April 2 Per Boysen, Cologne Live Looping Festival 2011
Darkroom, Reyn Ouwehand, Premonition Factory, Michael Peters, Pattysplanet, David Cooper Orton, Georgina Brett, Twilight Worldz and Uwe Schumacher.
Nach dem ersten Festival dieser Art 2008 im Loft zu Köln wird dies das zweite größere Livelooping-Festival in Deutschland sein. Zehn Solo-Livelooper bzw. Bands aus dem In- und Ausland präsentieren jeweils eine halbe Stunde lang ihre ganz individuelle Loop-Musik-Variante. Es gibt praktisch keine Umbaupausen – 5 Stunden Livelooping-Musik am Stück!
Dabei werden Ambient-Klänge und Drones zu hören sein, aber auch Gitarrengrooves, abstrakte Klänge aus dem Computer, groovende One-Man-Bands sowie Gesangsloops.
March 25, 26, 27: Erdem Helvacıoğlu & Per Boysen, Paris, PRESENCES électronique 2011.
We’ll be doing an eight channel surround concert on the 26th, sharing the stage with Jim O’Rourke (US, tape), Rafael Toral + Cesar Burago (Portugal, performance), Supersilent (Norway, performance. Arve Henriksen – Trumpet, Voice, Drums, Electronics. Helge Sten – Electronics, Guitars, Keyboards. Stale Storlokken – Keyboards, Synths, Electronics)
This album is a live recording of a musical duo improvisation session that took place in Rome on June 5 2009. Fabio Anile plays the Piano and the Synthesizer and Per Boysen plays the Alto Flute and the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). Both musicians simultaneously play also interactive electronics, particularly utilizing the technique known as Live Looping.
Exceptions are two tracks that were recorded later as a studio based long distance collaboration: Counterpoint (4) where Per plays the Chapman Stick and Bird’s View (7) where Per plays the Electric Guitar while Fabio doubles on Shakers, the Cajun and the Thelevi.
Mixing and Mastering: Per Boysen
Album and track artwork by Fabio Anile.
Unexpected is digitally distributed all over the Internet, but I would advice anyone to check it out at Bandcamp because that’s the only digi music web shop I know of that allows specific artwork for each song of the albums.
The instrumental album Sub City 2064 was produced as a long distance collaboration between Turkey and Sweden in the cinematic vibe of a chilly sci-fi horror soundtrack.
Erdem and I first met in Santa Cruz California 2007 where we both performed at the International Live Looping Festival. We became friends as well as fans, exchanged CDs and talked about creating recorded music together. And so we did.
Erdem Helvacıoğlu plays TogaMan GuitarViol, electric guitar and electronics. Per Boysen plays alto flute, tenor saxophone, EWI, electronics, drop-B electric guitar, Stratocaster and fretless electric guitar.
Erdem Helvacıoğlu is one of the most renowned new music composers of his generation in Turkey. His music has ben performed and broadcast all around the world, included in many prestigious festivals and received numerous international electronic music awards including prizes from Luigi Gussolo, Insulae, Electronicae and MUSICA NOVA Electroacoustic Music Competitions. Erdem Helvacioğlu has been called “the genius of unusual sounds” by prestigious German magazine Ragazzi.
Per Boysen’s live concerts focus on instrumental music with an openminded “psychedelic” touch, utilizing live looping and interactive electronics to extend traditional instruments in multi lateral improvisation. He is a Swedish freelance worker in many creative fields, often referred to as a renaissance man. Has toured worldwide as a musician, affiliated with both major record labels, small independent labels and as a self promoting artist. Former studio musician counting one gold selling album. Produced recorded music for CD, surround DVD multimedia, radio and television.
This is the first improvised session, from the “Anteprima” of the “First International Live Looping Festival – in Rome”, that took place on the 6th june 2009 www.livelooping.it
This recording was taken in Florence on the 3th june 2009, at the “Anfiteatro dell’Anconella”.
The three clips below were recorded on June 3 2009 at the International Live Looping Festival of Florence. After the festival night we gathered all artists on stage and played a jam session together. The moon was full and sixty people were sitting in the purple neon lined open-air amphitheatre listening to these sounds. For a Scandinavian like me it was nice to be out at night in a park and not being attacked by mosquitos. Anyway, sound files are streamed from Fabio Anile’s podcast. Florence_03-06-09-Jam1.mp3
The musicians you hear playing on this recording are Rick Walker (Found Sound, Percussion), Per Boysen (EWI), Sjaak Overgauuw (Piano, Synth), Fabio Anile (Piano, Synth, Drum Loops). And then there were all the Koan Loop Ensemble members: Massimo Liverani (Theremin, Air-synth, Air-fx), Marco Canaccini (Percussion), Massimo Fantoni (Laptop, Drum Loops, Samples), Fabrizio Arrigo (Piano), Fabio Capanni (Electric Guitar).
Fifty people got together for a week during the Swedish summer to improve in music. I was one of seven teachers and my focus at the camp was live looping. On the first day students were organized into six ensembles as to provide a varied instrumentation within each group. I did one mandatory live looping workshop with each ensemble plus a couple of opt-in open classes. Click the player below and listen to this five minute medley what exciting music the students came up with!
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After a short demonstration – where I explained a few basic commands like record, overdub, multiply and reverse – the ensemble sat down with instruments around a microphone and control MIDI pedal. One person created the first loop and then the next person in turn was to add something. I gave no musical directives – what you are hearing in this recording is just the music that was spontaneously improvised during the collective looping process.
We were using the freeware live looping software Mobius as an AU plug-in hosted by Apple’s Mainstage on a laptop. The MIDI control pedal board was a Behringer FCB1010. When a looping piece felt finished and no one wished to add more playing, I saved all loops by the Save Project command in Mobius. After the camp week I imported all those loops into Logic to mix and create this medley.
Listen to the final concert!
At the end of the week the students performed a public concert in front of an audience. Since I had a laptop I decided to record the concert with two stereo crossed microphones. Click the media player below to start the one hour concert stream:
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Springtime in Sweden always starts at the west coast. It’s an honor for me to share an evening at BrÖtz in Gothenburg with Lloyd and Harald Svensson! The club is located in Konstepideming at Linnéplatsen, tram line 1 or 6. Street address “Karl Eric Hammaréns backe”. The beautiful poster below, fearlessly mutilated by me, was designed by Karin Linderoth.