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André Bratten

Picture Music

    After producing Bendik Giske’s wonderful Cracks from last year, André Bratten returns with his own music, and the first volume of his Picture Music series, his most accessible and melodic music to date. The title is taken from a compilation on legendary German label

    Sky Records from 1977, and in many ways it is also musically related to the sounds of Sky Records and Klaus Schultze's Innovative Communication label, in other words beautiful and meditative synth excursions.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Intro
    A2. Ballroom
    A3. Swim
    A4. NDKCK
    A5. OR5E
    A6. Muerte Al Réves
    A7. Morning
    B1. 22.02.1958
    B2. Picture Music
    B3. Fold
    B4. Unfold
    B5. Jade
    B6. Evening

    Andre Bratten

    Silvester

      A lot has been written about seminal Norwegian black metal band Mayhem but André Bratten’s new record for Smalltown Supersound surfaces a little known story about the group

      In 1986-87, years before their 1993 debut record, guitarist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous) took a musical pilgrimage to Germany to solicit collaboration with one of his musical heroes. Øystein, who tragically was destined to be murder by former member Varg Vikernes in 1993, bought an Interrail ticket and travelled from Norway to Germany to seek out experimental musician Conrad Schnitzler. Conrad was the founder of West German Krautock incubating club the Zodiac Free Arts Lab in West Berlin in 1968 and a former member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster (key experimental groups in the development of industrial music and Kosmiche electronic music).

      Øystein sat outside Schnitzler’s house and refused to leave until he was allowed in to talk. His persistence paid off, with Schnitzler surprisingly agreeing to write a piece of music for Mayhem. The piece of music became “Silvester Anfang”, the first track and introduction to Mayhem’s classic debut “Deathcrush”. A detailed percussive number, Mayhem still open their heavy live shows with this music today.

      When Mayhem founder Jørn “Necrobutcher" Stubberud told the story behind “Silvester Anfang” to Bratten at a party, they immediately had the idea that Bratten should remix or rework this little known track. Totally absorbed in the sounds of Schnitzler and its strange and unusual pairing with Mayhem, Bratten started out with a plan to make one remix. He ended up with a series of tracks inspired by both Schnitzler's intro and the sounds of teh debut record “Deathcrush”. The results transpired into a mutation of Conrad Schnitzler, Mayhem and André Bratten.

      “Silvester” is Mayhem and Schnitzler reimagined. Or deconstructed and then rebuilt. However you term it, a remix turned into a new André Bratten unlike any he has recorded before, haunted by the echoes of Mayhem’s grisly legacy as well as Klusters early industrial music’s concrte looped experiments. 5 new tracks and 50 minutes of new music. An album of abstract freeform structures morphing elements of kraut, techno, ambient, black metal, industrial, minimalist and drone. A perfect fusion of two dystopian extremes of Norwegian underground music.

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A:
      1. Witching Hour
      SIDE B:
      1. Silvester Anfang
      SIDE C:
      1. Untitled 1
      SIDE D:
      1. Untitled 2
      2. Coral 

      “'Gode' is a personal album. It's the album I have always wanted to make” says André Bratten.

      The album was made between 2012 - 2015 in Oslo and Bratten sites artists like Giacinto Scelsi, Arvo Pärt, Gescom/AE, Brian Eno and Norwegian compatriot Biosphere as inspiration. “Gode" has a dual meaning in Norwegian. It’s a Middle English word that gave us the modern English word “Goad” (meaning to provoke or annoy). On the one hand it literally means “cattle prod”, a farming tool used to, er, prod cattle. But it also came to mean “a right or privilege” as the cattle prod came to symbolize the indentured labour of the Norwegian rural working class. The land owning aristocrats would exploit the people as if they were so much livestock. Like a stark black & white film, the record is a meditation on the darker days of Norway’s past, before the country discovered its oil wealth. From 1900 - 1939 it was one of Europe’s poorest countries, beset by illness and starvation even. Rural poor depended completely on their families and had more children to work the land. Only the privileged could afford to make art, and Bratten thinks of the void all the music and art from the poorest families that was lost. “Gode” is a hymn to those people.

      “Gode” is Bratten giving free rein to his imagination and further deepening his unique musical practice. His previous work was made with synthesizers, drum machines and computers but this album is recorded through tape machines, layered with field recordings, heavily modified piano, string arrangements and even vocals (amongst others Susanne Sundfør).



      TRACK LISTING

      01. Intro
      02. Cave
      03. Quiet Earth
      04. Philistine
      05. Bivouac
      06. Cascade Of Events Feat. Susanne Sundfør
      07. Ins.
      08. Gode
      09. Space Between Left & Right
      10. Iconography
      11. Primordial Pit
      12. Zero
      13. Math Ilium Ion


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