Tape the sound

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Elrox : Time is now

Available everywhere! Preorder CD from my bandcamp site.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tape the sound: My ambient label

Did I mention that I`ve been started an ambient label? I´ve been started an ambient label! "Tape the sound" is my new ambient label, and the idea is to let it grow, with music from both others and me. Kind of ambient, art, and experimental stuff. The idea is also to make cassettes (exlusive and in small amounts beside digital release on Bandcamp.)

The first release is out on bandcamp now!

It is also an art project, were I put a lot of energy in good design and photos. So I combine all my interest in this. And maybe I go for an exhibition in the future.
To read about my first project, I recommend that you follow the link...
And of course: It is possible to support me on this....
Have a great summer!

Elrox update: From choir session

Very, very soon now: In august 2016: Release of my new Elrox album! This photos are from the session in june, were Helene Fjell doing choir on one song. The producer Tore Stabell Kulø was the guide thru this. (picture 2) The result is awesome, and I am looking so forward to the release. The album is done!

Photo trying out the "Diana F" camera

Just love the "glory" of this beauties taken with the the plastic camera "Diana F". Using Kodak portra 120 film, 160 iso. Both photo I took in Nordmarka, Oslo Norway.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Putting vocals on songs

Not the big update this time, but have to say I am at my favorite spot again. Flatdal in Telemark. Rigging up my music studio at "Studio Flatdal". This time to sing, yes sing, some tracks for my upcoming album: Time is now. But I must admit that I also feel it as a vacation about being here again... But I do the things I supposed to do.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mike from space

Just a song from this years FAWM. It doesn´t fit into any album I am working on, but I do like the song. Yes, I am singing too. Very, very easy text.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dj Set: Myrrh Myrrh

This time you can listen to dub and psytrance, chill sort of. As always cover is made by me. I like this one. And the music on this compilation is awesome. Enjoy!
https://www.mixcloud.com/Thomsen/myrrh-myrrh/ (Push the link)
Updated info: No 76 at chill chart 27. april 2016!

Monday, March 7, 2016

February album writing month! Fawm 2016

Every year (for the 3rd time) I am into a community at fawm.org. The goal is to write 14 songs during this month. Mix and edit later… I did not reach 14 songs this year. Even if I had time to be part of this, I got 11 songs this year. But major time was used to actually sing! Yes! I did that. Unexperienced, but lot´s of fun! Nevertheless, I don´t think I should sing for my upcoming album. Not everything I do, during this month is gonna be used. But I think at least 3 songs will hit the floor…

Time to move to the great mixes and production in march. Some comments under the picture, left on my soundboard…

NO 1: OPEN CALL (Deep trash teckno-ish)
@subaetha  4 weeks
Here we go! Thundering drums, great synth textures! What's not to like about this?
@kristian  4 weeks
cool! The production is great and those DRUMS! so crispy...

Favourite bit is that 303'ish bassline you got going on; damn that is groovy... excellent!
@psyclepath 3 weeks
It's pretty epic. Gonna download this one when I get home. The user below me has said everything that's great here.

@kristi  2 weeks
I could hear this in an action film or thriller type movie! Very cool sounds

NO 2: ACTION AND REACTION (Even harder trippy song, and lots of "volume" in it)
@sailingmagpie  4 weeks
I liked the contrast between the heavy, oppressive beats and the high pitched melodic part (glockenspiel with effects?). You should add fawmtronica to the tags.
@subaetha  4 weeks
Excellent, excellent. I have to agree with @sailingmagpie on this - the contrasts are just jaw dropping wonderful. Keep up the good work!
@kristian  4 weeks
you're on fire this FAWM Love the beat in this... lots of great variation and awesome sounds.. plays very nice with the bassline! Let me know when your album comes out!
@bithprod  4 weeks
Nice mix and great blend of sounds. Trip hop indeed. I don't think this even needs lyrics/vocals!
@tesla3090  3 weeks
Really like this. It really gets across a menacing, machine like feeling.

NO 3: PERSECUTION (For a scene in a future film…perhaps)
@pipewrench67  4 weeks
Reminds of some of the 80's Tangerine Dream soundtracks, then the phased electric piano comes in and it's something else.
@subaetha  4 weeks
This sounds massive in my headphones. I could easily trip on this all day.
@kristian  4 weeks
trippy... love that choir! and killer reverb in this…. 
@richh  4 weeks
Very dramatic, could imagine it in a Bond / Jason Bourne type movie
@theawkwardsleep 3 weeks
Ooohhhh. Can totally see this is a James Bond film soundtrack. I really like this! Builds a vibe nicely. Love the bouncing arps autopanned. Great stuff!
NO 4: THE SONG OF FREEDOM (All time high! Lyrics by Arthur Rossi. I made it at the end, with vocal. Looking for an artist to sing this on album..)
@kristian  2 weeks
holy moly this is excellent! love the lyrics and that sick beat.... well worth the wait; I can totally see why you are excited about this one! this is something to be mighty proud of gents, congratulations to you both!
@daveed  1 week
Great production. Top notch stuff here. One of @arthurrossi best lyrics.
@beat 6 days
bouth suit each other very well
fantastic track

NO 5: MIKE FROM SPACE ( First vocal delivered on my own very easy lyrics)
@corvisier 3 weeks
about the vocal ? for me it's OK !!
@kristian  3 weeks
ooo love the sound of the drums. and those arps sound excellent in my headphones! I got a David Bowie vibe from this... like a sequal to Major Tom... the vocals aren't something to be ashamed of at all; I wish I could sing this good!

A very professional sound; nicely done fellow viking!

