02.12.08 - ARM: Open Reminder back in stock
The great digi impro trio ARMs brilliant debutalbum "Open Reminder" has been sold out for some years. But finally this little masterpieces has been reprinted and is back in stock. Get it here.
"Beautiful, funny, thrilling - here at last is laptop music to fall in love with." The WIre
"So, impress your friends, and yourself, with this great release from a group few in Blighty will have had the pleasure of hearing yet. You may well be sick of being told this by now but Norway, indeed, rocks. Hear it. Know it." Diffusion
"Arm (a trio of Alexander Rishaug, Are Mokkelbost and Arne Bor
gan) doesn't disappoint me, If a name comes to mind to compare Arm with, I'd say it comes close to Farmers
Manual. The same wit, the same seriousness and the same great music." Vital Weekly
"For musikkelskere med åpne og store ører kan "Open Reminder" være en døråpner til noe helt nytt." Puls.no
"Musikken er rastløs og hektisk, men behagelig og oversiktlig. Bare tilsynelatende et paradoks, for når Arm lar lyden sprute i alle retninger, treffer den akkurat på de riktige stedene." Universitas.no
02.12.08 - Lars Myrvoll CD
Our good friend Lars Myrvoll that released his the EP "Brist" in our cd-r series will release his debut full length CD on Safe as Milk in January. Be sure to check it out. It is great stuff.
11.07.06 - Melektronikk at NuMusic
There will be a Melektronikk showcase at this years NuMusic Festival
in Stavanger September 9. Artists: Silje Nes, Sort Mel,
Andreas Meland, Lasse Marhaug. More info coming up soon. Visit the festival
11.07.06 - Alog announce US tour
Alog will are going on tour first time in the US. Don´t miss the
following us shows in august!
12.08.06 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
15.08.06 Portland (tba)
17.08.06 the Empty Bottle, Chicago
19.08.06 Mills Gallery, Boston
21.08.06 Tonic, New York
26.08.06 Punktfestival, Kristiansand
13.05.06 -Shopping bonanza!
From May to July we will ship all orders in the Melektronikk shop free
of charge. Go wild! Creditcard payments in the shop are powered by Paypal.
13.05.06 - Brist review
Here is a nice review of Lars Myrvoll´s Brist cd-r Ep.
13.05.06 - Prize for Brakhage cover
Our designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen from Grandpeople
was awarded silver in the category Packaging Design/Culture for the Brakhage
album artwork at the Visuelt Award in Oslo yesterday. The Visuelt Award
is organised by Grafill.
13.05.06 - Lars Myrvoll - Brist
A new release in our specially packaged limited editon CD-r EP
series is know available from our
shop. Lars Myrvoll is one of the most talented young electronic
improvisers in Oslo right know. He runs the brilliant 3" label Enlightenment,
which has released sonic goodies by Alexander Rishaug, MoHa, and our very
own Andreas Meland. In addistion Lars plays in a number of promising bands
in different genre and helps organise the Melektronikk related Safe as
Milk festival. Brist is a 12 minute liverecording. Packaged in a transparent
DVD cover as usual. Get it in the
25.04.06 - Forell
The new trio Forell will do it´s first concert at BLÅ on Saturday
May 6th. The concert is a part of the matiné concert series Fritt
Fall. Forell is Ivar Grydeland (Sofa), Alexander Rishag and Andreas Meland.
25.04.06 - Random Cube
On Saturday April 29th it is time for the Melektronikk related electronic
music festival Random Cube at Black Box Theatre in Oslo. This years line-up
is Thomas Ankersmith, minimal loud drone master Phil Niblock, electronic
pop performer Kevin Blechdom, and heavy duty free rock youngstes MoHa.
Visit Random Cube´s hompage here.
28.02.06 - Alog live
March 20 Alog will play at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh, Scotland.
28.02.06 - Alog cover in Grafik
The awesome graphic art for the Alog CD created by our regular
designers Grandpeople is showcased on a full page in the new edition of
the Design magazine Grafik.
