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Artist: BERGE, SIGURD
Title: Early Electronic Works
Format: CD
Label: Prisma
Country: Norway
Price: $16.00
"Prisma Records is proud to present the first release dedicated to the music by the late Norwegian composer and electronic music pioneer, Sigurd Berge (1929-2002). This release showcases some of Berges earliest experiments with tape-machines and early synthesizers. The music is taken from three reels found in the Henie Onstad Art Centre music archives in 2009. The reason why these tapes were located at the art center is probably because Berge worked for several years at the NSEM - Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music, located at the art center. Berge also was a central part of the electronic music concert series Elektrofoni which took place at the center from 1968 until 1983. On the first tape were the unreleased pieces "Preludium," "Ritual" and "Sørgemusikk" and the pieces "Erupsjon" and "Eg Beisla Min Støvel." On a different tape, was the musique concrète piece "Delta," which Berge also used in collaboration with the avant-garde jazz group Svein Finnerud in 1970. The second part of this release is dedicated to one of Norways first multimedia art installations entitled "BLIKK." The work was commissioned for the Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1970 and created by the artists Irma Salo Jæger, Jan Erik Vold and Sigurd Berge. The installation consisted of Jægers kinetic sculptures, Volds abstract poetry and Berges electronic music, all blended together with one of Norways first computer-generated laser-light shows. The multimedia piece was so complicated to produce that the engineers Halvor Heier, Birger Komedal and Harald Schiøtz were hired on for technical assistance. The pioneering work "BLIKK" was exhibited at the Henie Onstad Art Centre between April-May in 1970. Prisma Records is proud to release one of Norways most acclaimed experimental composers and electronic music pioneers for the first time on a complete CD release." -Prisma.

Artist: KOLBERG, KÅRE
Title: Electronic Works 1970-1973
Format: LP
Label: Prisma
Country: Norway
Price: $23.00
"Kåre Kolberg (b. 1936) is one of Norways foremost contemporary composers and is regarded as one of the pioneers of early electronic music and cross-disciplinary art in Scandinavia. He has composed music for film, theater, and chamber orchestras and for jazz acts such as Svein Finnerud Trio and Jan Garbarek. This LP contains three early electronic pieces by Kolberg and comes in a limited edition of 300 copies." - Prisma.

Artist: ORNING, TANJA
Title: Hommage a Anna-Eva Bergman
Format: CD
Label: Prisma
Country: Norway
Price: $16.00
"In 2002 the performer and cello player, Tanja Orning, was asked by the director of the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Karin Hellandsjø, to play at the opening of an Anna-Eva Bergman exhibition. Tanja Orning decided to compose a completely new piece inspired and dedicated to Bergmans art. The piece was entitled Hommage À Anna-Eva Bergman. In February 2009, the large retrospective exhibition Surrealism, line and form – Anna-Eva Bergmans formative years 1949-52, opened at the Henie Onstad Art Centre. Once again Tanja performed and a couple of months later she was invited by the art centre to record the piece for the in-house label Prisma Records. On April the 13th Tanja Orning and sound technician Thomas Hukkelberg came together in the centres Studiohall, to record the piece. Tanja Orning is a performer, improviser and composer. After studies in Oslo, London, and Indiana University, she held the position as a co-principal cellist in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra for 5 years until she left for Oslo in order to realise a number of projects. She is currently playing with groups such as Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, asamisimasa, Dr.Ox and Polygon as well as her solo-project Cellotronics which resulted in a CD in 2005. Orning is currently undertaking research in contemporary performance practice at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Prisma Records is proud to present this entrancing and lyrical composition on a single track CD release, pressed in a limited edition of only 300 copies." - Prisma.

