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NILSEN, BJ - The Short Night

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Touch TO:75
Release Year: 2007
Note: Great work combining organ-like drones with granular sounding field recordings, based on archaic weather & air & nature field recordings ! highly recommended
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"Auch für The Short Night (TO:75) hat der sturmerprobte Landschafts-maler BJ NILSEN seine Staffelei an Ecken und Enden der Welt aufgestellt, wo sie für Menschen unwirtlich ist - ‚Finisterre‘, ‚Pole of Inaccessibility‘, ‚Icing Station‘, ‚Viking North‘. In der frostig dröhnenden Luft sind nur noch Vögel in ihrem Element. Die Brandung nagt an den mageren Felsen der schwedischen oder isländischen Küste und von oben prasselt Regen herab. Als Pinsel und Leinwand freilich fungieren Mikrophone, alte Tonbandmaschinen, Filter und Generatoren, Wetter-phänomene und eine finstere Imagination führen die Hand. Weitere Schauplätze, genauer, Klangfundstellen waren nämlich Triest, ein Ortname mit unwillkürlich tristen Assoziationen, und der Coombe Gibbet in Berkshire, 1676 errichtet, um ein Ehebrecherpärchen aufzuhängen und zur Abschreckung stehen gelassen. ‚Black Light‘
bringt die Stimmung dieses Dark Ambient oxymoronisch zum Ausdruck. Nilsen malt urige Seelenlandschaften. Er bespielt mit seinen Field-recordings eine große Naturorgel, die wallende Düsterwellen aussendet und dröhnende Gischt aufschäumt. Ein Grundton in modulierten Varianten, aber immer getragen, immer erhaben, ein schweres und langsames Sich-Dahin-Wälzen von bleierner Zeit, von Luftströmungen, die Wettervorhersagen wie Orakelsprüche aus der Megalithkultur mitführen." [Bad Alchemy]

“BJNilsen (b,1975 Sweden) is a sound and recording artist, has since the early 90’s been putting out work in various constellations. Primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. Using location recordings, weather, birdsong and radio, BJNilsen continues to map and explore uncharted territory. A follower to 2005’s Fade to White [Touch # TO:65], BJNilsen develops his work further, based on field recordings and electronics. This time he adds harsher yet clearer harmonies with musical elements to the compositions, creating a beautifully complex and detailed study. Recorded in 2006-7 with mostly analogue equipment, using up to 50 year-old tapemachines, filters and generators that end up being the soft cushion in these cold location recordings. Location recordings from Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden, Coombe Gibbet, Berkshire, England and Landakot, Vatnsleysuströnd, Iceland.” [label info]

"... True, if you were to compare this album to the lilting work of Colleen or even to fellow label mate Biosphere, The Short Night would
appear quite dark; but in the context of Nilsen's entire discography, The Short Night is a dramatically colorful piece of work. Sure, Nilsen's sustained low frequencies and a few moments of growling noise do have their devilish undertones; but throughout the album, Nilsen punctures these impressionist clouds with elegant electronic chorales of ethereal melodies that are surprisingly beautiful for BJ Nilsen. There is a melancholy to Nilsen's work, but melancholy isn't always synonymous with dark, as is the case here. In many ways, Nilsen has found himself trekking into the territories previously ventured by Fennesz and Machinefabriek, creating a transcendent sound through the tension between shoegazing / drone-based driftwork and subtle discordant agitation. This record is highly, highly recommended!" [Aquarius Records]

label: www.touchmusic.org.uk