I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages
John Derek Bishop, aka Tortusa, creates extraordinary sound collages featuring the unique musical sonics of Eivind Aarset on I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages. Tortusa is a Norwegian-American electronic musician and composer who fuses and transforms organic sounds and rhythms with both digital and analog manipulation and sound design. He draws inspiration from classical and jazz music, as well as contemporary electronic music. Utilizing samples from Eivind Aarset´s catalog on Jazzland Recordings, Tortusa creates a new set of compositions and soundscapes, melodic, wistful, dreamlike, meditative, unsettling, evocative, stirring, contemplative and personal. For the compositional process, Bishop employed both hardware equipment and software including retro tape recorders, modular synthesizers, samplers and a diverse array of other tools. The result is a sound that can be crystalline and grainy, razor-edged and misty, endlessly fascinating and expanding. The album is inspired by the atmospheres of Norwegian nature, and the inspiration is directly incorporated - Tortusa composed the album in a cabin near Egersund and his field recordings from the surrounding forests and coastline are an integral part of the record's soundscape. Eivind Aarset has been one of Tortusa's main influences in developing a unique sound and in musical composition. For Tortusa, it is a dream come true to make this record utilizing the sounds he has been inspired by, in addition to receiving creative input on the project from Aarset. Bishop has previously created collage compositions of Bodhild Vossgård of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, indie rock artist Sebastian Waldejer, jazz trio Moskus and more. Bishop is inspired by artists such as Brian Eno, Biosphere, Oneohtrix Point Never, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and Jon Hopkins. Bishop's own photography is featured on the cover and the included booklet.