Tour was supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
The Bjerga/Iversen-gig in Paris (La Générale) can be streamed in full from THIS link.
- '(Go with the flow) Like a twig on the shoulders of a mightly stream', out on TIBProd, Gold Soundz, Ambolthue, Carbon Records and Phantom Limb
- 'Throwing Giant Pebbles In A Tiny Pond, out on Impulsy Stetoskopu Impulsy Stetoskopu
- 'Evil Neon Logic' out on Infinite Exchange Records Infinite Exchange Records
- 'Wormholes' 3cdr, out on Scrotus Records Scrotum Records
- Both Bjerga and Iversen contributed remixes to the the new 'Broken Line Remixes', Nils Henrik Asheim/Vertavo-Quartet Remixed
- 7" lathe-cut, split w/Swagger Jack vs A.M., out on Root Don Lonie For Cash
- 'The World Is A Pretend, Not A Coocoon', out on Heilskabaal
- 'Empire Of Dirt', cassettte out on Abandon Ship
- 'Reverse Universe' featured on NUCD#02 (Numusic/Zang). Compilation also feat. Anders Gjerde, QRT, HOH, Felix Kubin, DJ Scotch Egg, Daedelus, Modan Garu, Kill ++ - 'Dissect And Connect', Bjerga/Iversen Remixed, out TIBProd. & Gold Soundz.
- 'Sons Pirates Des Fréquences Volées' featured on compilation "Frannce" on Rural Faune
- 'On A Plane' featured on 'What More Do You Need Than A Recorder' on Ambolthue
- 'Electric Tranquilizer, tape out on Peasant Magik
- 'Electron, tape out on Blackest Rainbow
- 'Chromium Six Exposure, out on Astipalea
- 'Shortest Way To The Moon, out on Harha Askel
- 'Selling England By The Pound', tape out on 'Matching Head'
- 'Cosmic Recovery' (disc four in the 4x3"box 'Creeping Dawn' vol. 3 Students Of Decay
- 'Drawn To The Light, Like Moths To A Flame', out on Phantom Limb
- 'The World Of Pretend Is A Cage, Not A Cocoon', out on 8mm
- 'Broken English' w/Madame P., out on Ambolthue
- 'Disconnection Theory', out on Ytstebrød Plater
- 'Hijacked Frequencies', out on Foxglove
- 'Lighthousebox', 7xCDR Box Set, out on Simlog
- 'The Smallest Roads Are Paved With Bricks Of Gold', out on Celestial Jars
- 'Days Of Thunder' (with Lars Myrvoll, Live Strada Service, Oslo), out on At War With False Noise
- 'Cosmic Surgery', out on Housepig
- 'Live at Sound Of Mu, Oslo, Norway, 10th June 2006' out on Dirtydemos
- 'Illuminated By A Thousand Flashing Lights', out on Tegel Records & Whistle Along
- 'You, The Night And The Music', tape out on Dim Records.
- 'In Broken Dreams The World Still Keeps Turning', out on Dead Sea Liner
- 'There's A Ghost In The Dream Machine', out on Time-Lag Records
- 'A Large Collection Of Reasons' featured on Wailing Bones Volume Six (Split w/Emerald Cloud Cobra/Ville Moskiitto & Keijo), out on Foxglove
- 'Burning Liquid Rubber Metal', out on Abgurd
- 'Draburhat Kulora' featured on Sanoi Kampela...., compilation from 267 Lattajjaa
- 'Cosmic Constipation', Oslo Tour 2006, out on Ytstebrød Plater
- 'Most Things Are Made Of Water', out on Utech Rec
- one track featured on 'I Don't Think The Dirt Belongs To The Grass', 3cd-compilation out on Carbon Rec
- 'Compromised Songs', out on Retinascan
- 'Invisible Empire', out on Nervouse Nurse
- 'The Trumpets Of Silence', out on Ruralfaune
- 'White Lights From The Deep North' (lighthouse tapes vol 4) out on Nani Nani
- 'Adding Fuel To The Fire', out on Beniffer Editions
- 'Aggreko Generator', out on Ytstebrød Plater
- 'Draggin Words Out Of A Stone', (tour feb/mar '06 benefit-cd), tibcd68/goldsoundz gs44
- 'Smoke Filled Mirrors' out on Musicyourmindwillloveyou
- 'Earth Pit' on Barl Fire
- 'Streams Of Frozen Light, the lighthousetapes vol. 6, out on Simlog
- track featured on the Zaftig Research Christmascompilation
- 'We Did Provide, Live In Stavanger' (tibprod/Gold Soundz co-release).
