Ivar Grydeland - Bathymetric Modes (2012)
Artist: Ivar Grydeland
Title Of Album: Bathymetric Modes
Year Of Release: 2012-11-12
Total Time: 31:01 min
Total Size: 153 MB
1. Roll Back [00:34]
2. Roll [07:49]
3. Bounce Back [02:58]
4. Ping Back [05:40]
5. Bounce [09:13]
6. Ping [04:50]
'Bathymetric Modes' is the solo debut of the multi-instrumentalist, Ivar Grydeland. He is probably best known as a member of the improvisation-based bands Huntsville, Ballrogg and Dans Les Arbres (ECM), but also plays together with the idiosyncratic pop artist Hanne Hukkelberg and the rock band Last Heat.
The idea of Ivar Grydeland doing a solo project has been evolving for many years, and the recording process took place over a long period of time. The result is a warm and personal instrumental album that shows new sides of Grydeland as a musician and should appeal to fans of Terry Riley and Jim O'Rourke.
The album consists of six compositions from the period 2007-2011. The two melodic, guitar-driven opening numbers are followed by more abstract, sound-focused compositions in which the compact graphic synthesizer Tenori-on plays a key role. "The design, limitations and possibilities of the synth inspire minimalist, repetitively patterned music," says Ivar. "Using this repetitive, digital sound tapestry as a basis, I have tried to elicit and enhance melodies and moods with a variety of acoustic instruments."
Personnel: Ivar Grydeland (Tenori-on, guitars, banjo, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, ukulele, zither, keyboards), Xavier Charles (clarinet and "vibrating surfaces"), Marius Tobias Hoven (trombone), Jonas Howden Sjøvaag (snare drum)
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