Today I released a new Jurko Haltuu cassette with the title “Schizophrenic Genius”.
It is a C20 consisting of three intense HNW tracks.
This cassette is a presentation of my new alias “Schizophrenic Genius” focusing on Harsh Noise Walls.
This have been a wounderful hot sunny summer. I have been vacant for nine weeks and have had time to rest, swim in the ocean, drinking beer, hangin’ out in the woods, do some traveling and work with my music and the lable.
On Monday its back to work and Im not super excited about that:-/.
Today I arrived home from a week hiking in th swedish mountins. The landscape and silence up in the north is very relaxing and inspiering and it has been a great week.
I have also visited three festivals this summer Psykjunta, the Norbergfestival and the Maglehemfestival.
At the Norbergfestival I saw some really good acts and it was fun to meet Varg(coming up with two new releases on Funeral Fog this fall/winter one solo and one new DÅRFDHS cassette) and some of the guys from Spekta (played at the festival as S100) (Which is going to release a cassette with some wonderful dubtechno on Funeral Fog later this year.) for the first time and make up som awesome plans for the future.
I also teamed up with Benjamin Syra here in Malmö and made some tape/vinyl trading and talked about his future release on Funeral Fog that is going to be a deep acid trip with some great artwork.
At the Maglehemfestival I played a liveset only using tabletop guitar for the first time. It was interesting and it sounded better than I thought it would. Im really inspired to do some more experiments with it.
Up next on Funeral Fog is a tripel (one split and two solo cassettes) HNW/Power Electronincs releases from the Swedish artists Anatomiteatern and Nils Dacke. That I hope to release in the begining of September. Its going to blow your ears and minds out;-)
Now it is finally finished. The split between me and Varg that has been planned since last fall is now released.
It eventually became a C60 cassette in which Varg offers six very fine analog abstract acid tunes and I (surprisingly enough:-) a 24 minute long slow changing droneloop.
Varg’s tracks has been complited for a few months but it has taken a long time for me to complete my side of the split.
There have been many hours producing loops that only ended up in the trash before I pulled myself together and made a pretty simple yet complex loop. It was recorded in one take in my studio on June 29 using a Eventide Space, some overdrive and freeze pedals conected to the computer. I also added a lo-fi recording from an autumn storm recorded in my apartment last year that I’ve wanted to get into any production for a long time and now saw the opportunity to record it on tape.
The cassette is released in 40 hand-numbered copies and comes in a cardboard sleeve with info sheet and four small trading cards.
On the 28th February Funeral Fog Records had a “release event” for the new cassette CANCER SPLIT on the intimate and cozy art gallery Makeriet in Malmö. Anders Walldén hold a short presentation of the project followed by a playback of his side of the cassette (Side 1) and after a short break Jurko Haltuu played a liveversion of his track (Side 2).
Badbakeday had made some very fine (and tasty) cookies for the event.
The second release on Funeral Fog Records is a 32 minutes long, black single sided cassette tape made in only 25 hand numbered copies.
The title of the release is “Den Yttersta Dagen” swedish for “The Last Day”.
This release is dedicated doomsday on 21st December 2012. This day will also be the official release day.
On the way down “Åreskutan” the wind began to accelerate and the fog thickened. As a guidepost, there were a lot of weather-beaten red steel pipes drilled into the rock. Some of these pipes had small holes in them that induced a flute-like sound when the wind blew through them.
At the beginning I did not understand that the sounds came from the pipes so for a long time I walked around and wondered what these droney abstract sounds which created an even more eerie feeling in the barren landscape was.
When I realized it was the pipes that developed them I took my Aquarian H2 hydrophone and lowered it a few feet down the pipe and really hoped that it could capture the sound, and it really did!
I think this recording is the most intresting and best recording I made this mountain hike. Both because it was so unexpected and for the fasination of how melodic and complex sounds the nature can create.
[Recorded with a Aquarian H2a hydrophone conected to a Marantz PMD661 audio recorder]
PS. If you liked what you just heard keep your ears and eyes peeled for a cassette tape called “Fragments from a world that is no more” that I currently working on where these sounds are the base of the composition. D.S.
A one-day hike that we did was to climb the 1420 meters high mountain “Åreskutan” in the middle of the large ski resort of Åre.
We thought this would be an easy hike completed in 5-6 hours but the weather wasnt with us and it turned out to be a very struggling walk in heavy rain and hard wind.
But when we started walking from central Åre weather was fine apart from some light rain. After about two hours of walking we had come halfway up the mountain and it was time to pack up our liquid-gas stove and cook some lunch.
We found a shelter that we set ourselves in in order to get protection from the rain which had now begun to accelerate.
The sound of the wind and the rain that fell on the shelters tin roof was very intense so I decided to put a hydrophone on the roof to capture this complex and almost ghostly sound.
The recording turned out to be very raw and distorted. I really like it!
[Recorded with a Aquarian H2a hydrophone (in a contact mic adapter) conected to a Marantz PMD661 audio recorder]
This summer me and my girlfriend spent one week hiking in the Swedish “Jämtland mountains”.
