The Noblessner Tower
4 Tower of Noblessner (Noblessneri torn) / Tööstuse 46 / Argo Vals
Noblessner is a former industrial district between the Tööstuse Street and the sea. That industrial complex’s main focus was submarine production and maintenance. The eye-catching tower’s function was being a water tower for the industry. After the function changed it has found new life as an office building. It has window holes in the middle floor, openings to all four sides of the tall structure, poetic views It’s currently looking for a new habitants
The Noblessner Tower (Tööstuse 46, Tallinn), built in 1914, originally served the purpose of a water tower and has also belonged to a ship building factory.
My interpretation of the building is focused on the recent past starting from the mid '90s when it was purchased by a company dealing with removal of oily residues from ships. It was a highly profitable business at the time and enabled buying this tower to be their office.
Around the millennium the company had 50 employees working at the tower office. In 2001 the building was fully renovated, has been taken good care of since and still looks spectacular in 2019. It consists of 7 floors. The basement floor has a relaxing area with a sauna, pool and gym.
The global oil market has been drying up and today there are only 3 employees left working in the tower. These three office workers occupy the 1st floor. The other 6 floors are empty without almost any furniture. The tower has been for sale for some years already, but according to the owners it’s difficult to sell it, because standards and tendencies for contemporary offices have shifted.
The intro to my piece is about the tower’s wealthy millennium period. The section starting from the second minute expresses a feeling I got from the visit and a vision for the tower´s future. I wish there would be some way to use these rooms in a public or artistic way.
Argo Vals is an Estonian composer, guitarist and live-electronics artist.
Argo’s focus in his solo works has been on playing the guitar, but in recent times also intrigued by the variety and movement between different and opposite producers of sound, utilised drum machines and started using more sound effects.
Argo started to perform as a solo artist using live-electronics in 2008. The architecture of sounds resembles at times idm, ambient, math rock, progressive music and nordic jazz. These days Argo also composes music for several dance and theatrical performances. He is a member of musical groups Viljandi Guitar Trio, Karl Petti Band, a guitar duo with Karl Petti and Aigar Vals.
Argo has released two full-length solo albums („Tsihcier“ in 2012 and „Nokturn“ in 2015). Both records were nominated by Estonian Music Awards as the Best Alternative/Indie albums of the year. Estonian Music Awards 2016 nominated Argo Vals as the Male Artist of the year. He is currently working on his third album. Estonian Theatre Awards 2019 nominated his work in The Best Sound Design and Original Music category.
Argo Vals solo discography
"To a Tireless Daydreamer" (2017)
"Uni II" (2016)
Singles and music videos
“Armastus / Image Drain” double single (2018)
"Image Drain” music video in 360 Degree (2018)
“Image Drain” music video in 2D (2018)
"Uni" music video (2015)
"Tsihcier" music video (2012)
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