RELEASE
January 01, 2004
LABEL
Rune Grammofon

Album Review

Arne Nordheim has enjoyed relative success, at least in his native Norway, as a composer, but his early electronic music remained largely ignored. One of Rune Grammofon's first projects upon its inception was to release a collection of his electronic works from the late '60s under the title Electric. The release triggered a rediscovery of the music and had an immediate influence on the young generation of experimental electronica artists. Working as a tribute and a testimony, Nordheim Transformed combines remixes by Geir Jenssen, aka Biosphere, and Helge Sten, aka Deathprod (a solo producer and member of the quartet Supersilent). The key word is in the title: transformed. Biosphere and Deathprod don't merely remix pieces like "Colorazione" and "Warszawa"; they have dusted them down and given them a whole new treatment. Early electronic music wears its age on its face: the sound of early tone generators and the crude reverb and editing technique are all unmistakable. But under the hands of these two they fade away completely. Both artists have a penchant for dreamy tunes that allow a minimal, leitmotiv-like fragment to repeat and become a melody while noise-peppered textures evolve in the background. Deathprod has produced the most ambient tracks. A bit warmer and finely detailed, they offer a nice alternative to the light melancholia of Biosphere's music. This is all very remote from Arne Nordheim's sound world, but it makes a pleasant album in its own right, an album fans of Hazard, Oren Ambarchi, and the lighter side of Fennesz will enjoy.
Fran├žois Couture, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Trasparenzahttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=296172962&id=296172961&at=11l9vR
  2. Journey to the Centre of the First 1.1http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=296172963&id=296172961&at=11l9vR
  3. Katedra Botanikihttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=296172964&id=296172961&at=11l9vR
  4. Warp/Warblehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/nordheim-transformed/id296172961?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Les Fleurs de Maihttp://itunes.apple.com/album/nordheim-transformed/id296172961?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Twin Deckshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=296172967&id=296172961&at=11l9vR
  7. Journey to the Centre of the First 1.2http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=296172968&id=296172961&at=11l9vR
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