Bjørn Fongaard
"Elektrofoni - Works for Micro Intervallic Guitar 1965-1978"

Prisma Records 711
Releasedate 13.12.2010
Distributed by Musikkoperatørene

Elektrofoni is a 3CD and 1DVD box-set which for the first time presents the groundbreaking works by Norwegian experimental composer, guitarist and micro-tonal music pioneer Bjørn Fongaard (1919-1980). Bjørn Fongaard was a well known guitar-player in Norway, performing frequently in radio- and TV-broadcasts and as sidekick for famous Norwegian singer-songwriters such as Alf Prøysen and Søstrene Bjørklund. He was also a known guitar-pedagogue for amongst others Terje Rypdal and Egil Kapstad.

This box-set focuses on Fongaard`s groundbreaking micro-tonal works recorded in the years 1965-1978, performed by Bjørn Fongaard himself on his custom made electric micro intervallic guitar. The 3 CD`s features a broad selection of Fongaard`s earliest pieces such as Galaxy, Homo Sapiens and Epos as well as the complete Elektrofonia and Sinfonia Microtonalis series – showing Fongaard as a forefather of Norwegian electronic, experimental and improvised music.

The DVD contains TV appearances, radio-interview and ballets that Fongaard composed music for, unearthed from the Norwegian Broadcasting Bureau archives.

Also included is a booklet with new essays on Fongaard by Lasse Thoresen, Kjell Tore Innervik and Lars Mørch Finborud. The booklet also contains many unseen photos, scores and pressclippings.

The sound on the recordings has been carefully restored and mastered by Helge Sten aka Deathprod, which has expressed that ”Bjørn Fongaard have composed some of the most fantastic and entrancing music from Norway in modern times. His music is no less than cosmic”.