Converting MPEG-2 .MOD files

I have been struggling with figuring out the easiest way of converting MPEG-2 .MOD files coming out of a JVC Everio HD camera to something else, and finally found a good solution in Squared 5 – MPEG Streamclip which allows for converting these files to more or less all codecs that are available on the system. It is also a good idea to rename the .MOD files to .M2V or .MPG since this will allow QuickTime to play them (without sound, since they are demuxed…) or even better with VLC (with sound!).

MP4 to WMV

I have been struggling with creating video files that are easily playable on both OS X and Windows. Of course it is possible to make an avi with some “ancient” video codec, but that is not very tempting when the new H.264 codec is so nice. Of course, it would be nice if Windows users could use QuickTime, but for those who decline to do so, I found an easy way for converting MPEG-4 files to WMV.


I have been thinking about buying a new video camera. As I start to get very tired of working with dv-tapes, I was curious to check out some of the new hd cameras. Seems like it is still a bit early, as I guess the market will change next year, although this JVC GZ-MC500 camcorder looks very sweet.

A 4GB microdrive seems too small, though, and it is unfortunately disqualified since it doesn’t sport a microphone input.

Master exam concert

Last week I performed my master exam concert at the Department of Music and Theatre, University of Oslo. The program consisted of improvisations for piano and live electronics. Different MIDI, audio, and video processing techniques were used. Here I describe the different pieces.

Metrosus (installation)

I always find it sad that there is no (musical) sound when you arrive at a concert hall. this installation is based on a series of random functions that will in theory play “new” sound for years. People passing by interacts with the installation through an infrared “switch”.


It is incredible how many exciting sounds one can get from a piano, and mallets are a nice change from playing on the keys. The computer helps with temporal adjustments and background sounds.

Contrasting Thoughts

An improvisation for piano and reactive video animation.

Skeiv Halling

When I studied in the US, I was asked to play Norwegian folk music in a concert. The best I came up with was an improvisation of Norsk, opus 12 no 6 by Edvard Grieg. This is a version with some MIDI transformations.

Random Piano

Every pianist’s nightmare would be that the keys change position while playing, which happens here, allowing for a different type of improvisation.


This piece was initially inspired by Spain by Chick Corea but has turned into something completely different.


The piece is based on short recorded sound sequences chopped up and played over four speakers.


Thanks to all my previous piano teachers, and in particular Anne Eline Risnæs (UiO), Misha Alperin (NMH), Bevan Manson (University of California, Berkeley). Thanks also to my computer music teachers Edmund Campion and David Wessel (CNMAT, UC Berkeley) and Asbjørn Flø (NOTAM). finally, thanks to Gunnar Flåtten, Rolf Inge Godøy, and Henrik Sundt for various assistance with the concert.