May 31st 2009: Time
for an update. I updated the guitar section. I'm having some nice
relaxing days after a busy week. A new telecaster, French Open on the
TV, sunny weather and a great book, 'The blade itself' by Joe
Abercrombie. Other than that I enjoy listening to the new Doves album,
'Kingdom of rust' and U2's October.
August 28th 2008: I got the Fractal Audio Axe FX Ultra the day before I had my 30th birthday. Nice timing there, Mike!
January 28th 2007: A
new year and an update. I had a great Christmas holiday with lots of
music, gaming, reading and general procrastination. Had some great
gaming sessions (FEAR Combat) with Jon and Rune. We all got to play
some drums, to a varying degree of success. I read a bok, The Lies of
Locke Lamora. Great book, and I'm looking forward to reading more by
this author (Scott Lynch). I got my Triad pedal and a new guitar
December 7th 2006: A
few updates. The Woven Hand concert was mindblowing. Me and Torgeir got
the best spot possible, maybe 2 meters from 'the DEE'. One of my best
concert moments ever. The sound of a painfully cranked AC30 and
downtuned Gretch guitars, his manic appearance and a great band... WOW.
I've sold a few things and bought a electronic drum set. It's a Roland
TD-6KW and I've had a lot of fun with it. I'm starting from scratch,
but it was even more fun than I thought. I got a nice price
second-hand, so it wasn't as big an investment as one might think. I
uploaded some short guitar clips on the Rack site. Just a few samples
of some sounds I get from my gear. Enough for now.
December 3rd 2006: Just
a few days now! On Wednesday I will finally get to see one of my
biggest heroes. David Eugene Edwards (Woven Hand and 16 Horsepower)
will play at Folken in Stavanger. It's a dream come true. The last few
weeks I've been to 2 concerts at Folken, first Kaizers Orchestra and
then Thomas Dybdahl. My favourite was definetly Dybdahl this time.
While I haven't really listened to 'Science' much yet, he had some new
bandmembers that made the concert very different from the previous
concerts I've seen. Not sure if it's my favourite Dybdahl concert, but
the pedal steel guy certainly had a few moments of bliss inducing solos
(huh? A bit too fancy, perhaps) And I also enjoyed the wild double-bass
playing of the other new guy.
October 25th 2006 : I've updated the Gear/Home studio/Recordings sections. Also I've bought a Rocktron All Access!
August 9th 2006: Summer holiday! More than one week left luckily. Here are a few updates.
Books: I read 2 books by Robert Wilson this summer (A small death in
Lisbon, The blind man of Seville). My brother recommended them, and
they didn't disappoint. Now I'm well into book 7 of the Wheel of Time
series. I was shocked to find out that the author, Robert Jordan, is
ill. In fact he has a deadly heart disease that might prevent him from
finishing the series. He has started writing the final book, but it's
probably difficult to find the energy to finish it if his condition
doesn't improve. Look here for updates from RJ:
Computers: We've played a lot of F.E.A.R multiplayer recently.
Fantastic game. Mostly the players have been me, Jon and Rune. I had
serious computer problems earlier this summer. One of my harddrives
broke, so I had to reinstall all my programs (including XP). Also I
bought 2 gigs of RAM.
14th 2006 : A few updates to the site (the book section,
the studio section). Here's some more random updates:
I just got some new Strat pickups. They are Lindy
Fralins Vintage Hot with baseplate, and they also
came with the Blender Pot. Luckily they came already
fitted to a pickguard, so not much difficult soldering
required. I just had to solder some grounding wires
(to the jack for instance) and a few others. I did it
yesterday. so I've not tested them much yet. So far
I think they are fantastic and definetly an improvement
to the US Standard pickups. The Blender pot give you
a Telecaster tone by blending the neck and bridge pickup.
Got a great package from Platekompaniet today. Finally
the Pulse DVD is here! I saw Roger Waters live a few
weeks ago on Viking Stadium and that was fantastic too.
Also I got the Thom Yorke solo CD, and I was surprised
to find a free Thom Yorke promo t-shirt was included.
Ed Harcourt's latest CD, The Beautiful Lie, sounds
sublime. Highly recommended.
On a different note, I once again missed the opportunity
to see Woven Hand and David Eugene Edwards live.
He played at Quart06 and my brother Rune was there.
I had to work so I missed it. A serious bummer. I never
got to see 16 Horsepower, but I will get another shot
later I hope.
I bought a Line6 Variax 500 some weeks ago. I have been
wanting to test it for years, but it's not really possible
without buying one. So I got a great deal on Sagevik
(thanks Sigvards) and waited for a few weeks to get
the Workbench software. When I got it I finally could
update the models and try a bunch of different tunings.
