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Neon Forest Space – asamisimasa plays the music of Øyvind Torvund – asamisimasa

ØYVIND TORVUND: Plastic Waves · Neon Forest Space · Wolf Studies · Willibald Motormore… Landscape


– Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund specialises in transcribing field recordings into dense and unpredictable chamber music compositions – here performed with verve by the ensemble asamisimasa. [The Wire]

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Punk, folk, field recordings and electronics. Øyvind Torvund and asamisimasa

Since the formation in 2001, Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa has had new music and avant-garde as its focus. In 2012 they were awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) for their debut recording ‘Pretty Sound’. For this new release asamisimasa present four works by composer Øyvind Torvund, recorded in Rainbow Studios – issued with a cover design by illustrator Marc Bell, who has made one artwork for each of the pieces on the recording.

Øyvind Torvund’s music has a rough and unpolished surface. At one point the composer even called it ‘raw’. He thus alludes to the fact he has not refined or purified the material. At least not in a way that usually signifies compositional craftsmanship. Instead Torvund’s material speaks to us in an open manner. It is an important quality of this music and it raises some questions about its nature and about contemporary music in general. And it may even widen our listening horizon.


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.

asamisimasa |Jan Martin Smørdal |Øyvind Torvund

Release date: 11.09.2015

EAN : 7044581350782

Cat.No.: ACD5078

Priskategori : CD