Artist: POPOFONI
Title: S/T
Format: Double LP
Label: Prisma
Country: Norway
Price: $28.00
"This 2LP is a reissue of the Holy Grail of Norwegian free-jazz and electronic music, Popofoni, released by Sonet in 1973. It features compositions by Arne Nordheim, Terje Rypdal, Kåre Kolberg, Gunnar Sønstevold and Alfred Janson, played by an extended Jan Garbarek Quintet. The Popofoni project was initiated after a heated debate on Haagen Ringnes TV-show Åpen Post in autumn 1969, which dealt with the subject of pop music. Standing on one side, you found the defenders of pop, actress and singer Elisabeth Grannemann, comedian and record producer Rolv Wesenlund, and artist and record label owner Arne Bendiksen, who defended his 1969 Eurovision winner "Oj oj oj så glad jeg skal bli." In the other corner were the "cultural elite," represented by literature researcher Erling Nielsen and pianist and Beethoven expert Amalie Christie. Both sides expressed grave concerns that their opponents music impaired their listeners abilities. During the broadcast, Grannemann performed a parody of an avant garde composition which included throwing dishes and yelling, with direct reference to composer Arne Nordheims music. Some weeks, later Nordheim responded by composing a pop song with avant garde qualities, "Solar Plexus," performed by an expanded Jan Garbarek Quartet. Because of the great media attention this quarrel attracted, the organization Ny Musikk (IRCM) and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter decided to ask the experimental composers Kåre Kolberg, Alfred Janson, Gunnar Sønstevold, Terje Rypdal, and Arne Nordheim to write new compositions in the meeting point between pop and avant garde. Hence, the name "Popofoni." The result was performed at a concert at the art center in April 1970 and later documented on a double LP release on Sonet in 1973. It was pressed in 500 copies, and is now one of Norways rarest records. This reissue is produced by Lars Mørch Finborud and Lasse Marhaug for Prisma Records, 2012. Limited edition of 500 copies. Gatefold sleeve." - Prisma. Highly recommended!

Artist: V/A
Title: I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! - Video from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Archives 1968-2012
Format: DVD
Label: Prisma
Country: Norway
Price: $19.00
"This DVD presents seminal works of music, performance, dance, theater and installation art from the nearly 50-year history of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). When HOK founder Sonja Henie exclaimed that she wanted The Beatles to play at her art center, in essence, she expressed its founding ambition to produce and stage a lively cross-artistic program that captured the contemporary spirit of the day in live form. This release is filled with previously-unreleased material from HOKs history, and shows for the first time Kjartan Slettemark dressed up as a poodle in 1975, Mauricio Kagels commissioned piece "Ex-Position" from 1978, and the brilliant recording of John Cage reading "Muoyce" in 1983. "And now we take the first step into the future." Former director Ole Henrik Moe added this bold statement when HOK opened its doors to the public in 1968. The museum of the future at Høvikodden would position dynamic time-based art alongside its collection of modernist masterworks of paintings and sculpture, demonstrating how the various forms art elaborate and collaborate with each other. Instead of expanding its art collection, the majority of HOKs budget would go to events and exhibitions, to the production of new time-based works, and not least, to document ephemeral art. I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! presents a small selection from Henie Onstad Kunstsenters video archives. The DVD contains a newly-restored version of Pål Bang-Hansens promotional feature "A Forum of the Arts" from 1969, where amongst others, Arne Nordheim performs his commissioned work for HOK Solitaire. For the first time one can see what the Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music looked like in 1975 and view an excerpt from Terje Rypdals opera "Orfeus vender seg og ser på Eurydike." In addition, the DVD contains more recent productions with artists like MoHa!, KILLL, Stephen OMalley, and Christopher Nielsen/Masselys. This release accompanies the exhibition I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! -- Tidsbasert kunst ved HOK 1968-2011, opening October 28, 2012 at HOK with performances by Deathprod and Nils Bech. The exhibition and releases are curated by Lars Mørch Finborud. *DVD is only available in European PAL format (not compatible with North American NTSC DVD players), region free." -Prisma.

Artist: V/A
Title: I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! - Video from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Archives 1968-2012
Format: Double LP
Label: Prisma
Country: Norway
Price: $28.00
"This 2LP presents seminal works of music from the nearly 50-year history of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). When HOK founder Sonja Henie exclaimed that she wanted The Beatles to play at her art center, in essence she expressed its founding ambition to produce and stage a lively cross-artistic program that captured the contemporary spirit of the day in live form. This release is filled with previously-unreleased material recorded at HOK by artists such as Jim ORourke, Deathprod, Arne Nordheim, Soft Machine, John Cage and Jenny Hval. I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! presents a small selection from HOKs vast sound archives. For the first time, one can hear excerpts from Kåre Kolberg and Paal-Helge Haugens commissioned work "Rekviem for Janis Joplin" from 1972, Håkon Kornstad improvising in 2012, Hal Clark playing the legendary Buchla-synthesizer in The Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music in 1975, and Soft Machine at its prime in 1971 with Robert Wyatt on drums. The LP also contains commissioned works by Jenny Hval, Deathprod, Lasse Marhaug, and Jim ORourke, all produced by HOK over the last years. Other artists represented on the 2LP are Bjørn Fongaard, The Aller Værste!, Svein Finnerud Trio, Sigurd Berge, and Spontaneous Music Ensemble. This release accompanies the exhibition "I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! -- Tidsbasert kunst ved HOK 1968-2011," which opened on October 28th at HOK with performances by Deathprod and Nils Bech. The exhibition and releases are curated by Lars Mørch Finborud. Housed in a gatefold sleeve." -Prisma.

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