Swimming In Empty Pool

Christian Rønn

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Composed, performed, mixed and mastered by Christian Rønn
Except ‘Bending Glass’ mixed by Lars Graugaard
A collection of live and studio recordings from 2017 to 2020
Worm Sound Studio, Rotterdam
EMS, Stockholm
Trekronerstudiet, Copenhagen

Christian Rønn plays Serge synthesizer, Buchla synthesizer, ARP 2600, D.S. Evolver, MFB Dominion, The Caterpillar – a string instrument by Yuri Landman, contact microphones, samplers, miscellaneous effects, sound objects and forgotten tools.


Swimming In Empty Pool is a collection of electronic and electroacoustic studio- and live-recordings tracked and produced 2016-2021.

In my work with abstract sound I tend to gravitate towards sound that has a physicality – almost like a physical presence. I like to imagine making a footprint in the listeners mind, like a sculpture, in the shape and form of the listeners imagination. This idea informs a lot of the sounds on this album.

Some of the takes on this album contains what can best be described as audible noise. That is no accident, but a conscious choice. Noise is as much a part of our sounding world as other sounds, and if it´s there in the recording I sometimes leave it in, and sometimes turn it up.

Some of the takes on this album contains what can best be described as melodies. That is no accident, but a conscious choice. Melodies are also as much a part of our sounding world as other kinds of sounds, and if it´s there in the recording I sometimes leave it in.

Some of these recordings are from EMS in Stockholm where I have harvested them from the Buchla and Serge synthesizers that lives there. Other sounds are from recordings in my studio in Valby and some are from live takes that survived a concert, and later got treated. Other sounds are from Worm Sound Studio in Rotterdam where I had a residency in 2016. Some acoustic string-sounds are played on the instrument-builder Yuri Landman‘s instruments, prepared and treated with electronic extravaganza à la ARP 2600 and the odd effect modules.

There are also vocals on this album, and it appears as strange to me as it possibly will to others, but it happened to sit there one day – perfectly sweet and sharp and there it is. I could not remove it. It has become something and as such it stays. The lyrics are in Danish and I am still to come up with a proper English translation.

This collection turned out to be a kind of retrospect from the last 5-6 years of my electronic musical output, heard again and re-imagined in a new context, in a collection that I hope will take the listener on a journey beyond what is obvious and trivial.

Thanks to Lars Graugaard for mixing Bending Glass and ideas and production-input in general.

Christian Rønn, May 2021