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Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:39:05 AM »
Hate to derail the thread, but just out of curiosity, what do you consider to be shortcomings of Glass? His Company suite has always floored me, I feel much from it. I will definitely check out Part's music if it is a better take on the style.

No, I expressed myself a bit wrong. I absolutely love his works, so it was just in comparison to some others that may be even greater. But he absolutely reaches up.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 28, 2014, 04:13:26 AM »
 Yeah, I don't think Phillip Glasss reaches up. Michael Nyman with Peter Greenaway films, though? You're gonna love it.
Found a link to SOME of that movie, but you should watch it all if you get the chance, it's unique.

Metal / Re: Industrial/EBM
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:22:29 AM »

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:29:15 PM »
Well, here's where the inspiration for the beginning of Hardangervidda came from. 'Grieg is chief..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMTET0xS50k

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:02:45 PM »
Well, we didn't know anything about how the synth worked. I put away all my money, bought the synth, and then me and Vidar started to work at an album. The direction was there, with the landscape of "Hardangervidda", which we, as Telemarkians knew beforehand. I guess I was perhaps 6 the first time my family brought me to the place. In tents, venturing as far inward as it was safe for a family to go. That was in the 70's. So it was with Vidar also, Telemark is something that is ingrained in us. I guess that's the point with Hardangervidda, it's neither me nor Vidar, it's just from that place...

But Aquarius, send me a PM on my YouTube acount.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:22:48 PM »
Svart Dag and Eksistensens Jeger are two of the greatest pieces of black metal ever recorded. It's nice to finally hear from this artist.


Did Nidhogg produce any other work in the vein of these two?
No, these two where the only ones like that. But music is so diverse, like i've said, I concentrated on other stuff, And mostly, I became a dad and other things started happening in my life.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 27, 2014, 12:48:09 PM »
Thank you very much. I had many more ideas for projects also in the metal-vein, but drumming together musicians and being in a band is always much more difficult than writing things alone. I had a wish to cover the whole "Pornography"-album by the Cure in Black Metal style, I guess with the main difference from the original being more use of distortion on both bass and guitar and of course som manic Norwegian Black Metal vocals on top. That is an idea I'll never stop to think could have been excellent.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 27, 2014, 12:07:33 PM »
Arvo Pärt is astonishing and untoucheable. iLDjARN introduced me to his music. He was very much into ECMs music, where I believe some or much of Pärts music is released. Also Phillip Glass is to be mentioned alongside him, in form, but not nearly as good in my opinion. I myself also very much like the music of Michael Nyman, made for the Peter Greenaway films. Have you seen "The cook, the thief the wife and her lover"? Together with the music it's a decadent masterpiece. But Pärt? Unbelieveable. Like this first sound here, piercing your heart....
The author of the music in Fear Through Eternity is Yayla, and you can check him out here:
The reason I removed the link first was that I got the link from him and wanted to clear passing it on with him. Here's the link again:

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:37:00 PM »

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 25, 2014, 03:09:41 PM »
well any collaboration with iLDjARN is out of the question, cause just like he did with his iLDjARN solo project, I would want now to work out my own musical concept. I had two directions worked out and none of them would be under the NiDHOGG-name, since they don't really reflect norwegian nature in particular, as both Norse and Hardangervidda did. That's why we used the iLDARN - NiDHOGG moniker on Hardangervidda, although we didn't stamp the cover with a logo. When speaking of the stuff we did together (not counting Sort Vokter, which could in many ways just be considered a spoof, in my opinion, hence our attempts at wit in the few sentences we put on the cover), the songwriting and production varied along the whole scale of who made what. It is certainly not true that I mainly did production as I saw someone say somewhere. I don't think iLDjARN has said that either, or he has been misunderstood. So Svart Dag and Eksistensens Jeger are for instance both my tunes, and iLDjARN had nothing to do with them. But our moniker, with both names, fit such a collaboration as the compilation was.

