Introducing: Mordançage

Mordançage is a photographic process based on chemical alteration of the gelatin in a print. The mordançage solution can cause varying degrees of degradation and other tonal changes, pulling completely new patterns and images out of a single source. It creates a living, breathing photograph that continually oxidizes and warps over time as it is exposed to new environments.

The same name and principles inform the new collaboration I have going with Andrew Tasselmyer of Hotel Neon.

This started in 2017, solely through long distance correspondence - sharing ideas and processing each others drafts and sketches back and forth until something else slowly began to appear, almost leading the project forward on its own.

Our self-titled debut album, which was carefully mastered by our good friend Ian Hawgood, will be released on September 30th via Fluid Audio.

Artist Selection - 2017 in review

A little late, but still - Home Normal asked some of their artists to mention five releases they've been enjoying in 2017. Head here to check out my list. 

From the Home Normal site:
"Tobias Hellkvist had a remarkably busy 2017. He started the year with the Home Normal releases of 'Vesterhavet (Extended)' and 'Kaskelot: Reissue and Remixes'. These were immediately followed by the 3" mini-CD release of '24th Impulse' on ÈTER, his collaboration 'Skimmer' with Ben Fleury-Steiner, and 'Forest Psalms' on Dragon's Eye, all released by April. Tobias was then EMMY nominated for his sound design work for Lego, eventually winning at The Music+Sound Awards."

Steel: Dragon's Eye Twelfth Anniversary

Steel

I have a new track out on this beautiful compilation from Dragon's Eye Recordings, also featuring great artists Steve Pacheco, Geneva Skeen, Robert Crouch, Yann Novak, Jake Muir, Marc Kate, wndfrm and Fabio Perletta.

Go get it!
Bandcamp (It's free/pay what you want)

Remix for Hotel Neon's 'Context: Remixed' album

I'm very happy to have contributed a remix to Hotel Neon's new 'Context: Remixed' album. It was released yesterday and features a great lineup reinterpreting the songs from the groups latest album.

All proceeds through October 10 will be donated to Direct Relief in support of disaster assistance in Mexico, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. www.directrelief.org

Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Artwork by Gregory Euclide

Out now!

New album 'Forest Psalms'

I'm pleased to share some details on my upcoming album 'Forest Psalms', which will be released on April 21st on Dragon's Eye Recordings, who also released 'Pause' back in 2015.

The compositions that constitute Forest Psalms originates from a collection of field recordings made during two trips to the United States in 2015 and 2016.

The album was slowly sculpted during 2016-2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where additional music was composed. In the opening track however, Hellkvist introduces snippets of an old piece hailing all the way back from when he first ventured into making minimal electroacoustic music about 15 years ago.

”It has stuck with me for all these years, so I’ve been waiting for a moment where I could make use of it. This time it fitted surprisingly well into the puzzle. My creative process is a lot about making bits and pieces blend and work well together, and sometimes those follow me around for years. Sometimes they vanish after a day or a week”.

In Forest Psalms, Hellkvist explores awareness in different spaces, and the listening experience is designed to lead the audience into a state of mindfulness, total relaxation, and focus.

”By using geographical locations in my work, I’m able to revisit parts of my experiences. For me, sound is the most effective way to do just that. I was inspired to make this album after a trip to northern California where I, after a 2-day hike into the forest, came to experience a rare kind of stillness and desolation which really fascinated me. I think most of the music I make is some kind of attempt to recreate moments like these for me to revisit.”

Field recording locations:
Culver City, Los Angeles, CA; Topanga Canyon, CA; Big Sur, CA; and Big Pine Key, Florida.
Some complementary recordings were made around Sweden and Denmark.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. The Driver vs. The City
  2. Forest Psalm, Pt. 1: Nostalgia
  3. Forest Psalm, Pt. 2: Reveries
  4. Where No One Can Hear You
  5. Forest Psalm, Pt. 3: Rhythms
  6. Forest Psalm, Pt. 4: Desolation