Tapes 1990–1999 now on Bandcamp
June 11, 2017
In 2006 I spent a month digitizing my cassette releases of the 1990s. I released some 50-60 cassettes in my first decade as a noise artist, some of them so limited and obscure I didn’t keep copies for myself. Revisiting my early works was a mixture of agony and enjoyment. Errors and misguided experiments were painfully apparent, the sound of my young self in my basement in the north of Norway creating my own version of music I had limited access to or information about. Still, don’t underestimate the power of teenage obsessions, and when going through the tapes I realized there were more inspired moments than I remembered, and I started to see the potential for presenting a selection of the material. I eventually narrowed my selection down to what became a 4CD box-set titled: “Tapes 1990-1999”. This became the first release on my new label Pica Disk in June 2007. I printed 600 copies, which sold out in about six months, giving Pica Disk a flying start and encouraged me to do more box-sets of noise music (Incapacitants, Kevin Drumm, Government Alpha and Jazzkammer followed – with a couple more on their way). Now on the ten year anniversary of “Tapes 1990-1999” I’m making it available digitally for the first time. €10 on Bandcamp for all 43 tracks (some clocking up to a half hour). The download includes all the artwork and liner notes from the original release (by Tore H. Bøe and Tommy Carlsson, thanks guys). Thanks also due to Tommi Keränen who mastered and lent (much needed) final quality control ears to the material. I still think it holds up, and that some of my best recordings can be found in this collection.
Jazzkammer live in Bremen October 2000
June 7, 2017
Someone recently uploaded a video of Jazzkammer performing live in Bremen in October 2000, which was our first tour outside of Norway. Fun to see, and not a bad racket. Short interview at the end with me and John – the joke of me introducing John as Helge Sten being that in the beginning someone incorrectly wrote that Jazzkammer was a duo of me and Helge Sten, an error that stuck for some time, and subsequently became an inside joke.
Bella Tenebrosa (2003)
May 23, 2017
Sult / Marhaug: Harpoon (2017)
May 22, 2017
Otomo Yoshihide / Lasse Marhaug: Super Single (2013)
May 20, 2017
The Great Silence redux
March 28, 2017
Gothenburg ensemble GGR Betong have released a CD called “Electronic Music For Chamber Orchestra Vol.1″, which features interpretation of pieces of Pauline Oliveros, Tetsuo Furudate, Anna Eriksson, Fredric Bergström and – uhm – your’s truly. The fearless Swedes have committed a ear-destroying version of my 2003 piece “The Great Silence” – and I must honestly say I prefer listening to their version over my own. (I wish I had a vuvuzela in 2003). Rigorously transcribing what is largely improvised electronic music and then performing it stands the chance of becoming a novelty project, but GGR Betong is ultimately a really good noise big band. I’m honored to have one of my pieces be the catalyst to their onslaught. Order the CD from here: https://shop.geigermusik.se/
Jazkammer Instal festival 2006
March 13, 2017
Turns out that both video and audio from the first Jazkamer metal “big band” concert not only exist, but it’s online as well. And it actually sounds pretty good.
Endless Coast 2006
March 6, 2017
11 years ago Jazkamer toured the US west coast together with our friend Carlos Giffoni, and in Portland we got together with the legendary Smegma and recorded a session with them at the equally legendary Smegma Studios. The result was the “Endless Coast” album, released on CD on Carlos’ No Fun Productions the next year. It’s one of my favorite Jazkamer recordings, one I still find pleasure listening to, because every time I hear something new I’d forgotten about. Carlos was listed as a session member of Jazkamer, but it’s just as much his album, and he was instrumental in making the project happen.
Get the CD dirt cheap at Discogs, or listen to the album for free on the Jazzkammer Bandcamp site: https://jazzkammer.bandcamp.com/album/endless-coast-2007
Here are some previously unpublished photos from October 6th and 7th 2006.
Norway’s new national anthem
March 2, 2017
Metal and dark ambient musician Lasse Marhaug has collaborated with the likes of Sunn O))), Jenny Hval and Merzbow. He wrote this epic, incredible 37 min+ drone opus for his native Norway.
“Nations are defined borders set up to protect privileged people from less privileged people. National anthems are the collective dreams of those nations expressed by music. But, dreams can easily turn into nightmares. We don’t always appear as we wish. Good intentions can lead to disaster. This is my reworking of Norway’s national anthem ‘Ja vi elsker dette landet’ (which translates to: ‘Yes We Love This Country’). The original anthem was written long before Norway became one of the riches countries in the world because of its extraction of fossil fuel, so I feel it’s time for an update. This is a dystopian version of Norway drowning in an avalanche of natural disasters brought on by the amount of oil we’ve pumped into the world. Not something to be proud of – and I hope that in a generation’s time this version will feel outdated and considered a relic from a time when we just didn’t know what we were doing.” – Lasse Marhaug