Birds - solo electric //

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Recording location: 
Grand Sport, Oslo
Recording date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
"On Birds, Flaten employs an arsenal of electronic effects to make his bass sound like Japanese flutes, a Hendrixoid guitar or an angry insect. The music unfolds episodically, recalling the 60′s and 70′s masterworks of Stockhausen, Takehisa Kosugi, and Richard Pinhas.” - The Stash Dauber "On the six tracks which make up Birds – Solo Electric (Tektite Records, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten at least follows the convention of titling his tracks. Known for his membership in bands such as The Thing and Atomic, he’s able to play the electric bass in such a way to suggest multiple instruments. The most breathtaking instance of this occurs on Chicago. Pulsating the top string of his highly amplified bass with spiccato pressure, Flaten produces timbres that could as easily have come from a bagpipe chanter or a piccolo trumpet. At the same time modulated feedback decorates the exposition, while a legato theme is heard from the top guitar-like strings. Eventually this broken-octave display fades into measured stops. Mercurial and rubato, many of the other tones in his improvisations sound as if they are extended by an e-bow. Take a track like Lucia. Here string slaps alternate with flanges that could come from backward running tapes, until a vigourous melody surmounts those sounds. Whistles, whooshes, crackles and other amplified flutters predominate throughout, but when Flaten strikes or scrapes the strings with firecracker-like resonation, he confirms the true instrumental origin of the performances.» -Ken Waxman/
Artwork design: 
George Staicu
Artwork design: 
Andrea Lorena
Mastering engineer: 
Ryan Edwards
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Christian Engfeldt
  • 1. Birds (06:25)
  • 2. Peter B. (04:41)
  • 3. Lucia (04:35)
  • 4. Shadow Hillside (05:03)
  • 5. Two (05:20)
  • 6. Chicago (05:53)

All tracks composed and performed live on a Fender Precision 67 with pedals by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (TONO).

Tracks 1-5 recorded at Grand Sport Studio in Oslo on October 2007 by Christian Engfeldt. Track 6 recorded live at The Hideout/Chicago, April 2008. Mastered by Ryan Edwards, Houston, January 2012. Produced by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Christian Engfeldt. Photo by Andrea Lorena Salazar. Cover design by George Staicu.