- 'Stopping For Green Lights' (live-extract featured on Zang Festival-cdr)
- 'Kanal Local', on Localmotives
- 'All Things Bright And Beautiful', the lighthousetapes vol. 3, out on M.I.R., split with Skullpture>
- 'Burning The Light At Both Ends', out on Carbon Records
- 'Play The Oslo Groove Machine', out on Utan Tittel/Absurd
- 'There's Always A Little Light That Shines', the lighthousetapes vol. 2, out on First Person.
- 'Norwegian Moonshine', the lighthousetapes vol. 5, out on Kabukikore
- 'The Sea Is Nearby, You Can Taste The Salt In The Air', the lighthousetapes, vol. 1, out on Foxglove
- 'Matinee Preparation', out now on Organic Pipeline.
- out now on 1000+1 TiLt
A double-review from Terrascope:
BJERGA/IVERSEN – SMOKE FILLED MIRRORS
(CD-R on Musicyourmindwillloveyou)
BJERGA/IVERSEN – EARTH PIT
(CD-R on Barl Fire)
The Norwegian duo of Sindre Bjerga and Jan Iversen has the kind of exploding nebula of a discography that makes one a little suspicious – you have to wonder if the pipes aren't being clogged with the busywork of a 100 fragmented CD-R labels with more enthusiasm than good judgement. Luckily, this talented experimental duo constantly mutates their thing, as demonstrated on their justly lauded 'Lighthouse Tapes' series, and releases like this pair.
'Smoke-Filled Mirrors' forms part of the duo prolific 2005 work, being recorded and mixed in June least year as part of the 'Hovden Tapes' sessions. One could almost consider it an EP, since it is comprised of a single track eponymous of around 27 minute's duration. It starts will a cloud of electronics, oscillating drones, nether-shortwave voices and associated detritus conjure a dysfunctional machine-shop ambience. Odd, whirs, clanks, rattles and the sounds of broken machines inhabit the sound stage like the ghosts of impending failure that flow through the wires and fluid lines of a badly maintained third-world passenger airliner as the clock of its existence winds down. Warning lights go on and off, caution tones bleep but there is no one around to hear them but us, and we don't care. Signal waves roll onto tape in the black box of this grim industrial symphony, and eventually all the components begin to scream in unison and they figure out their number is up. There is power here, and a certain industrial revolution beauty, but no peace, and all of the possible resolutions obey the third law of thermodynamics. The machine dies, and its ghost moves on.
'Earth Pit' comprises three tracks, the first two recorded at the same sessions as 'Smoke-Filled Mirrors', and the third, an earlier piece, from 2004. 'Shining Light, Shining Bright' is radically different from 'Smoke-Filled Mirrors', though it still contextualises as industrial. Odd snatches of melody cut through a fog-shrouded harbour of sound, high drones and horn sounds creating the nautical mood which regularly pops up as a theme in their work. This engine room is a ship's one, and concepts of entrapment and paranoia are evoked as static drowns out communications and isolation from the rest of the systems involved in one's survival begins to take its psychic toll. Frayed and harrowing at its conclusion, it is a track that makes for unquiet listening. 'The Long Hour of Darkness' retreats into uneasy ambience and asylum behavioural repetitions as the watches of the night pass with agonising slowness. Steady state oscillator patterns and glacial drones sing the chirpy praises of life in the adjacent post code to the Arctic Circle, and that prospective visit to Scandinavia you've been planning gets put on the backburner for reconsideration. 'Rifle Bar' builds from a restrained introduction to a cavernous piece where demons are chained to the walls of a hellish pit full of lava runs and steam vents and the skeletons of unlucky creatures who took the wrong turn somewhere on their journey. Water runs down the walls and howls spiral up and outward, as the eternally trapped struggle to get free of their pit of exile and collect souls on the surface. If they make it, they're coming for your eardrums first.
