Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kim Hiorthøy

This is supposed to be a compilation of Kim Hiorthøy's previous work, but he either renamed the tracks or the guy who made the info page on rateyourmusic did it wrong. Anyway, this album represents both the best and the worst of experimental electronica. Door Opens Both Ways is definitely one of my favorite tracks, and Evil House, Evil Day is a stand out, clocking in at almost 11 minutes without dragging. Then there's Ting Some Virker, in which what sounds like a phone message in Norwegian is played over some minimalistic chords. Two and a half minutes, but it sounds like 4.
Kim experiments both with tones and sounds, and is successful in both, I think. On Sunday would be just a generic track if not for the slightly off key trumpet(?) that appears, playing a melody that is both sad and weird. As for experimentation with sound, Kim uses tons of found sounds, apart from the messages, which set the mood. An obivous place is near the beginning of Doktor Watson-Trikset.

He is also a graphic designer, designing artwork for Rune Grammofon, home of Supersilent, a band I'll try to get on here.


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