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ARTIST
TITLE
Miniatures
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
RCD 2043CD RCD 2043CD
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RELEASE DATE
3/1/2005

Originally released in 2005. Alog are Norwegian duo Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan. Alog have been with Rune Grammofon since their debut album Red Shift Swing was released in 1999. Already a mature and original collection, their sound has since been perfected through their second album, Duck-Rabbit, and concert activities before arriving with Miniatures, their third and in Rune Grammofon's view, best and most consistent album. The title is inspired by Turkish miniature paintings, where the rules are as follows: no shadows, no mixed colors, no perspective, no facial characteristics, no uniqueness of objects. Only pure radiant colored objects configured in mysterious patterns. Whether these rules are applied to the music of Alog is open to discussion, but there's no doubt that there are similarities of expression. Eide is involved in the city's experimental music scene and has released three solo albums as Phonophani. Haugan studied at the Malmö Academy of Fine Art in Sweden. Four years ago he released a solo vinyl album, 9 Solitaires, on the K-RAA-K label. The duo's name alludes to their preferred method of sound treatment, to show that both digitAL and anaLOG procedures are integral to their work, with Espen being "Digitalman" and Dag-Are being "Analogman." The actual playing of "real" instruments has always been a vital element in their music-making, and even more so this time. Some of the tracks are based on live recordings, the "Steve Reich-with-punk- guitar track" "St. Paul Sessions II" being a prime example.