Speaking of the end of Hardangervidda, the main direction I was going in before I relocated and everything was put on hold, was a concept album in the aforementioned classical orchestral style. I had most of the melodies, or riffs and ideas, if you will,  ready for the first album which was intended to be called "Symphonies in a Starless Night", and the first song would actually tie well in with the end of Hardangervidda. The second one was also basically planned and I had perhaps 20 startingpoints for songs to pick from for that one, which was going to be called "Studies of Devils". iLDjARN came up with the original name for the project, SHOG, which I elaborated to Shadow Hungry Onto God. The icon image on my Thesortvokter channel on YouTube was intended as the cover for the first album, although in black and white.

Aquarius also asked me if the classical orchestral piece was using synth or real instruments.
Well, there would actually have been no need for real instrument. The synth we used for Hardangervidda was one I bought after working a whole summer in Notodden, where I lived and the album was made. It was a Roland XP-80, cost around 23,000 norwegian kroner and is quite a monster. Currently there's about 4 soundcards in it and about 1200 different sounds, and the possibility to have other cards to switch in and out. My favourite card is the classical orchestral one. Every instrument in that card is a REAL instrument sampled, so it's not digital sound per se. The "live" instrument feel to the doublebass opening on Night shows this, I think. Not only is every sound a real instrument sound from a full classical orchestra (about 250 instruments), each instrument is also sampled four seperate times. The reason for this is the touch sensitivity on the keyboard. Depending on the preasure and attack on the fingers on the keys, the synth produces a mix of these four sounds on a scale. So for instance if I chose one of the violins and hitthe key hard and abrupt, it would sound like a bow being hit hard on the string. Similarly, a soft long preasure on a key would sound like a slow soft stroke on the string. Quite an amazing instrument. It has 16 seperate tracks/channels with possibilities for polyphony, so it's basically like a 16 track reacording device. There is complete modulation possibilities on it, so you can personalize every sound as you please. The possibilities are in fact endless. So no real orchestra was needed. One song was completely finished and recorded, but currently I don't know where it's gone.

In the other direction I experimented in,  I do have a song at hand, I just have to get the gear up and running and I'll post it on YouTube. This does neither reflect an aspect of norwegian nature, and therefore neither under the NiDHOGG name. Trying to describe it, I figure Psychedelic Necro Ompa would suffice, to give an idea of the sound. Labeling/not labeling, I don't care. There is energy to it like me and iLDjARN's metal stuff and some trippy shit going on. The picture I attached also should give you an idea of the sound, I think  ;) I had two songs ready for a limited 7", but one day I lost the A-side down the "equipment failure-drain", so to speak. The intended B-side I have, tough.

Feel free to PM me on the YouTube-channel also, since I'm not often on forums.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:11:30 AM »
No, the other two are avid musicians in their own right, and it was an equal contribution from all involved. For instance, "Hatefulle Tanker ut i Natten" was entirely composed by HEiiNGHUND (which means "Heathen Dog"  ;) ), and he played guitar on it and I think he played the bass too (Perhaps iLDjARN did, but I can't remember exactly). This goes for other songs as well. TViGYGRE also composed and executed pieces of his own, though I can't remember if he played any guitars (he does play it, though). I think iLDjARN was referring to his own compositions in this regard, we were all involved in both the writing and execution of the music (I didn't play either bass nor guitar). It was certainly not a thing revolving around iLDjARN or anything, we all knew each other from hanging out in Notodden together, and it was a concept we executed on equal terms. Speaking of the songwriting, I would say me and iLDjARN did about 40 percent each and the other guys 10 percent each. TViiGYGRE engineered it and we were all in on the mixing, of course. Since we're talking about it, I can mention that me and iLDjARN took the pics and did the artwork on it on the schoolcomputer at a teachers college I attended in Notodden. We used this computer a lot for covers (f.i. the "Svartfråd"-cover, and several iLDjARN-covers), and I was actually called in to the inspector for a warning because of suspicion of satanic intent with some other pics that lay on the computer  ;D

