Sunday, January 24, 2016

Richard Gürtler awesome review of Tralfamadore!

His summary of my works so far, is beyond what I ever could dreamed of. The words from here are from Richard Gürtler:
Review of "Tralfamadore" CDr by Elrox Ambient Session
I remember well that day, November 10th, 2015, when two orders from Norway from two unknown projects arrived into my mailbox and graced my collection. Both absolutely new to me, now few months later, I can confirm they safely landed on my personal list of "Best revelations of 2015"!!! Some weeks ago I already focused on Super Fata's "Structural Tendency", now it's time to dive deeply into the soundworlds of Elrox, a solo project of Tom Ståle Engebretsen, who is based in Nesoddtangen. Known as a crafted photographer, journalist, writer and active supporter of local electronic scene, he is the good guy behind "NSDN - elektronika nesodden" 2CD compilation from the end of 2012 displaying local talents within varied styles of electronic based sounds such as ambient, Berlin school, downtempo, glitch and many more. A quite ambitious release, which by the way included also a 16-page newspaper presenting, introducing, interviewing and picturing each participating artist/band on this double CD. Although written solely in Norwegian, I definitely treasure this item for its very unique approach. How many times you have a chance reading or at least browsing through such newspaper? Well-done, Tom and all recording artists!!! But, let's move now back to Elrox. His debut "Colour Of The Past" was released two years ago on digital and physical formats, while "Lucent Echoes" followed few months later as digital download. Both these albums mostly cover more melodious soundsculpting like chillout, downtempo, Berlin school, pop/rock..., but with most recent releases under Elrox Ambient Session epithet, "Iceberg" and "Tralfamadore", Tom Ståle Engebretsen moves into more distinctively flavored minimal soundscaping. Spotlighting on "Tralfamadore", this newest album by Elrox is out since August 20th, 2015, as a digital download, but also as a pro CDr and cassette, announcing the birth of Tom's own label Tape The Sound. The 4-panel digipak comes with stunningly marvelous paintings by Freddy Holm and even if this is not a glass mastered product, the CDr edition looks really impressive!!! Kudos to Tom Ståle Engebretsen & Freddy Holm!!!
Based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse 5", around the part when the main protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is during the World War II kidnapped by extraterrestrials and taken to their home planet called Tralfamadore, the album opens with 5 and a half minutes long piece entitled after its leading character, "Billy Pilgrim". The listener immediately dives into an uniquely sparse aural zones, where contemplative tinkles and outbursting sonics are counterpointed with helically enigmatic reverberations. Remote piano motif sneaks in as well along with intangibly ephemeral cybernetic rumbles, while glimpses of eternal stillness continuously permeate across. Wow!!! Wearing a pair of quality headphones is an ultimate must-have here!!! The sound quality is just amazing and attentive ears are persistently rewarded with many distinguishably auralscaping delights!!! Only few seconds longer "4th Dimension", as Tralfamadorians are able to see in four dimensions, keeps on weirdly colored paths, where sudden oscillations are merged with hissy subtleties, ear-tickling fragments, buoyant patterns and cyber-tech bleeps. Phantasmal howls are enduringly hanging above. The next piece, "The Flying Saucer", precisely bridges gently metallic clinks, magnificently laid-back, with intricately nuanced drone spirals, cinematic cascades and introspective clatters. Clocking to nearly 5-minute mark, this is another absolutely enrapturing listening experience!!! Bravo, Elrox!!! "Tralfamadore Zoo", slips into more experimental, cacophonously colored terrains, no wonder due to its title. An array of high-pitched cyber-biotic chimes is hauntingly equalized with emerging mellow blankets. Bizarrely effective!!! "The Earthlings Dome" is invaded by desolate drifts, while translucent scraps and rattles swirl across the ears, razor sharp cybernetic traceries relentlessly titilate the synapses and relaxed downtempos paint spellbindingly fascinating sceneries. A true sonic elixir and another pinnacle of the album!!! "So It Goes" is maybe the most expansive soundscape on this journey so far, even if rather minimal with additional diaphanously transient traceries. Whistling vestiges amalgamate with undulating panoramic drifts, which awake, rise, climax and fade away, while isochronal cello-like weeps emanate and steal the center stage. Weirdly gorgeous piece!!! "Cyanid Atmosphere", with 7:40 the longest track on "Tralfamadore", continues on mysteriously scented path, when melting barren panoptic, yet lissomly sinuous drone, pensively meager sequences, sonorously ringing transitoriness and eerie groans surreptitiously exhaling from enveloping stillness. A rather scattered soundforging, but still a truly transcendental escapade awaits here!!! The title composition "Tralfamadore" effectively commingles mesmerizingly spiraling meridians with incisively stringed expressions and insistently swinging and swelling shatters. A quite eccentric piece driving me almost nuts with its perpetually hypnotizing circlets. The closing track "Montana Wildhack" is named after a nubile young actress, who is also kidnapped by the Tralfamadorians and becomes Billy Pilgrim's mate in their zoo. This piece safely maintains the unique approach of its creator with precisely detailed and richly entertaining fragmented texture with many swirling embellishments and catchy melody thrown in. Enthralling, cinematic, blazing, immersing...
It's absolutely evident here, Tom Ståle Engebretsen is equipped not only with a truly virtuosic musicianship, but also with a glowing sonic vision, because "Tralfamadore" is undoubtedly a really spectacular piece of art meticulously transforming fiction into a fantastic 51-minute aural story!!! This guy is playing his own league, that's for sure, since with his newest album he achieves a devastatingly peculiar progress and advancement when comparing to his debut work. Elrox's own unique, extraordinarily immersing signatures are all over this brilliant recording, bravo, Tom Ståle Engebretsen!!! And another bonus on "Tralfamadore", as already mentioned, is the audiophile sound quality, credit for exquisite mastering goes to Tore Stabell Kulø, who also acts together with Elrox as a mixing engineer and producer. And if you are an aficionado of vintage cassette format, don't miss "Tralfamadore", I don't own the cassette, but according to the pictures, they look really cool too!!! By the way, the artist himself said once, he must be the oldest music debutant in the world... Tom turned 50 last September. But why not, there is always a time to fulfill your dreams. You did it and you have my deep respect, Tom!!! Keep on creating and live your dream!!! I will always keep a focused ear to the ground!!!
Richard Gürtler (Jan 24, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Medlemsutstillingen 2016 Galleri Vanntårnet

Into it this year again, with this picture. The title of the picture is "Casa Glamonelle". I think it´s time to use the names I construct for opening the fantasy. So "Casa Glamonnelle" was, or is a place where you can put your imagination into, and create whatever scenes you like. Was there a place in the past? Or the future to come? Or maybe right now…

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ambient DJ set: Silence must be heard

Listen to this goodies, if you like quiet music. There are also tracks from my project Castana and Warpness. To be released later this winter...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Best album on 2015 list!

Ambient music guide put my album Tralfamadore on the best list for 2015! I am so proud and honored by this. It is followed by an awesome review. Read it here: http://www.ambientmusicguide.com/pages/features/bestOf2015.php


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Buttons -Pinbackbuttons

Yes! Did this buttons and several more. Rented a button machine, and was in the creative mood for one week. Lot´s of fun in doing this. Many different buttons was made. Here are some beauties.

On the lightboxes again

Doing more of this stuff again…. Due to my last years music experience I found out that I need pictures for my music-covers. And I sort of do photo, since I now actually need pictures. This year has been good, and when 2015 soon is history, I once again put picture together on the light boxes. Here are the first results. Merry christmas and I happy new best year ever!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Elrox drawing portrait by Daniel Hedman

This one is so cool!  Daniel made this to me, and I am so thankful! And to viewers: Look at all the details. They tell a lot about me..



Picture Copyright: Daniel Hedman

Monday, October 19, 2015

Elrox Ambient Session: Tralfamadore

Mike G from ambientmusicguide.com says: "Fantastic release. Melodic, original, subtle with a polish that only an experienced musician can bring to his art. On my best album of 2015 list."
Favorite track: "The Flying saucer"

Need I say more? One of the biggest ambient sites give me this? THX!

Here it is:

And more things to come…. I got it on cassette and CD. First album on my new label: TAPE THE SOUND!  Will be more to come later, about this.
But look at this beauty:




And the CD´s:


And the story and credits:

Welcome to a journey to Tralfamadore. Tralfamadore is the name of a planet in Kurt Vonnegut`s book: "Slaughterhouse 5". Vonnegut released this novel in 1969 based on his experience from the world war 2. The main character in the book, Billy Pilgrim, is picked up by a UFO. This source can be interpreted in several ways. That´s why this is a cult-book. It´s this part of the book that Elrox made music too.

credits

released August 20, 2015

All music composed and performed by Elrox.
Mixed and produced by Elrox and Kulø.
Mastered by Tore Stabell Kulø
Artwork by Freddy Holm

Thx to: Bamse, Sindre, Gro, Helene, Ole, Tom, Greta and Freddy.

tags


Go to bandcamp and listen to it. It will be digital on Spotify, Wimp, iTunes etc probably in december 2015.
Thx to you who already supported me.

And here is the video!!!



Tom S. Engebretsen/Elrox ambient session




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Release of Tralfamadore 20 aug. 2015

Soooo... now it´s time for my first ambient album, Tralfamadore.  Release party at my local pub in Nesodden:


Pressemelding:


Det blir platelansering på Kom&Bli, Tangenveien 129, Granholt, Nesodden,
Torsdag 20 august (førstkommende) kl. 20

Elrox ambient session er et kunst-musikk prosjekt av Tom Ståle Engebretsen.
Platen "Tralfamadore" er en tolkning av boken til Kurt Vonnegut som heter "Slaughterhouse 5".
På lanseringen blir det en presentasjon av platen og DJ musikk med rolig ambient.
"Tralfamadore" kommer på CD, kassett og digitalt.


Bakgrunnsinfo:

Tom Ståle Engebretsen (49) aka Elrox er nesoddgutt som skiftet beite fra fotograf til musikk for 5 år siden. Han har gitt ut 2 plater tidligere, og stod bak en fellesutgivelse med elektronika artister fra Nesodden i 2012. Denne gangen er det en kunst-musikk plate som lanseres under artistnavnet Elrox ambient session.

Tralfamadore er tittelen på en planet i forfatteren Kurt Vonnegut´s bok "Slaktehus 5". Vonnegut ga ut denne romanen i 1969, basert på sine opplevelser fra den 2. verdenskrig og bombingen av Dresden i Tyskland. Hovedpersonen i boken, Billy Pilgrim, blir hentet av en UFO, og fraktet til planeten Tralfamadore. Denne hendelsen i boken kan tolkes på flere måter. Det er mye på grunn av dette at boken har fått en kult-status i hele verden.

På plateutgivelsen er det denne biten som tolkes musikalsk av Elrox. Det spesielle med utgivelsen er at den også lanseres som kassett.
I det man skulle tro at kassetter var på vei ut, har det i nyere tid fått en renesanse. Det er blitt populært igjen blant samlere av eksperimentell og ambient musikk.

"Tralfamadore" er en slik plate. Coveret er tegnet av kunstneren Freddy Holm.
Det blir muligheter for kjøp av CD og kassetter denne kvelden.

Ved lanseringen på Kom&Bli, vil man få en innføring og smakebiter på hva ambient musikk er.
Alt i regi av Tom Ståle Engebretsen.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Music update report july 15

Not sleeping at all! The last 6 months I´ve been working so hard to full-finished my music. So: New Elrox album to be released in september. BUT: Before that I`ve done so much extras. I am happy to announced an ambient album: Tralfamadore.  This is based on Kurt Vonnegut´s novel "Slaughterhouse 5". To do this release, I start up a new label called "Tape the sound".  More about this later. First of all I am so thankful to Freddy Holm (freddyholm.com) who made all the cover arts. And he also inspired me, with his pictures, to do this album. If everything goes as planned the release is set to 14th. august 2015.


