Knut Guettler, Oslo, Norway (31/01, 1943-
(Picture: 01/03, 2012)
I have been active in many musical fields, starting out as a professional jazz musician at the age of 19, playing double bass and trombone in restaurants, theatres, and studios. At the age of 22 I joined the Oslo Philharmonic, where I later became an alternating principal double bassist. However, in 1974 I had enough of symphony and went back to the theatre, the playing in which I found more enjoyable and inspiring. Nevertheless, I continued to teach classical double bass throughout most of my musical career: at the Oslo Conservatory of Music from 1967 to 1973; the Norwegian Academy of Music from 1973 (since -
Along the way, I have been composing and arranging for theatre and radio, conducting several musicals, including "Piaf" and "Cats", and have performed as double-
In 1986, I accidentally found a book that "changed my life": "The Physics of the Violin" by Lothar Cremer. (The book was misplaced on a shelf for music literature.) Inspired by this text, I then started reading physics and acoustics. In 1988 I designed a computer program for numerical simulations of the bowed string, and started to do analyses of bowed-
In 1998, based on my scientific merits, I was accepted for a doctorate in acoustics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, in spite of no previous formal university education. The degree of Dr. Techn., was received in 2002. From then on I have mostly been focusing on music acoustics, with little interest in my own musical career.
This amateur recording of my most successful composition, "Variations on the Tune Greensleeves", is one of very few video recordings where I appear as soloist. The recording was done from the audience in Kusatsu, Japan 1981.
The piece was composed in 1977 as music for a short performance on TV: A beautiful classical ballerina is daydreaming while practising her steps. She recalls different aspects of her life before she in the final variation completely loses control and "melts" into the music/my double bass...