in Oslo. More details on the octobass concert here.