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Bathymetric Modes

HUBRO Oct 05th 2012
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'Bathymetric Modes' is the solo debut of one of our favourite musicians, Ivar Grydeland. He is probably best known as a member of the improvisation-based bands Huntsville, Ballrogg and Dans Les Arbres (ECM), but also plays together with the idiosyncratic pop artist Hanne Hukkelberg and the rock band Last Heat. The idea of doing a solo project has been evolving for many years, and the recording process took place over a long period of time. The result is a warm and personal instrumental album that shows new sides of Ivar Grydeland as a musician. The album consists of six compositions from the period 2007-2011. The two melodic, guitar-driven opening numbers are followed by more abstract, sound-focused compositions in which the compact graphic synthesizer Tenori-on plays a key role. 'The design, limitations and possibilities of the synth inspire minimalist, repetitively patterned music,' says Ivar. 'Using this repetitive, digital sound tapestry as a basis, I have tried to elicit and enhance melodies and moods with a variety of acoustic instruments.' The music on 'Bathymetric Modes' is richly image-laden, and alternates between dynamically driving and calmer and more static pieces. This album could appeal to fans of Terry Riley and Jim OÂ'Rourke.