@tesla3090  3 weeks

Yeah, the vocals sound fine. Definitely has a trippy, space vibe. Good stuff! Love that delayed, string/keys sound (whatever it is) and the drums are understated but really add some great rhythmic interest.
@hanley  3 weeks
great variety of sounds in here, and a very spacey scene painted.
The vocals are great, I'd be happy with this one!
What kind of synth/keyboard do you use? Sounds great!!
@seantwright 1 week
Cosmic!!!!! Loving the vibe.

NO 6: WHAT COMES OUT OF THIS? (Collab waiting on it from fearlessflight. ALBUM! Trip-hop.
@kristian  3 weeks
instant Massive Attack ish vibe. Again, those DRUMS.. sound so crispy! Love the reverb alot in this one.. very lush. Yeah, this one needs vocals for realz.. did you try the forums?
Hey, I'll give it a go! I love writing lyrics and I can sing okay too!! I really like the melody you hint at earlier in the piece.
@cindyrella  3 weeks
I am thinking how cool this would be in a movie! I am thinking underground tunnels and fear. Impressive!
NO 7: LOOKING FORWARD ( Collab with Jean-Marc @corvisier on Guitar. Nice tune, chill. Maybe album?
@corvisier 2 weeks
My first French-Norvegian collaboration !
Thank you Tom for your proposition.
Don't you know it was not easy for me at the start !
You've done a good job, I like it, all those synthesizers around the guitars !

NO 8: GIVE ME A REASON ( Another vocal stuff by me.. Maybe good enough?)
@fuzzy  2 weeks
Ooh, I loved this right from the first second!
Great headphone mix.
I like your vocals; the harshness contrasts well with the Kraftwerk-like music.
You know, lyrics don't always have to make sense as long as they fit with the song (just think of Jon Anderson's lyrics for Yes - what the heck do they mean? Not even Jon Anderson knows...)
Your accent and vocal style remind me of mid-1970s Krautrock, which is a good thing.
Yeah, I really like this. Great job!
@rj1 2 weeks
What did you use to make the ethereal sounding track? NICE! REally like how you deliver the vocals on this, almost with a soft faint touch to it. And really liked the chorus by the way.

@alphanerg 2 weeks
You say you don't do vocals normally, but they sound good! Nice layered vocals on the "tell me a lie" part. Great track!

@elliottlawrence 1 week
I'm really liking this! I'm definitely getting Genesis vibes here. I love how dark and prog it sounds. Very cool stuff, and your voice sounds very unique and complements the production nicely. Great work with this one!

Also, thanks for stopping by and listening to my stuff 
@tesla3090  1 week
Whoa, that synth in the opening is great. The vocals have a really raw, emotional feel to them. Some seriously good mixing, and arrangement work here as well.
@daveed  1 week
Reminds me of those great Miami Vice soundtracks. Love this. Great job!
@beat 6 days
...this calls for repay
luv tat midnight express sound on this one

NO 9: ANOTHER BLUE DAY (Catchy POP, Lyrics by @benjo)
@ajna1960  2 weeks
An interesting soundscape, but one that fits the words perfectly. Very evocative, and builds nicely.
@julesbf 2 weeks
Nice atmospheric arrangement with some nice percussion pushing along in the background. Catchy chorus. Great lyric from Tony again and you dealt with it very well. Good collab both
@brrrse  2 weeks
I really really really like this. Great Production! Very Peter Gabriel feel to it Nice job to both of you! Thank you!
@sheamiejay  2 weeks
NIce work. Love the guitar with volume swells. Great lyrics @benjo)

NO 10: BLANKET OF STONE (WOW! I say it myself... Lyrics by @benjo. )
Wow! Such a different take to mine, but so eerie and spacious and matches the lyric beautifully. @benjo - you already know how much I like this lyric. 
@karlsburg25  1 week
Why have you not sung before? this is great. The production is immense but your vocals are the highlight and suit the lyrics a treat. You have a voice of feeling and emotion and it works a treat here
@owl  1 week
Dark lyrics @benjo! I really like the off-kilter details in the first verse and the "blanket of stone" hook. @engebretsen Love the vocal melody on "another day..." The production has a nice mysterious feel overall, I feel like I should be watching a music video with a lot of bonfires in it.
@beat 6 days
another one befor i'm through
don't like this situation
let me know if there's anything on itunes from you tom.
very much enjoy it round here.
edit: sorry benjo, i of coz like your work to!

NO 11: DANCE WITH ME ( If I ever use this, Abba will sue me. Lyrics by Arthur Rossi) 
@inciteful  1 week
Fun, love that vocal/synthesizer chorus sound. Love how you sing like a European! It does have an echo of that Abba sound but I think you are safe from Bjorn and Benny. Great job!
@axl  1 week
Ha, I think they would rather want to buy this from you instead of suing. What a lovely little pop pearl!
@andygetch  1 week
Catchy tune travels another layer and a fresh view of love and dance. Fun tight unison harmonies.
@johnhudome  1 week
I like the juxtaposition of the Citro music and the crunchy vocal.
@the3queens  1 week
I think if you had the female vocals I'd definitely hear ABBA. Nice dance tune and Arthur's lyrics fit so well.
@karlsburg25  1 week
Yeah dance baby!!! And they'd struggle with suing you for this one. It sounds very individual to me. This got me dancing my ass off. Top stuff
@daveed  1 week
Catchy as hell. Extremely well done!

@seantwright 1 week

I think it is possible to hear the songs here: http://fawm.org/fawmers/engebretsen/
At least until next year.
THX for all the new collab partners on this years fawm.

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.


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.


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:


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.


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


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


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.