We walked about a hundred kilometers in six days and I brought my recording equipment to try to capture the sounds of this beautiful landscape.
I will upload a few of the recording here in the upcoming weeks.
First out is four recordings of some mountain streams and rivers.
The first couple of days we walked down the big mountain river “Storulvån”.
The sound from this river was very intense and monotone and after a few days it started to get on my nerves and I longed to get away from the river and into the silence of the bare mountains.
But still I think it is a really fascinating powerfull sound that just goes on and on and on and on…
[Recorded with a Röde NT4 microphone (inside a Röde Blimp) connected to a Marantz PMD-661 audio recorder.]
Along the way we passed many small mountain streams were we often stayed and picked up some water to drink (oh yes the water up in the mountains is very fresh and tastes wonderful:-).
[Recorded with one Aquarian H2 hydrophone connected to a Marantz PMD-661 audio recorder]
This weekend I’ve spent a few days on the Maglehemsfestival. This is a very small and intimate musicfestival located in the very beutiful “Österlen-area” on the southeastern coast of Sweden.
The festival focuses mostly on rock and pop music but also has a few electronic acts and even some poets and other art forms on the schedule.
On Saturday at 4 PM, I did my live-performance. This was the third time I performed at the festival but the first time I played in daylight.
It was a new experience playing my music in bright sunshine and 25 ° C. This brought a different kind of audience and mood than playing as the closing act in the middle of the night that I’ve done the other years.
But because it was so sunny and bright, I could not use the visual projections that I had created for this live set. I think this miscalculation unfortunately resulted in that the show lost a dimension.
But I’m satisfied with the musical part of the show and feel that it would be fun to work on with it and make it sound even bigger and deeper.
And it would be intresting to do some more live apperances with it in the future,
where I also includes the visual effects.
All the sounds in the set is made of many different field-recordings that I have recorded and later processed using the computer and some analog effects to create this “sinuswave sounding drones”.
A few months ago I wrote that I was preparing a liveset together with Anders Walldén, the gig went well and if you are intrested you can download and listen to how the set ended up here: BorgFM
(Sound quality is not the best but you get a good sense of how it sounded anyway)
The set is mostly build around sounds from the upcoming cassette split we are working on and soon going to release on my lable Funeral Fog Reords. So take a listen to the recording and keep your ears and eyes open for the release if you like what you hear.
I made this field recording a sunny day sitting on the grass in Central Park with my Röde Blimp and NT4 connected to my Marantz PMD-661.
I really like how so many sounds and atmospheres come together in this recording. The droning sound from all the cars on Manhattan, the rumble of planes and helicopters that circulated over the park, the wind rustling in the treetops, people chattering on their picnic blankets and birds singing.
Recently my girlfriend and I were in New York to visit her sister.
I brought my Rode NT4, Rode Blimp and my Marantz PMD-661 audio recorder to record some sounds from this big city.
The result was not as successful as I had hoped.
It was quite a hassle to carry around the Rode Blimp with the NT4 in it. So quite a few days, I just took the PMD-661 with me and left the NT4 at home. This resulted in poorer lo-fi field recordings that I am not so satisfied with.
But I managed to do some nice recordings and I will post some of the highlights here on the blog over the next few days.
First up is some ambience from the American Museum of Natural History.
I made this recording with the internal microphones of the PMD-661 in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.
I really liked the reverb in the exhibition hall and I think the 661 managed to capture the atmosphere relatively fine in this recording.
These past weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in my studio with Anders Walldén. We have been rehearsing a liveset that we are gonna play together on Friday, March 23 at Luminans @ Borgenhere in Malmö.
I’ve done some live shows before but, this I look especially much forward to. It’s the first time I will play with someone else and it will be exciting to see and hear how it sounds.
When we decided that we would play together none of us had any idea of how it would turn out. Our music styles is quite different as Anders builds his music around chords and melodies more than I do but we both have that dark and melancholy in the music.
The more we have rehearsed the more our sounds has bound and floated together in a beautiful way. The set will be built around ambient soundscapes, drones, field recordings, Anders beautiful emotional piano pieces and fragments from a split cassett we are working on (that will be released on my lable in a near future). We have rehearsed a basic set but will improvise quite much.
The set we have come up with will last about 45-55 minutes.
This weekend, Anders has been out of town so I have rehearsed and prepared me in my loneliness both at home and in the studio.
The set will be recorded and uploaded here on my soundcloud and on the blog some time after March 23.
Recently I have been remixing a track made by my friend Anders Walldén from his new very beautyful sounding album Oändligheten.
When he asked me if I wanted to do a remix for him, I was glad he had chosen this particular song for me because it’s one of my favorite songs from the album.
My thoughts with the remix were to make it even more emotional and deeper than the original.
I did this by pulling down the tempo by 20% on certain melodies and the vocalparts and added a “sad violinpad” that follows through the whole song.
To create a greater depth I built up a drone loop that escalates in the end of the song and then I could not help but to replace Anders field recordings with my own.
This is the result: