ATTACK

Audun Kleive's Generator X

This session took place october 2006 in my studio Audiopol. Christian W was the only one left from the old GeneratorX, and I wanted to check out Ole Morten´s electric bass capabilities. This recorded meeting was our first ever, a kind of an audition for a new branch on the GeneratorX family tree. I wanted to focus on "attacking" soundscapes, and besides that the following rules apply:

We have a common start-tempo/pulse.

Each will rapidly try to develop a personal system that each individual adheres to throughout the take.

This personal system must somehow have its relationship to our existing "common" pulse maintained, while staying consistent with one´s own idea even if this precipitates "crashes" rhythmically, or in any other ordinary musical sense of the word.

The trio turned out to be a perfect match, almost....uuhh...OhMyGod-able.

The level of interplay on these takes continues to amuse and stun me even today, after many long periods trying to finish the editing and sound these last 5 years. ENJOY!!
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release

Audun Kleive

IN the fall of 2010, after touring extensively around the world with my old friend Nils Petter Molvær for some 3 years, I finally found the time to dive a little deeper into an electronic version of my drumming. Utilizing a wavedrum, a computer and about 112 midicontrollers, my goal was to create more harmonic content in both my sound and my phrasing, and to create a constantly moving/dancing filter/stereofield. While practicing this setup at home - I made stereo-recordings each and every day for 6 months, and in february 2011 found myself sitting on tens of hours of music. Not being able to further shrink my selections, I realized I needed help cutting the best stones from this vast quarry of material, and called my friends Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.

Originally I asked them to make rough cuts and selections from the stereomaterial fit for an album, but then I came across some money and we decided to make a properly "produced" album, meaning spending several weeks in Jan ́s studio to make selections, rearrange my recordings to new forms, overdub them, orchestrate them etc. This album is totally different from "ATTACK", not a drumset in sight, and definitely danceable if you keep your eye on the ball.
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BITT

Audun Kleive

Playing most of the instruments himself, Kleive’s vision of chaotic beats and rough musical structures are bound by intricate rhythms with a clear progression, all wrapped in the pure joy of musical experience. On its release, the album received unanimous praise by Norwegian music critics, with one newspaper hailing it as “…the ultimate in the hip jazz scene” and “grooves without comparison, and tones that pull you into the surrealistic landscape… one of Europe’s foremost musicians!”
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Generator X

Audun Kleive

In 1998, forming his own band comprising of Ståle Storløkken (synths), Christian Wallumrød (keyboards), Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Jan Bang (live-sampling), and Geir Østensjø (sound design), Kleive began recording his second solo effort. “During the recording of Generator X we challenged ourselves to go into our hidden visions and try to fully exploit our instrumental possibilities. I wanted us to leave behind accepted formats and let intuition and ears decide the direction we pursued.”

“Generator X” is non-compromising to the existing standards of improvised jazz, and creates a new pathway to explore the form.

This album firmly established Kleive as an important innovator in contemporary new jazz music. The UK Milk Factory wrote in their review of the album:

“This second album … is a further proof that the connection between jazz and electronic music is stronger everyday. (The album is) more contained, evolving … following the strolls of the musicians, obviously at ease with each other. The symbiosis is perfect, almost palpable … powerful, passionate moments of pure electro-jazz.”
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Ohmagoddabl

Audun Kleive

Kleives third solo album "Ohmagoddabl" was released May –04. “On the new album, I chose to include elements of composition which I utilize today as well as some methods that I used on my solo album Bitt. These are lines that are woven into each other in a continuous stream, forming intuitive and unheard of progression, almost as a living being that the whole collective is responsible for birthing… My band has a large amount of creative freedom.”

Audun Kleive’s creativity and individualistic expression provides a new shot of energy into the jazz arena. An energy that infects the listener and demands that you plug into the new adventurous aural world of Audun Kleive.
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