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Dec 26, 2007

Merry Christmas

by admin — last modified Dec 26, 2007 12:45 PM

Back to cold, old Norway again and Christmas. A lot of stuff has happened this year. We started off by promoting Bonden's album Traktorspor and getting him almost to the top of the charts in Norway. A new video for Bonden was also recorded. I also did did some orchestration and vocals for "Alvin og Trollet".

In between I have been writing music and putting together the concept for my next album, which is going to be a concept album about life, the universe and everything. Currently I am working on finishing the lyrics and getting a demo ready. I think it is going to be a great album!

I wish all friends and business partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dec 12, 2007

Out chasing the sun

by admin — last modified Dec 12, 2007 12:34 AM

A quick note, before I am off to the Canary Islands for some sun and warmth. Norway has none of it at this time of year. There's an interview with me on Songstuff site now, you might want to check out - it's all about my next album. Also - check out my classical project titled Cycles.

Well - I'm off now - back in a week.

Dec 02, 2007

Cycles Project

by admin — last modified Dec 02, 2007 08:01 PM

I have worked for a couple of years, on and off, with this classical project and the idea of recording it with an online collaboration project. I have set up the project page now, so go have a look at it. The finished piece will of course be available online, as well as being an important part of my coming concept album about - well - life, the universe and everything. You know: 42.

The rest of my album is coming along fine - working with lyrics mostly now. I have some vague plans to set up recording webcasts for when I start the serious demo work. Drop me a note if you would be interested in attending them.

That's all for now - remember: if you know of anyone playing the instruments listed here, drop me a note!

Nov 04, 2007

Summer is over

by admin — last modified Nov 04, 2007 11:12 AM

Another, year - another summer. Too short here up in the north and now comes the dark and cold days. It being cold and dark outside gives me a lot of time making music, though - that's a good thing. I have started on the next album, which will be more progressive and less mainstream than Serendipity. Also I have decided for some name changes - but I will keep those secret a while longer.

Zoom H2The theme of the album is nothing less than our existence - from the creation of the universe to the development of life, and it's consequences: pain, death, love, sex, curiosity, music, art and so on. Currently I am finishing off the two big instrumental parts making up the start of the album together with a middle song with the first finished lyrics of the album. My plan is to connect the whole album without silence between the tracks and to this end I have gotten hold of this neat recording device (see picture) for getting some original ambient sounds to use in-between. This will also give me the opportunity to do recording blog/podcasts.

I have tried out this machine, and I must say it's great fun - having a range of configurations of it's 4 condenser microphones and being able to record in 4 channels at once. To edit samples, I downloaded Audacity - which has all the functionality I really need before I move it into Cubase/Halion.

Another part of my album is a classical piece called "Cycles" - I plan to record this in a special way - finding musicians from all over the world on the different orchestral instruments, get them to record the parts and send me the audio which I mix together. If you or someone you know plays one of the orchestral instruments (i.e. Violin, Viola, Chello, Double Bass, Oboe, Basoon, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Flute, Horns ....) - please contact me. I will soon provide more information about this.

Jun 12, 2007

Summer is here

by admin — last modified Jun 12, 2007 09:22 PM

Since last time we have had lots of cold and rainy weather here in Norway, but now, at last, summer has arrived. I have spent a lot of time outdoors in the sun with a beer in my hand, but in-between I have been working on the following projects:

Children's record "Alvin & Trollet"
I did some background vocals and orchestration for this book-with-music and it is due to be released one of these days. I can't wait to get my copy, since this is one of the first times I have delivered a small part to a project and not followed it through to the end.

Website "Hans Petter's Orkester"
A band that has been around for all my life and then some. Coming from the place I grew up and having worked with my producer, they asked if I could set up a new website for them. Of course I could.

Video "Coconut Banana" with Bonden
We filmed this totally on bluescreen, since I had an idea on placing the characters inside children's paintings. The producers' children was put to work and later I have been putting it all together. Soon finished now, I'll post a link when it's done.

Also, at my day-job we have been busy moving our portal over to a cluster hosted by another company - a lot of work it was!


Finally: Check out my new guitar:

... until next time ...


Apr 06, 2007

Back again

by admin — last modified Apr 06, 2007 02:54 PM

Some time since I wrote a blog entry now - I've been very busy both at work and doing music projects, so the blog has suffered I'm afraid.

Most recently, CDBaby and MySpace has made a deal so I now sell my CD through MySpace's webshop Snowcap. I have set up a shop right here on my frontpage and there is also (of course) one on my MySpace page.

Bonden's CD Traktorspor has been released and did quite well, considering he's a debut artist. He'll be doing some shows during the summer - if you're interested it will be up on his frontpage.

I have gotten many comments around why I publish Bonden in that our music styles differ so much. Truth is, even though my core is in progressive rock, I make music in all styles; classical, progressive, heavy, electronica, pop and folk (only thing I haven't done yet is rap - not for wanting, but it's so hard to do good). Many people are so concerned about the genre they like so they miss out on so much great music and I think that is sad.

Currently I'm working on orchestrating, arranging and doing vocals on a childrens record/book - I'll set up some more information about this later.

Jan 18, 2007

A new year and plenty of work

by admin — last modified Jan 18, 2007 08:14 PM

The new year has been busy - I've been working on releasing Bonden - including editing video, writing pressrelease, fixing up his website and a lot of coordination between the producer, artist, PR agent and distributor.

The work is bearing fruits, we have been featured on national radio and have several interviews in local radios and newspapers. In addition the video will be running every Saturday night on the national TV channel NRK.

In between I've been drumming on my new toy and I've even managed to write some music in-between.