(Cover for Tralfamadore on CD wallets)


(Freddy Holm and me. Photo: Helene Fjell)


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer!!!

Some photos from our last stay in Flatdal. (Telemark, Norway) Really enjoying the summer!  I will soon have an music update report. So many things going on right now... And I promise some cool surprises. Meanwhile some summer photos.




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Germany - Nordstrand


Rungholt


Ever since I started with music (4-5 years ago) I´ve been fascinated by the story of Rungholt in north-west Germany. This story has to be a music project! But, there was a few "but`s " here: I must be a better musician. Through the years I am on my way. I´m sure not ready yet, but it was time to visit the place where everything happened long time ago.



So, this february, me and my travel companion Helene Fjell set of to Nordstrand outside Husum. We lived at Nordsee Domizil Schobüll for 8 days.. A base to do research and also some photos. Helene got me started with pinhole photos. Each evening we developed film paper (used as negatives) from our "pinhole-boxes". I got some really nice shots from this. I keep them secret a while….. Future album covers!


Anyway: This tour was meant to be a research tour about "Grote Manddränke". Rungholt´s existence is beyond no doubt. Proved by scientists. (A. Busch)  The only remaing land is the Island Südfall. Rungholt was taken by  "Blanker Hans", the storm weathers name, in 1362. Somewhere between 1000 and 1500 hundred people drowned. That was a huge amount of people at that time. Hamburg had about 8000 citizens at the same time. 

But that is not all: In 1624 "Blanke Hans" appeared once again. It swallowed Alt-Nordstrand in the same area. This time 5000-7000 people drowned. 19 out of 22 churches disappeared in the ocean. We visit 2 of the remaining churches. On at the island Pellworm - Die alte kirche. And the second one at Nordstrand, located at Odebüll.

This is true facts and I am not sure how much I gonna tell this time…
All because this is my future music album. The biggest project I ever done. Planning a release in 2017. I actually need all that time…


During our stay, we met author and guide Robert Brauer. He lived on Südfall for 21 years. He could tell us a lot about the history of Rungholt…

(Robert Brauer and me looking at pictures from his science of Rungholt. Photo Helene Fjell)

So this mission to this area was a complete success. To understand and to get the facts about the history. (There is even a "Blanker Hans" museum in Busum. http://www.blanker-hans.de Of course we went there to. 

The music process will continue the next years. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fawm.org 2015


For the second time I participated at Fawm.org this year. (also did it in 2013) The issue is very simple: 14 songs during february month. A complete album.
It is a hard goal to reach. None of the songs are full finished. This is a kind of songwriter-self-discipline. After this month it is time to see what actually came out of this. 


First of all: I didn´t reach the goal this year. Due to moneywork and research tour to Germany. (see another post) 

What I do like about fawm is that you push yourself to make new music material. This is not a competition, but very hard self discipline. - And there´s big posibilities to get in contact with other musicians to collaborate. I didn´t even think or actually care about this, until it actually happened this year! Casee Wilson from York U.K. actually wrote lyrics and sing  "In the rain." I was so amazed! Definitely this is gonna be a song on my next Elrox album. Have to fix some practical things…

What I do like for myself is that I don´t have to think conceptual. Each song is made there and then. No matter which genre it is. Just what I feel to do, right now. Not everything is good, I have to admit. But the same as last time: Some songs are album material. Even if I made only 11 songs I think at least 4 or 5 songs are future album material. Fixed, mixed and mastered later this year. 

I also enjoyed writing lyrics in norwegian on my last song. This became a duet with Helene Fjell we did the last days. 

Next year I will do this again. But I will be certain that february schedule is empty. Only concentrated focus. 

All my songs here: http://fawm.org/fawmers/engebretsen (will be deleted after a while.)

Comments on this years song:

1. Intro: 
@timfatchen  4 weeks

Liked the major/minor duality through this, and the solo themes coming in at around 1:00 were magic. And an effective ending, no wimpy fades. Hooray!

