The start of 2017 has been a tough one regarding the state of my digital life. A couple of days after new years eve one of my external LaCie hard drives fell on the floor. It didn’t crash on the floor, it just fell really lightly. Unfortunately that was enough to totally destroy the disk. Years of photos and videos were gone. As a total idiot I didn’t have a backup either, so the stuff was gone for real 🙁
Next thing, my 2011 Macbook Pro died. Phew, this was tough…
My MBP has been the center piece of my musical work and not having a computer really put me in a hiatus. I was right in the middle of producing and mixing a session when this happened, so now I haven’t been able to work for almost a month. Until now! Last tuesday a new Macbook Pro arrived and now I’m really looking forward to start creating stuff again. This time I had a backup for most of my work. Been spending this last week recovering files and installing stuff and now I’m glad to be able to work again!
Thymeshift Elektronix had a “get together” again! We are now in the process of planning new workshops around Sweden in 2017 and 2018. Our mission is to present new ways of incorporating digital tools into the music education process for swedish elementary schools. We are stoked!
Currently the band is preparing the first tour in April 2017. We have a few dates confirmed already in different parts of Sweden. Hopefully we’ll be able to locate one part of the tour to the northernmost part of the country. I would love to play in the region where I grew up! We have a couple of dates there, but we need a couple more to make it worthwhile. To catch a glimpse of the band in action, watch the video below!
Now it’s official. The Thymeshift + Amsler project had its kick off the other day. We spent three days in Gothenburg rehearsing new tunes for the project. Not did we only rehearse, we hung out a lot, had good food and drinks and enjoyed each others company. Really looking forward to touring with these beautiful people! Besides me, Thymeshift + Amsler consists of Katrine Amsler, Thomas Backman and Johan Björklund. We will be touring Sweden in march-april 2017. Stay tuned!
Saturday aug 27 saw the inauguration of Lasse Färnlös’s place in Västerås, Sweden. Lasse (1942-94) was one of the most influential jazz composers/musicians in Sweden during the 60’s through the 80’s. Now he’s got his own square in his hometown, Västerås. For the last couple of years I’ve come to know his son, Jonas. We’ve played several gigs together and have worked together in my THE SONIC E project. The other day he phoned me to play on this occasion. I was very honored to get the opportunity to perform in honor for the great musician, Lasse. It was loads of fun and the square was crowded as we blasted out Lasses “Boutique Sandhamn” together with the great trio Bicycle Beat from Stockholm and Jonas son Aslan. Thanks Jonas, Aslan, Bicycle Beat and last but not least Lasse Färnlöf!
Kiruna is a tune I wrote a couple of years ago. The idea was to create a piece that evolves and changes tonality throughout the tune. Just like the city with the same name 🙂 I was born and raised in Kiruna. The city is now undergoing a massive change due to the ore mining business that keeps it alive. The whole city center and its surrounding parts are being relocated a couple of kilometers south. I visit Kiruna maybe once a year and the city never looks the same from time to time. Anyway, the tune has a heavy pulsating beat indicating that this is the only way to go for the city to survive.