The two unreleased songs I mentioned sound nothing like each other, and nothing like the ambient or metal iLDjARN - NiDHOGG. One is classical orchestral piece and the other I would perhaps classify as Psychedelic Necro Ompa. This last one I'm about to upload when I get the gear up and running. The other, the orchestral one, was one song of a project I started about the same time as "Hardangervidda". But since I relocated from Notodden, I have become a dad and haven't picked up songwriting since.
Yeah, I hope the new "Hardangervidda"-release is a double-vinyl or at least vinyl. I had very little time to talk to iLDjARN, since I commuted with trains and busses. I wasn't too happy with the CD-release of "Hardangervidda" on Season of Mist, myself. It looked tacky with the artwork changed with red borders and stuff.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 13, 2014, 05:25:11 PM »
Hi again -
Well. Sort Vokter, no, that project will never be reformed. I'm not sure if people know how brief that co-operation lasted. We were friends much longer than we collaborated music-wise. I knew Harald and Kyrre for years in Notodden, and me and Vidar had already known each since right after high school. Sort Vokter was basically recorded in one session when Kyrre had a full studio at his disposal for a weekend. We were completely free to use the equipment as we wanted. We wrote the bulk of the material as we recorded it, so it was a very satisfying process, writing, recording and mixing a record in a short amount of days, free of anyones dictation. But we were pressed for time, and that's why we had to accept the end result, even though we weren't satisfied at the time of the recording, hence the pun about "...no care for technical details."
iLDjARN - NiDHOGG, no, I don't think that's gonna happen either. Life has different periods, so to speak. One gets even more stubborn as one gets older, and I'm not at all sure either me or Vidar are ever gonna write anything more before we bite the dust. A little bird told me he might release something never heard before, but don't hold me to it.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:46:33 AM »
Thanks both of you. I hope to post an old recording of mine in a totally different style on the YouTube channel some time soon, when I get hold of it (it's in a different place). On another note, I spoke very briefly to iLDjARN last week, and he told me of plans to re-release "Hardangervidda". In what format, I don't know, but he has been there again for another photoshoot where we shot the pictures for the first release, and the pictures looked really good. Don't know any more details, and not which label or when. We'll see when or if it happens.
Thanks again for the interest in our music.

Love the Black Sabbath entry question to the forum ;)

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:16:07 AM »
I had initially not intended to engage in a discussion on this matter, but since you put in question the tape I've uploaded, I have no choice but to respond. As of now, I won't engage in any further discussion on this blog, I'll just address your issues.
I can't answer any of your concerns regarding iLDjARN, as I have stated on my upload, old tapes have been floating around, perhaps mislabelled.
Regarding why I didn't recognize these songs earlier. Yes, that's true, I didn't. I only listened to one and one song individually, and it didn't even cross my mind that these songs were old songs I'd written. This was 20 years ago, and as you hear on the sketch-tape, they were far from realized. I haven't listened to the tape since I recorded it. It was when I dug through old tapes from my basement I discovered and realized it. Hope that settles why I didn't realize sooner.
It's also correct that I posted on a few uploads with the concerns that this does not sound like iLDjARN. I think there's an agreement on that. In fact, it's been compared to Sort Vokter and iLDjARN - NiDHOGG, go figure.
Of course I didn't sit down and "manufacture" this tape in order to capitalize on iLDjARN's name And as I've stated iLDjARN has confirmed to me that these are my songs, would I risk iLDjARN's wrath by lying about that ; )
Hope that answers any suspicion that I'm lying about the matter, which is the only reason I'm even posting this. Compare the songs yourselves and make up your own mind.
I do understand why the question is being raised, though, so it's OK to have the oppurtunity to clear it up.
(2nd. edit)
I see on another forum that there's now speculation that we are all the same person, me, iLDjARN, TViGYGRE and HEiiNGHUND. (sigh and chuckles) Well, I think the nature of the music and the differences there show several people are involved. Also, anyone who looks at he faces and not the hairdos on the Sort Vokter pics, must see that these are four different faces. We were just untypically skinheads at the time, all of us. Hope you keep your senses on this forum  ;)