Really enjoyed this one! so much electropop/rock ends up uninventive, tedious, harmonically boring. Not this one!

@orbh 4 weeks
Sweet pads and nice bass lines. A good start for the FAWM for sure. It's always nice to hear guitar and guitaresque sounds in a mostly electronic songs. Cheers!
@shortdan  3 weeks
This is very cool! That guitar sounds amazing. Some very cool synth work in action here. Excellent 
@the3queens  1 week
Am I hearing a tongue click? Some very interesting sounds interspersed in here.

2. Calling:
@meadows  4 weeks

Really cool song, with a good vibe. Well crafted as well. I like it very much!

@kristian  4 weeks

cool! Love the vibe in this... especially the bass and the lovely arp! If you need vocals, post in the collab section in the forums 
@owl  3 weeks

Lovely song, I'd be willing to give lyrics/vox a shot if you're still interested!
3. A hero:

@tiller2  4 weeks

Great piece. In listening to that stately melody, I wanted to suggest it be brought to a pinnacle by having big bells, of some sort, carry the melody line. Then I did hear bells, I think, near the very end. Try it even earlier.
@headfirstonly  2 weeks

A really interesting combination of electro beats and prog-style guitar. Reminds me of 90s Jean-Michel Jarre, it's got that anthemic feel to it. I might put a bit more compression on the guitar to even out the levels (it sounds like it's a bit up and down at times), but I like the use of reverb to fade it off into the background at the end. Very cool!
4. 109

@gman 4 weeks

Good beat, full sound, nice chord progression, I like how you added to it as the song went along. Nice job!
@rj1 3 days

I'm with @gman the chord progression really caught my attention, and then the builds, nice job on the drums and percussion.
5. Still walking: 
@imustbenuts 4 weeks

Nice laid back track; thanks for sharing!

@frankfriend  4 weeks

i dig it. Has a Pink Floyd feel. Division Bell-ish.

@philipstorry 6 days

Really nice layering - it builds very well, but is never too busy. I like the little changes in the middle, but they don't feel jarring because you've kept some continuity with the guitar. Nicely done.

An excellent piece. Thanks for this! 
6. In the rain feat Casee Wilson:
@rosieposy8  4 weeks

This was lovely and atmospheric. Really enjoyed. Felt like a faithless track.
@jibbidy34  4 weeks

Yeah... chilled out relaxing slick professional ambient well produced good length soundtrack...the list could go on. Nice one 

@arthurrossi 4 weeks

I second the previous two comments... A very relaxing and well-produced track, very enjoyable!
@the3queens  1 week

Nice collaboration. Good to hear lyrics set to this music.
@philipstorry 6 days

Nice chillout music - a superb collaboration. I can really see this being used in a film or TV show. Excellent work!
7. And then I hear:

@zebraphone 2 weeks

mmmmmmmm, verrrry nice sounds you have chosen...... would work so good for a soundtrack, i was imagining a video game exploring a sort of easy-going space themed level. your use of different synths and sounds in this is quite subtle and they blend together really well. i can't imagine any lyrics to this, but maybe someone else can. enjoyed it!

@kahlo2013  2 weeks

Really fantastic! It creates a wonderful ambiance with the different layers and threads you weave together. Really well done!
@arthurrossi 2 weeks

This is beautiful... It has really an awesome "atmospheric feel" to it... One could imagine vast landscapes with some green hills and a blue sky when listening to it...

@j3jeffmason5 3 days

What a cool souding piece of music
8. Developed:

@corvisier 2 weeks

Cool, back with Edgar Froese 

@erikcameron 2 weeks

Awesome. Conjuring fond memories of The Orb.
9. Art of noise:
@leighbeater 2 weeks

great energy
@timfatchen  2 weeks

OK! What I said before! Inventive, interesting, no boredom, melody, harmony, enthusiastic beats, what's not to like? There sounds to be a folk influence in the background, was that intentional? or inevitably Norwegian? Or just me. And I;ve done something rare, for me, downloaded this electronica!
@headfirstonly  2 weeks

"Big"? You aren't kidding! *Huge* sound, absolutely huge.

