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Went For Angels, Found Fireflies

The different parts of «Went For Angels, Found Fireflies» was composed between 2004 and 2005, but the song was not concluded until 2009. The main structure of the song was built in Tarzana, LA in 2008. I remember hearing, what I thought was fireflies outside on the balkony, hence the name. However, fireflies (in California), are so rare, that it must have been something else (or I was very lucky ;).

The working title for the song was «Sand». At some point I had so many songs with desert themed names or athmospheres, that I started to perform under the alias «Desert Son».

The «Desert Son» name also reflected on the fact, that I had ended up doing most of the artistic work on my songs,  by myself. Everything from composing, mixing and playing most of the instuments.  I’ve basically always been involved in all instrumentation and recording, but at this point I decided to not have a fixed band of musicians, and approach music more as a painter or writer. 

This again, was the birth of this 5 year long album project, and enabled me to do what I am doing now. 
I am not completely alone though. This project would not be possible without my good friend and musical brother: Audun Havåg, who’s been working along with me since we were kids. 
Also, I’m lucky enough to have many great friends and musicians that’s more than willing to get involved and help me out. So I would like to give them all a big thank you. 

On the session with me:

Bjørn Tore Kronen Taranger: Acoustic drums
Audun Havåg: Acoustic Bass

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Come This Way

"Come This Way" was written and recorded around 2004. 

I love the atmosphere of the song. And it was one of my kitchen recordings. 

They say people love singing in the shower. Well, they should try recording acoustic instruments in the kitchen. Kitchens often have many reflective and hard surfaces and also has a great work bench for equipment.  You can even stand while working there.

As opposed to the recording rooms I use now, which are meticulously measured to have the right "room ratio".

A funny thing with artificial recording spaces like a recording room is that, once you start soundproofing it (preventing the sound from escaping the room),  the sound is captured in the room and you need to use a lot of time and money on treating the room acoustically. Or it won't sound any good. Which means that your living room might sound much better than a recording room if you don't do it absolutely right. 

So, you can make a beautiful recording in a typical domestic space. And may find more character in a normal room, however if you want a "Swiss army" kind of room that works pretty well on most types of instruments and music, you'd want a neutral room, and that is a typical recording room. (Very easily explained) 

Personnel:  

Me and the coffee machine

 

 

This is not my kitchen

This however... is our "reverb chamber" with lots of vibe. 

This however... is our "reverb chamber" with lots of vibe. 

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