Saturday, November 10, 2007

[Maja Ratkje|Voice]古靈精怪的土著小民

Artist:Maja Ratkje
Release Date:2002-10-12
Label:Rune Grammofon
Genre: Electronic, Jazz
Style: Abstract, Experimental


Intro (4:20)
Joy (2:22)
Trio (4:45)
Octo (0:59)
Vacuum (12:02)
Dictaphone Jam (3:06)
Voice (6:16)
Chipmunk Party (2:24)
Interlude (0:11)
Acid (1:34)
Insomnia (9:46)

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, composer and performer (born Dec. 29th 1973 in Trondheim, Norway), finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Her music has been heard all over Europe as well as in Japan, China, Canada, USA and eastern Russia. Her composed works have been performed by Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Arve Tellefsen, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, Ticom, crashEnsemble, Torben Snekkestad, SPUNK, Frode Haltli and POING among others. Portrait concerts with her music has been heard in Toronto and Vienna, and she has received many awards and commissions from throughout the world such as the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for composers below 30 years of age, she has received the Norwegian Edvard prize (work of the year) twice, second prize at the Russolo Foundation, and in 2001 she was the first composer ever to receive the Arne Nordheim prize. Her solo album ‘Voice’, made in collaboration with Jazzkammer, got a Distinction Award at Prix Ars Electronica in 2003.

Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics player as well as studio engineer, mainly in connection with the contemporary improvisation ensemble SPUNK and the noise duo Fe-mail, which together with dancer Lotta Melin forms the performance trio Agrare. Other main collaborators are Jazkamer, POING, The Icelandic Dance Company, Odd Johan Fritzøe, Øyvind Berg and Jaap Blonk. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance and theatre performances, installations, and numerous other projects. In 2003, she played a leading part in her own opera, based on the texts from the Nag Hammadi Library. In 2005 she performed the voice solo part of her first big work for orchestra, commissioned by Radio France.

Her scores are found at the Norwegian Music Information Centre and her records are released on rune grammofon, ECM, Kontrans, Albedo, Aurora, Asphodel, Important Records etc. Her homepage may be visited at

我印象中這是我聼過的第一張的挪威實驗音樂,也是聼過的第一張Rune Grammofon厰牌的音樂,大概因爲在大多數抽象圖案的封面中,它顯得有些與衆不同吧。我已經為之深深折服了,但是似乎在大多數網站上它的評分並不高,可能是真的太實驗,使得大多數人接受不了吧。Maja Ratkje這個女人怎是一個強字了得,她能似乎一個人能夠創造無數种聲音,用她的人聲加上模擬器,因爲這張專輯大部分曲目實際上並沒有什麽旋律,而幾乎是各種聲音的組合實驗。而她卻駕馭了一切,像變魔術般的,組成了一幅富有原始味道的可愛又瘋狂的畫卷,讓這張專輯聼上去那樣另類、那樣與衆不同。

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