Production-wise it's like the eighties have come back to show us how we should be doing things. There's everything including the kitchen sink in this, but it all fits together beautifully. Mightily impressed. Downloaded.

@marvsmooth  2 weeks

OH MY GOD!!!!!!! That's amazing!!!! *insert open mouthed smiley*
10. Make me feel:
@caseewilson  2 weeks

I wish my electronica came out sounding like this… one of the reasons I hardly write any for FAWM is that I just haven't got the time for the production that's needed… this is superb. So full and textured… I watchlisted you after "In the Rain" so I plan to get through your whole list.
11. En hilsen over havet feat: Helene Fjell
@tageule 1 week

Wow, this is so beautiful! Your soft voices go so well together. I don't understand but a few words, but together with the short description what the lyrics are about, it's enough to get the gist... Now I'm going to listen once again...
@corvisier 1 week

good song and nice voices 
@the3queens  1 week

Really love this! The duet and whispering very interesting. Soundtrack superb.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

DJ set: Circle Circle (Chill, downtempo, ambient)

Time for ambient with influences of Berlin school and even some jazz! Enjoy this chill dj set by yours truly.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Tom Space" plays Spacerock

Now and then I make some compilations on music I listen to. Actually this one is pretty hard stuff, and shure not ambient. Be warned!!! It´s only 4 tracks, but last in about 1h22m. Really good spacerock from 2014 feat. Matmosphere, Electric Orange, Øresund space collective and Lumen Drones. (Update report: Reach No 6 on NOISE chart and No 75 on Rock chart!!)

EAS: Iceberg EP Story

Autumn 2014 in Flatdal (Telemark, Norway) I really discover how to make ambient music. For the first time in life I was enjoying to wake up early in the morning! True. Started up doing ambient stuff. The quiet morning, and the nature as inspiration. When I got home I kept on doing ambient stuff. Then I came up with the idea to make a dekalogi. That means 10 EP´s with ambient stuff. Thatwill take some time I think. I have no idea what this is gonna be like. And how long it will take. The only thing I decided was theme within nature and science. The first one is "Iceberg". You will find finished EP in the post below this and here. I can also use my photo skills into cover design. That´s the idea then. I also want to make a limited editions on CD´s. When I got 10 out of this, I will probably make an exclusive box set. Meanwhile I will search for theme´s and make the avant-garde ambient art music, when the mood is right. Since this is named under Elrox ambient session, (EAS) there also maybe gonna be some albums beside of this. I allready got a masterpiece finished named "Tralfamadore". During the next months I will try to get a record company deal on this one in particular. And then we see what´s happen.. Elrox is still my artist name though. New album planned to be released this year. Enjoy the music.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Elrox Ambient Session : Iceberg (EP)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Looking forward on 2015

More Music!


Is there at all any doubt? I have find my issue in life. I think there must be a meaning in this. Even if the record industry is totally change, I will keep on with this. Don´t know how, but my believe is strong.

So here are working releases for 2015:

1 new Elrox album.

I will keep on with this cosmic prog-ambient stuff. Allready got about 30 minutes of breathtaking cinematic, darker tracks.
But I will not rush this release. I think a video should follow it. So summer/autumn 2015 seems good.




Introducing Elrox Ambient Session.

In november 2014 I went to one of my several trip to Flatdal, Telemark, Norway. Putting up my studio at "Minnesjordet."
This time something happened... I was enjoying the real avant-garde dark ambient and started up an complete album. It is finished!!! 
But it is something very different from Elrox, so I had to made up a new name: Elrox Ambient Session!

The album was made out of a painting by good friend Freddy Holm. And his idea of the painting was based on the story of Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5. After reading the book I was so into of making a complete concept album out of this. The book is a about the second world war, and the bombing of Dresden. The main character in the book, Billy Pilgrim went to an outer space planet called "Tralfamadore" (that is why this is a cult book...) This is the part I made music about. 
I am so proud of this material, so I will send it to different record company`s in Europe and USA. It has to be a dark ambient/avantgarde company. So if you have some tips, I would be honored to here from you! I can send you files if you want to help me. 