We Did Provide, Live In Stavanger (TIBProd/Gold Soundz)
On the front of the ever ongoing Bjerga/Iversen collaborations, here a release with three live tracks from this summer, from various concerts around their home town Stavanger. All three pieces evolve around Bjerga and Iversen playing guitar, feeding it through a bunch of sound effect units and adding highly obscured sound sources to it (field recordings? shortwave radio?). At times pretty raw sounding (without being overtly noisy) but since pretty much of it is an ongoing stream of sound, it's quite a nice flow of sound. Not their best release together, but still making good progress. Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
Streams Of Frozen Light (Simlog)
.. a new collaboration of labelboss Jan-M Iversen with Sindre Bjerga, but it's a release on the Polish Simple Logic label. The sixth and last volume of The Lighthouse Tapes (previous releases are on Foxglove, First Person, M.I.R. and soon on Paha Porvari and Kabukikore) is one of the best works I heard from these two guys. Cracking electronics (like trying to burn the element of the guitar), carefully toying around with feedback and minimal changes that are however quite present. A bit noisy, a bit ambient, careful and intense, nice recording (beyond the more usual lo-fi that is): perhaps even the best so far. Think old Zoviet*France, area 'Mohnomishe'. Great. Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
Burning the Light at Both Ends (Carbon)
This Norwegian duo of Sindre Bjerga and Jan Iversen has been quite prolific in 2005. This is hardly a bad thing as their "Lighthouse Tapes" series has continually offered memorable moments that explore varying styles and influences. On this wonderfully packaged CD-R from the Carbon imprint, the duo slows things down with a soft, disjointed electronic swim in the ice-cold polar seas. "Burning the Light at Both Ends" is one single, 36 minute modern sea shanty. Low level drones keep this long piece together and constantly moving. It's hypnotic reverie for the freezing tides that surround the southern tip of their native Norway leaves no stone unturned. This steady descent into the dementia of being lost at sea, with no hope of survival is undaunting. As it begins with it's rolling waves of watery electronics, you can see the storm clouds forming off in the distance. There's a determination in these tones to face down your gravest fear and continue pushing forward. A stunning build-up of tension twists the listener into a pretzel of nerves. Just over the midway point is when the delirium starts to set in. Through the careful use of orchestral and opera (I think) samples, the duo creates a real-time look at someone losing it in the face of insurmountable odds. This is what it sounds like to have voices in your head. By the time the pulsing electric guitars come into the mix, you are already gone. You are lying on your back, staring into the sun laughing at your own demise. These shambolic tones haunt you and mock you, never letting up until your brain finally explodes into a caustic mash of flesh and bone. In your demise you are reborn. Bjerga & Iversen are two highly talented individuals. One can only hope that their collaborative efforts continue well into 2006. "Burning the Light at Both Ends" is another wonderful and interesting sonic entry into their every growing discography. This is one ship I never want to get off.
