Center of the Universe is launching a talkshow direct from Metronomicon Audio, in the first episode we well have a talk with the MIDI-goth singer, writer and visual artist Viviana Vega aka WHALESHARKATTACKS!
To introduce the album Long Player we have declared #.MOVvember named after the .mov format with one video every weekday! See them here, the videos from the Long Player album and the Behind the scenes:
We are kicking off one video for every weekday in #MOVvember (a wordplay on the .mov format!) to prepare for the Long Player album that will be out november 24: Music videoes from the album, some behind the scenes action and some gold from the archive! Watch the videoes in the playlist as they show up and presave the album here!
Nikki Oniyome and Center of the Universe (C.O. U.) recently released the scientifically emotional synth pop tune Soundwaves. It is a love song, a meta love song, reminding us how music is in fact soundwaves, compact air, transferred to you with love wherever you move about in the world.
Kenneth Lien & Center of the Universe – “Snu hver stein” Album release: June 2. 2023
Why are there so few combinations between Norwegian folk music and electronic music? Is it because the traditional music is too obscured in Norwegian culture or because the scenes are too different? The last years something new has happened; folk music has taken new previously unknown forms. Maybe the road is short from traditional dance to a night out clubbing? But how can this be done without ending up as a parody of both genres?
On this album Lien and Center tries to answer this question by digging deep into the material. The title means “turn each stone”, and the duo does just that in the search for something common between the two genres. That was not as difficult as expected! The hypnotic pulse, mysterious vibes and a tempo you can dance to is common, also both musics often drones along without any changes of key. The duo also quickly found that their combination set fire to dancefloors, with people going crazy at their live gigs.
For this album Kenneth played and producer Jørgen harvested the samples of the over and understrings of the traditional hardanger-fiddle, they sampled mouth harps, and they made drum machines play “springar” (a Norwegian traditional asynchronous rhythm and dance). It would be easy to water out traditions using electronic instruments since the technology tends to decide. Lien and Center refuse to do this, instead they go for amplifying the traditions to hopefully lay the ground for something new. Following this logic, the synths are tuned to natural scales, leaving the drum machines tumbling away to follow the steps of old folk dances.
All the tunes and rhythms are traditional, but can we say this about the 808 drums and 303 basslines of house and techno? Maybe club music is just a more recent type of folk music after all?
Kenneth Lien is a multiinstrumentalist with his roots in black metal and improvised rock. He plays a variety of traditional instruments such as fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, willows flute and last but not least mouth harp. He is most known from the trio Ævestaden, but has also put his mark on the Norwegian Kappleik (a traditional music contest) with a number of victories in the mouth harp category.
Jørgen Skjulstad is a musician and DJ, also known as Center of the Universe or DJ Sissyfus. Jørgen has released around 20 records under his own name and contributed on maybe around a hundred as a remixer and producer and also started the collective and studio Metronomicon Audio.
Kenneth Lien: Hardanger fiddle, fiddle, mouth harp, willow flute Jørgen Skjulstad: drum machine, synth, sampler, recording and mixing All tunes trad, except Kivlemøyan by Eivind Groven Recorded at Metronomicon Audio Mastered by Christian Obermayer, Strype Audio Cover art and graphic design by Julia Stenberg