Molly Påhlsson (b. 1993) was born in Linköping, Sweden. She is a classical flute performer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from the Piteå School of Music. She studied composition at Framnäs folkhögskola under Martin Schultz and with Fredrik Högberg at the Piteå School of Music, where she also studied sound art and sound design. Currently, she is completing the Master’s program in flute at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Her music often uses sounds from the human body, organic matter and the flute.
For tenor voice and electronics
The lyrics are from a poem by Edith Södergran with the same title as this piece (“instinct”). The electronics consist of sounds from the human body, which are recorded using contact microphones. It also contains recorded voice from Erik Stillesjö, for whom the piece was originally written for.
Min kropp är ett mysterium
Så länge detta bräckliga ting lever
skolen I känna dess makt.
Jag skall frälsa världen.
Därför ilar Eros blod i mina läppar
och Eros guld i mina trötta lockar.
Jag behöver blott skåda,
trött eller olustig: jorden är min.