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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Winter is coming

I pretty much enjoy these pictures I shot in Rendalen. Using my little Canon G9x always on square size.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Rendalen Norway

Well, this is the valley I got myself an old cottage.  These picture´s I shot this autumn actually at my birthday! I think I gonna love Rendalen. This is really a hidden pearl. And I am so looking forward to spend a lot of time here. Including building up my music studio. Sure there will be a lot of photo´s. Using Lubitel camera on this. Taste of Rendalen:

Monday, November 12, 2018

Shimmering Light

My new theme begins this year. "Shimmering Light" will be by new theme almost all over. In black and white of course. Using Diane F camera and also a Lubitel camera. Usually loaded with Ilford Delta 400 film. But some Rollei IR film also do the thing.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Värmlandsnäs Sweden

This summer I was doing some days in Swedens Värmlandsnäs . I just fell in love with this area outside Säffle. I really wish I could have a place to stay here. I was actually looking at one. But the place I fall in love with, goes too high on what I could afford.  But that´s another story. Enjoy these picture´s. I just can imagine how it could be, to be here through all seasons over time. Winter, spring, summer.  I think I could create magical moments in photographs here. But it is a matter of a place to stay. …

Monday, October 1, 2018


A really special place in Norway is ODDA. This city inside Hardangerfjorden is totally amazing. An old industry town. And it all seems so forgotten. Everything is still there, even if it not in use anymore. If you wan´t to make a movie from the 50´s 60´s or so, go to Odda.  I was there this summer on my
roadtrip. But I was only passing by. Next time I sure will stay a couple of days to make more photos.
With this 3 picture´s I try to capture some of it moods. Because there is big soul in Odda!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Warpness: Undervegs VIDEO

From the Warpness album "Mørkerom" 2018

Music by Warpness from the album "Mørkerom" 2018. Song title: "Undervegs". 
The movie you see here is a restored version of H.G. Wells "Things to come" from 1936.
This is a british science fiction from United Artists, produced by Alexander Korda, directed by William Cameron Menzies and written by H.G. Wells. 
I took the liberty to use my music on this amazing film.
Warpness aka Tom S. Engebretsen

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bilder og tekst Aforismer

Har flere slike å by på nå…. Følg meg gjerne på instagram:  @tomstaleengebretsen .  Legger ut alt undervegs der.


Bare noen bilder fra Tynset. Kan bli flere bilder fra Øvre Rendalen fremover. Har et krypinn der nå….. Og musikk selvfølgelig. Blir tid i november til å holde på.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Roadtrip Norway

I have had a really nice roadtrip around south and middle of Norway. And of course a lots of picture´s. This is sort of part 1: The Roads.


Her er noen splitter nye aforismer fra undertegnede. Bildene i bakgrunnen har jeg tatt med infrarød sort/hvitt filn fra Rollei med mitt Diane F kamera. Tror at denne oppskriften kan være presentabel….

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.  


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!


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.
Tom Ståle Engebretsen
country of origin: 
electronica, cinematic, drone, psyambient, art rock
decades active:
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.