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Thursday, March 1, 2018

My FAWM 2018

This years FAWM (february album writing month) was quite good for me.I actually did the goal about 14 songs this year. And I also did a lot of comments this year. Actually I get the "poster" for "Tripletime Trooper" (Over 300 comments) so it has been good activity from me this year. 
Many new collaborators also! Many new people to know this year on this community. And of course: Many new good songs. This is the only month in year I do sing, so I must admit I am alway a little rusty when I start at fawm. But this is a songwriter month, and IF I am gonna use some of these vocal songs, I will do my rehearsal first. I am much more comfortable with my instrumental songs. Like "Three of Wands". 
Thanks a lot to all my old and new partners these year, and also thanks to Helene Fjell for doing choir on one of these songs…
All songs are available pxm one year from now, before they are deleted.  

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FAWM favorites 2018

Complete FAWM report to come soon. But here are my 22 favorites artists and songs this year. I made a podcast on all the best, in my taste. And this is awesome. Have a great listen here:



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Late autumn summary in photos (2017)

I was invited on Facebook by Per-Helge Berg, to a photo challenge with 7 pictures, one a day, to show my life. When this happened I was sort of in really creative modus, and wanted to do picture´s about this. All my interests, was to be announced this week. I was actually working on all of them. (And relaxing with my gf cat) So I am quite satisfied with this 7 pictures, that tells a lot about my life. Here they are. 








Thursday, November 30, 2017

Richard Gürtler on my EP "The Labyrinth"

Review of "The Labyrinth" EP-CD by Warpness Written by Richard Gürtler
Behind Warpness is hidden Norwegian soundcarver Tom Ståle Engebretsen, who is responsible for gemstones such as "Atmosphere", released in April 2017, or "Tralfamadore" recorded under the name Elrox Ambient Session. This one is out since August 2015. Warpness' newest EP "The Labyrinth" was released on Tom's Tape The Sound label during July 2017, the main idea behind this release was born after Warpness recorded a track "The Labyrinth" for a compilation on Italian label Eight Tower Records entitled "Labyrinth". The CDr comes in a plastic sleeve with 2-panel insert.
The 4-track EP reveals with the main composition, 5-minute "Part 1", which appears on above mentioned "Labyrinth" compilation. Emerging enigmatic, choir-driven drone reinforced by cyber-tech signals and bleeps along with ephemeral chopper fragments drifts, meanders and surreptitiously coalesces with persistently ascending and evanescing array of bizarre meridians. "Part 2" incorporates glimmeringly mesmerizing trotting rhythm bridged with rather minimal, ear-tickling icy sounds. Hissy quietudes clandestinely permeate across along with intangibly guarding buzzes, while reflective chords of electric strings slowly percolate as well. Intriguingly sparse, yet abundantly efficient. "Part 3", at 3:33 the shortest piece on the EP, delves into weirder and intenser terrains, merging constantly arising voice glimpses with rawer stringed tapestries and guiding steady cadences of light industrial fragrances, here and there imbued by peculiarly titillating sci-fi flares. Nearly 7-minute long "Part 4" closes this entertaining ride with nebulously squeaking timbres and relentlessly helixing oracular roars, which are tightly hanging above traversing laid-back downtempo repetitions and transient diaphanous stringed exotica occasionally thrown in.
Although "The Labyrinth" is to my taste more rhythm-charged endeavor, its sole creator has again managed to fully unfold his creatively distinctive insignias that were extraordinarily exhibited on already mentioned masterpieces such as "Tralfamadore" and "Atmosphere". Sure, a journey that lasts only for 21 minutes is a quite short for some deeper immersion, but even this brief effort clearly showcases the gift of Tom Ståle Engebretsen. And by the way, when ordering "Atmosphere" CDr, you get "The Labyrinth" CDr EP as a free bonus. Add to that "Tralfamadore" and you will get a bundle you simply can't go wrong with!!! And if you are a cassette aficionado, then you might want to include also "One Note" album released in December 2016.
Richard Gürtler (Nov 27, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Says it all on Ambient music guide!

TOM STÅLE ENGEBRETSEN


The understated instrumentals of Tralfamadore (2015) are melodic and mesmerising. The spaces between say as much as the notes. The album has an extraordinary atmosphere; an eerie, alien, dark quality that’s neither cold nor overly grim which is an emotional balancing act difficult to strike in any genre.
artist: 
Tom Ståle Engebretsen
country of origin: 
Norway
style(s):
electronica, cinematic, drone, psyambient, art rock
decades active:
2010's
essential releases (as Elrox):
  • Tralfamadore (2015, Tape The Sound)
as Warpness:
  • Atmosphere (2017, Tape The Sound)
  • The Labyrinth ep (2017, Tape The Sound)