(Covers are in working process. Painting to right is by Freddy Holm.)

Elrox Ambient Session.

After this, I decided to do a lot more conceptual ambient. The new idea is to make a dekalogi -10 EP´s-.
There is no time limit on this, and I will work with themes from science and nature. And the good 
news:
EP #01 is ready!
6 track avantgarde/dark ambient named: "ICEBERG"
I will open a new account on bandcamp.com where I release this. Just in a few days..

So to everyone: Have a great year!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Looking back on 2014

This has been an amazing year! So many things that was finished up, and a very creative year.

Let´s start with the music: 2 albums released!  "Colour of the past" and "Lucent Echoes"

"Colour of the past" was mostly finished up in 2013 though... But I released in february at the cool place in Oslo called "Sound of Mu". Sorry to say that the place does not longer excist. But I was there amongst with prxm 30 good friends. I had used january to make some background projection to the show. That worked as version 1-0.

During last winter I was really in the mood of making more music. That was to become "Lucent echoes" Released in the summer. We also did an amazing video on one songs. You find it here . Frode Holstad was helping out with guitar on one track: Espresso. Great thanks to my producer on both album´s: Tore Stabell Kulø. He is the best!

Flatdal in Telemark is the place to be. I think I was there 3 times this year, only with music making. The last tour now in november is still not released.... So you know... I will soon tell what ´s going on. There is a kind of awareness in my music coming up...
The place I am living in Flatdal is "Minnesjordet."  Kai Fjell, a famous norwegian painter, created this place in his time, with old norwegian houses. So lucky me, to know the family well....

One of the family member in Fjell family is art photographer Helene Fjell. I finally finished up the video from the succesful exhibition at Nordic Light in Kristiansund. And she did my first official music-video with the song "Memories" from "Colour of the past".
I  also finished up a video of Nikki Sudden (1956-2006) I did shoot way back in 2005.

My music is not known in many places yet. (!) But I believe that take time. Anyway I was picked up by  a radiopodcast in Germany: Syndae.de  (Thx Stefan.) There is also something happening on Soundclick.com There occurred to be some interests here, but I really don`t know what this is.... But I got listed with several songs that I put here on ambient chart. All the way up to No 6 in chart with "Espresso"!!!

I also like doing DJ jobs, and for the first time I got listed with a cool, crazy funk set on Mixcloud.
Tom´s ton fonk. I did it purely for fun and it was listed as No 12 on Funky chart!!!!

So, 2014 was really a music year. Mostly I focused on my own music, but I also listen to a lot.
So here is the best albums of 2014:
Pink Floyd: The Endless River
Andrew Heath: The Silent Cartographer
Lumen Drones: Lumen Drones
Billy Idol: Kings & Queens of the underground

Honorable mentions;
Pjusk: Solstøv  and Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circle

I also have to mention artist/bands that I listen a lot to, in 2014:
Sphongle, Jerome Froese, Loom, The Peaking Goddess collective, Younger Brother, Banco De Gaia, William Orbit/Strange cargo, Solar Fields, Future Sound of London and Øresund Space Collective.

There was to little time in 2014 to cultivate in art. But I find time to get in love with the books of Jesper Waldersten an also inspiration by photographer Kim Keever. And of course the books of Storm Thorgerson and also his late Hipgnosis cover art books.

Well, that was a short summary of the great year 2014. And I do know that 2015 will be even better! So to all of you: Happy new year!



Friday, December 12, 2014

Dan Young (1938-2014)

Noen mennesker blir man kjent med i en inderlighet som stikker dypt. Dan Young var et slikt menneske.


Vi møttes første gang i forbindelse med en utstilling for litt over 15 år siden, på Vøienvolden gård. Da hadde han allerede et langt og aktivt kunst –og yrkesliv i Norge som fotograf – og filmskaper; Grunnlegger av fotokunstgruppen Manité da han kom til Norge (1962) sammen med Arild Kristoffersen (Kristo) og Robert A. Robinson. Som yrkesfotograf sammen med Stein Thue. Samt en rekke dokumentarfilmer både som regissør og stillsfotograf. 

