Friday, November 11, 2022

Jan Martin Smørdal / Øystein Wyller Odden - Kraftbalanse [Sofa Music]

Put out on the circuit via Norway's ever active Sofa Music label on October 1st, 2k22 is "Kraftbalanse", the 72 minutes spanning two track - !!! - collaborational album created by composer Jan Martin Smørdal in association with artist Øystein Wyller Odden. With the two extended pieces being composed for a setting of piano, strings and alternating currents, based around the 50 Hz hum of the electrical grid and executed in conjunction with an eight piece strong string ensemble on June 1st, 2k19 in the Oslo City Hall the sound of "Kraftbalanse" is composed of direct reactions to even most minute frequency changes within the power grid, resulting in a slow moving, yet ever meandering and forward progressing stream of unfathomable Deep Listening Music, comprised of a droning low frequency backdrop and a multi-layered arrangement of sustained, eerie, yearning and otherworldy off-kilter string tones reminiscent of lone, ancient siren songs as well as an overall feel of timelessness and eternity which makes this one a worthy edition to every Ambient and Avantgarde collection out there.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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