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André Hardang Borgen


Elettronica di limite anche per Andrè Borgen, giovane produttore norvegese gia coinvolto in diversi altri progetti, che in questo cd seleziona una raccolta di 10 tracce composte in perfetta solitudine a cavallo tra il 1997 ed il 2003 e molto dissimili tra di loro per intenti. Un’elettronica sperimentale di non facile avvicinamento questa, ermetica, ostica, dissonante, che assembla elementi sonori di varia natura in un iter che passa da momenti cervellotici ed intricati nelle strutture ritmiche ad altri più dilatati ma non per questo più quieti. I suoni analogici e i disturbi si rincorrono in veloci e disorganizzati meccanismi ritmici dal carattere industrial e spesso sfociano in crescendi di rumori bianchi e sciabolate noise. Raramente però si riesce a trovare un senso preciso in una così vasta mole di informazioni sonore, la sintassi è quanto mai prolissa e l’effetto generale non convince appieno, l’ascolto di contro risulta penalizzato e in più di un’occasione quasi insopportabile. Una musica fondamentalmente superflua.
musicclub.it (di Vittorio Marozzi - bleeps@katamail.com )

Norwegian artist André Hardang Borgen (involved in several other projects, including the Norwegian Noise Orchestra) collects here ten tracks recorded between 1997 and 2003. As the time period is quite relevant, I wonder if they're presented in chronological order. Anyway, Borgen is into glitchy muzak, very often reminding of Oval in its half detached half obsessive use of minimalist loops and clicks. Rhythms are there, though not obtrusively - "sjSkft" sounds like a crazed videogame, "666+888" is almost "regular", and "just a mouse-click away", one of the best tracks, is hypnotic and tribal. The main problem is that there are good ideas but they almost always remain sketches, which can put off the listener after a while. The last track, "Kunst-hus", is definitely the best one, and a promising direction if it's the most recent by Borgen's: a recognizable, nostalgic (guitar?) melody, gentle crackling electronics and a sweet whispered voice. More "song-like" than everything else in the cd, and surely more engaging for the listener.
Chain DLK


There is not much known about Andre Hardang Borgen, long for A.H.B., other than he is a member of the Norwegian Noise Orchestra. The ten pieces on this CDR were recorded in the course of six years, from 1997 to 2003. I am not sure either what this music has to to do with baroque music or lifestyle - there doesn't seem to be a trace of that. Borgen plays electronic music, which if I am not mistaken follows a more or less chronological order on this release. 'Kunst-hus', the last piece, sounds much more '2003' than the rest of the piece - computer processed synth music, of which most of the others are examples of. Although the music is quite alright, I must say it's also a bit faceless music. Nice to hear, but never a real big challenge for the listener. Ok, but not great.
Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

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