Sounds of Stadil-Vedersø

Rural Village Residency

In the fall of 2021, I visited the rural villages of Stadil and Vedersø on the windy west coast of Denmark. This visit was part of the art project “The Artist Close By,” which aims to bring professional artists closer to communities in rural areas.

My project involved recording the sounds of everyday life in the villages and using them to create unique instruments that people all over the world could use in their music. I released the sounds as free sample packs, which can be found at

To ensure that each of the two sample packs contained enough sounds for anyone to create a complete tune using only a sampler, I created two instrumental tracks using the sounds I had recorded. These tracks can be heard on this page using the Soundcloud players.

Thanks to the support of Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, I was able to purchase a number of MIDI keyboards with audio software. I gave some of these keyboards to young people in the Stadil-Vedersø area, and the rest were given to Vestjyllands Højskole for use in their electronic music class. In addition to the keyboards, I also conducted a workshop on making music with samples in an old, now-closed grocery store.


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  • Henk Keizer
  • Inge Agnete Tarpgaard