Online compilation: The Promise of Arrival
May 10, 2016
The profits of the compilation, which will be sold through Bandcamp, will be entirely donated to a list of organisations which are active helping migrants and refugees, whether that means rescuing them from a catastrophic journey or getting them set up in their country of arrival and helping them start a new life.
The promise of arrival dies way too often on the shores of selfishness. This collection of music offers a helping hand.
Europe is not in a good place at the moment. Political tensions tearing up the very fabric of its core values, an internal economic crisis gnawing at the trust and relationship between its states, a populist drift which swept the continent like a cold wind, the ghosts of sadder days suddenly rearing their ugly heads.
At its borders, the situation doesn´t look any prettier: hundreds of thousands of human beings escaping from war, famine, persecution and fanaticism – looking not for the Promised Land but for some respite and a chance to lead a life with a somewhat sembiance of normality – or to keep on living altogether.
We all have seen the pictures, we have heard the numbers, we might have even had a chance to look into the faces of those who made it here. Many more did not, their journey ending at the bottom of the sea or against a chain-link fence at the border. In face of the blatant failure, or refusal, of many of the Western governments to properly deal with this crisis and in light of the massive wave of hate and violence with which so many of these persons were met once they arrived in our highly civilized countries, the situation calls for every decent European citizen to try and do a little more than staring at the TV screen and shaking their heads in disbelief.
The organisations :
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
MIGRANT OFFSHORE AID STATION
ASYLUM SEEKER RESOURCE CENTRE
CITY OF SANCTUARY
Rolf Aamot exhibit
May 8, 2016
Pleased to see Rolf Aamot getting his exhibition in Bergen. It was an honour to release his almost forgotten but incredible electronics works on Prisma Records in 2011. Still available, both on CD, and streaming on iTunes/Spotify.
New release: Maja S.K. Ratkje: Crepuscular Hour 2LP/DVD/CD
May 7, 2016
I’m pleased to be part of this new album “Crepuscular Hour” by my friend Maja S.K.Ratkje. I was part of performing this piece twice, both in Oslo 2010 and in Huddersfield 2012, and it’s a reworked recording of the latter that’s now being released as a 2LP/DVD/CD combo package on Rune Grammofon. The DVD has a 5.1 surround mix. “Crepuscular Hour” is a piece for three choirs, six noise musicians and church organ – and yes, it sounds huge.
Here are some photos from the Oslo performance in 2010:
Here are some photos from the Huddersfield performance in 2012:
RIP Tony Conrad
April 9, 2016
Incredibly sad to hear the news of Tony Conrad’s passing. A giant has moved on. His importance in avant garde music/film/thinking goes without questioning. Tony did so much. Some of my favorite music ever recorded was by him – just two days ago I was playing “Outside the Dream Syndicate” loud and thinking that music doesn’t get much better than this. Before I met Tony in the early 2000s I was a huge fan, but when I got to know him I became an even bigger fan. He was the nicest living legend you could meet. There’s a million stories about Tony, I only knew him a little but still got my share of them, but something he told me once stuck with me: That how we who choose to work in this field of music are rich, just not in money, and that he himself felt like a millionaire. It may be an obvious metaphor, but hearing it from him just made me remember it, and right now the world certainly seems a much poorer place without Tony Conrad’s presence.
Incapacitants talk online
February 22, 2016
My talk with Fumio Kosakai and T.Mikawa of the legendary Incapacitants from January 2015 at NyMusikk Oslo is now online at Soundcloud:
Remix for Frank Rosaly
February 4, 2016
A remix CD of Frank Rosaly is out now on Utech Records, and includes a track by me. I also mastered the CD. Get it here.