Transmitted live on National Danish Radio on the 5th of September 1983, Inskription was a scandalous, soon to become legendary event performed by a 20-year-old Martin Hall. Using only vocals, tape recorders, violins, sound modulators and echo machines, the performance is still regarded as a highpoint in Danish avant-garde.

In 2003 – 20 years after the night of the concert – the recording was released in a remastered cd-version.

1. Introduction by Ingolf Gabold (3:25)
2. Inskription (A) (4:55)
3. Inskription (B) (4:48)
4. Inskription (C) (2:44)
5. Inskription (D) (4:06)
6. Inskription (E) (6:33)
7. Inskription (F) (1:20)
8. Inskription (G) (2:56)
9. Inskription (H) (7:35)
10. Inskription (I) (4:31)
11. Applaus (0:40)

Martin Hall: Vocals, modular systems, echo machines, violin, tapes

Design: Kenneth Schultz
Photo: Casper Sejersen

The performance took place in the concert hall of the National Danish Radio in relation to the National Fund for the Endowment of The Arts’ yearly grants to new Danish talents. Martin Hall was as one of the four recipients invited to perform at the occasion. Being given the grant for his work in the field of experimental electro-acoustic music, the young composer shocked the audience completely by generating a noise level never before heard on the premises. When the Danish newspaper Information (The Danish equivalent to The Independent) reviewed the concert a few days later, the headline simply ran: “Sound spanking”.

The 2003 edition of Inskription – released by Panoptikon in cooperation with the National Danish Radio – contains several essays and articles about the event. Henrik Marstal, author of an acclaimed Danish book on the development of electronic music, Filtreringer (2001), writes about the work in relation to its classical connections, whereas Steffen B. Pedersen from the Danish electronic music magazine Geiger writes about its relation to the rock and industrial genres. You can read a translation of the latter article here: