Tow years after Fountain of Youth, Danish Copenhagen-based producer and dj Kasper Bjørke announced the release of a new album. The Fifty Eleven Project is out on October 19th via Kompakt. 11 art films, one for each of the album’s 11 compositions, will be installed as a video exhibition in Copenhagen, from 12th – 21st October – in collaboration with prxjects.com. “Dur For Vitus” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
On October 19th Kompakt presents a new LP and audiovisual venture by Danish producer Kasper Bjørke and close cohorts. Epic and in length but always captivating, ‘The Fifty Eleven Project’ is an entirely ambient concept album, that interprets and evokes the emotional rollercoaster Kasper experienced, from his cancer diagnosis and throughout the five years of regular check-ups. The week of the album release marks the 2nd anniversary of him getting the all-clear.
Prior to being diagnosed, two completely unconnected palm readers (one in Miami, 2002 and one in Copenhagen, 2006) both predicted Kasper would become sick before he turned 35, but they also both said he’d be well again. He was diagnosed in November 2011 and operated on less than a week after.
“Just two weeks before my 35th birthday, doctors discovered a tumour during a routine scan. The prognosis was positive, but the anxiety that accompanied the diagnosis was incredibly difficult to navigate.
I felt this urge to document what I was experiencing through music, but at the same time, I didn’t want to begin recording before my final hospital examination; not until I knew for certain I was going to be okay. On October 16th 2016, after five long years of regular CT scans, x-rays and blood samples, I left department 50 11 for the last time.
I wanted to document the gamut of feelings – both light and dark – using these long instrumental compositions as the narrative, and the track titles as a cronological guideline. The album chronicles a journey from discovery of the tumour, to the operation and frequent examinations; from feeling a beacon of love and light in the birth of my son (in the same hospital), to finally leaving that waiting room for the last time.
The project has been a therapeutic way of me processing the diagnosis, the constant fear of relapse and the light in being healed. Throughout the process I used the music to fall asleep to — and as a sonic space to meditate in and contemplate my journey. My hope is that others; healthy, ill or next of kin, will be able to use ‘The Fifty Eleven Project’ in that same way.”