Reviewed by Mike G
The multi-talented Norwegian Tom Ståle Engebretsen (aka Elrox aka Warpness) came to making music fairly late in his career, starting to compose in 2011 after spending a long period as an artist, photographer and radio programmer. His online persona suggests a passionate, generous and kooky character and it's easy to love his unpretentious enthusiasm for his art. His small body of electronica to date is highly diverse - everything from proggy electro-rock to vocal synthpop to cinematic ambience and deep drone.
Several of his releases are exceptionally good. Engebretsen says his inspirations include Vangelis and Tangerine Dream but he often doesn't sound like either of them. In fact at his best I can’t think of obvious comparisons to any other artist.
Tralfamadore (2015) is his third album as Elrox and is based on writer Kurt Vonnegut's insanely fragmented and fantastically strange 1969 sci-fi anti-war novel Slaughterhouse Five. Thematically, the album concerns the portion of the novel where WWII survivor Billy Pilgrim is abducted by aliens and taken to the planet of the album's title. The understated instrumentals are melodic and mesmerising. The spaces between say as much as the notes. The album has an extraordinary atmosphere; an eerie, alien, dark quality that’s neither cold nor overly grim which is an emotional balancing act difficult to strike in any genre. Many of the textures sound like they come from samples of gongs and bells that have been filtered, sustained and otherwise manipulated in a variety of ways. There are moments of awe-inspiring beauty, like the rising cloud-like chords on “Flying Saucer” and the celestial guitar notes of the title track. Tralfamadore is an original take on a one-of-a-kind work of literature and on its own terms a superb and distinctive work of atmospheric electronica.
The four-track ep The Labyrinth (2017) - this time recorded under his Warpness moniker - occupies the same eerie space as Tralfamadore and is equally as compelling. It has a bit more of an industrial clang and some of its cuts have more developed beats, evoking a future-noirish soundtrack for some imagined dystopian film. Very different from both of those and also released under his Warpness banner isAtmosphere (2017), an album of haunting, beatless psychedelic ambience with gorgeous extended harmonic drones. It's first class, even though it's less distinctive than his other two releases and occasionally echoes the work of others, specifically Eastern spacemusic master David Parsons and early Tangerine Dream.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ut på tur

Så ble det et gjensyn med Oslo Kamera Klubb sin sommerutflukt. Hver mandag i hele sommer møtes medlemmene (og ikke-medlemmer som alle er velkomne) til en fototur i Oslo for bilder og sosial hygge. Dette var noe jeg var helt besatt av i mine glansdager i klubben. Derfor var det gøy å treffe på noen gamle ringrever i klubben nå. Fikk tatt et ganske kult bilde også! Barcode i Oslo. Det bygges og det bygges. / Was participating with old friends in Oslo Kamera Klubb to make a photo trip in Oslo. Got his picture!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bosa, Sardegna, Italy 2017



A very short photo collage from a trip to Sardegna, Italy. I just fell in love with this town named Bosa. It is an amazing place. Wish I could stay there for a long time... All this pictures you see here is made in one day. Just think what could happened in a long term stay. About the photo´s: I was trying to capture all corners as a 2 dimentions picture. Trying to eliminate the debth of the stairs and corners. Just get the color shape of this beautiful old town. The music is a short piece I have made at home. Enjoy.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Warpness on Eight Tower Records

Proud to be on this compilation from Eight Tower Records. This is a project by Raffaele Pezzella in Italy. He have really make things get happening for me.  My track is number 6 on this compilation and is named by the title of the project. The Labyrinth. You have to hurry up if you want CD from this compilation. Exclusively only 50 are made. Follow the link to this album.

I was invited to participate on this when I was in "Studio Flatdal" in may this year. So I composed a brand new track for this. And even more good news: There will be a cd-EP from me with 4 tracks to come. The Labyrinth! TBA.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review of Atmosphere by Richard Gürtler

Extremely good review from music journalist Richard Gürtler:
https://ello.co/richardgurtler/post/gohayvl-mvy4kebrhulbtq

Monday, June 12, 2017

Warpness : Atmosphere



Berkdrums To me, one of the biggest surprise-albums of 2017 so far... Warpness (Tom Ståle Engebretsen) creates definitely his own sound with this album, a melange of recognizable ambient-styles... I notice some Chronotope Project (especially in part 2), some Roach, the use of field-recordings and small percussion sounds remind me of some Alio Die influence and Dataobscura-acts like Robert Davies. Even some space ambient floats around... A STUNNING album that puts Warpness on the map!! Highly recommended...


My latest release on the label TAPE THE SOUND! Lot`s of good respons allready. CD and digital! Only on bandcamp. 



Friday, May 12, 2017

Gallery Music

Monday, April 17, 2017

Art Exhibition Galleri Vanntårnet 2017

Participating on this member exhibition at "Galleri Vanntårnet".  My picure on the poster! (The yellow/green one) This is also my album art on a new ambient release!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SUMMARY FAWM 2017

Little late but here is the summary of FAWM 2017! (February album writing month)

First  of all, I didn´t got the time I wanted and needed. Lot of moneywork in february, so a bit amputated this year. But I don´t cry about that. Much more time to comment others work, and be a part of the community. This year was all time high. Lot´s of old friends and several new ones.



After all I did 8 great songs this year! I even write some of them with norwegian lyrics. And yes: I did sing a lot this time. My voice is getting somewhere now I think....

I am not sure if I should put out a story about all the songs...
Trying to do a summary instead. There were so many comments and feedback this year. To much for a blog.

#1Blue Waters  @arthurrossi
10
8 weeks
#2 Dream Catcher  @jezbel
19
8 weeks
#3Hvem skulle det vært?
9
7 weeks
#4Jimmy´s back in town  @arthurrossi
9
7 weeks
#5Reflections
12
7 weeks
#6I don´t believe you
4
6 weeks
#7Theresesgate
6
6 weeks
#8 Who Will  @negasi 
14

Here are the songs! And also some collabs this year! I think some of them would be something for the future to release. 
"Theresesgate"is allready something I know will be used.... Probably at a new ELROX album next year. Probably an album in norwegian....
"Who Will" should definitely be a single this year....

Thanks for all the comments I got this year! Allready looking forward to next year. February is really the month to compose new songs.