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May 01, 2008

May day

by admin — last modified May 01, 2008 07:22 PM

1st of May, Labour day - is day off in Norway - nice opportunity to do some blogging. You can also now follow me on Twitter and see what I am doing at the moment.

I am currently waiting for the East West Quantum Edition Symphonic Orchestra - which I have ended up with instead of getting real instruments to play on the classical parts I have. With some regrets, granted, but I am very excited about getting it and starting to work on what is to become the final album. The quality of the production will likely be better than mixing down X number of single instruments.

I can now also reveal that Mikael Wikman will be playing drums on Testament. He is an experienced drummer with his own studio and he has been doing progressive rock before. We will mainly collaborate through internet.

Until next time, Cheers - Finn Arild.

Apr 02, 2008

Recording Testament

by admin — last modified Apr 02, 2008 09:05 PM

My next album - a progressive rock concept album now renamed to Testament - is in the recording phase now. Currently I am working on assembling the classical parts and also preparing for the drum parts to be recorded. I am also planning how everything should flow together and working on melody and lyric details. It is really coming together well and I think the end result is gonna be pretty cool. I am also working on this website - actually splitting it up in a Finn Arild Music and then a Finn Arilds Serendipity (which is what I plan to be the "band name" for my music projects) site - as well as a small site just for the Testament album - since there is a lot of stuff to append to the album concept than what will fit into the CD artwork.

Feb 13, 2008

Another year

by admin — last modified Feb 13, 2008 09:13 PM

Hagstrøm VikingWell into 2008, and past my birthday again. I have been working hard to get the demo for my next album finished by February 1st, which is the deadline for the Norwegian music fund: "Fond for Lyd og Bilde". The plans now for the production is to get the classical pieces together - with some help from local musicians. More about this later, for now I need to get the rest of the scores together.

As I mentioned earlier, 2nd of February I celebrated my 39nth birthday, and my wife in her extravaganza had got me a Hagstrøm Viking. Man - that's a piece of beauty both in looks, playability and sound. Check out the picture of the happy owner (click image for larger version).

Until next time, then.

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.

Dec 30, 2006

A year is soon over

by admin — last modified Dec 30, 2006 08:04 PM

So this year is soon over - a year in which I finally got Serendipity released and in the shops in Norway and a year with lots of work with the album we're releasing in January. I promised you views of the cover and the new web: go to and check it out. A preview of the first new video is available on YouTube - funny stuff (especially if you understand Norwegian).

My new toyFrom my wife I got a neat new drum-toy for Christmas - I've been drumming a lot :)

So - to my plans for the next year - in short:

  • Release Bonden's "Traktorspor" and promote it well.
  • Get a band together for "Serendipity" and my new progressive material
  • Finish writing and recording my next album for release in 2008
  • Get my wife's webpages up and webpages for the family.

That's the plan, now it's all up to me and 2007

Happy New Year everybody!!!

Dec 19, 2006

Soon Christmas

by admin — last modified Dec 19, 2006 04:04 PM

So - a day late on the blog again - not that bad really, considering the other breaks I've had. Anyhu: Lots of work with the Bonden video, websites and promotion campaign last week. These things are much more work than you should think! As soon as I've populated Bonden's web with some content I'll link it up so you can see how cool it has become.

Bonden's CD "Traktorspor" also has arrived, the printing went well - kudos to Sonopress and Lydmuren for effective handling of the order.

Next week (after Christmas) I'll be able to show you both the cover, the new Bonden video and Bonden's website. Keep watching this space!

Dec 11, 2006

More radio

by admin — last modified Dec 11, 2006 05:33 PM

First of all - I'll be featured on the top 20 of Jubal's Wardrobe on Progressive Soundscapes Radio today (Monday 11. Dec) at 19:00 EST (US Eastern Standard Time). There's a chat feature there too (for IRC users it's channel #progressivesoundscapes) where I'll be online for a chat.

They will also be giving away a free Live Yes DVD to one of the chat attendees!

So - last week was all about Bonden - getting the cover art all done and in the weekend editing video for 20 odd hours. I also got started on his webpages, so I've been effective :) ...

Now I need to find some time to make this year's christmas song :) ...

Dec 04, 2006

Website finally up

by admin — last modified Dec 04, 2006 06:15 PM

So - there was a bit of trouble with the DNS (Domain Name Server - the stuff that makes go to this machine) but now it looks like my webpages are up. Last week was spent fixing up this site (including wondering why it didn't show up soon) and the cover for Bonden - I'll post images of it soon.

This week I will start editing Bonden's video and see about getting the CD to the printers. Maybe I'll get to fixing up his webpages too. Until next week, then ...

Finn Arild :) ...

Nov 28, 2006

Back with a new web

by admin — last modified Nov 28, 2006 10:34 PM

The last weeks I've been working hard on several things - this site, Bonden's record and coverart and transferring the other sites I handle to this new system: Plone.

At the same time I've been continuing to do what I can about promoting Serendipity and the next plan is a push connected to online radio stations.

Nov 05, 2006

One week late!

by admin — last modified Nov 05, 2006 11:00 PM

Sorry about this people - been so busy setting up the new site which will be up and running shortly. It's based on Plone and I have gotten my own virtual server to run it on so it's gonna be pretty great.

Musically I'm still calling newspapers - no new reviews so far, but a couple of newspapers are interested - keep watching this space :) ...

Oct 23, 2006

One day late

by admin — last modified Oct 23, 2006 10:00 PM

Well - nothing much happened last week anyway - still a lot of calling around to the newspapers and doing promo. I also did some work for a song I intend for my next album.

Rhapsody users (US only so far) now have access to Serendipity - go ahead and listen :) ...

This week I'll be calling around to some musicians I know of to hear if they want to join up with me - maybe I'll get a band on the road soon.

Talking about bands: my main inspirators Genesis are probably working on a new album and tour (guessing here). They have announced that they will come with an announcement November the 7th. I've been waiting for a Genesis reunion for 9 years now, so I don't need to tell you I'm excited about this :) ...

Oct 15, 2006

Press Tour and playing around with Ninjam

by admin — last modified Oct 15, 2006 10:00 PM

Tuesday last week I was live on "Kanal 1" in Drammen. After that we had a 2 hour drive up to a place called "Hedmarken" - 3 more interviews there. They all went pretty well, I think. No luck so far with the larger newspapers, but I keep pestering them so hopefully ...

Also I have discovered Ninjam a cool application which allow you to jam online with other people. I'll be online as "FinnArild" if you wanna jam with me.

Oct 08, 2006

First review in larger newspaper "Dice 4"

by admin — last modified Oct 08, 2006 10:00 PM

The last week started off with the photo shoot for Tuesdays article in Romerikes Blad. They gave a pretty good review I thought and the main story was over 2 pages so I'm pretty happy with it.

Wednesday I sent out CDs to the 15 (other) largest newspapers in Norway and I hope most of them will give the record a listen, and give it a review. I'll be spending this week on the phone with them to make sure they do their best :-)

Tomorrow I'm off for a mini press tour, starting off at Radio 1 in Drammen, then driving up to Kongsvinger and the local radios there.

Oct 01, 2006

First international radio interview in the box - more local newspapers.

by admin — last modified Oct 01, 2006 10:00 PM

So the first international live radio interview is done - if you missed it you can go to my reviews page to play it (with permission from Mark himself ). The interview aired on Sunday and on the same day I had an interview with another local newspaper: Romerikes Blad. This interview will be on print and on the web tomorrow, along with the first review from a large Norwegian newspaper.