RIP Kåre Kolberg

Sorry to hear about the passing of Norwegian composer Kåre Kolberg. I’m honored to have taken part in releasing his early electronic pieces on Prisma Records. We did two CDs and one LP with important pieces of Norwegian avant garde music history. Kolberg’s music holds up incredibly well today. Compared to his contemporary Arne Nordheim’s similar works of the same era (also recorded in the Warzaw electronic studios) Kolberg’s music is less romantic and has a more fierce modernist edge to it. When putting together the records Kolberg gave me his reel-to-reel machine, an item I value greatly. The man may be gone, but the music lives on.

Kåre Kolberg portrett

Recommended mail-order: Tedium House

Tedium House in San Francisco has excellent stock of most of the Pica Disk releases – including several sold-out-at-source titles, like my “Tapes 1990-1999″ box set. Tedium House also stocks tons of other interesting stuff, including copies of the legendary Bananafish magazine. Highly recommended.


New book on Marhaug Forlag: Anastasia Ax


HELI now playing in American cinemas


2012 interview video from Mexico

Lasse Marhaug en el nicho Aural #2 from el nicho experimental on Vimeo.

El Nicho Aural festival. Thanks to Eric Namour and his crew.

2009 > Merida, Mexico

Me and Nils Drønen. Jazkamer Mexico tour. Photo by John Hegre

2004 > Jazzkammer live at Blå, Oslo

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Ax book here

The new book on Marhaug Forlag has arrived. Full info coming soon.


New Sudden Infant

I’ve designed the cover for the new album of Sudden Infant. “Wölfli’s Nightmare” is available on LP and CD from the swiss Voodoo Rhythm label. (Probably available on iTunes/streaming as well, for those who doesn’t like touching their music). Sudden Infant has for over 25 years been (more or less) the solo project of Joke Lanz, with an electronics/voice-based sound, but has in 2014 been reincarnated as a full band adding drums and bass to the line-up. A brave move that I wish more noise artist would dare to take – but then again Sudden Infant was never like most noise artists.

Here’s what the cover looks like:
The physical object looks way nicer, with Pantone silver print and glossy foil.

In 2011 I published a book on Joke Lanz and his Sudden Infant project on my Marhaug Forlag. It was the first thing I put out and a publication I’m proud to have been part of. Usually when working on a big project for an extended period of time I get quite bored/sick of the subject, but making this book only made me a bigger fan of Sudden Infant. The second edition of the book is still available. Just drop me a line.

And while I’m throwing links at you, I recommend you to check out the excellent Sudden Infant t-shirt blog, one of the best places on the internet to get a glimpse of the smiling faces of the worldwide noise underground.

And – here’s a video clip (see, I told you it was a proper band) of a song off “Wölfli’s Nightmare”:

New release on Pica Disk: Stine Janvin Motland “In Labour” LP


Stine Janvin Motland: In Labour [LP]

Stine Janvin Motland is a vocal performer from Stavanger, Norway. She has been active for a number of years in different constellations and as a solo performer, but In Labour is her debut solo album. Stine has a distinct way of working with her voice – with a strong focus on intervals, repetition and texture.

In Labour is recorded and produced by Lasse Marhaug.

The recordings were made at various outdoor and indoor locations in Norway during the summer and autumn of 2013. The idea was to place Stine in challenging sonic environments, and to explore how the surroundings affected the performances. The locations were picked for their sonic qualities.

In Labour is both a solo voice and a field-recording album at the same time, but it is quite different from what either of these usually sound like.
In Labour is released by Pica Disk April 2014 on 180 gram vinyl LP.

Distributed in Europe by Metamkine []
Available on all digital channels: Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.
Hi-res audio available from Subradar

Side A:
1. Sorting it all out
2. The Day After
3. Sleepwalker
4. NNN
5. The Foehn
6. Can’t get any closer

Side B:
1. Test
2. Late Breakfast
3. Sounds From Cage
4. On Display
5. Nuisance Body Liquids
6. Condemnation Falls Through
7. Labouring