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BERGE, SIGURD - Early Electronic Works


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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 Berges 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 were located at the art center is probably because Berge worked for several years at the NSEM - Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music, located at the art center. Berge also was a central part of the electronic music concert series Elektrofoni which took place at the center from 1968 until 1983. On the first tape were the unreleased pieces Preludium," "Ritual" and "Sörgemusikk" and the pieces "Erupsjon" and "Eg Beisla Min Stövel." On a different tape, was 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 Norways 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 J-ɬ¶ger, Jan Erik Vold and Sigurd Berge. The installation consisted of J-ɬ¶gers kinetic sculptures, Volds abstract poetry and Berges electronic music, all blended together with one of Norways first computer-generated laser-light shows. The multimedia piece was so complicated to produce that the engineers Halvor Heier, Birger Komedal and Harald Schiötz were hired on 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 Norways most acclaimed experimental composers and electronic music pioneers for the first time on a complete CD release." -Prisma.

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