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Pilot Song

Pilot Song

I remember writing the whole "Pilot Song" theme and lyrics in the shower. (yes, I like singing in the shower).

It was heavily influenced by the 9/11 tragedy.

I remember that I was working on new songs for my upcoming album, when heard the news. We rushed to the nearest television and saw the second plane go in. A terrible shocking moment to all of us. 

Both, "Pilot" and "The Stone That Made The World Collapse" was recorded together in one take, and as mentioned earlier, we just went for the "right vibe". The length and structure of the songs changed, whenever we played them.

Both songs became standards on our live shows back then. 

On live shows, Audun (Havåg) used to play guitar and pedalbass on the verses, and electric bass on the chorus. He only had seconds, to change instruments.

That was just the beginning of the insane madness we were going to do live in the future.
More about that later. 

With me on the recording:
Geir Arne Ose: Drums
Audun Havåg: Electric Bass



Composed in 2000 and recorded in 2001. The concept of "Backworlds" was born through looped improvisations based on a looper pedal. However, the song was recorded into ProTools without any loopers.

I wanted to cross electronic sounds with something more organic, so I recorded the entire piece with an acoustic guitar and a bunch of effects. 

Recording equipment and effects was mostly outboard at the time and not "in the box" like today.

I still kinda like the attitude that comes with recording this way. It's more of a "do it now" approach. Very musical and great at getting things done. 

The song is partly influenced by "north eastern" traditional music which I grew to love over the years. Its subtle, but was the main drive for the song. (I was mostly known for my "south eastern" influences back then and probably still are).

There are no «dynamics processing» in the mix itself, and trying to process the mix on a "per track basis" ruins the song structure, as the lead elements drifts between 20 tracks (over the course of the song).

It was recorded in an hour, after rehearsing for a show with the band "Woo", but the preparation took much longer. (Pre-production for me can take, everything from six months to 6 years+)  The drums was added at a later stage, and was performed by Geir Arne Ose.

One of my favourite looper units. I used to have two of these back then.  Inage:

One of my favourite looper units. I used to have two of these back then.