Urban Patterns

by Oskar Karlström

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1.
Tram Part I 06:07
2.
Walk Part I 05:56
3.
Wind Part I 05:26
4.
Tram Part II 07:44
5.
Walk Part II 07:14
6.
Wind Part II 03:02

about

"I was on parental leave during the summer of 2019. My firstborn son woke up early almost every day. We went for early morning walks to the nearby park or the playground. Some days, we took the tram to my friend's house to water his plants. Gothenburg was drowsy. Within the stillness, I sensed the energy of the awakening city. I started bringing a recorder to capture sounds that reflected our experience, but also sounds that offered a contrast to the recurring patterns. I was inspired to begin experimenting with loops of sound and wanted to recreate the safe and comforting feeling of the repeatedness. I asked my friend Dan Olsson to create a series of photographs of the places that my son and I had been visiting during our morning excursions. The field recordings and Dan’s photos became the starting point of this project and its three themes. I hope that you will find the urban patterns as relaxing and comforting as I did."

Oskar Karlström, May 2020

credits

released December 12, 2020

Credits:
Korg MS-20, Tasty Chips Electronics GR-1 and Yamaha TQ5 by Oskar Karlström. Mellotron M4000D Micro, Moog Sub 37, Roland Juno-60 and Yamaha Reface DX by Dan Olsson. Pedal steel on Walk Part I by Hamilton Belk. 5U modular synth system on Wind Part I by Jonas Odhner. Saxophone on Tram Part II by Adrian Åsling Sellius. Percussion and drum machine programming on Tram Part II by Hampus Öhman Frölund. Buchla 208r on Walk Part II by Jonas Lindgren. E-bow guitar on Wind Part II by Calle Thoor.

Field recordings captured by Oskar Karlström in Gothenburg between June and August 2019. Additional reel-to-reel tape manipulation of field recordings on Tram Part II, Walk Part II and Wind Part II by Jonas Odhner.

Mixed by Oskar Karlström at Mono Sounds Mk X, Gothenburg. Mastered by Hans Olsson at Svenska Grammofonstudion, Gothenburg.

Cover design by Oskar Karlström.

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half-night Gothenburg, Sweden

Half-Night is found in the hallways between the rooms that you enjoy spending time in: abstract pop, old house, liberated jazz and experimental music.

Half-Night navigates the waters where relaxation and disturbance intersect, in search of something new and remarkable.

Half-Night was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015 and will remain artist owned and operated.
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