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The Hour Record Game

Conference contribution
Authors Per Anders Nilsson
Published in Audio Paper Symposium, Inter Art Center Malmö December 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Academy of Music and Drama
Language en
Keywords Bicycling, Hour Record, Video Paper, Re-enactment
Subject categories Performing Arts, Music


The Hour Record for bicycle is about to ride as long distance as possible in one hour on a velodrome. An hour record attempt demands performing on the edge of physical and mental capacity, and in order to beat the record the athlete has to prepare for months and years. As a simulacrum for such an attempt, as of 15th December 2015 at the A-Venue in Gothenburg, the composer, improviser, and in this case cyclist, Per Anders Nilsson challenged himself to cycle on an indoor trainer for 60 minutes at his lactate threshold: an average heart rate of 180 bpm. Video snippets from previous “real” attempts, as well as his heart bpm was displayed and used in the live electronic music that accompanied the event. Nilsson succeeded to meet his challenge, averaging 181 bpm during 60 minutes. As a voice- over to a video documentary of the event, the author shares memories and reflections from the performance, interspersed with quotes from previous and present hour record holders, as well as theoretical perspectives on subject matter. The video displayed is an edited version of the whole performance, approx. 12 minutes. Video: Erik Jeppsson; music: Palle Dahlstedt and Olle Petersson; other voice over: Gino Robair.

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