I’m happy to announce that my next Mental Overdrive album, “Hardware”, will be released by Bergen’s own PLOINK on March 6th. The material goes pretty much back to basics, with live techno jams recorded straight down to tape and then edited slightly before sent off to mastering at D&M. More info to come soon.
Over the years I have written a lot of music that falls outside of my usual arena of club-friendly (and sometimes slightly un-friendly) beats. Up until recently this has mainly been in connection with film scoring or composing for art shows and sound installations, but I feel I’m now ready to release some of my more experimental material in a more traditional way. I’m therefore starting a new series of releases under a different artist name – to avoid any confusion. The first transmission by this new project is called “Waveform01”, and is a single track album with a running time of 53mins 17secs. You can stream the whole album from this new Bandcamp page , and if you like what you hear and want to purchase it, you may do so for a minimum of 5 Euro. If you want to pay more, that’s also OK. It only means I will be able to keep expanding my modular setup, and hopefully create new and interesting sounds for your future enjoyment. If you want to get in touch to book a live gig with WAVE∞FORM, you can hit me up through one of my social media channels (mentaloverdrive @ Instagram, Twitter or Facebook). If you’re rather looking for more club-friendly beats, you probably want to book Mental Overdrive instead. I hope you enjoy the new sounds.
I’ll be heading to the city of Brno in the Czech Republic towards the end of May to play live at a party on Friday May 27th in connection to Noise Kitchen’s Synth Fest 2. The two-day festival will include workshops, parties, lectures and talks about synthesisers, modular systems and all things fun and tweakable. The gig will also mark the re-release of my 1995 album “Plugged” on Prins Thomas’ Rett i Fletta label, and also the launch of the “Tromsø” module by Bastl Instruments. The line-up is constantly being added to, so check in on the Facebook event link above for more info.
I’m happy to announce that my debut album “Plugged”, originally released on Love OD back in 1995, will be re-issued on May 27th through Prins Thomas’ “techno, not techno” label Rett i Fletta. The Prins has done a wonderful job in re-editing and restoring the album from the original DAT masters, and has also chosen alternative takes from the live “direct-to-tape” mixes I had done at the time. Topped with a new mastering and pressed on triple vinyl, it’s almost a brand new package that will hit the streets in May, and I’m very pleased about the result. You can check out snippets over at distributor wordandsound’s website.
There are quite a few releases stacked up for 2016, and we’ll be starting with a Prins Thomas edit of the track “Hellbent” to be included on Bergen techno label Ploink’s first anniversary EP (out of three planned this year). The EP will be available on D&M-mastered vinyl from February 22nd, and you can hear snippets of all tracks in the player above.
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.
My ‘In love we fall EP’ is now also available through most digital outlets for downloads and streaming, but be sure to also secure a copy of the 12″ vinyl edition before it sells out!