20.02.06 - Great Pitchfork review: 8/10
That a skim of the archive can produce such an interesting record
says a lot about the value of the Alog project. It's all over the place,
and it shouldn't hang together, and yet it does. Alog called their terrific
2005 album Miniatures, but the title would have been more apt for this
release. Ten of these selections are under five minutes; such restraint
is a rarity in the world of abstract electronics, but it works wonders
when dealing with this level of variety. Each track is a small world unto
its own, with a unique palette and structure. Alog get in, lay out the
rules, make their statement, and get out, wasting not a note and leaving
you wanting more. Read more here
20.02.06 - Borealisfestivalen
Our dear friend Nicholas Møllerhaug, who often act as
a studio musician for Alog, is the festival director of a contemporary
music festival in Bergen called Borealis. The program for this years festival
was launched today and offers a string of great artists: Georg Friedrich
Haas, Pita, Reynols, Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Martin Arnold and Golden Serenades.
Read more here
14.02.06 - Alog live
For those of you who live in Spain: Alog will play in Malaga at the Arte
y Tecnologia Centre 17.02.06.
14.02.06 - Melektronikk shop
The Melektronikk webshop is finally online. Buy CD´s, LP´s
and beautyfull Grandpeople designed posters cheap and easy using paypal.
We hope you will like it! The shopsite will be updated with more goodies
in the near future. Click the shop link above and have a look!
14.02.06 - Alog: XLR8R review
"Can-channeling, Terry Riley wink-winking, and Aphex-aware Norwegian
free-jazz superstars (and Rune Grammofon lynchpins) Alog footnote the
stately avant-majesty of their preceding albums with this compendium of
unreleased, rare, and remixed work. Alog's approach favors the narrative,
apparent in every track's intricacy; the title number-a remix for Swiss
band Velma-became a cover of sorts when, upon discovering that they didn't
have the proper lyrics, they had to substitute words from an unrelated
album. With or without stories or deciphering the liner notes, these are
all independently brilliant songs for you to catch." — Brion
08.02.06 - Arne Borgan installation work
Arne Borgan from ARM shows his installation work "Stalagmite Tentacles
in The Middle of The Night" at UKS Gallery in Oslo February 9-12.
His moniker Bastard Child will also do live improvised concerts in the
gallery in this period. More info here
07 .02.06 - Alog: Great milkfactory.co.uk reviewI
IIf Catch That Tottem! sounds shambolic and disjointed, it is totally
on purpose and only serves to highlight Alog’s extensive scope,
from tranquil melodic formations to complex sound experiments. Eide and
Haugan have, in the eight years they have been collaborating, pushed the
boundaries of experimentation in electronic music and uncovered an impressive
array of new playgrounds upon which they have constantly thrived. Catch
That Tottem! is the thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining diary of this
unusual journey through sound.
Read the full review here
07.02.06 - Spellemann for Alog
Last weekend Alog picked up a Norwegian Grammy/Spellemann award
for their last album on Rune Grammofon "Miniatures". Congratulations
to our heros Alog and to Rune Grammofon!
07.02.06 - Alog: Nice norwegian reviews
Alog have recieved rave reviews in Scandinavia for "Catch that totem!".
Read more her: hissig.no,
07.02.06 - Alog: Stylusmagazine review
For those who decry the lack of playfulness and humanity in electronic
music, Catch that Totem! will delight. The duo of Espen Sommer Heide and
Dag-Are Heiden practically frolic through this odds and ends collection,
leaping over genre fences in their joy. The eclecticism of their music
does not stem from head-scratching, overcooked concepts, but from a hyperactive
hatred of confinement.
Since the shredded vocal confetti and stiffly earnest guitar of “Just
Recording,”—the duo’s first track—Alog have carved
a career path full of hairpin turns, leaf-covered spike pits, and gravity-defying
loops. “Song Sung Inward” dredges the same soulful noise murk
that produced the Minatures’ standout “Severe Punishment and
Lasting Bliss.” But bounce ahead a track and the duo has scrubbed
off the static, opting instead for spic-n-spac jittery beats and mewing
vocals. No sooner has this faded than the gawky, instrumental hip-hop
number “Theme from Toads” shudders and shakes. However every
track on Catch That Totem! is an anomaly, as is every album in the Alog
catalog. Should the critical pendulum swing back in Alog’s direction,
look for them to be named Crown Princes of the Internet.
