harlequins enigma is an all genre musician who have made great material with international guest artists!
I drew much inspiration from early 80s/90s+ hits in my heart & had a
nice period in
2009 where many of the “skyscrapers” came to life. a romance had much
to do with
parts of it. in my early ophidian period, i was influenced by a vast
number of artists.
including amiga artists atjazz, øistein j. eide - boom jinx, jesper
kyd, bjørn lynne,
phenomena, jochen hippel & raphael gesqua. in addition i had a nice
audio cd’s like jean michel jarre - chronologie, vangelis - blade
runner, pink floyd -
the wall, limp bizkit, korn, p.o.d., tons of the best billboard music
& classical pieces
from beethoven, grieg, wagner & others. they were all part of my root
also had an early heavy metal period with favourites at the time:
diamond, motley crue, ratt, whitesnake, rainbow, the clash & more + i
grew fond of
kenji kawai’s ghost in the shell soundtrack among others as my roots
from early 1990’s to the next millenium. night pulse & the silhouette
of dr. voodoo
was based much upon heartbeat b.p.m. - but much of it drew juice from
metal etc, like alt.
I am single, restless & had periods in my life where music was calling
on me for
strange reasons. it is sort of a puzzle.
harlqeuins enigma mini secret
weekday of birth: thursday
birth time: 20:26
zodiac sign: capricorn
chinese starsign: dog
numerolgy number: 8
power animal: blue tit
favourite drink: corona
favourite dinner: beef with bernaice sauce & potatos
favourite movies: harry potter, lord of the rings, star trek, star
terminator series, alien series, demolition man, akira, ghost in the
escaflowne, bubblegum crisis tokyo 2040, oh my goddess, the mask,
ace ventura series, total recall, predator series.
favourite new age/electronica musicians: jarre, kraftwerk, vangelis,
mode, brian eno
favourite pop bands: lady gaga, britney spears, nelly furtado, kylie
minouge, la roux,
favourite r&b urban music: 50 cent, eminem, rihanna, snoop dog, alicia
favourite jazz artist: jan garbarek
In the beginning in 1991, i sat down with a new amiga & started
experimenting on a
program called startracker, i quickly swapped for protracker which was
my first notes came in the x-it tune which was mixed in 2009 on a
amiga 1200 where
i live now, with a nice result. the amiga scene back in the 90`s was
exciting music & since most had or could afford an amiga it was easy
to take a step
into the music world sampling your 8 bit sound from cd`s or getting
floppy disks. these 8 bit tunes will become a retro harlequins enigma
line & will be
eq`ed & enhanced & maybe multi-tracked, & some will even be re-made in
with acoustic drums etc.. – this line will be called the harlequins
series. equipment used during those days was: ensoniq sq1+, ensoniq
ensoniq vfx, korg wavestation, korg m1, yamaha qy20, roland r-70,
kawai k4, roland jv80 & a sample cd. my last tune after starting was
in 1997, and i felt i had gotten above an intermediate state i recall.
i then went to
school & got ill later – many a struggle it was but recovered. 4 years
enigma was founded by me, & like 600 tunes was made during that 3 year
we now look ahead & seek a record contract. in the beginning in may
harlequins enigma had some involvement with maniacs of noise, but the
ended shortly after, where åge riisnes, elin berge, sara jensen and a
later on katie leung did co-ops and sessions with klaus schulze, jean
tangerine dream, jan garbarek, dave weckl, kitaro, vangelis, tori amos
others. 430 16-bit tracks and 170 8-bit tracks were made in this
period from may
2008 until february 2010. night lights was then released at tunecore
in august 2010.
in the two previous months they released twenty four music videos. the
moon stars” and “million thrills” were taken down due to a mix-up in
and an issue with øistein eide. sun moon stars have been re released
at a later
time. 31.12.2010 dark light is released via tunecore. 9 singles & 12
been released since new year. albums are: ruby & jade photograph,
heartbeat, octagon volume 1. – the following 3 were best of albums in
a series of 3
albums called “the journey of harlequins enigma” – released via
cdbaby.com. & of
course octagon volume 2. + lately “alt” on nimbitmusic.com -
harlequins enigma are
now on jango.com - radio, hoping the world will spot them, & hope
from octagon volume 2 is being taken seriously. with the release of
“alt” & recently
octagon volume 3, they seek third partys who might like their music.
release of octagon volume 3, harlequins enigma have swapped
zimbalam. december 2011 saw the release of dance single time dance.
budget release ophidians: caricature personalities was a breath of
junodownload.com recommends the track 90`s waves feat. jean michel
jensen & elin berge under the leftfield genre for april 2012.
during my 20`s, i was hospitalized & came in touch with the psychiatry
little later during medicination i came in touch with personell that
talked to me, & to
my surprise they communicated via telepathy one day in my mind. this
common as the years passed. i rely on some help now, but i am aware of
exist enemies as well as friends on this mental matter. when i was 36
composing again & after a little while i got vistors, if you ask me
why, i would have to
say that it was the joy & inspiration from the composers that made
them come to me
mentally. everything i`ve made was done in my flat in bergen, norway.
i hold the
copyright to the material & i`m aware of the fact that i have evolved
musically because of all inspiration & help in this period. at the
same time i had
enemies which have made my life a living hell. i have mentioned in
despair tons of
information around the subject at my homepage www.harlenia.com under a
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because...
jan garbarek`s words via the sax makes me moody & relaxed
I was first exposed to jazz...
in the 90`s during my amiga protracker period i heard many cool jazz
tracks by various amiga artists.
The best show I ever attended was...
metallica - & justice for all tour in the early 90`s think
The first jazz record I bought was...
jan garbarek - i took up the runes & 12 moons
My advice to new listeners...
don`t be afraid to be impulsic in your music, a quick edit later is
all there is to it. nevermind the blushing, things sorts themselves