February, 2015

Grand Mutation in Pitchfork

http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/684-hot-organs-tracking-the-trend/

Marhaug / Asheim, Grand Mutation (Touch)

When asked what it’s like to work with trained classical musicians like Nils Henrik Asheim, Lasse Marhaug told Dusted, “Abstract electronics and noise are like potatoes; they fit with a large number of dishes.” At the outset of Grand Mutation, the 2007 pairing between Marhaug, a noise musician, and Asheim, an organist, the comfort-food metaphor seems apt: It’s all cozily reassuring drones, familiar as the sound of a plane overhead, intimate as your own idle thoughts. But it grows, almost imperceptibly, into a massive tangle of long held organ tones interlaced with Marhaug’s quicksilver oscillations. At it peaks, it’s as mammoth as the heaviest heavy metal; the closing “Clavaeolina”, on the other hand, has the spectral, shimmering qualities of Messiaen or Ligeti. As far as meat and potatoes go, it’s pretty damned luxe.

Assault on Precinct 13

Wrote this short piece on John Carpenter’s soundtrack about a year ago for Fact Mag when they did a best-of-albums-of-the-1970s list (uhm, the best albums of the 70s isn’t on the list).

John Carpenter: Assault on Precinct 13

This album shouldn’t be on this list. Why? Because the full album of John Carpenter’s seriously amazing 1976 synth score to his seriously amazing “High Noon”-remake wasn’t available to buy until 2003. And that was just CD – the vinyl didn’t arrive until 2013. (That’s last year). But, history books are written by internet loosers like us, and this recorded-in-three-days score is so good we’ll just pretend it came out back in the mid-70s until it becomes the truth. I was born in 1974, so I don’t remember much of those days anyway, but when I play the “Assault on Precinct 13″ 2003 Compact Disc (as I do pretty much every day of my life), I’m reminded of not just how grim/nihilistic/sexy the 1970s were, but also that if John Carpenter had flopped with “Halloween” two years later, he could’ve had a glorious career as a composer. Mandatory listening, kids. Really, mandatory.

Lasse Marhaug, 2014

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2012 > Pan Gu live in Singapore

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Coming soon: Pan Gu cassette

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Personal Best #5 is out

I’ve finally gotten a new issue of Personal Best out. #5 is ready, at last. Took me a year, but I think it’s worth the wait, as this is my favorite issue so far. Interviews with Rudolf Eb.er, Dennis Tyfus, Jenny Hval, GFrenzy, Makino Takashi, Anla Courtis and Fecalove. Order info at the Marhaug Forlag site. Also available from Metamkine, who also does distribution.

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Mastering job: Jojo Hiroshige “Jojo” CD

I mastered this new Jojo Hiroshige CD, which is out now on Utech Records. Nobody tortures a guitar like Jojo.

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Design work: Frode Gjerstad Trio CD

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