Read the full review here
07.02.06 - Alog: Indieworkshop review
The tandem of Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan are master craftsmen
in the area of blowing minds. From the very time I heard their work I
was enamored. I was glued to my stereo. This Norwegian duo gracefully
blends and bends musical styles to create something on the very edge of
music itself. Beautiful and haunting sounds are manipulated, looped, fucked
with and nurtured to produce sonic waves that hypnotize anyone who happens
to hear them.
This latest release is not really a new album but rather a collection
of tracks that span the groups entire career. It’s not a compilation
of work from their three previously released albums, but a dive into unreleased
material or hard to find tracks. So, to most of us, it really is a new
album… just not in the traditional sense. Now that all the formalities
are out of the way, let’s talk about how amazing these thirteen
The greatest thing about Alog is that their experimentation doesn’t
get in the way of their songs. When people toss around the tag “experimental”
for music it’s usually just to label something they don’t
understand. In the case of Alog it’s because this really is forward
thinking music… and because no one can really be called their peer.
- Jake Haselman
Read the full review here
07.02.06 - Alog: Great review in The Wire
Norwegian post-musical knob twiddlers Alog specialise in decomposing collages
of samples, instruments like guitar, double bass, tabla, trumpet, harmonium,
flutes and Fender Rhodes electric piano via intricate hard disk editing.
Theirs may be a method particular to them, but broadly their tactics are
instantly recognisable to th New Music listener. Even their trump card,
bespoke MIDI software for OSX called The Method, is a familiar concoctions
of the high-end boffins of electronica, who might pleasingly be compared
to the instrument builders of yore.
Catch That Totem, a compilation of previously unreleased and hard-to-find
material, amounts to Alog´s fourth release after the acclaimed Red
Shift Swing, Duck-Rabbit and Miniatures CDs. It´s quitly lovely
collection of organic machine music, conjuring images of beign bio-robotic
organisms unconsciously beavering away at mysterious tasks. Alog´s
intensly detailed canvases have a deliriously over-studied quality that
conveys to the listener an almost Victorian density of intention. The
duo are known to spend up to three years working on an individual track.
Their music is closely comparable in manic spirit and in its particular
propulsiveness to This Heat circa "Health and Efficiency", albeit
without that duo´s vicious cut and thrust. Conversely, to avoid
missing detail in background Ambient sloop, you need to turn up the volume
Alog apparantly pride themselves on their accessibility and why should
their obsession with micro-texture preclude it? Much of Catch That Totem
is sweetly poppy, the rotations of "Beklager, Nicholas" melodically
generous, the title track a tunefully lush reverse-skank, and "Song
Sung Inwardly" a gentle piece of soegaze-era indie snowstorm. Catch
That Totem may not be the most uniquely iconic example of the glitch genre,
but it´s nevertheless rewarding.
07.02.06 - Alog: rarefrequency.com review
I’ll admit it: I’m a late convert to Alog. The Norwegian duo
of multi-instrumentalists Espen Sommer Heide and Dag-Are Heiden has put
out a bunch of releases on Rune Grammofon in recent years that have been
acclaimed by both friends and critics, but I have only caught the Alog-bug
with this collection of the duo’s sonic scraps, remixes and hard-to-find
tracks on Melektronikk. In their liner notes, Espen and Dag-Ore describe
the thirteen tracks collected here as a kind of Alog memory bank and it
does have the hazy, non-linear quality of memory, with light thematic
threads running loosely through this beguiling mix of odds ‘n’
ends. Whereas Alog’s most recent “proper” album Miniatures
is a fluid and pristine blend of electronic and traditional instrumentation,
Hide that Totem! is a more ragged and playful beast. At times, the music
wriggles and grooves like mid-period Mouse on Mars, as krautrock and hip-hop
influences rear up and butt heads. At others, half-sung, half-spoken/chanted
vocals mix with delicate guitar and keyboards. It’s an unpredictable,
occasionally cheeky (see the “Hej, Vart Blev Det Av Dat’en,
Kim?” remix of Kim Hiorthøy), exceedingly enjoyable record.
