Swedish multi instrumentalist and “electronician” Per Boysen is a crossover crusader that loves music, but not genres. Enthusiastic listeners have hinted at “EAM”, “Nu-Jazz”, “Psychedelic” or “Minimal” while some refer to “Sound Art”. On stage Per plays interactive electronics driven by an acoustic/mechanic/electric instrument. The palette spans the Alto Traverse Flute, the Tenor Sax, the Fretless Guitar, the Chapman Stick, Stick Guitar or the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). Everything interconnected as a self designed meta instrument.
Per Boysen has performed many live-looping shows around Europe and the US, both as a solo performer and with ensembles. He is fond of multi media based collaborations, as for example when the Italian Festival Internazionale di Andria Castel dei Mondi provided the budget for assembling the temporary quartet Boysen Network Ensemble in order to to make a micro opera with amplified painting canvas percussionist and musicians clamped with cameras projecting on big screens. He is also active as a media music composer, having produced recordings of surround music, mixed records for bands and creative remixing for special record label releases.
The Erdem Helvacıoğlu and Per Boysen Duo got together in 2010 and recorded the album Sub City in a cinematic vibe of a dark and chilled sci-fi horror soundtrack. The album received good reviews and the duo was asked to perform it live in octaphonic surround audio, beginning with the prestigious festival Présences Électronique 2011 in Paris, Borusan Music House in Instanbul and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. When performing this instrumental opera and underwater epos both musicians play a row of electronic processing in parallel with their physical instruments; the TogaMan guitarviol for Erdem and the Chapman Stick for Per. Bold improvisation meets precise sound design. The musical ambition is to bring the audience deep down to share the experience of the citizens inclosed for generations inside an ecological city experiment that got stranded at the bottom of the ocean.
“Among the many festival highlights was Swedish guitarist and flute/wood-wind
player Per Boysen’s Jon Hassel-like soundscapes” (Guitar Player Magazine, USA)
“Per Boysen’s live looped ambience music with layers over layers of sax- and
flute melodies was a real experience, and it was obvious that he is utilizing the
electronics as his personal expression without being a slave to the technology.”
Turkey’s Helvacioglu (electric guitar, GuitarViol) and Sweden’s Boysen (flute,
sax, EWI, fretless and dropped-B electrics) masterfully employ looping and
sophisticated electronics to craft uncommonly deep, intelligent, and beautiful
cinematic compositions at times reminiscent of Stockhausen, Hassell, Eno, NIN,
and Floyd, but brilliantly transcending those and their many other influences.
(Guitar Player Magazine, USA)
Willing to teach
Freelance teaching on the topics:
- Instant composition with interactive electronics.
- Live Looping.
- Performance software as Ableton Live, Apple Mainstage and Plogue Bidule.
- Music production with Apple Logic. Mixing, mastering.
Multi Lateral Improvisation as in Instant Composing. Electronics extension of
string and wind instruments. Live sound design strategies.