Arne Nordheim - Electric 2xLP
Label: Rune Grammofon
Release Date: July 28th, 2017
Born in 1931 and highly active, Arne Nordheim is considered by most as the greatest Norwegian composer of the 20th Century. He started to get international recognition in 1960 with his orchestral work and soon after began to explore the use of pre-recorded tape as part of the compositions. His electronic works were recorded in Warsaw between 1967 and 1971, and have strangely enough not been available on record since the 70s. Rune Grammafon is extremely proud to be able to present the collected electronic works of Arne Nordheim. Furiously dismissed in academic circles in Norway when they first appeared almost 30 years ago, and in a way that have put an effective stop to weaker souls, we believe this music stands up remarkably well today. Compared to some of the more 'famous' electronic composers, Nordheim distinguish's himself by his sheer musicality and sense of structure. Electronic boxes, electric instruments and recorded tape glide in and out as a natural part of the orchestra, in constant pursuit of magical and spellbinding timbres. The orchestral parts reveal how working with mixers and tape splicing have influenced the development of musical ideas in more traditional arrangements.
This audiophile double LP comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with updated credits and liner notes. The sound has been mastered by Helge Sten (aka Deathprod) specifically for this vinyl edition, sourced from the original analog master tapes and painstakingly restored for the best possible audio results.