The album was made between 2012 - 2015 in Oslo he sites artists like Giacinto Scelsi, Arvo PÃ¤rt, Gescom/AE, Brian Eno and Norwegian compatriot Biosphere as inspiration.âGodeâ has a dual meaning in Norwegian. Itâs a Middle English word that gave us the modern English word âGoadâ (meaning to provoke or annoy). On the one hand it literally means âcattle prodâ, a farming tool used to round up cattle. But it also came to mean âa right or privilegeâ as the cattle prod came to symbolize the indentured labor of the Norwegian rural working class. The land owning aristocrats would exploit the people as if they were so much livestock. Like a stark black & white film, the record is a meditation on the darker days of Norwayâs past, before the country discovered its oil wealth. From 1900 â 1939 it was one of Europeâs poorest countries, beset by illness and starvation even. Rural poor depended completely on their families and had more children to work the land. Only the privileged could afford to make art, and Bratten thinks of the void all the music and art from the poorest families that was lost. âGodeâ is a hymn to those people. If it sounds like Bratten is something of a natural storyteller, it might be connect to his other work. After dropping out of music college in his teens, he got a job as a sound technician at Osloâs leading contemporary performing arts theatre, Black Box Theatre. With his natural ability, it wasnât long before he went from sound tech to composing music for leading contemporary theatre groups, all by the age of 21. He released his debut album âBe A Man You Antâ on Full Pupp label in 2013 and quickly followed-up with the club hit âTrommer Og Bassâ on Berlin's Correspondant label. Bratten then signed to Smalltown Supersound who in June 2015 released the 6-track mini-album âMath Ilium Ionâ.âGodeâ is Bratten giving free rein to his imagination and further deepening his unique musical practice. His previous work was made with synthesizers, drum machines and computers but this album is recorded through tape machines, layered with field recordings, heavily modified piano, string arrangements and even vocals (amongst others Susanne SundfÃ¸r).
Cascade of Events (Feat. Susanne Sundfor)
Space Between Left & Right
Math Ilium Ion
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