Read the full review here
17.01.06 -Arne Borgan exhibition + ARM live
Arne Borgan from the three-headed electronic improv monster ARM
exhibits his great drawings at the Torpedo
Bookstore in Oslo these days. Go enjoy!
At the same bookstore, our heros ARM will do their first live gig in quite
a while Friday Januart 27. To make the evening complete the Melektronikk
crew will be there to dj!
13.12.05 -Are Mokkelbost in Dagbladet
Dagbladet Fredag did a fullpage feature on the talented Are Mokkelbost
(ARM, Killl, Single Unit) recently. Visit Are´s great website here.
17.01.06 -Alog nominated for Spellemann
Alog´s album Miniatures has been nominated for a Spellemann
in the Electronica category. Spellemann is the Norwegian Grammy award.
Congratulations to you guys!
13.12.05 - Sort Mel: Sort Jul reissued
Sort Mel´s cute 3" Christmas CD-s from last year was
a big/small success. The first 300 copies was sold out in 24 hours. The
second pressing is now finally available.
13.12.05 - Alog live video
Some guys at meer-tv recorded
this short clip from Alog´s concert
in Utrecht, Netherland. Enjoy!
13.12.05 - Alog nominated for Alarm award
Alog´s album Miniatures on Rune Grammofon has been nominated
for the Norwegian alternative Grammy Alarm. You can help the band win
an award by voting here.
13.12.05 - Downloads at Musikkonline.no
Our latest releases ar now available for download at the norwegian
site Musikkonline.no. Check it out here.
13.12.05 - Melektronikk distributors
Norway: MO (www.musikkoperatorene.no)
Scandinavia: DOT (www.dotshop.se)
Germany: A-Musik (www.a-musik.com)
Japan: Bomba Records
Hong Kong: White
08 .11.05 - Alog releasedate & tour
Alog: Catch That Totem! will be released November 28.
The release will be followed by a European tour:
02.12.05 Im Ausland,
03.12.05 Sheune, Dresden
06.12.05 Spitz, London
08.12.05 Impakt festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
10.12.05 KC netwerk, Aalst, Belgium
25 .10.05 - Melektronikk on Ballade.no
There is a small interview with Melektronikks own Kristian
Kallevik and Andreas Meland on Ballade.no today. Check it out here.
19.10.05 - Brakhage concert
Andreas Meland will perform material from the Brakhage
CD project at the EKKO Festival in Bergen 20.10.20005. Other bands playing
includes ESG, Mu, Biosphere, John Hegre and Bit 20. More info here.
19.10.05 - Melektronikk shop coming up!
Melektronikk will soon and very soon launch a new Melektronikk
mailorder site where you can buy all the goodies from the catalog in addition
to posters, t-shirts and "what have you". Watch this space!
19.10.05 - Grandpeople in GRAFIK
Our steady rocking design friends Grandpeople are featured
with a 10 page profile presentation in the October edition of the brilliant
magazine. Congratulations! The presentation includes design
by Grandpeople for Melektronikk, The Safe as Milk festival, Random System
15.09.05 - Alog: Catch that Totem!
Melektronikk will soon release a Alog
rarities, remixes, B-sides and outtakes album named "Catch that Totem!".
The master is finished now and it sounds great. Alog are one of our definite
norwegian favourite groups, and we are proud to release a CD with them.
Releasedate to be announced soon. You can preorder the album by emailing
15.09.05 -Dans for Voksne - concerts in Oslo
The Oslo based concert series "Dans for Voksne" (translates
Dance for Grown-ups), co-produced by Melektronikk, has a ultra-strong
fall lineup: Goodiepal, Kevin Blechdom, Tape, Birchville Cat Motel, Lucas
Abela, Xavier Charles, Utarm and our favourite plunder musicians Sort
Mel. Visit Dans for Voksne´s hompage for more info: dansforvoksne.org
-Grandpeople on the web
Our brilliant and beloved designers Grandpeople´s grand
website is finally online. Visit it here.
