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Erik Honore: Heliographs

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If patience is a virtue, then Erik Honoré is, indeed, one virtuous man. Over the past few decades he's built a busy career as a novelist and record producer in his home country of Norway, and has come to increasing international attention as co-Artistic Director of the Punkt Live Remix festival--that globe-trotting festival with a philosophy that is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary in its hometown of Kristiansand in September, 2014. He's also become a more active participant on recordings over the past few years, performing on recordings by trumpter Arve Henriksen like Cartography (ECM, 2008) and Places of ...

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Nheap: Flying And The Silence

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Nheap is the nom de musique of Assisi-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Massimo Discepoli. More specifically, it's the title under which he records and releases his own experimental, jazz-influenced compositions (he records his more electronic, club-oriented, music as Nheap XP). Flying And The Silence is the fifth album under the Nheap name since Discepoli started the project in 2007. The jazz influence is not too obvious--Alice Coltrane might well inform the overall vibe, but experimental rock bands like Tangerine Dream seem to be equally important touchstones. Whatever or whoever might be responsible for the foundations of Discepoli's approach, his music is ...

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Take Five With Thomas Steffen

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Meet Steffen: Ctrl-Alt-U is a project from Thomas Steffen. Born in 1965, Steffen has been a drummer since he was 13 and has studied music science. Steffen has worked in different bands, projects, and film music for Dance 3D Filmfest Barcelona in 2013. Instrument(s): Drums, guitar, bass, sax, trumpet, and others. Teachers and/or influences? Wolfgang Eckholt was my drum teacher. I have been influenced by Miles Davis, Erik Truffaz, John Coltrane, and Stan Getz. I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was 13 and I had to ...

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Take Five With Aage Risnes

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Meet Aage Riisnes: Harlequins Enigma is a Norwegian based band created in 2008 by synth musician, composer, and video producer Aage Riisnes. Harlequins Enigma is mostly a one-man band but Elin Berge, Katie Leung, and Sara Jensen have served as co-members on several albums over the years. The primary musical creations revolve around chip-tune, electronica, techno, experimental, video game soundtracks, space, ambient, and new-age genres. Riisnes began experimenting with synth-based music in the early 1990s. Throughout the years, collaborations with Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Kitaro, Kate Bush, Dave Weckl, Chick Corea, Jan Garbarek, and others ...

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Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia

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The script gets flipped in Dysnomia, where calculated syncopations are not generated from laptops or patched-in devices but produced by the post-minimalist acoustic trio Dawn of Midi, paying homage to electronica with 46 minutes of methodically composed music. But then again what is music? As defined by Merriam-Webster: it is a science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity--which is precisely what DOM delivers with this release. The Brooklyn-based trio members' diverse origins of Pakistan (drummer Qasim Naqvi), India (bassist Aakaash ...

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Erik Honore: Small Sonic Postcards

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Compared to the rest of Europe, Norway's thriving music scene--be it jazz, pop, electronic or in-between genres--seems to be the most varied. Since1996/97, with the release of a number of seminal recordings including trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (ECM, 1997), keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz (Jazzland, 1996) and noise improv quartet Supersilent's triple-disc debut, 1-3 (Rune Grammofon, 1997), different strands from that scene joined forces and a new kind of music emerged, one that has not shied away from exploring the integration of electronics and programming with improvisation and interaction in order to create different, innovative and otherworldly ...

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Erik Honore and Greta Aagre: Year of the Bullet

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Impressive in its reach and warmth, the music of keyboardist/sampler/lyricist Erik Honoré and vocalist Greta Aagre on Year of the Bullet feels like a perfect brushstroke of sound calligraphy, full of cinematic passages that are designed to evoke a broad emotional spectrum. This is the duo's third release and first signed under their names--previously, they were known as Elsewhere. Years of the Bullet is an Italian expression describing the hard '70s, when Italy was plagued by political tension and terrorism. Mostly written in Italy, the album combines a masterful and imaginative blending of samples taken from various ...



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