Fluxusboks returns!

The fluxus-inspired anti-radio show Fluxusboks, that first aired on Radio Revolt in Trondheim from 2008-2009 and that was released as a USB memory stick in a handmade wooden box in 2013 (18 shows, 9 hours of music), is returning in May 2016!

Starting May 31, there will be a new Fluxusboks show released on iTunes and other streaming services every month! All the shows will be made during that same month, and with a fresh approach for each show. Fluxusboks shows will always be totally improvised, unrehearsed and unedited.

On May 31: “Neben-, Über-, Unter-, Vor- und Zwischenmensch”.

April First.

Mark the date. For April’s Fool? No, for Another Failure!

My sophomore album ‘Another Failure (1989)’ continues what ‘Drawing Lines (1989)’ started. Leaving the all-synth 80’s sound behind and entering a heavier and also a more experimental domain sound-wise, ‘Another Failure (1989)’ is bound to resonate with lovers of alternative and/or progressive pop. It’s been called a weird, quirky, evocative, insistent, brave, fun, catchy and theatrical kind of prog-pop.

The album will initially be available only digitally.

Tracklisting:

1. First (04:37)
2. And To Receive (09:20)
3. Ep Hoedler (02:24)
4. Black Eyes (04:45)
5. All That Follows (07:17)
6. I Koidls Dyfn (03:31)
7. Why Do You Break My Heart? (05:05)
8. Hondeheád (03:57)
9. Vogue For A New Kind Of Hero (04:25)
10. Of The Faulty Arc (08:30)

Online availability!

“Drawing Lines (1989)” is now available for online streaming or mp3 download. I just wanted to point you to different places where you can hear it all, parts of it, or (preferrably) buy it. I do in fact earn more money if you buy it online, but the physical copy is well worth the cost, too, if you’re into physical copies.

Start by liking my Facebook Page.

For streaming services:

Spotify
WiMP

Downloads can be done here:

iTunes (105 NOK)
Platekompaniet (79 NOK)
Telenor (79 NOK)
Amazon.com ($ 7.99)
Amazon.co.uk (£ 7,49)
Amazon.de (€ 8,99)
Play.com (£ 5.99)
CDON (99 NOK)
Emusic ($ 7.35)

Go here for the physical format, old-fashioned CD, which comes in a gatefold 18×18 cm 20 page book.

Happy listening! And make some noise about it if you like it, ok?

Impatiently awaiting release.

Who would have thought time could pass so slowly? I really don’t know what I was thinking when I set the date to January 15 — it seems like an eternity from now. In the meantime I’m having fun staring at this: Drawing Lines (1989) on Amazon.co.uk — I can’t explain why it’s so compelling, I guess it has something to do with the fact that I’ve bought quite a few CDs from Amazon in the past, listened to 30 second, crappy quality sound clips and awaited the arrival of the CDs with much anticipation.

The waiting is similar this time, but it’s MY music now, I am the one people hear in 30 second sound clips and that someone might enjoy hearing, I’m the one who made the music that someone might like, and buy! You can imagine my excitement, right?

I don’t think I’ve ever felt this accomplished in my entire life: I have a Master’s Degree in Music Technology, and I have released an album, both on physical format, and (very soon) through world wide digital distribution.

I’m trying to prepare myself for doing promotion, sending out e-mails and promos and that sort of stuff, but I can’t seem to get myself to do anything until January 15 is here. (Please come quick).

Digital release date: January 15.

The release date for the digital release is now set. January 15. My album will be available for download and streaming through all major international online stores and streaming services, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, eMusic, HMV — and the Norwegian/Nordic/local ones like WiMP, Platekompaniet, CDON and more.

Hopefully, everything will go according to plan from here on. Mark the date.

Digital distribution approaching.

I think I’m very close to getting digital distribution. At first I thought it would be expensive to set up, but then it turned out that all fees and royalties to artists/writers/publishers, and so on, is included in the price people pay for releases and subtracted before any money gets back to me.

All good then, I thought — then it turned out that some distributors are selective, and I didn’t want to waste my time on them, since I’m eager to get this out pretty quickly. Others had too much to do and pointed me to other distributors, all of which had some sort of start-up or annual fee.

I chose one that seemed alright, and everything seems fine, except for the fact that some random label was appointed to my release, and I can’t seem to change it. So now I’m waiting for support to fix it and enlighten me green … and then, hopefully within a month or so, it will be available at all the big online stores.

I do understand why record companies still exist — doing this all by yourself is a real pain in the ass, sometimes, though a great experience.

Drawing Lines (1989) is available on CD.

On December 20, 2011, my debut album was officially released. Get it here!

Drawing Lines (1989) is an eighties synthpop dream with an experimental and modern twist; easy on the ears, but challenging the mind; naïveté with depth. It tells the musical story of the ten year old Eth Eonel: all the songs on the album, save for the two cover songs, were originally written in 1989 by the young me. With my hands in the now, but my heart in the past, I have updated those songs into little stories with a retrospective view.

The album was mastered by one of my musical idols, the great Bob Drake.

If you would lend an ear, I’d be grateful. A digital release is not yet available, due to legal and financial matters, but I’m hoping to resolve it. Please let me know anyway, if you’d like a digital copy, and I’ll speed that up.

The high price of the album (150NOK / 25$ / 20€) is due to the fact that it comes with a 18×18 cm hardcover book with lyrics and photos. The price you pay is what I’ve spent on it in cash.

It can be ordered here.

Musical project for kids + release day.

The day before the official release of Drawing Lines (1989) I’m at home, spending the late evening burning 70 CD-Rs with music that my pupils have made. They’re aged 10-11 and we have been working for seven weeks, composing, recording, mixing and everything. There’s so much talent out there, that just needs to be discovered. That’s what I do (discover it), but I have no time to engage in anything beyond my work, my family and my own music. So I see all these talented kids, but can’t do anything else than to try to inspire them to dream big and become experts themselves.

Tomorrow is the big day for me. There’s nothing exciting happening, really, but I’ll probably try to send out a few messages and mails to friends and make the album available on my website. A digital release is not yet planned, but I’m trying to figure out a way to arrange it. Right now it seems that it will cost me more to create and release the album than I can dream of getting back. It’s worth it, though.

The beginning.

Since I am officially releasing my debut album in only two days, I am making an effort to start blogging, mostly as a means to document the event, the sales, the promotion, everything interesting that happens relating to the album. I might also throw in a philosophical thought or two, ideas for lyrics, concepts and ideas pertaining to structure or form — that sort of stuff.

Looking forward to hearing from people out there.