08March2005 some more reviews

"It's music that sounds like a group of amnesiacs had awoken from a deep slumber in a room full of old instruments and were slowly tentatively reacquainting themselves with their possible musical functions."
- David Stubbs, the Wire

"At this late hour, when the clichés of music software have been completely internalized and we're satisfied with marginally fresh reconfigurations of the past, it's an accomplishment to make a record and have your audience wonder exactly what's happening and how it was put together. Each Alog track is its own small world with its own internal logic, and Miniatures collects nine good ones without a single dud. An excellent record."
- Mark Richardson, pitchforkmedia

"You feel yourself twisting and turning with each new track, your mind somehow in tune with the music like lunar tides."
- jake haselman, indieworkshop

See also:
svenska dagbladet
soundvenue
ny tid
panorama
die subjectivisten caleidoscoop
etherreal

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14January2005 ALOG MINIATURES

Out now! Order from rune grammofon. Go to discography page for sound clips.
Norwegian newspaper-reviews:
Dagsavisen 5/6
Dagbladet 5/6
Bergens Tidende 6/6
Aftenposten 4/6

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03December2004 Building Instruments

Click the link below to view a short clip from the making of the upcoming new Alog album. The film documents an improvisation-session at Sibjørn Apelands office at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. In addition to Sigbjørn (mostly on harmonium), Nikko also appears on various instruments and premiers his unique singing-into-horn technique! Espen practices playing-the-guitar-while-walking in addition to the turn-tableism from the vinyl-library in the room next door, while Dag-Ares autistic playing style blurs the border between his body and his instrument!

http://www.alog.net/soundclips/griegacademy.mov

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21November2004 Upcoming album/release concert

Rune Grammofon will release the new album by Alog; "Miniatures" on january 22.
[Updated] The release-concert will be at Kamelon (a newly opened place close to "Banco Rotto") at the same date in Bergen together with Alogs girlfriend Spunk.

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05November2004 Phonophani in London

Just in: Phonophani will play a surprise concert at Fredriks Wonderful evening in London thursday 11. november. The place: dreambasjaguarshoes, www.dreambagsjaguarshoes.com/ (not gallery 17 as prev. announced!), the time 1900. More info to follow...

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01September2004 New phonophani album out now

RCD 2039 Phonophani: Oak or Rock

This is the third Phonophani album, the second for Rune Grammofon.

"The title Oak or Rock refers to mysterious connections between material things, and the album is all about rediscovering the great mystery of music. Through dissecting the sound of ordinary or ?real? instruments such as cello, vibraphone, guitars, trumpets and the human voice and dissolving melodies into their elementary particles, Espen Sommer Eide seeks to excavate the ur-music itself. Instruments are often sampled and manipulated using software designed and made by himself, being a keen programmer who prefers this to the so-called industry standards, giving the album a personal and unique sound. Maja Ratkje and Nicholas H. Møllerhaug have also contributed with voice and cello on oak or rock."

visit: phonophani
order: runegrammofon

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27July2004 The End of Summer

We have just returned from our summer in our home town of Tromsø. Thanks to the great spirit of the people there and nature of the place we made great progress towards the two upcoming alog releases. The first to be released on the safe-as-milk label melektronikk is finished and in the print, and will be out in september if all goes well. It will feature 5 previously released tracks from various odd circumstances and 7 previously unreleased tracks from the alogic archives dating back to the time before duck-rabbit. More info to follow soon! The second all new album on rune grammofon has no definite release date yet.

[UPDATE: The melektronikk-album is posponed until summer 2005, and the rune grammofon album will be released in january 2005]

Espens solo project phonophani is soon to release the follow-up to genetic engineering, out in en end of august on rune grammofon, titled "oak or rock". More about that soon as well!

As for live appearances a couple of them coming up as well: Alog will play live at Blå, Oslo on the 21. august and Landmark, Bergen 22. augut.

Phonophani will first play on the first ever (and maybe last) lokofon in Kirkenes, Norway on the border of russia. More info on ruralreaders. Trying to save the northermost railroadtrack in the world! The date is the 5. september.

Next Phonophani and choreographer Johannes Wieland will air their new collaboration at the Diane von Furstenberg stage in New York 7.-10. October.

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02June2004 a pair of ravens

Here is a clip from the recent alog-david grubbs collaboration at the Random System Festival called a pair of ravens

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29May2004 Live at kvarteret

Phonophani will make a short live appearance at the student radio festival at Kvarteret, Bergen 29.5. Watch out for the special guest!

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Tweets

20April2004 Alog with David Grubbs

Live at the random system festival

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03April2004 The art of tuning

After a very special meeting with composer and tuning-expert Ole-Henrik Moe, Phonophani today got tuned in to the system "gorrlaus" from ancient norwegian fiddle music.... gorrlaus.mp3

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03April2004 Alog at SPOT10

Alog will play a concert in Aarhus, Denmark 5. june at the Spot festival.

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30March2004 Random System Festival

15-18 april 2004
oslo - notam, blå and parkteatret

Aeron and Alejandra • Jazzkammer • Hc Gilje • Next Life • Alog • David Grubbs • Andreas Tilliander • Sagor & Swing • Kim Cascone • Jan Jelinek • Gert Jan prins • Kelly Davis • Animal Collective

WWW.RANDOMSYSTEM.ORG

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18March2004 Spring alog

So what's up with Alog? Have they gone into their annual winter hibernation? Yes, but a creative one. We have been working hard on our next album, which is nearly there now. While waiting for that we will release a collection of the various bits and pieces released outside of Rune Grammofon, together with some live material and some previously unreleased tracks. It will be released on safe-as-milk, when the autumn leaves start falling.

To catch us live the next few months you must either travel to Blå in Oslo for the Random System festival the 16. april where we will be teaming up with the wonderful David Grubbs for a night of collaboration. Or you could go to Switzerland in the start of June, for a show at Bad Bonn in Düdingen.

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12March2004 Live at the safe-as-milk festival


photo by Lasse Marhaug
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