Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Chopin Project

Alice Sara Ott and Olafur Arnalds has created an original interpretation of the polish romantic Composer Frédéric François Chopin, who seem to have a pull on every sucessive generation since his own.

There was even a rather succesful video game released a few years ago centered around Chopins music; Eternal Sonata.


I am writing a review of The Chopin Project in swedish for Tidningen Kulturen, but any who stumble across this blog would be advised to look it up, either on ITunes, Amazon or Spotify.

The music is vibrant and a lovely homage to Chopins world, and is not a strict performance of the compositions, but rather a dialouge between Arnalds, Ott and Chopin.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kom nu, vind!


 

Come now, wind! is a poetry inspired mix of some of my favorite music, a follow up to bordering between neo-classical, ambient, hints of jazz and sound experiments, all while focusing on labels such as Serein and Erased tapes. 

The title is a reference to words by german poet Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin, associated with the artistic movement of romanticism. In a book by Aris Fioretos, Kom nu, eld! he translates and interprets Hölderlin in swedish. 

This is a dialouge between the world and music, which is related to poetry and all reference the nine daughters born of Mnemosyne and Zeus, the Μουσα, godesses of dance, music and a source of insperation to poets. 

Tracklist:
1.Something has changed by Peter Broderick 
2.Such owls as you by Brambles 
3.Absolutely heavenly by Diazo and Retoriation 
4.The sea & electricity by Imprints 
5.Slate by Wil Bolton 
6.In the androgynous dark by Brambles 
7.Wolf v359 by the The colossal Ithaca trio 
8.Four hands by Nils Frahm 
9.Proun by Strië

Friday, April 03, 2015

Carpe Naturam


Carpe naturam, photo taken with my Samsung NX300 with 30mm glass - completed using Lightroom.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Composition, lines and the virgin Mary


I created this image, in which we see Jesus and the virgin Mary, an image resting inside an ornamental brooch. It was made to illustrate the point of framing, of diagonal and dynamic lines in photography, of circles and rectaungular shapes within the framing of the image itself.

According to the English writer G.K Chesterton, "The essence of every picture is the frame". The frame here has is a proportion of 16*9, instead of the usual proportions that are often associated with modern 35mm photography, both film and digital.

The diagonal rectangular shape creates dynamics and intererest, tension which is added to by the ´"new moon"-shape of the shadow created by the tilting light source. The outer part of the ornament creates a cicle within the rectangular shape, and yet another circle, the inner border between the metalwork and the glass protected image of Jesus.

The image is a unification between dynamic movement of the rectangle wihtin the frame, the added movement of the new moon and the "circle within circle", which pulls the viewer in, into a classic despiction of grace.

In this image we may yet consider the circular shape of the halo, which draws out attention to the face of Mary!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Midvintersol

"Solen besegras ej
...
hon firas i sin vila"
- Dikten Sol, (2014)

"Ty solen är också kärlek."
- Guido Zeccola 

I recorded a holiday mix yesterday to celebrate the winter sun, with artists such as James Blackshaw, Nils Frahm, Lubomyr Melnyk, Blamstrain and others. I hope you may enjoy it.


Friday, December 26, 2014

One of Several Threads

Threads is a massive album released by Kahvi collective, which I have been featured by previously. Specifically on Tiny robots, Secret games and Terraform, as well as contributing a couple of images for album and EP-covers. As far as I can see, it is actually close to three years since I was part of their artist roster.

The track in question is also something which I wrote a couple of years ago. It is called Spirit level, a name I saw in a recent book by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. But I interpreted the term less through a political or sociological horizon and more in a musical sense.

Download the release here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

New Year Wishes for Soundbytes

I was asked by Soundbytes magazine, for whom I write, from time to time - what my wishes for the new year were. Here is my both quite serious and more tounge in cheek-anwer.


"Every DAW should allow you to have several projects open at once, with full integration and drag and drop interfacing between several tracks, I'm counting on you for this one, 2015! I also wish for world powers to recognise the priority in action, that the environment and climate should have. We only have one planet with VST-plugins! Let's protect the one we know of, and let cultural activities increase our understanding of what it means to be human."