CD + 10"

RLP 3101LP RLP 3101LP

Limited edition version. Phonophani is multi-instrumentalist, digital electronics expert, programmer and instrument builder Espen Sommer Eide. Born in 1972 in Oslo, Sommer Eide has been playing music in one form or another since childhood; for over a decade his priority has been computer music and combinations of digital and organic elements. In 1998 he released his first album Phonophani on the Biophon label run by Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere). Genetic Engineering (RCD 2016CD), Oak Or Rock (RCD 2038CD) and a reissue of his debut album have all been released by Rune Grammofon to critical acclaim. It´s difficult to place Phonophani in today's musical landscape, Espen himself said about Oak Or Rock that it was all about rediscovering the great mystery of music through dissecting the sound of ordinary or "real" instruments such as cello, vibraphone, guitars and the human voice and dissolving melodies into their elementary particles. While he has previously been turning his attention to other cultures and traditions, with Kreken he has now tuned his ears to Norway's own traditional folk music and instruments, its melodic content and special tuning systems, all treated electronically in one way or another. This is also reflected in the titles, all being names of places in Norway, quite exotic even to Norwegian ears. This special collector's edition comes as a limited (250 copies) and numbered package including the CD and a 10" vinyl record with two longer tracks not available elsewhere. Artists featured on this album include: Espen Sommer Eide (instruments, samples, programming), Jenny Hval, Haco and Agnethe Christensen (vocals), David Grubbs (guitar), and Sigbjørn Apeland (harmonium).