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

CD's arrived!

24thImpulse

After being lost in the mail for months, copies of my March release '24th Impulse' has now finally arrived from the ÉTER headquarters in Medellin, Colombia.

Available now from my Bandcamp store!

www.tobiashellkvist.bandcamp.com

Winner at the Music+Sound Awards 2017!

I'm very excited to be one of the winners in this years Music+Sound Awards, in the category 'Best Sound Design - Television Programme'. This is the first win and second nomination me and my colleagues has received for the work we did on the first season of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, for which we also received an Emmy Award nomination earlier this year.

The fact that The Music+Sound Awards is the world’s only global awards programme to recognize the role that both music and sound design play in the media, makes this win very special. Even though I don't believe in competing in creativity or art, it's still a recognition of all the hard work we put into this project.

We recently finished working on the second season of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which premiered on Disney XD on July 31st.

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

Emmy Award nomination!

It's with great excitement and joy that I can announce that me and my colleagues have been nominated for an Emmy Award 2017 for the sound work we've done on the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures TV-series! 

The first season has been broadcasted worldwide on DisneyXD during the past few months, and the series has been nominated in 4 categories in total. We've been working very hard and know that people on all levels in this big project has done the same - script writers, producers, animators etc... Big thanks to WilFilm, Lucasfilm and LEGO - it's truly a pleasure working with designing sound worlds and creating foley to complement high quality animation work of this kind, and me and my colleagues are very excited to be on the forefront of what we love doing.