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Illumination re-issued

Illumination’s “The Way Out Is The Way” is now available on Optimo Trax’ “Drum Attack EP (Lost weapons from the 1990’s”). This vinyl re-issue was originally planned for release in October 2014, but was delayed until now due to problems with manufacturing (not so surprising, as it’s pretty bass-heavy, though we’re yet to hear the full details from Optimo HQ). In any way you can now finally pick it up through your favourite vinyl store, like Clone Records. There’s also a nice review of the 12″ over at Juno Plus. Illumination was a collaboration project consisting of Per Martinsen and Nicholas Sillitoe, who also did a string of remixes under their Chilluminati guise in the late nineties/early noughties.


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Spellemann award for “Everything is connected”

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My album “Everything is connected” won the Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) award for “Electronica/Dance album of the year” this weekend. I am both surprised and honoured, and will take this with me in my continuing work with creating new music. My only concern is that the price itself consists of a 3 kg bronze Jew’s harp (see image above) – which is cool enough, as a Jew’s harp is kind of an accoustic synthesizer. But may I still suggest that in the future, at least in this category of music, one is awarded a laser harp instead?

You can stream/buy the album in question in the Bandcamp player below.


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Two “Spellemann” nominations for 2014

I’m surprised to learn that the two albums I’ve released over the last 12 months, “CYCLS” and “Everything is connected”, are both nominated for the Norwegian “Spellemann” awards (our version of the Grammy awards). Both are listed in the “Electronica/Dance” category, alongside my old label-mate from the Smalltown Supersound days – Kim Hiorthøy – and his album “Dogs”. Strangely enough our biggest national success of the year – the good man Todd Terje and his bestseller “It’s album time” – is not included at all in this year’s nominations. Spokepersons from the award committee explain this by referring to the fact that it is the labels themselves that have to register their releases in order to be included in the nomination process. Whatever the reasons, I’m sending a big shout-out to Terje and all the other heads on the Norwegian scene who have been releasing great music throughout the year, and hope 2015 will be even better. You can check out my nominated albums through the Bandcamp players above.


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Just Press Play

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I will be doing a new series of events in collaboration with Tromsø gallery Small Projects under the banner “Just Press Play”. The series will put focus on “improvisation and immediacy within the realm of electronic music”, and will feature artist talks followed by live performances. The first event is on Wednesday November 19th, and will offer a short talk and performance by myself with special guest Le Petit Garçon. Doors open 20.00 and admittance is free.

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