Brad Rose, Digitalis Industries
The Oslo Groove Machine (Utan Titel)
My first encounter with Bjerga and Iversen is a pretty short live set, recorded in 2004 at Oslo's Brugata. The guys dabble with amplified electronics, various objects and ground noise, the latter a major presence throughout the whole CD. More than the refined undulations of people like Mattin or Graham Halliwell, "The Oslo groove machine" looks for a barely restricted control of a rather industrial sound, with metallic tampering and pre-adrenalin slow movements which rarely abandon the territories of rusty rumbling interference. It's a familiar, fleshy, relatively invigorating exercise in maintainance of expectancy, as the duo keeps its head down, holding us in a continuous waiting for a full-blast eruption that never comes. In their raw-sounding genuine approach, these gentlemen remind me of the Russian group ZGA - but their personality is clearly defined.
Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
Bjerga/Iversen - All Things Bright And Beautiful / Skullpture - Untitled - SPLIT (MIR)
More Musically Incorrect Records, although the content is not always a strikingly incorrect thing, as many of their releases hoover nicely along the lines of experimental music. Such as the split by Bjerga/Iversen and Skullpture. The ongoing collaboration between Bjerga/Iversen is here ready with part three of The Lighthouse Tapes: "All things Bright And Beautiful". Iversen plays 'electonics' and effects and Bjerga 'ampilied' objects and effects. In this long piece they gently improvise their way through scratching, moving and rubbing objects, while feeding them to the maggots of electricity, in an atmospherical setting (two candles and a bunch of LEDs lit the entire room, I imagine, while outside the wind can be heard at Norway's Southernmost point). This collaboration is finally growing and growing. Skullpture is a different bunch. They improvise on guitars and feed them through the lines of distortion and delays. Also slightly atmospheric, but much more raw and untamed than those of Bjerga/Iversen and more along the lines of some of the New Zealand lo-fi improvisers. Nice, but a bit long.
Frans de Waaard, Vital Weekly
Burning The Light At Both Ends (Carbon)
It has been noted before but the ongoing collaboration between Bjerga and Iversen, two of Norway's unsung underground heroes is a particular fruitful one. In the beginning I wasn't too pleased with it, but the past few releases have made me quite happy. 'Burning The Light At Both Ends' is a thirty some minute work (their current favorite length, I believe) of what sounds to me like a bit more electronic before than before. An ongoing backdrop of what could be a distortion pedal, with the high frequency range, an ongoing, shortwave like sound. Furthermore the whole thing is at a considerable low volume, which is also extraordinary for two guys who share a common fascination for more noise related music. The dark and brooding atmosphere covered in these sounds is again a step forward, taking the proceedings away from the earlier improvised work towards more pre-planned works (or so it seems). Still raw and untamed, but quite nice. The most refined moments to date. (FdW)
Frans de Waaard, Vital Weekly
The Sea Is Nearby, You Can Taste The Salt In The Air (Foxglove)
Norwegian Moonshine (Kabukikore
In November 2004 Iversen recorded some stuff in 'a cabin near the Lindesnes lighthouse at Norway's soutermost point' with Sindre Bjerga. So far I wasn't entirely blown away with the joint releases, but these two are quite nice. 'The Sea Is Nearby, You Can Taste The Salt In The Air (The Lighthousetapes Vol. 1)' builts up carefully around some loosely improvised sounds of a rather free nature. Not dense, not over the top, just carefully and quietly improvised. A well-done piece of music. On 'Nowegian Moonshine (The Lighthousetapes Vol. 2), the guitar plays an important role. Here things are much denser, almost drone like, but then in a more violent or aggressive way. Maybe a little bit less interesting than the other one, but both a major step ahead in their joint work.
Frans de Waaard, Vital Weekly
Matinee Preparation (Organic Pipeline)
I wasn't exactely impressed by their previous 3" CDR release (see Vital Weekly 447), but that didn't stop them, luckily enough. Both Iversen and Bjerga have a good reputation for producing experimental music, usually of a somewhat louder kind. Here on this forty minute, one piece release, these louder parts are still present, but overall they play around with a somewhat more subtle sound pallet. Moving around with field recordings through endless plugins on the computer, this create an overall nice play of sound, noise and unnoise alike. Way better than their previous dabbling.
Frans de Waaard, Vital Weekly