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Label: Jazzland Recordings

Genre: Electronic

Subgenre: Ambient

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  • 1Hopes03:11
  • 2Snow Mold03:54
  • 3Corrosion Is a Natural Process04:03
  • 4There's Beauty in That03:02
  • 5Mind Vessel05:49
  • 6Keep Coming Back04:33
  • 7Ladder03:51
  • 8Ceiling Filled with Water03:36
  • 9Oestroidea02:52
  • 10Rusting in the Shallow Deep06:41
  • Total Runtime41:32

Info for Mind Vessel

"Mind Vessel" is an album by ambient artist Tortusa and saxophonist Inge W. Breistein.

After releasing the album "I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages" on Jazzland Recordings in 2016, electronic musician Tortusa has returned with a collaborative album with saxophone player Inge W. Breistein.

The album is mainly composed of saxophone recordings that have been sampled and processed through electronic software and hardware. Larger improvised sections and partial composed melodies blend through rhythmic repetition, harmonic textures, and ambience.

The ambience plays an important role and comes naturally from recording in various big rooms at the Cultural Centre and former beer brewery Tou Scene in Stavanger. The sound of these rooms is part of the composition, just as much as the notes being played. The contrast and interplay of natural organic sounds meeting electronic manipulation is an investigation of key interest to the duo.

The album's electronic-experimental sound references genres such as electronica, ambient, Nordic jazz, and minimalism. Inspiration has been found in bands and artists such as Oneotrix Point Never, Xploding Plastix, Brian Eno, Biosphere, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, and Jon opkins.

Tortusa (alias John Derek Bishop) is a Norwegian-American electronic musician and composer from Stavanger, Norway. He draws inspiration from classical and jazz music, as well as contemporary electronic music. His compositional method is similar to that of visual collage artists. A cornerstone in Tortusa's production is the texture and timbre of sound. He searches for sounds that are out of the ordinary and play games with the ear. Tortusa's previous collage album of guitarist Eivind Aarset's was nominated for the Spellemann Prize (Norwegian Grammy).

Tortusa, electronics, sampler, synthesizer
Inge Weatherhead Breistein, saxophone, electronics

is a Norwegian duo consisting of electronic musician Tortusa and saxophonist Inge W. Breistein.

The music has an electronic-experimental sound and refers to genres such as electronica, nordic jazz, ambience and minimalism. Compositions and larger improvised sections blends together through rhythmic repetition, harmonic textures, ambience and strong melodies.

A majority of the sound is recorded live by Bishop and manipulated on the spot, creating a very live and fresh concert. Bishop records Breistein´s saxophone with various software and hardware and transforms the sound into something new.

John Derek Bishop (Tortusa)
John Derek Bishop is a Norwegian-American electronic musician and composer from Stavanger, Norway. He has released three solo albums and his latest album on Jazzland Recordings received good critics from Germany, Canada, Norway and England. The album was nominated for the Spellemann Prize (Norwegian Grammy) in category Elektronika. He frequently performs live, and he has played in Berlin, Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen and the electronic music festivals NuMusic and Perkapella. A cornerstone in Bishop´s production is the texture and timbre of sound. He searches for sounds that are out of the ordinary and places the listener in different emotional states. For the compositional process, Bishop employed both hardware equipment and software including retro tape recorders, modular synthesizers, samplers and a diverse array of other tools. Bishop´s alias when making ambient experimental music is Tortusa. For several years, Bishop has been composing and performing for modern dance and performance art shows in Norway, England and France. He has made music for short films «Limerence», «Hyperspace» and «Across the dreams». Aside from making music Bishop works with photography. ​

Inge W. Breistein
is a norwegian jazz musician (Saxophone), electronic musician and composer. He performs and composes music in a wider range of genres where jazz , various kinds of electronic music, experimental pop and free-improvisation can be mentioned. He has released albums with bands such as Cirrus and EGG3 . Cirrus album Méli Mélo received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. Roald Helgheim in Dagsavisen and Ian Patterson in All About Jazz both declared the album one of the year's absolute highlights. In 2014 he wrote a electronic-experimental commissioned piece named Ekstraliv for Maijazz (Stavanger international Jazz festival) In 2017 he writes a commissioned piece togehter with guitarist Svein Rikard Mathisen for Nattjazz (Bergen international Jazz festival).

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