Yesterday Night You Were Sleeping At My Place //

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Saturday, July 15, 2006
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Kåre Vestrheim and Ingar Zach
  • 1. Hamida (12:10)
  • 2. Birds Wake Up, We Go To Sleep (08:08)
  • 3. Dead Time (02:43)
  • 4. Passing Time (03:28)
  • 5. Vertical Time (06:21)
  • 6. Coffee And Brain (08:26)
  • 7. Daylight Black (07:40)

MUTA, comprising Rhodri Davies (amplified harp and electronics), Ingar Zach (percussion and sound machines) and Alessandra Rombolá (flutes and tiles installation), began life with two concerts in Norway in September 2003, though previously the musicians have played together in various combinations since 2000.

The three piece group works with specific aspects of sound and dynamics – pitch, silence, noise and drones – all mixed in an improvising environment. Each member works with extended techniques on their instruments with the aim of producing a group sound. The word ”muta” has different meanings; moult, change, development, change of skin, change of hair. The group MUTA searches for changes and variation in musical structures and slow/minimal developments of specific sounds and/or pitches. In the last three years, the trio has been working upon new ways of creating music. The pieces on the debut CD are all based on pre-conceived ideas and structures which serve as a platform for the interplay between the three musicians. The search of common language has flourished into a very specific group sound, where individual instruments and musical gestures are not recognizable any more, leaving space for a rich and transparent variety of sounds which develop within the open musical structure.

The music on ”Yesterday night you were sleeping at my place” was recorded at Propeller studio in Oslo by Kåre Vestrheim two days in march 2006. The cd comprises 7 electro-acoustic compositions, The music varies from lovely brutal noise to spacious calm electronica. MUTA presents here on their debut an impressive spectrum of sounds and forms which adds a great flavour to the existing SOFA-catalogue.

The music on the cd is dedicated to the Lebanese artist Mazen Kerbaj and the Lebanese people.


La loro (apparente non) musica è un movimento evolutivo che cammina all’incontrario: salpa da urticanti grovigli di una fantomatica drones-noise music gutturale e ‘rudimentale’, che nei dodici minuti di Hamida farebbe impallidire anche degli incazzati di marca come i Wolf Eyes.
Sergio Eletto

The Wire
Flute, harp and percussion are the principal instruments on this recording, though you’d be hard pressed to identify them during the opening measures of “Hamida”, the longest track on the CD.

Brian Marley

Det er et rent Eraserhead-univers MUTA skaper på sitt gedigne - både i lyd, kraft og lengde - åpningsspor Hamida. Innledet av en lang drone utvikler Hamida seg, dras frem av kjettinger og flammer, og etterlater seg dype, dype avtrykk med sitt påståelige og tungladde uttrykk

Bjørn Hammershaug

Å lytte til «Yesterday Night You Were Sleeping at My Place» er som å vandre omkring i et galleri for abstrakt kunst, hva du får ut av innsatsen, er mye opp til deg selv, dine referanser og din egen fantasi. -- read the whole review»

Terje Mosnes

«Det er tøft, det er heftig, det er vakkert, det er sært, det er reflekterende, det er urovekkende, det er annerledes, det er stygt og det er aldri likegyldig.

Tor Hammerø

«I do like the general idea of this particular combination, both instrumentally and personnel-wise, and look forward to future efforts from Muta..

Brian Olewnick

«Det står respekt av dette trekløverets evne til å meisle ut egenart på et område som er tett befolket.

Arild Andersen