Very occasionally, a musician comes along and blows the cobwebs away. They can be hard to justify, place or align. It is within these brief moments that an opportunity must be seized. Smalltown Supersound have done just that.
The longstanding record label, based out of Norway, has been highly regarded as one of the most pivotal in electronic music and the associated crossover - in recent years having released some of the most influential music by the likes of Prins Thomas, Lindstrom, Robyn and Bjorn Torske. The latest artist to sign to the prolific imprint is Bendik Giske, a Norwegian musician channeling electronic music and instrumentation in a very different manner. The process by which he has recorded his first works for the label is described as follows:
"Solely created using his saxophone and a system of microphones across his throat and body. Despite using acoustic means, the music powerfully evokes the euphoria, excitement, glamour and transcendence of club culture."
The result of this magnificent creation is enchanting, ethereal and odd all at the sime time, blurring the lines between jazz and electronic music in a beautiful blur.
We invited Bendik to guide us through in eight tracks...
Buy the album HERE.
Ensemble 96 - Knut Nystedt Immortal Bach
Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt wrote this piece based on “Komm, su?ßer Tod, komm selge Ruh” by J.S. Bach. By simply instructing the choir to extend notes, this composition is almost like a piece of generative music. It relies on a system, put in place by the composer, to develop through performance, rather than being written out in full detail. First time I heard this was on my wake-up radio, being led out of sleep to these suspended clusters of human voice. I ?ve later heard Genesis P-Orridge say that they and their wife Jaqueline Breyer would wake up and inject the other with Ketamine while still asleep. That way one would wake up in some sort of an out-of-self experience, in order to further explore the wonders of the mind. I believe my wake-up radio experience is as close as I will ever get to that experience, and I feel that that moment became a threshold for me. Something had changed after that.