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TAMING POWER - Selected Works 2001

Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Early Morning Records EMR PROMO-CD # 2
Release Year: 2013
Note: re-issue of originally released "promo" CDR from 2001 which gives a good overview about the work of this Norwegian "outsider" ambient & experimental artist
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"There was a time when Vital Weekly reviewed a lot of vinyl and cassette releases by Taming Power, the musical project of Askild Haugland. That's what I wrote back in Vital Weekly 711 too, when he released a double LP of his work following an extensive gap before and, as we know now, after that. He never released many CDRs, but he did so in 2001, when he released this CDR which is now re-issued, which was to promote his music to concert organizers, as back then he was interested in playing studio pieces in between bands, rather than having a DJ on. It was intended to have this released on vinyl and maybe some day it will. Apparently I call Haugland a 'liar' as he wrote me 'please DO NOT once again call me a liar', but that seems a bit of a harsh word for me to use. I don't recall exactly but maybe I had some doubts about how he generated some of his drone like pieces. He writes also that the 'music was made entirely and exclusively from tape recorder feedback. Sounds and sequences
were generated on a reel-to-reel tape recorder and then edited to a 4 track recorder'. I am not going to argue with that, he's the creator, he's right. I must admit I didn't hear much of his music again, but these ten shortish pieces (lasting thirty minutes) are quite nice works for multiple layers of feedback, creating moody and occasional harsher textures and defies the easy goin' drone music. I like the fact that these are almost pop-like length pieces and each piece is a rounded set of improvisations, disguising themselves as compositions. I am not sure if these should be re-released again on vinyl, but this is perhaps a fine reminder that Taming Power should do some new music." [FdW/Vital Weekly]