One of the first recordings for this album was this one, with Harald Fetveit at Blitz. Bjørn Larsen, sound engineer of the house, was working with us. For more or less a day we set up all my boards and pulled out all of the mics we could find. I think I ended up with about 10 microphones, many of them simple SM57’s, but also some old and fancy ones. The one above the water was wrapped in a plastic bag, inside the water was the hydrophone, a microphone for recording whale sounds underwater. Harald had his own mixer and his sound just went straight into the recording booth. The most bizarre thing was that Bjørn had his recording room downstairs in the basement, far away from where we were, and with no sight of us. When we did the sound check we had to phone him, to let him know which microphones we were testing. I would tap, and then hear the sound of my tap through my phone half a second later.
Harald and I improvise from scratch. We might decide how long we aim for. One agreement we had was to use full stops now and then, and to be able to start fresh every so often. The music depends on a certain ease, combined with a huge amount of energy. I can’t spend time overthinking or doubting, it has to be done with commitment.
We have played together many times before, but Harald surprised me with the use of drum machine sounds. I enjoyed the opening and closing sound of many of these, and tried to match them with how I released and stopped my own sound.
We recorded many long tracks, and had a hard time deciding which one would be on my album. We chose our top 3, and mixed each of these together with Bjørn. More than half a year later, when we started mastering the album, we couldn't remember why we had chosen these tracks. We ended up going back and picking a recording that we had totally overlooked the first time around. We edited it a bit, and even added taps from yet another track. Now we love it!
Improvised by Harald Fetveit (noise) and Janne Eraker (tap dance on wood, water container, loose taps, sand, metal shelf)
Recorded and mixed by Bjørn Larsen at Blitz
Edited by Audun Strype, Harald Fetveit and Janne Eraker