I think it's a great guitar and a very nice tool. I've
already sold one guitar (Yamaha sgv800) and will probably
sell my Takamine acoustic as well, since the Variax
features some great acoustic models.
After I finished Book 6 of the Wheel of Time series
I wanted to try something else. Actually I wanted to
just continue with Book 7, but I realised I had to take
the opportunity to check out some other stuff. My brother
Rune recommended Robert Wilson's The blind man of Seville,
and I agree that it's a great book. So now I've just
started reading another book by the same author, A small
death in Lisbon.
15th: Ah, good times. I finally got some equipment
I ordered from Germany, so I got to put together the
rack during the weekend. I'm very happy with the result.
I've posted some pics in the Home Studio section (here).
Also, I bought a Line6 Variax. I've been wanting to
try one for years, and after some testing I'm pretty
sure I'll keep it and sell a couple of guitars. Npw
I'm waiting for Luthman to send me the Workbench software.
Then I can update the firmware of the guitar and check
out some alternate tunings.
19th 2006: The site is finally back after the long pause.
Now I use SurfTown after Eurohost went bankrupt or something
like that. At the moment I've just uploaded the old
site, so there is not much new to read here.
29th '05 : I've
been to a few concerts lately: Ane Brun (absolutely
fantastic. Check out www.fabchannel.com for a great
show with good audio and video), Efterklang (pretty
good. Went after my brother recommeded it. It was his
favourite live show ever, and he has been to a lot of
great shows.) and Kaizers Orchestra (another
great show. Thomas Dybdahl sang backup vocals on "Bris")
9th '05: I was at a Magnet
concert at Folken yesterday. It was phenomenal and was
a great reminder of how many great songs Even Johansen
has written. I haven't really listened to his new record
that much, even though I've owned it for a while now.
We are lucky to have 3 fantastic singer-songwriters
in Norway. (Thomas Dybdahl, Ane Brun and Magnet). I
don't believe that anyone's actually visiting this site,
but if you are I recommend these artists. I also attended
a Helldorado gig on Friday. It was OK, not really more
than that. I really like their more dark, sinister and
cinematic songs, like Dead River, but they have a bit
too many fast rockers which are a bit too similarsounding
for my taste.
just found out that The Strokes has released a new single
called Juicebox. You can listen to it here: www.thestrokes.com.
5th '05: I'm lazy! Not very many updates lately for
sure. Since my last post I have bought some guitar gear.
I bought a Boss OD-2r, a Korg A2 and a Digitech GSP2101,
and coming to think of it, a Boss LS-2 Line Selector.
All of them was second-hand and not too expensive. The
Edge have used the OD-2 since the early 80's, and the
A2/A3 since the recording of Achtung Baby. Great fun,
but I have problems with my Pod XT. It will not start!
than that, my parents have celebrated their 50'eth birthdays.
24th '05: Last
Friday was a great day. The Pulpit Music Festival hosted
lots of great bands. Finally a music festival in Stavanger!
Hopefully it has come to stay (and grow bigger). It's
nothing compared to Quart and Øya, but still
good. I arrived early at 16.30 to be certain to catch
the first gig, Kaizers Orchestra. Their new album Maestro
is absolutely fantastic. It was a short set since they
had a real concert in Trondheim later that evening,
but they played 4 new songs (Maestro, På ditt
skift, Delikatessen, Blitzregn Baby) and Kontroll på
Kontinentet. Helldorado was a highlight. Their americana/desert
rock just rules, I stood just centimetres away from
Bård Halsne and studied his great sound and playing.
The Beautiful People is another great Norwegian band.
I've seen the Norwegian Wood festival footage on NRK.no,
but they were even better than I thought. Great show.
Of course, I will not forget the headliners, Big Bang
and Madrugada. I think I've seen both live twice before,
but they always impress me. Nevertheless, my favourite
moments were Suicide by The Beautiful People and Dead
River by Helldorado.
Oh, I almost forgot! I've found the U2 concert from
Valle Hovin on the web. I downloaded it from www.u2torrents.com.
Not perfect quality, but pretty good for sure and a
very nice thing to have available to help keep the memories
3rd '05 : My brother finally received the Italia Mondial
Classic he ordered from France. See pics here
and listen to the piezo into a mixer here.
It's just me playing some random stuff. Rune is very
happy now, it's been a long wait. It has dual outputs,
one for the two Wilkinson humbuckers and one for the
piezo. That way you can connect one cable to an amp
and a second cable to a mixer for better acoustic sound.
29th '05: Finally U2 visited Norway for the first time
since 1997! It was awesome. Words can't describe how
perfect it was. I didn't bring a camera, but I've found
some pictures taken by Løvik (interference.com
forum) and some other great guys. Here
is a section with review, setlist and pictures.