Han hadde nylig hatt en utstilling på Henie-Onstad og disse bildene skulle nå vises i et betydelig mindre arrangement. Men du stilte opp. Med store sort-hvitt fotografier i et trangt og lite lokale. Det var her det skjedde noe. Noe som skulle få konsekvenser for et varmt og dypt vennskap. 

Mens vi satt i lokalene var det om å gjøre å finne best mulig plassering for utstillingen, med den roen og stillheten bildene fortalte. Det var her vi fant tonen. En vandring inn i en liten og kompleks verden med en utfordring som var vanskelig, men ikke umulig. Vi ble kjent der. Du med din varme, ubegrensede tid, humor og ærlighet. Noe jeg vet at mange fikk oppleve med deg. 

Ettersom årene gikk holdt vi kontakt. Du så alltid fremover og jeg ble også tatt med i din historievandring. Om livet i Arizona hvor du kom fra. Om reisene du tok til hjemlandet. Hvordan du jobbet med bilder i ørkenen. Du var en indianer i naturen. Du lyttet. Du observerte. Du tok deg tid. Tid til å se. Se små absurditeter og detaljer. Med åpent sinn og stor sinnsro fant du dine motiver. Du var en god forteller. I bilder og ord. 

Du hentet frem egenskaper hos andre og verdsatte de. Du hentet frem magiske øyeblikk i en ellers liten by som Oslo. (Vist bl.a. i boken: En amerikaner i Oslo). Det var filmene dine med realisme og sterke skildringer. Du var historieinteressert. Du var engasjert. Noe du også kunne formidle. 

Og du var nysgjerrig. Du ble digital med fargebilder. Paletten blomstret som du selv gjorde. Du viste meg en foto-serie med varianter av et tre på hytta. Du fortalte hvordan dette ensomme treet stod ved vannkanten. Du jobbet med det. Du tok bilder av det. Det ensomme treet. Når du virkelig var godt inne i det, så var treet plutselig borte. Bonden hadde tatt det. Treets historie sluttet der. Du rakk det du skulle. Tilbake sitter melankolien og sentimentaliteten. Du likte begge deler, men var verken melankolsk eller sentimental. Du så humoren. Du fant liv i det som stod stille. Det som beveget seg fort, frøs du fast til stillhet. 

Nå er det din stillhet som gir oss ettertanker. 
Tankene går til din familie og venner. En ekstra klem til Gry. 

Tom Ståle Engebretsen

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Flatdal



From my favorite creative spot located at Flatdal in Telemark, Norway. 10 days in november to create music and this timelapse-video. Get the mood here yeah!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Andreas Haddeland Trio

Some press-photos I took for Andreas Haddeland trio. Out now with album "Tilhørighet". It´s a jazz record featuring Andreas Haddeland on guitar, Lars Tormod Jenset, bass and Ulrik Ibsen, percussion.




Update music report nov. 2014

Some update report: After 3 months of moneywork I could finally do what I like best: Making music. I have been on my favourite spot located in Flatdal, Telemark, Norway. For one week, I've done my best things ever! No kiddin'. I am also into some real ambient stuff. That's a bonus. So I needed to sort things out. I did work on new Elrox material. Think I know how thats gonna sounds like... Probably simpler and darker. Teckno stuff still way ahead, but sounds better now. But I think I have way to go yet on this. But it is going somewhere now. But what I really am proud of, is my ambient/art music from this tour. I got an full album ready with this, and it is quiet, deep, space, art and ambient. So somewhere early next year I am gonna release this. But I would probably use another name than Elrox for this project. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

#synthtreff 2014




A short film, made by me, about a gathering where we look at old synths. (And some new) This arrangement is a yearly tradition, arranged by Terje Winther. This was my first time here. And it was cool, if you like gears and vintage synths. "Det norske analoge synthtreffet" is it´s name. I also put some music into the film, that is not released yet...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Elrox:Espresso official music video

And here it is!