Unscripted Twillingate: Digital Arts Festival | Håkan Lidbo - Unscripted Twillingate: Digital Arts Festival

Håkan Lidbo

Photo by Max Bjorverud.


Following a career in electronic music with more than 350 records released, Hakan Lidbo explores new ideas within interactive art, music, robotics, games, urban planning, and design fiction.


He is also the founder of Rumtiden Idea Lab in Stockholm Sweden.



Watchfacing is a piece of music inspired by time pieces. I’m fascinated by the incredibly old and unpractical way we measure time, built on Babylonian mathematics 4000 years ago – and how this makes music completely unrelated to the surrounding flow of time. I have worked with metric time where a day is divided into 100 hours and 1000 seconds (1 hour is also 1 kilo-second, minutes become obsolete) and how music can be in synch with the passing of time – and how music also can be a clock. The film is generated graphics with alternative ways to display time, in synch both with traditional Babylonian time and metric time, divided into 9 different themes in 9 different tempo signatures. The composition is built by layered textures of short and long loops/cycles, changing character each Babylonian and metric minute.

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