‘Stream of Noma’ is an hour long sound piece created by Efterklang, and installed in the bathrooms at Restaurant Noma. The recordings were made by Efterklang both at the restaurant and at a local supplier’s chicken farm.
‘Stream of Noma’ features hundreds of recordings, made in September of 2013, which were layered to form an aural stream with 20 focal points. The focal points both reference and parallel the 20 servingsof Noma’s menu, and they vary in form and approach; some of them are clean field recordings, while others take a straight musical approach. Most of the focal points also use processed manipulations ofthe recordings which are then used as rhythmic or melodic elements or as samples for synths.
‘Stream of Noma’ is an abstraction of the Noma kitchen, the process—the circle, the suppliers, foragers, preparation— and the result is the menu. The piece tunnels a link between the kitchen and the diner, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse, though both aural and abstract, at the mystique ofthe restaurant.
You can listen to an excerpt of ‘Stream of Noma’ below. If you want to hear the entire piece you will have to visit Restaurant Noma – and occupy the bathroom for 67 minutes.