Sigurd Berge - Early Electronic Works

Prisma Records 708
Releasedate 09.10.2010
Distributed by Musikkoperatørene

Prisma Records is proud to present the first release dedicated to the music by the late Norwegian composer and electronic music pioneer, Sigurd Berge (1929-2002). This release showcases some of Berge`s earliest experiments with tape-machines and early synthesizers. The music is taken from three reels found in the Henie Onstad Art Centre music archives in 2009. The reason why these tapes was located at the art centre is probably because Berge worked for several years at the NSEM - Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music, located at the art centre. Berge also was a central part of the electronic music concert-series Elektrofoni which took part at the centre from 1968 until 1983.

On the first tape we found the unreleased pieces Preludium, Ritual & Sørgemusikk and the pieces Erupsjon and Eg beisla min støvel. On a different tape we found the musique concrète piece Delta, which Berge also used in collaboration with the avant-garde jazz group Svein Finnerud in 1970.

The second part of this release is dedicated to one of Norway`s first multimedia art installations entitled BLIKK. The work was commissioned for the Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1970 and created by the artists Irma Salo Jæger, Jan Erik Vold and Sigurd Berge. The installation consisted of Jæger`s kinetic sculptures, Vold`s abstract poetry and Berge`s electronic music, all blended together with one of Norway`s first computer generated laser-light shows. The multimedia piece was so complicated to produce that the engineeers Halvor Heier, Birger Komedal & Harald Schiøtz was hired in for technical assistance. The pioneering work BLIKK was exhibited at the Henie Onstad Art Centre between April-May in 1970.

Prisma Records is proud to release one of Norway`s most acclaimed experimental composers and electronic music pioneers for the first time on a complete CD release.

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