Biosphere & Deathprod - Nordheim Transformed (1998)

Płyta ta, którą wspólnie stworzyli Geir Jenssen (Biosphere) i Helge Sten (Deathprod), stanowi rodzaj hołdu dla jednego z najznamienitszych norweskich kompozytorów muzyki współczesnej, Arne Nordheima, oraz rodzaj suplementu do wydanego w tym samym czasie albumu „Electric” powyższego. O ile „Electric” zawierała autorskie utwory norweskiego kompozytora (dotychczas niepublikowane nagrania z Warszawskiego Studio Muzyki Eksperymentalnej, gdzie Nordheim gościł w latach 1967-1972), to „Nordheim Transformed” stanowi zbiór remiksów, które za punkt wyjścia miały wspomniane kompozycje...(nowamuzyka)

Arne Nordheim has enjoyed relative success, at least in his native Norway, as a composer, but his early electronic music remained largely ignored. One of Rune Grammofon's first projects upon its inception was to release a collection of his electronic works from the late '60s under the title Electric. The release triggered a rediscovery of the music and had an immediate influence on the young generation of experimental electronica artists. Working as a tribute and a testimony, Nordheim Transformed combines remixes by Geir Jenssen, aka Biosphere, and Helge Sten, aka Deathprod (a solo producer and member of the quartet Supersilent). The key word is in the title: transformed. Biosphere and Deathprod don't merely remix pieces like "Colorazione" and "Warszawa"; they have dusted them down and given them a whole new treatment. Early electronic music wears its age on its face: the sound of early tone generators and the crude reverb and editing technique are all unmistakable. But under the hands of these two they fade away completely. Both artists have a penchant for dreamy tunes that allow a minimal, leitmotiv-like fragment to repeat and become a melody while noise-peppered textures evolve in the background. Deathprod has produced the most ambient tracks. A bit warmer and finely detailed, they offer a nice alternative to the light melancholia of Biosphere's music. This is all very remote from Arne Nordheim's sound world, but it makes a pleasant album in its own right, an album fans of Hazard, Oren Ambarchi, and the lighter side of Fennesz will enjoy. (amg)

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