MORTEN J. OLSEN
CD +3dB Records 017
Morten, J. Olsen, 32” Gran cassa and percussion
Bass drum! is Morten J. Olsen’s solo debut. Having made a strong impact on the Berlin scene for improvised music since his arrival in 2006, his trademark is impeccable instrumental control and an exceptional affinity for sonic exploration. After touring most of the globe with MoHa! and Ultralyd, his present instrument of choice is a rotating bass drum, prepared and extended with small percussion instruments. From what seems to be limited means, he creates a complete sound world redefining the idea of what percussion music is about. Bass drum is the fourth volume in +3DBs series « Music for one ».
“Rhythm is the relationship between what you mean now and what you meant before.”
Morten J. Olsen (b. 1981, Stavanger) is a musician, composer and artist. He studied in Amsterdam, but has been living and working in Berlin and Stavanger since 2006. Olsen mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette that includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock. He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia with MoHa!, Ultralyd, The Pitch and his latest collaboration NMO, with Rubén Patiño. Olsen is also a member of Splitter Orchester, a 25-piece improvising collective based in Berlin. He has released more than 40 records on approximately 10 different labels and recently adapted a new hobby as techno DJ.
Recorded in Grieghallen Studio by Davide Bertolini. Additional recording at Tou Breweries by Jan Erik Hagevold. Mixed by Olsen. Mastered by Jeff Carey. Produced by Bjørnar Habbestad.
OK, wow was recorded over two days in a wooden church outside Bergen. With the sounds of kindergarden children and the very special and insisting Bergen rain forcing itself onto Stine’s vocal performance a rear intensity was created. The image of the the lone singer, meeting, responding to and filling a space, made the entire session a vivid analogy of +3DBs work with improvisors. Touching the very essence of what improvisation is about, the six tracks maps out different ways to grasp what and who a voice really is. Motlands musical ancestors are many and important, but her sonic precision, clarity of intent and human fragility makes this album stand out.
Stine Janvin Motland is a vocalist, improvisor and composer. Working with extended vocal techniques through new music, physical theatre and improvisation she has become a central figure in the Norwegian scene of experimental music. She performs solo and with the groups VCDC and S/S motsol. In addition to projects with musicians and composers such as Lasse Marhaug, Maja Ratkje, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nils Henrik Asheim, Frode Gjerstad, Øyvind Torvund and Mats Gustafsson she performs as an actor, singer and mover with her own theatre company Brigitte & Paula band and in the baby opera Korall Koral.
Recorded by Bjørnar Habbestad and Sindre Sortland.
Edited and mixed by Habbestad.
Mastered by Jeff Carey.
Produced by Bjørnar Habbestad.
HILD SOFIE TAFJORD
CD +3dB Records 019
Hild Sofie Taford has re-written the sonic possibilities of the French Horn and established herself as one of Norway’s most arresting musicians. Pushing the limits of her instrument for years, whether acoustically or electronically, she has made her mark as composer, performer and improvisor. Her signature is present in her group playing in SPUNK and LEMUR, Zeitkratzer but takes front row in her solo work. »Breathing » – her long awaited second solo album – is devoted to the acoustic situation, exploring different relationships between performer, instrument and space. Based on live material from the large rooms at Bergen Kunsthall, Tafjord and producer Bjørnar Habbestad, exploited most known recording techniques in order to create a sonic signature as wide as possible. The result is delicate, intimate, vast and exhausting, covering the grounds from the inner most sounds of Tafjords instrument to the last decibel of reflections captured by distant microphones.
Tafjord is active as a solo performer and in groups like SPUNK, Lemur, Agrare, Zeitkratzer Ensemble, Trinacria, Phantom Orchard Orchestra a.o. She has a broad range as an artist and has made music for dance, film, theater, installations and sculptures. She has also worked with performances, given workshops and site specific concerts. She has played and collaborated with numerous mucisians and artists in Europe, Amerika, Canada and Asia, like Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Evan Parker, Matmos, Wolf Eyes a.o. Hild Sofie participates on more than 40 releases, and her first solo album Kama is out on Picadisk.
Recorded in Bergen Kunsthall, Sofienberg kirke and Hukkelbergs Hytte by Thorolf Thuestad, Bjørnar Habbestad, Thomas Hukkelberg and Hild Sofie Tafjord. Mixed by Tafjord and Habbestad. Mastered by Jeff Carey. Produced by Bjørnar Habbestad.