I found a missing jigsaw piece today. Have been listening to Biosphere’s part of the “Man With a Movie Camera” score for years (check it out after the jump), but now I got my hands on the part to Mental Overdrive! Its awesome and can be downloaded from BandCamp. Here is the story behind the score:
In 1996, the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) commissioned Mental Overdrive and Biosphere to compose an original soundtrack for the Russian silent movie “Man with a Movie Camera” by director Dziga Vertov. The duo split the work between them by selecting alternating scenes throughout the film, in order to make the 1 hour and 8 minute soundtrack as varied as possible. The first screening with this new soundtrack performed live took place in Tromsø in January 1996, and then a series of concerts/screenings followed at selected festivals in Norway and France. Biosphere released his pieces of the soundtrack as part the 2001 version of his “Substrata” album, but the Mental Overdrive body of work has not yet been available – until now.
Knowing that Geir Jenssen composed the first song, it should be possible to merge this two parts together and get the original soundtrack! Well that was the easy part, the hard part is to make a time machine so we can catch the 1996 live show…
From the Vault: Biosphere‘s part of “Man With A Movie Camera” score
mp3: Mental Overdrive “Kling”
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What a great start of the day! Waking up to the news that there is a new digital Biosphere album waiting for me on Bandcamp. The album is called “L’incoronazione di Poppea” and the music is…
“…based on Claude Monteverdi´s opera of the same name, and is an Italian baroque opera first performed in Venice during the 1642–43 carnival season. The opera is also one of the first operas to use historical events and people rather than classical mythology, it adapts incidents from the writings of Tacitus, Suetonius and others to recount how Poppea, mistress of the Roman emperor Nerone (Nero), is able to achieve her ambition and be crowned empress.”
In other words, the album contains newly composed electro acoustic music by Geir Jenssen in combination with original music by Monteverdi. It is released by Biophon Records, and is commissioned by the Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt for their dance opera “Poppea” (watch excerpts of it after the jump).
From the Vault: Biosphere covers “Blue Monday” by New Order
Biosphere “1991-2004” – a compilation of hard to find tracks
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Monday the 21st of May 2012 the Norwegian dj Rune Lindbæk and GramArt, the artist organisation that is representing him, filed a complaint to the district court of Bergen, Norway. The complaint states that Lindbæk wants to be credited as a co-writer of two songs from Röyksopp‘s debut album “Melody A.M.” The two songs are “A Higher Place” and “40 Years Back/Come”.
This conflict has been going on over 6 years most of the time behind the scenes, but made public in March 2011 when the Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv featured the case/situation over 10 pages (short summary in Norwegian can be found here). The peice was written mostly from Linbæk’s point of view, to great irritation for Torbjørn Brundtland and and Svein Berge. 8 months later (even it is dated 20.04.12) Röksopp answers the article by publishing a 45 pages letter (written in Norwegian) on royksoppsvarer.com. Few days later Lindbæk answer this letter by writing a blog post on runelindbaek.com.
The picture above is taken from a time when things probably seemed to be better (photo taken from runelindbaek.com). So what did this conversation through the media and web really tell us (especially for people that dont master the Norwegian language that well)? Well, there are these two songs that was made in the Drum Island (Lindbæk, Brundtland and Ole Mjøs) period, and then developed by Röyksopp and released on their hugely successful debut album. To cut it short (if I should mention all the twist and turns in this case this post would be 10 times as long), the quarrel its about if Rune Lindbæk was part of the creative process and of course – money!!
MToK do not want to take any side in this conflict, but was it really necessary to do your dirty laundry in public? On the other hand a court case might be for the best, since everything else seems to have failed, so the record (or rather tunes) finally can be set straight…
One of the songs that has caused this controversy is Röyksopp‘s “A Higher Place”…
…which has some similarities to Drum Island‘s “Lift”…
…which again has a resemblance to the beginning of Jean-Michel Jarre‘s “Wooloomooloo”…
From the Vault: The Irrepressibles “In This Shirt” (Röksopp Edit)
Palace of Pleasure “Pink Palace”
Today we bring you a previously unreleased track by Mental Overdrive, recorded back in 1996. Well, in fact it was released last year as a flexi disc, but was made available as a free download few weeks ago. Flexi discs aren’t so common any more and this is probably the first one that comes out of Tromsø since 1966!
The disc add some extra spice to the book “Diskografi: Tromsø Elektronika 1984 – 2011” by Robert Dyrnes. Published in conjunction with Tromsø’s Insomnia Festival‘s 10-year anniversary in 2011.
MToK cant wait to get their hands on this book!
From the Vault: Mental Overdrive “Diskodans”
Uusi Fantasia to preform at the Insomnia Festival
This was a bit hard! I couldn’t choose between the original version of “Traena” and the Biosphere remix, I really like both of them! In the end I chose the remix, but be sure to check out the original after the jump…
Le Petit Garçon, aka Christian Hollingsæter, is a Norwegian producer that explores the intersection between slow and fast music. The idea behind this is that clubmusic also can be used as a lullaby. The “Traena” 12″ was released by Breaking Plympic Records and can be ordered from here.
From the Vault: Biosphere covers “Blue Monday” by New Order
Synkron Ulyd – an unearthed gem from the North…
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