With special guest Reggie Chamberlain-King, editor of the anthology The Black Dreams: Strange Stories from Northern Ireland, published by Blackstaff Press earlier this month.
Reggie will be introducing some contributors to the anthology from the Seamus Heaney Centre, including Sam Thompson, Aislinn Clarke, and Emma Devlin. There will be live musical accompaniment to some of the readings, and the opportunity to buy the book on the night.
The starting point for this album was the suit of Diamonds. In Norway we call this suit “ruter”. Ruter refers to the geometric shape found on the cards, but the word can also mean windows. This led to the idea that these 12 tracks should not only represent the 12 cards in the suit, but also have a narrative connected to 12 windows in my house. Windows are also interesting in terms of the fact that they are see-through, but also able to reflect. Considering this I decided that every track should describe events both inside and outside of each window. So, this is an album with a narrative. Instrumental (art) music that attempts to describe a narrative musically, is often called program music. The narrative might be presented as a text (program notes), through the piece’s title etc. In light of this, I decided that this would be an album of program music. I am sure there are people who will argue that this isn’t proper program music, in regards to it not being “classical I am sure there are people who will argue that this isn’t proper program music, in regards to it not being “classical music”/art music. I could of course make an argument and discuss this, but I will not. You just have to accept that the music you are about to hear, and the accompanying text is composed according to my interpretations of what the term program music contains.
releases September 3, 2021
Design + Artwork – Phil/Tone Burst Mastering: Jørgen Kirksæther @Transistor Mastering All tracks written & produced by T. Jervell Track 2 contains a sample from ChromaDots «Nebel sei dies Leben» Track 13 lyrics written by Arne C. Jervell
For all the love, inspiration, advice, help, co-operation/creation and conversations, Thank you: Guro and the kids, Arne, Rune Opdahl, Kristoffer Aars, Phil, Barry, Friends and family, Mr. Bosanquet, Bjørn Andor Drage, Bodvar Drotninghaug Mœ & Jørgen Kirksæther.
Lorrol is a collection of wanderings & sketches recorded in Munich, Germany between January and April 2020, primarily made using Lorre Mill instruments (LOR) and Sigil Instruments’ xRollz (ROL). (xRollz is a wooden bananafied version of the Ellitone Instruments UltraRollz Farm-Detective which uses the Rolls & Ultrasound circuits by Ciat-Lonbarde/Peter Blasser.)
The Lorrol project was heavily inspired by Allieways’ Double Knot videos and her ideas of symmetrical patching & cross clocking techniques.
To continue the theme of symmetry throughout the project, palindromes were selected as track titles that best suited the overall sound and mood of each track. The idea of symmetry is also reflected through all of the artwork.
In total 42 tracks had been recorded over the 4 months. During a following period of reflection and listening some of these were combined to form something new, while some others were slightly edited and, with the aid of BJC, were curated into a collection of 18.
BJCs’ first listen track notes for the chosen 18 were as follows;
listening / sequencing notes BC 280620
(14) So Lost Solos – harmonium/reed drone fun – naive melody – folk lush, Side A opening track? (9) Ton Tut Not – crunch klick intro drone – then bass melody rhythm bumps – then hi quick tumbles – hi crystal stereo lead vocal style synth (17) So Many Dynamos – dusty intro – free jazz perk + dancing hi melody (18dk) Tattarrattat – liquid noise / chords – fuzzy drone + twinkle – driven notes, resolves well (13) Lorrol – TITLE track – melodic soundtrack – squelches high in the mix? lots of variation and shifts in the pulse – lovely pause before low-mid groan + more percussion (1dk_29_3ni) Baue Neu Ab – slow build – surprising lump near end before delays (12) Poppoppop – marbles / popcorn – baby shrimp playing in bumper cars, can be edited a little shorter? (20) Rotator- shuffling dust – warm chord slow – arp frags – animated bleep/swoon (2dk) Never Odd Or Even – glacial intro / squirts / stereo wide split / creeps flutters
(16) Legovogel – grainy bed with fizz + beep – (6_25_3dk) Kelek – dark ripper intro – switch to deft quirk beat, START SIDE B? (27_23) If I Had A HiFi – dry splat per / slow drone build / morse + grind pitched (10) Toot – mod drone + morse – confrontationally flat – hi noise melodic support compliment – unfinished? (33) Radar – fuzz blast willow modulations / panic tension / HOT / abrupt end (22) Murdrum – stereo swarm / juggle frag / tone blip / bell like vibes (21) Nie Setzt Es Ein – warm wobble drone / ripklix / slopulses / note changes (32_35_1) Don’t Nod – granular trickle / sad whale / screw pops / Kik SNARE snap / bass twizt / soft key arp dances + knot mangles / (4) KinnikKinnik – hi whizz to bounce per staccato / some close to DOOF, stereo synth work pleasing / soothes contrast to firm percussion – EurAsia folktronics – shepard song for the watcher of electric sheep