Håkan Lidbo and Stefan Klaverdal – “Contemporary Composers play Love ballads vol. 1”

June 30, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Stefan Klaverdal och Håkan Lidbo

The two composers and sound artists Stefan Klaverdal and Håkan Lidbo have put their minds together and created the album “Contemporary Composers play Love ballads vol. 1”. Here they take on some of the most popular love ballads from the eighties and the nineties, ballads that here come out with a completely different shape and meaning.

They write that they both have a fascination for bad taste and the cultural codes which mark the lines between pop culture and fine culture. Here they want to see if they can distill drops of darkness or artistic depth from these classics which we’ve heard som many times before. They have worked with the complete original recordings, which they have time-stretched, chopped, distilled, added effects to, well, in many ways transformed the songs into something different. And the songs do become interesting again. When they succeed they extract distinctive characteristics from the tracks and turn them into a completely new mood or ambience. Here are two of my favourites where Bryan Adams’ love declaration no longer sound that innocent, and Whitneys Houston’s long tones become a eerie and haunting. Listen to the entire album on their Soundcloud page.

Stefan Klaverdal’s site – on Facebookon Spotify

Håkan Lidbo’s site – on Spotify

Stefan Klaverdal – “Evocations”

November 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Stefan Klaverdal

I wrote about Stefan Klaverdal and his interesting blend of classical music and electronica last year. Earlier this Autumn he realeased another album “Evocations”. Again it’s about this mix of beautiful stings and ambient components, where the electronic parts range from being subtle ingredients to being the main course of the song. It’s fascinating to listen through his album as it changes from beautiful melodic songs to pure ambience to more experimental songs where you can feel the friction. It’s of course quite personal how you will experience this music, but to me it gives me a sensation of a shifting Autumn, emphasized also by a slight melancholic tone and a richness of colours in the music. Here are two songs:

Stefan Klaverdals site – on Spotify – on Wimp

Stevan Klaverdal – “Revelations”

December 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Stefan Klaverdal

Stefan Klaverdal from Malmö is a composer and sound artist, who primarily works with comtemporary classical music, a genre that can be hard to define. This is more than obvious when you listen to Stefan’s works which ranges from classical pieces for choirs and orchestras to electronic sound experiments to genre crossing music and a lot of other endeavours. “Revelations” is a fascinating album he released in 2010, where he collaborates with other musicians, performing two of his suites: “The Sacred Family” and “Revelation Pieces”.

“The Sacred Family” consists of three parts and is performed by the string quartet Tippet Quartet and Stefan with his electronic effects, beats and pads, united in a most natural way. He was originally inspired, which the name implies, by Gaudi’s amazing unfinished construction La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. When he started composing, his wife had a serious illness, which of course made his work with the music stop from time to time, as he had to take care of his wife and his one-year old daughter. His wife eventually recovered and it took him three years to finish the composition, and by then the music contained another meaning as a celebration to being alive and being together and also a reflection of this near-death process they went through, which you can strongly sense when you listen. Interestingly the cathedral La Sagrada Familila has three sides, named Nativity, Passion and Glory, which is also the name of the three parts. You can listen to the first part here below: “Façade Of The Nativity”.
The second half of the album, which is no less fascinating, “Revelation Pieces” is inspired by scenes from The Book of Revelation. Here the electronica is more in focus, and consists of three parts, independent of each other, and paint four different images.

Stefan Klaverdal’s site – on Spotifyon Wimp

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