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Hello Micha!

So exciting to have my music played at the Deutschlandfunk! The playlist for the evening looks really fantastic – very happy to be a part of it :)

The title „Tauchgang“ from my Hubro-album „Metrics“ is a direct translation of the Norwegian word „dykk“. I asked my (German) wife Eva what it would be in German, and thought it sounded even better and more fitting in your language. I also speak German (but I’m not so good at writing it – hence the english in my email), and could thereby understand it quite well.

The reason for the title, is that after putting together the many, many layers making up the piece I took a step back and tried to hear it without analysing it, to be able to give it a proper title. I could very clearly visualise the music, which doesn’t happen that often. To me, the long, almost hesitating waiting and tension in the introduction, resulting in a big crescendo and ultimately a near orgasmic release (I couldn’t find a more fitting word) very much resembles standing on the edge of a cliff and diving into the water. Going deeper and deeper and finally when you open your eyes you’re in a submarine landscape where sounds behave differently, your body moves more slowly, and your sight is a bit obscured.

The deeper you go the more mysterious creatures you find.

For the interested:

The process behind it was quite complex and it’s maybe the track that involves the most unconventional audio processing. Especially the drum machine track was a new experience for me – except for the pulsating deep bass, the rest of the percussive elements move around in a very unorganised way, through different shifting reverbs, speeds and volumes, and creates a truly uncontrollable energetic force – almost like an unhinged free-jazz drummer taking a solo. It creates a contrast to the rest of the elements, and to me the unpredictability, and constant shift of reverb/rooms makes for an exciting listen.

Hope this was what you where thinking about?

All the best, und viele Grüße aus Bergen,

Stephan Meidell


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