29.06.05 -New Melektronikk adress
Melektronikk has moved office. Please note our new adress
if you want to send us something.
Melektronikk c/o Andreas Meland, Dælenggt 16B, 0567 Oslo, Norway
13.06.05 -Andreas Meland with new 3"
Deaf Leoppard a new 3" ep by Andreas Meland is out
now on the Trondheim based label Enlightenment.
Three fine tracks by mr. Meland and a nice remix by Phonophani. Check
it out here.
13.06.05 -Brakhage artwork in Grafik
brilliant artwork for Brakhage is presented in the new edition of the
design magazine Grafik.
24.05.05 -The Safe as Milk Festival 2005
The program for Melektronikks own festival The Safe as
Milk Festival is now launched. The line-up this year is stronger than
ever: Supersilent, Dälek, Kim Hiorthøy, MoHa, Colleen and
many more. The festival will take place 29-30 July an is located in Haugesund.
Read more here.
11.05.05 - Andreas Meland minitour
15.05.05 Nefertiti, Gøteborg (w/ Alog)
16.05.05 Dans for Voksne, Oslo (w/ Alog)
20.05.05 Tält, Trondheim (w/ Ivar Grydeland)
27 .04.05 - New CD out now: Brakhage
Order it now from our scandinavian distributor Dot´s
13 04.05 -
Upcoming Andreas Meland release
The Trondheim based label
release a 3" cd with music by our own Andreas Meland in mid may.
The release is aptly named "Deaf Leoppard" and includes four
new and old tracks by mr. Meland, and a brilliant remix by his
friend Espen Sommer Eide aka Phonophani.
30 .03.05 -Andreas Meland concert
Andreas will do a solo concert as part of the celebration of
the experimental radio program Sort Kanal´s 20 years celebration
at BLÅ in Oslo April 6. He will also do a one-off collaboration
with Alexander Rishaug this evening. Other bands playing: Del, Origami
Arktika and Alexander Rishaug.
30 .03.05 -
More Brakhage info
Brakhage, the Andreas Meland & Lasse Marhaug split cd will
be released April 25.
23 .02.05 - Brakhage
Lasse Marhaug and Andreas Meland are currently mixing their split
cd "Brakhage".The release are scheduled for release late April.
More info soon.
23 .02.05 - Dans for Voksne
Melektronikk is co-organising a concert series in Oslo named
Dans for Voksne (translates Dance for Grown-ups). We are very proud of
this seasons program that includes concerts with Haco, Vibracathedral
Orchestra, Alog, USA IS A MONSTER, The Dead Texan, The Hawk &
a Hacksaw etc... Visit Dans for Voksne´s hompage for more info:
23 .02.05 - Borealis
Our good friend Nicholas Møllerhaug is organising
a fantastic festival in Bergen in March. The festival´s main guest
is our hero Terry Riley. Weird-folk-drone- masters Vibracathedral Orchestra
will also do a gig. Check out the program here: borealisfestival.no
24 .01.05 - In the pipeline
We are working on some very interesting projects scheduled for
release during 2005. Coming up first is a split cd with hyperactive noismaker
Lasse Marhaug and Andreas Meland. Alog will release a compilation of outtakes
and raritites in September. Bokfink and Sort Mel are currently in studio
working on their debut albums, both scheduled for release later this year.
24 .01.05 - Sort Mel: Sort Jul sold out!
Sort Mel´s Christmas 3" cd sold out in a couple of
weeks before Christmas. Beacuse of heavy demands we are concidering repressing
it before Christmas this year.
07.01.05 - Finally online again
to our new site!
we are online again. Feels really good!
release - düplo
With this release, düplo puts new meaning to the old norse saying
that there are many strange things in the ocean (as the man said when
he saw his wife take a bath.)"Høy sjø og landlov"
is the result of series of salty sessions that has been further seasoned
and bent into form through studio reworking. This is music without solid
ground, floating dark green matter with clusters of silently squeaking
jellyfish drifting towards the rainbow splatted oily surface.
Everything düplo do has a touch of melancholic humour and horrifying
beauty - "Høy sjø and landlov" is no exeption..
Meland & Lasse Marhaug
CD - Out Now!