Some words on my new piece “Death of the Noise Artist”, which will premiere at Tectonics festival in Glasgow on Sunday May 8th this coming weekend:
I grew up in the rural north of Norway, five hours drive above the Arctic Circle. This is where I started making noise music. When I was 18 I moved south and spent my adult life living in first Trondheim and then Oslo. In 2016 I moved north again with my family.
Returning to the area in where I started out made me question how much the landscape and environment influenced my aesthetics. Why was I drawn towards distorted electronic sounds in an area that had no history for it? I did all my early work in isolation, recording and networking through the mail, until I moved south at 18. How did starting out in such a remote area shape me? (Basically: northern Norway > noise > WTF?)
This self-imposed aesthetic dilemma may seem both simplistic and self-centred – and of course no conclusion except many observations and new insights – but it proven to be a fruitful creative device. After two years of work I have multiple pieces in the pipeline. “Death of the Noise Artist” is the first. Later on there will be a record and a short film. Probably a tape too.
More info on Tectonics:
At the festival I will also be appearing along with Mats Gustafsson for Dror Feiler’s piece for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – further evidence that this path of strange music has been one worth taking.
Special thanks to Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell for making this possible.