April 26th, 2012

New York Sounds: Path train from Christopher Street to Hoboken

This is the last New York sound that I going to upload. It is a recording that starts underground in the Christopher Street path station and takes you under the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey.
I really enjoy recording in subway trains and stations. They always offer many exciting drones and noises.

For this recordingI used my Röde NT4 in the Röde Blimp (clamped outside my back pack) connected to my Marantz PMD661.

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April 24th, 2012

New York Sounds: Central Park

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.

It was a nice day in the park.

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April 23rd, 2012

New York Sounds: American Museum of Natural History

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.

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March 18th, 2012

Rehearsal Sunday

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 @ Borgen here 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.

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January 16th, 2012

Remix!

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:

and here is the original:

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January 8th, 2012

Among gulls, gray gooses and joggers in Pildammsparken Malmö 2012-01-08

Today I decided to take my gear and go to Pildammsparken the largest park in my hometown Malmö, consisting of large green areas, willow forest and a big pond.
The park is a popular place to exercise in. And around the pond, there is a rich bird life.

Here are a short sample from today’s session:

[Recorded with a Röde NT4 connected to a Marantz PMD661]

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November 30th, 2011

Alpacas and streams in Rataryd 2011-11-19

Last weekend I spent at my parents in laws house located in a small village called Rataryd deep in them woods of Småland.
When I’m there so I always try to take this opportunity to make some field recordings. It’s fun to be able to do some recordings of natural sounds and sounds of the countryside.

We spent some time in the stables with their alpacas. There is no special social animals but if you drew them with some carrots they could not resist to come and taste a bit.

On the way home from the barn we passed a small stream whose sound I took the opportunity to record some samples from.

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November 26th, 2011

Ljuset Kommer Aldrig Åter

On 27th of October I released the first record on my newly started label Funeral Fog Records.
Ljuset Kommer Aldrig Åter is the name of the album and it is produced by me under the psedonum Jurko Haltuu.
Here are some facts about the release:

Ljuset Kommer Aldrig Åter (The Light Will Never Return) is a 44 minutes and 6 seconds long piece of music, composed, looped and processed by me ( Jurko Haltuu). All sounds are based on a 2 minute and 47 seconds long field recording made by my friend Magnus Natt och Dag in his car just outside Halmstad on the Swedish west coast. Sunday 28 August 2011.

On release day, I made a very intimate gig at the tiny but oh so nice gallery Makeriet driven by some friends of mine here in Malmo.
The gig went really well and I am very pleased with how the sound became established in this small room, about 20-25 square meters.

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March 1st, 2011

“Escaping The Dark” new Jurko Haltuu release on Treetrunk Records

I have just released my second release on Treetrunk Records. An EP called “Escaping The Dark”. The EP  contains two dark ambient / drone tracks named “Mörker” (darkness in Swedish) and “The Escape”

I wanted to get the sounds go from sounding dark and rumbling in the begining to more brighter and easily manageable in the end. To get the listener to simpely escape the dark.

 

The EP is downloadable for free here.


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February 13th, 2011

Down in the basement

I have started to spend some time in my basement to record sounds to some new songs that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

The idea is that I’m going to record sounds from various parts of the basement and then process them to ambient soundscapes.
This is my first raw recording from the underworld. I really like how droney the sounds turned out to be when you are in a “concrete hole” a few feet under the ground :-).

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January 23rd, 2011

Train To Nowhere

This is a dark emotional track.

I have used the recorded sounds from an old tape recorder and a ventilation valve. Then I added some white noise and a few software synthesizers. Then I processed everything in Reason.

I think there is  a very sad and dark feeling in this track that I really like.

[I suggest you listen to it  in speakers on high volume, not in headphones]

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January 23rd, 2011

Summer Breeze

A droney track with some field recordings from this past summer when I was in the deep forests of Småland picked blueberrys.

[sounds best if you use headphones when listening to this]

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