01September2004 New phonophani album out now

RCD 2039 Phonophani: Oak or Rock

This is the third Phonophani album, the second for Rune Grammofon.

"The title Oak or Rock refers to mysterious connections between material things, and the album is all about rediscovering the great mystery of music. Through dissecting the sound of ordinary or ?real? instruments such as cello, vibraphone, guitars, trumpets and the human voice and dissolving melodies into their elementary particles, Espen Sommer Eide seeks to excavate the ur-music itself. Instruments are often sampled and manipulated using software designed and made by himself, being a keen programmer who prefers this to the so-called industry standards, giving the album a personal and unique sound. Maja Ratkje and Nicholas H. Møllerhaug have also contributed with voice and cello on oak or rock."

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29May2004 Live at kvarteret

Phonophani will make a short live appearance at the student radio festival at Kvarteret, Bergen 29.5. Watch out for the special guest!

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03April2004 The art of tuning

After a very special meeting with composer and tuning-expert Ole-Henrik Moe, Phonophani today got tuned in to the system "gorrlaus" from ancient norwegian fiddle music.... gorrlaus.mp3

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18February2004 Alogic Studios snapshot


29March2010 Germany vs. France, Analog vs. Digital

Two packages arrived at the studio today. One from France and one from Germany. The Doepfer Dark Enery on my analog right hand, and the OTO Biscuit on my digital left hand. This is my first experiment hooking up the two for some noisy fun.

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28April2010 MonoFire. A simple MaxforLive control using the Monome 64

MonoFire is a simple patch I made for MaxForLive (M4L), that enables a Monome 64 to fire clips stored in the Ableton Live project. In includes volumecontrol and showing the Vue-meter on the Monome.

Download it here: http://github.com/materialvision/MonoFire

The basic idea is to have a simple clip-player that can play upto 7 clips simultaniously per Live Scene. It is made to be as simple and quick to set up as possible (typically at the airport before the gig).

See instructions in the readme file.

Thanks to James Drake for the great Monomebutton and -slider and -pages patches used in this project.


10June2010 Phonophani - Kreken

Press release from Rune Grammofon: Kreken” is the fourth album from Phonophani, aka Espen Sommer Eide, possibly Norway´s most original and inventive electronica musician today. In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist he is also a digital electronics expert, programmer and instrument builder, which goes a long way in explaining why he doesn´t sound much like anything else. His music is about rediscovering the great mystery of music through dissecting the sound of ordinary or ”real” instruments such as cello, vibraphone, guitars and the human voice and dissolving melodies into their elementary particles. While he has previously turned his attention to other cultures and traditions, with ”Kreken” he has now tuned his ears to Norway´s own traditional folk music and instruments, it´s melodic content and special tuning systems, all treated electronically in one way or another. Among the guests are Jenny Hval (Rockettothesky) and American guitarist David Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol, The Red Krayola).

Also available as a very special limited edition in only 250 numbered copies.

Released 21.06.10

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