Espen Sommer Eide – artist/composer
Alog is the duo of Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan.
Since forming in 1997 Alog have been among Norway´s leading performers of experimental electronic music. They are mainstays at Rune Grammofon and have been with the label since their debut album ”Red Shift Swing” was released in 1999. Already a mature and original collection, their sound has since been developed through their second album, ”Duck-Rabbit” (2001), and almost perfected with their previous album ”Miniatures”, which also won them a Norwegian Grammy for best electronica release in 2005.
Some of the techniques that Alog invented for their ”Miniatures” album have now been refined and developed on their new album “Amateur”. They have increasingly worked with various acoustic instruments and in collaboration with other musicians for long recording sessions in special locations. Travelling around the west coast of Norway with Nicholas H. Møllerhaug and Nils Økland sidekick Sigbjørn Apeland they recorded in music schools and primary school music rooms in an attempt to capture the unique sound of each selection of instruments found. Because of bad weather they could be stuck for days on islands off the wild northern coast recording themselves playing any instruments they could find and building more of their own. These sessions were subsequently worked on in the studio to bring out the unique spirit of the “Amateur”. This spirit is characterized by a curious and fresh approach to playing that is often lost in the process of becoming a virtuoso on a singular instrument. The word "amateur" originally denotes a person who is motivated by a passion or love for their activity. It has been the goal of Alog on this album to preserve and enhance this special energy in their songs. Most computer music software today is made to hide the individual, unique qualities of the musician, to make rhythm and pitch perfect and to make everyone sound the same. In order to achieve their goal Alog had to turn this process around with their "augmented acoustics" technology and bring out the hidden "amateur" energy of each song.
Alog are still Espen Sommer Eide (1972) and Dag-Are Haugan (1970). Espen has played music ”all his life”, mostly on percussion instruments, flutes and trumpet, before emphasising computer-generated sounds. He currently lives in Bergen where he is involved in the city´s experimental music scene. He has released three solo albums as Phonophani, all on Rune Grammofon. Dag-Are Haugan holds a master degree from the Malmö Academy of Fine Art in Sweden. He started playing guitar in his teens and formed several pop bands in his hometown Tromsø. He has released a solo vinyl album, ”9 Solitaires”, on the K-RAA-K label.
About the albums
Each Alog track is its own small world with its own internal logic, and Miniatures collects nine good ones without a single dud. An excellent record. Pitchforkmedia (US)
Some of the most graceful and exciting electronica around, and reaffirm here their place amongst Scandinavia's most important electronic musicians. Milkfactory (UK)
”Miniatures” is fascinating in its rich details and untroubled flow. Dagsavisen (NO)