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Thank you for giving me your valuable time

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Music for moviebikers

Soundtrack to imaginary film

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Kaada/Patton Bacteria Cult

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Diving into the unknown

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KAADA / PATTON

Norwegian composer John Kaada and Mike Patton have partnered for Bacteria Cult, the pair’s first Kaada/Patton release since 2007’s Kaada/Patton Live DVD and the first album from the musicians since 2004’s Romances. “Working with John Kaada on this latest release was an honor and pure pleasure,” said Patton of resuming work Kaada. “His compositions have always resonated deeply with me and his orchestral arrangements for this project are harmonically dense and delicious! Each individual piece is so well constructed and inventively assembled that my vocal passages practically sang themselves. I’m hoping very much that we can seduce some eardrums and welcome listeners into this lush sonic ‘otherworld.’” “We wanted to try new things,” explains Kaada. “Fully utilizing new technologies, combined with a large orchestra, while putting more attention towards melody and structure.” The eight-song, orchestral collection exudes the music Ipecac has become well known for: eclectic, experimental and cinematic. Similar in feel to Fantômas’ Director’s Cut, as Kaada describes it, Bacteria Cult“dwells in the twilight zone where spooky and seductive meet.”

album review (2016-may issue) : It’s been a busy year for Mike Patton. Between his reunion with Faith No More and his work with the Nevermen, we just can’t seem to go more than a few months before we get more Patton. Frankly, that’s never a bad thing. The singer has mastered the art of mysteriousness—and impressive feat, given his ubiquity these days—while also churning out masterpieces of experimental rock and roll. As diverse as his projects have always been, they’ve always managed to be monuments of composition, an act that belies his bizarre stage and public persona.
As interesting as Patton is as a front man and singer, he takes a bit of a second seat on his latest release, the reunion between him and Norwegian composer John Kaada. It’s been well over a decade since Kaada/Patton’s debut release, Romances, first wowed audiences, but the magic remains unfaded on their latest collaboration, Bacteria Cult.

Kaada has always been a bit of an enigma in the orchestral world. While the money, these days, is in scoring big budget feature length movies, Kaada has grown a cult following (one worthy of Patton himself) by remaining largely outside the realm of cinematic scores, save for a few small European films. Instead, he’s made his mark composing ethereal works of instrumental magic that transcend the conventional styles of modernity. Alternatively grounded and surreal, Kaada weaves a magical spell that hooks you from the deepest, darkest part of your brain.

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This makes Kaada/Patton one of the more perfect collaborations in recent history. Both artists bring a knowledge of musical theory that serves to deepen the dreamy nature of the output. Here, Kaada plays Patton almost as an instrument, a single output of sound amidst a full orchestra. Patton’s dreary intonations are weaved within the music becoming a part of the orchestra itself, as opposed to just a front man, adding a layer of complexity to an already complex arrangement.

Sonically, Bacteria Cult feels like the score to a movie that doesn’t exist but that I desperately want to see. The eight song collection flows through movements, suggesting an untold story of incredible interest and awesome scale. Close your eyes and you can almost picture the ephemeral scenery implied by the sound—sweeping landscapes of beautiful horror, a fantastic world grounded in reality. Hints of Masaru Sato and Ennio Morricone punctuate these feelings, as the music alternately suggests western tropes melded with eastern myth.

At all times, however, the music is pure Kaada. It’s a testament to his strength as a composer that Bacteria Cult can be so evocative of so much imagery. There’s a sort of darkness that is threaded throughout each of the album’s tracks—even the lighter, more playful tracks like “Papillon” and “A Burnt Out Case” are suggestive of a hidden danger amidst a wondrous scene, like a disguised demon tricking a young heroine to an impending doom with promises of magic and delight, the daggered teeth hidden behind a friendly smile.

Bacteria Cult is an instrumental delight for fans of complex orchestration. But the uninitiated need not be afraid to take the journey it calls you on. You don’t need to be a scholar of music theory to appreciate the world presented by this collaboration between mad geniuses. Its wonderful evocations are accessible to all without descending into pompous snobbery or complexity for complexity’s sake. Kaada/Patton have produced another monument of modern orchestration that should dispel the notion that chamber music died with Bach.

There are many worlds of wonder and magic to be found within the notes of Bacteria Cult, dark worlds of beauty and magic, where danger lurks for the unwary and every corner may hide the instrument of your demise. But that’s no reason not to take the trip. Just be sure to watch your step and never trust a friendly smile.

James Roberts in Glide Magazine

Filmmusic Portfolio

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Diving into the unknown

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La liste de mes envies

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1001 grams

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O´Horten

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Sunshine Superman

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I TRAVEL ALONE, (aka JEG REISER ALENE), German poster art, from left: Amina Eleonora Bergrem, Rolf Kristian Larsen, 2011.

Jeg reiser alene

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Diverse and prolific Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist Kaada career spans a string of critically acclaimed solo albums, major motion picture soundtracks, high-profile collaborations with key players such as Mike Patton, as well as numerous live appearances at home and abroad.

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Kaada´s debut in a recorded format came with his 2001 solo album ´Thank you for giving me your valuable time´. The diverse outing effortlessly blended elements of woo-wop, show tunes, jungle rhythms and frenzied horn samples into a coherent mix of live instrumentation and electronic elements, fusing elements of five decades of popular music. ´Thank you for giving me your valuable time´ firmly established Kaada as a key voice on Norway´s blossoming music scene. The album was named as one of the ten most important releases of the year by Billboard Magazine

2006 saw the release of ´Music for Moviebikers´ (Ipecac), a vivid collection of lush arrangements set as soundtracks for imaginary films. The album features a strong evocative quality as it sets out to bring the two musical worlds of Kaada together; the one of the recording artist with the cinematic film music one. The albums´s 22-strong ensemble consists of traditional instrumentation with strings, vocals and electric guitars as well as homemade instruments and some exotic folk music performers hailing from various corners of Europe. The strings were recorded in the Vigeland mausoleum in Oslo.

2009´s outing Junkyard Nostalgia with its myriad sounds and instruments make the ear feel like a fly’s facet eye; the tunes float slowly, like little swarms of sad dragonflies. The album was conceived as a self-proclaimed homage to the thousands of Polish workers that have come to Norway to earn a better living and to fuel the country´s economy with cheap labour. Junkyard Nostalgia featured Kaada playing all of the instruments on the album, solidifying his very personal universe of sound. Kaada have said about the album that he made it to justify buying hundreds of instruments on ebay.

A major milestone in Kaada´s career came in 2004 with the release of the album ´Romances´ – a joint effort with Faith No More and Tomahawk vocalist Mike Patton. An eerily addicting work with inspirations from classical music, ´Romances´ features the two composers working in tandem to create a slow-moving large piece based in late romanticism which again is made up of nine smaller pieces, resembling a symphony’s compositional structure. In many ways, ‘Romances’ pays homage to Kaada’s musical upbringing that included classical training from age 6 to 20 and a repertoire spanning form Liszt, Brahms, Mahler, Debussy, Ravel and Bartok. The titles are lifted from old pieces from the romantic period.

2007 saw the release of Kaada/Patton´s ´Live´ DVD (Ipecac) – a live recording from the 2005 Roskilde Festival featuring a seven-piece ensemble playing mostly the repertoire of ´Romances´. The outing features the full festival set as well as behind the scenes from the key event.

2007 saw the release of Kaada/Patton´s ´Live´ DVD (Ipecac) – a live recording from the 2005 Roskilde Festival featuring a seven-piece ensemble playing mostly the repertoire of ´Romances´. The outing features the full festival set as well as behind the scenes from the key event.

Kaada and Patton have maintained their musical bond over the last decade.  In April 2016 they released a new album called “Bacteria Cult”. “Working with John Kaada on this latest release was an honor and pure pleasure,” said Patton of resuming work Kaada. “His compositions have always resonated deeply with me and his orchestral arrangements for this project are harmonically dense and delicious! Each individual piece is so well constructed and inventively assembled that my vocal passages practically sang themselves. I’m hoping very much that we can seduce some eardrums and welcome listeners into this lush sonic ‘otherworld.’” Kaada explains,“We wanted to try new things, Fully utilizing new technologies, combined with a large orchestra, while putting more attention towards melody and structure.” The eight-song, orchestral collection exudes the music Ipecac has become well known for: eclectic, experimental and cinematic. Similar in feel to Fantômas’ Director’s Cut, as Kaada describes it, Bacteria Cult “dwells in the twilight zone where spooky and seductive meet.”

Another key arena for Kaada´s compositional as well as improvisational output has been the potent exploratory trio Cloroform. Highly active from 1998 to 2006, the trio released six critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively. Double bass, drums, keys and distorted vocals form the frame for Cloroform’s highly-charged live sets and studio recordings that defy genres and pre-conceived notions of what’s possible in a trio format. The trio has successfully made the transition from an underground act on the domestic scene to a live favourite on European stages, earning them a loyal following at home and abroad.

Kaada says : “The sound of Cloroform has obviously been influenced by many varying styles of music that we as a band and as individuals are constantly seeking out and subjecting ourselves to. We try to push ourselves into places that we haven’t been before, because that is what we find most rewarding. Cloroform is a freeground, a playground”.

A core component of Kaada´s career has been composing film scores, beginning with 2000´s low-budget domestic success ´Mongoland´ which generated considerable demand for his compositional skills. 2002 saw Kaada being bestowed with “the Golden Clapboard Prize” at the Amanda Awards – the Norwegian equivalent to the Oscars, at the time being the youngest composer to receive the prestigious award. In the ensuing decade, Kaada would go on to compose scores for some of the most successful domestic films as well as several international productions, earning him numerous awards for his distinct compositional style. One of Kaada´s most notable international film score successes came in 2014 with the French blockbuster ´La liste de mes envies´. The motion picture, which featured a cast of major French actors, was box office hit in France and Belgium and resulted in a successful soundtrack released through Pathé.

Composing for films was something that I took up rather coincidentally, relates Kaada. – I had not intended to pursue that direction and had no formal training, but at some point, writing film scores was what I did. In the beginning it was quite stressful and made me nervous, but now I’m enjoying the work much more, thinking of it as a compositional playground. Orchestration and sonorous experimentation are the fields that I really enjoy delving into these days. Working on film scores enables me to create unconventional instrument ensembles. I’m also doing music for documentaries and television scores in between film scores. TV gigs is a great composers’ workshop, because you have the oportunity to experiment with small ensembles and develop composing and arranging skills.” Kaada´s TV-music works has been heard on CNN, CBS, FOX and in relation to shows like Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, The superbowl, Jay Leno, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, 60 Minutes, NBA Tonight among others.

Sponic : “If you think you've heard everything, chances are you haven't heard anything like this”. … “it's surely the best at whatever it is.” Sponic : “If you think you've heard everything, chances are you haven't heard anything like this”. … “it's surely the best at whatever it is.”
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Sponic : “If you think you’ve heard everything, chances are you haven’t heard anything like this”. … “it’s surely the best at whatever it is.”

Adequacy : “This hostel may be the most beautiful album put out this year.”

Magnet : “Never without genius. Color this the best record of the year”

Concussion : “Kaada is the best thing to come out of Norway since Leif Erikson set sail for America.” 

LAB : “Brilliant, refreshing, unique.”

Metro Weekly : “And now for something completely different than, well — as presumptuous as it is — anything you’ve ever heard before. …”

Groovy Stylie : “Once again, the fair nation of Norway has dropped an innovative music bomb, this time in the form of quirky, pop art mad artist Kaada.”

CMJ : “Kaada succeeds regardless of what genre he tackles”

The Local Planet : “It seems like you can always count on some know-it-all from Europe to put an interestingly bent take on classically American music. “

Metalstorm : “
This album is so great that I can’t even put it into words”

Hollywood Reporter : “delightful score” (O’Horten)

WORKS

Discography

SOLOALBUM ALBUM RELEASES :
2009 Junkyard Nostalgias
2006 Music for Moviebikers
2004 MeCd
2001 Thank you for giving me your valuable time
BAND ALBUM RELEASES
2016 Kaada / Patton – Bacteria Cult
2012 Kaada and the latebloomers in concert (DVD)
2007 Kaada / Patton – Live (DVD)
2004 Kaada / Patton – Romances
1998 – Cloroform- 6 albums
SOUNDTRACK RELEASES
2016 – Diving into the unknown
2014 – 1001gram
2014 – La liste de mes envies
2008 – O’Horten
2007 – Natural Born Star

Installations

Sound installations :

Bergen Bymuseum (info to come)
Moss By og industrimuseum
Stavanger – Numusic(info to come)
Norges Bank(info to come)

Filmography

(Please check IMDB for full list)

Selected Feature Films :

Diving into the unknown(2015)
1001 Gram (2014)
La liste de mes envies (2014)
All Roads Lead (2013)
Flicker (2012)
Koselig med peis (2011) tv-series
Mannen som elsket Yngve (2008)
O’ Horten (2007)
Hawaii, Oslo (2004)
Mongoland (2001)

Documentaries :

Brødre / Brothers (2016)
Gulosten (2015)
Sunshine Superman (2014)
Kampen om Nilen (2014) TV series
Sju Kammers – Frontsøstrene (2011)
Prøvetid (2008)
Natural Born Star (2007)
Kubisten (2007)
“7th Heaven”
Warren Miller’s Journey(2003)
Alt om min far (2002)

TV productions :

Oppfinneren (2017)
Kampen om livet(2017)
Brenner og bøkene
Med livet som innsats
NRK super
Store studio
Typisk Deg
Typisk Norsk
Svisj
Lydverket
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