The musical universe of Øyvind Torvund is rough and unpolished. Ensemble asamisimasa has taken his music into legendary Rainbow studio – and the result is unlike anything you have ever heard. Canadian artist Marc Bell has given each piece on the album a unique illustration for the complete cover art. Released at Ultima Festival, then Nordic Music Days in Copenhagen and finally a release concert at Cafe OTO in London on September 29th.
In the studio and in the woods
In Neon Forest Space the musicians are playing together with a field recording where they imitate primeval melodies from the forrest. In Wolf Studies there is no border between man an beast and it is difficult for the listener to hear the difference between wolf sounds and instruments imitating wolves. Plastic Waves points to something artificial, towards a world of cheap and imperfect imitations. The piece is a sort of piano concerto where the ensemble, the soloist and a noise generator recreates the sound of waves hitting against the shore. For Willibald Motor Landscape, Torvund collected recordings of car traffic in Oslo, racing cars, flipper arcade games, baroque ornaments and pulsating chords – transcribing it all into music.
Øyvind Torvund and asamisimasa
Torvund (1976) has been composer in residence for Oslo Sinfonietta and received commissions from ensembles including ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble Zwischentöne, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Plus Minus ensemble, and Yarn/Whire. He has been performed at festivals like Donaueschinger Musiktage, MaerzMusik, Ultraschall, Issue Project Room NY, Ultima, Transit, Huddersfield, Other Minds Festival and in Darmstadt Ferienkurse. Since its formation in 2001 the renowned Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa has worked closely with Torvund on numerous projects. In 2012 they received the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) for their debut recording Pretty Sound, with the music of Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen.