Helge Sten aka Deathprod has developed himself into a crucial player in Norway’s experimental music scene. Based in Oslo, Norway, the dark ambient producer and composer has been crafting his music since the early 90s. He uses a deeply atmospheric, grainy minimalism that slows down time and explores the very particles of sound itself. His concert at TodaysArt will be a world premiere, and the official closing act of our festival.
The Deathprod concept arose in 1991 when Sten realized his complex array of homemade electronics, samplers, sound processing and analogue effects – cumulatively known as the “Audio Virus” – could add a musical dimension above and beyond the merely technical. Almost obsolete samplers and playback devices distort and transform sounds into unrecognizable mutations of their former selves. The virus breeds layers of complex and overlapping sonic debris, creating a kind of cellular composition.
Sten is a member of Supersilent and works as a producer on many releases on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. He has also produced Motorpsycho and has worked with Biosphere on an Arne Nordheim tribute album called Nordheim Transformed. This October, he will release his first LP in 15 years on Smalltown Supersound.
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