Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Surprisingly the 12-inch versions of these were not on YouTube. Indeed the B-side semi-instrumental wasn't up at all. So I took the liberty....
Both really take off after the 4.15-ish mark - i.e. where the album (and 7 inch) version fades out.
Vocoder and synthesizers courtesy of one Mike MacEvoy - who worked with Adam Kidron on a bunch of Rough Trade aligned albums, and went on to be a screen composer.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
but what I really want to hear is:
"Omgivelser" ("Surroundings") was a commissioned piece made for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in 1970. It was made as a soundtrack for a short TV-film of the same name that was made by director Jan Horne. The idea was to melt abstract film impressions that showcased different sides of the environmental debate of the 1970s, together with experimental electronic music in order to create a singular expression. Kare Kolberg travelled to the famous Studio Eksperymentalne in Warsaw, run by Jósef Patowski, to record the music. Together with sound engineer Bohdan Mazurek Kolberg crafted the piece using the studio’s vast sound archives and two pre-recorded tapes that he had brought from Norway. One tape consisted of different sound recordings Kolberg had made with experimental jazz singer Karin Krog and the other contained different field recordings by Kolberg, including a Norwegian nursery rhymes sung by Kolberg’s eldest son. In the studio they processed this material with ring modulators and filters, and added different modified instruments created by an engineer at the studio. The piece was recorded using what were at the time the Rolls Royce of tape machines: two Telefunken Magnetophon M10s. The piece was originally broadcast to Norwegian homes in 1970. Since the standard TV-volume levels are set so low, the dynamic range of Kolberg’s music was not optimal. Kolberg kept the original master tape and over the years Omgivelser was presented several times at different electronic music concerts."
From her 1978 album "Cloud Line Blue" w/ John Surman who does amazing things with saxes and moog here...