The electroacoustic piece 'Etapper' ('stages') is based on a text selected from the novel 'Kontrapunktisk' by the Norwegian writer Ole Robert Sunde. In the piece the spoken and whispered sounds from the writers reading of the text have been transformed, mainly by the use of digital and analogue filtering, echo and reverb techniques. Transitions of noise, also derived from these vocal sounds, have been used to mark the hidden transfigurations that lead the development from one stage to the next. 'Etapper' is commissioned by The Norwegian Centre of Writers. It received 1. and 2. prize in the International Rostrum for Electroacoustic Music in Stockholm 1988.