A longtime friend and an excellent composer of darkly demure orchestral and chamber music, Fredrik Gran stirs things up with his own, unique brand of electronic music on this anthology, "An Hour and a Half." The music alternately simmers and churns, always threatening to explode. The five pieces force their way through a noir soundworld, picking up and disposing of static and debris as they move along. Fredrik describes the opening track: "In number theory, with the "Euclidean algorithm," you can determine the greatest common divisor of two elements. I have earlier worked with the use of this algorithm to determine where rhythms meet. In "El Algoritmo del Antagonista" I have tried to cheat, break and go against this and other rules." In "Frau Tot ist tot. Sie lebt nicht mehr.", Fredrik worked with acoustic feedback to build a similarly kinetic experience. The title track, "An Hour and a Half," has been performed about a dozen times throughout Europe. It's a meeting between the organic and the mechanical, a restless exploration of the minute, clandestine workings of manmade time. Play this record loud on a good stereo or listen with good headphones.
released 11 February 2012
Composed, produced, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Gran. Photograph by Fredrik Gran. Layout: Adrian Knight. Executive producer: Adrian Knight.