- Center of the Universe a.k.a. Jørgen Sissyfus Skjulstad is a norwegian artist who mainly, but not only works with music and sound. Contact/remixes/booking: Sissyfus(at)gmail(dot)com
Center of the Universe had the opportunity to improvise for and with children at the Henie Onstad Art Centre on a workshop connected to an exibition by norwegian legendary composer Arne Nordheim. Here’s some excerpts from the improvisations:
E▲SY & C.O.U.
LP / digital download album
Harmönia (HRMN-25) / Metronomicon Audio (norway)
Release date: 2nd of September 2013
Can be ordered from
Ever wondered what Omar Souleyman’s band would sound like played through a gameboy?
The roots of the norwegian duo E▲SY & C.O.U. (Center of the Universe) are based in the electronic funky sound called skweee, but expands it in many directions; oriental music, central asian music, balkan and even bhanghra. On the Ayayek Machine-album they are using vocals for the first time with the help of singer Zahangir Alam. Some of the tunes also include drums by Kjell-Olav Jørgensen from the krautrock cult-band Salvatore, and also the finnish electro-producer Mesak has been adding some flavours to the mix.
E▲SY & C.O.U. is not just throwing exotic spice on a dry bread. This audio-børek is rather well-baked and spicy all the way through. As opposed to producers getting lost in introvert knobtwiddling, the band open up their windows to let the air from the outside world in.
Where recent development in electronic music shows a tendency to bomb the listener with mashed sound, on this album it’s taken to another direction: there is space to breathe, there is time to think and they’re not trying to impress anyone making something too fast or too complex.
While the music on Aryayek Machine is danceable and joyous, the title implicates a What if? A contrafactual musical history of what music would sound like if it persians invented the drum machine, or if the first synthesizer was made in Baku. The album is a hoax crystalball that reveals musical events that might happen in a different future.
E▲SY (Jon Platou Selvig) was musically educated through various bands inspired by krautrock, dub and a strong focus on rhythms. He started playing solo in 2008 and is currently working with music for theatre and films.
C.O.U. a.k.a Center of the Universe a.k.a. DJ Sissyfus (Jørgen Skjulstad) is a stayer in the norwegian DIY scene having released tons of music on his own Metronomicon Audio label and elsewhere.
The 7″ and download will be available here
When two of the most overproductive artists in the Norwegian independent scene are supposed to make something together, one could easily assume that they will assemble some sort of megalomanian gesamtkunstwerk quite quickly. But with this constellation it took over two years to destillate four short songs and one bonus track, and the output is quite joyous, melodic and simple.
Andre Borgen is a well-known figure in the Norwegian experimental scene, and has taken with him some influences from there into his laidback and beautiful songwriting on the albums “Staying Old” (2009) and “Todays” (2012). The latter earned him a nice review in The Wire Magazine.
Center of the Universe is constantly oscillating between acoustic and electronic music and has released several albums alone — and in various collaborations, the last one being “Astral Harrasment” (2012)
Mvha will play first, then Dogs of Dehli will play a Dj-set with tapes from india after the concert.