Category Archives: Full length album features

Kantarell

Rune Grammofon: “Free collective improvising is one of the most demanding ways of making music: the pitfalls are many – self-absorption, incoherence, certain standardized “gestures” of free jazz, lack of dynamics, humourlessness – but Spunk are alert to the dangers. … Continue reading

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Travel Now Journey Infinitely

CM distro: “Trinacria was originally a composition by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved), Maja S. K. Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord (both from Fe-mail), commissioned by Rikskonsertene for a concert series. The line-up was completed by Grutle Kjellson, Ice Dale (both from … Continue reading

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River Mouth Echoes

Tzadik: “Maja Ratkje is a remarkable vocalist and composer based in Norway. Her work ranges from orchestral and chamber works to electronics, improvisation and creative combinations of all of the above. This special collection of Maja’s work showcases several aspects … Continue reading

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Northern Stains

Important Records: “Northern Stains is the result of a collaboration between experimental phenomenon Carlos Giffoni and Spunk/Fe-Mail members Maja Ratkje & Hild Tafjord. This trio finally met when Giffoni booked Fe-Mail to headline the sunday night of his genere defining … Continue reading

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Ballads

A quiet album by John Hegre and Maja Ratkje. Concréte. Close up. Blues… Dekorder: “Ballads ist the first collaborative album by two key figures of the Norwegian noise, improv, experimental, whatever-you-call-it music scene. Anyone expecting a rackety wall of distorted … Continue reading

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Illegal Parking

Lotta Melin – theremin with effects. Maja S. K. Ratkje – flee market microphone. Duets and solos. Released as 12′ vinyl. Track list: A 01. A Perfect Mental Image A 02. Empty Ladders A 03. As the Talk Goes On … Continue reading

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Stalker

catalog number: imprec092format: picture disc This vinyl only picture disc release is limited to only 500 copies worldwide. Important Records: “Renowned international composer Maja Ratkje is a founding member in two of Norway’s most respected improvisational units – Spunk & … Continue reading

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Adventura Anatomica

Semishigure: “With the help of modern electronica and the most agile vocal cords of the western world Ratkje manages to create her own magical domain. In that sense, she is consciously following in the footsteps of such female vocal pioneers as Meredith Monk, Diamanda Galas and Laurie Anderson, constantly searching for cross-fertilisation between voice improvisation, musical drama and technological innovation… Continue reading

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Blixter Toad

2xCD. Asphodel: “Fe-mail, MAJA RATKJE and HILD SOFIE TAFJORD, have crafted a site-specific survey of the chaparrals of noise music. As half of the Scandinavian female improv quartet, SPUNK, they began to adapt their mediums of french horn and voice to multiple formats…” Watch videos and listen to some of the music here. Continue reading

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Voluptuous Vultures

Available in 10″ vinyl or full length CD which includes an extra track. Vinyl also available in a heavy metal box with poster-artwork by Lasse Marhaug (limited edition of 30 copies). Vinyl release text from PsychForm:” 10″ vinyl – standard … Continue reading

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Post-Human Identities

Maja Ratkje and Jaap Blonk have been performing and recording together since 2001. Their first release was a cd of acoustic voice duets (, also released on Kontrans). Here they go electronic with their voices still as their primary sound … Continue reading

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En aldeles forferdelig sykdom

Rune Grammofon: “Their third studio album marks the 10th anniversary of this all female quartet. Free collective improvising is one of the most demanding ways of making music: the pitfalls are many – self-absorption, incoherence, certain standardized «gestures» of free … Continue reading

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Passing Images

ECM: “Frode Haltli is acknowledged as one of the most outstanding accordion soloists in contemporary music and is also an exceptional improviser and an authority on folk music. ‘Passing Images’ looks at traditional music, but in a very fresh and … Continue reading

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Syklubb fra Hælvete (CD)

Debut album by Fe-mail (Hild Sofie Tafjord and Maja S. K. Ratkje). Originally released on . “Last year, a pink piece of vinyl sent a message to the noise community. In a limited edition of 500, it made a ripple, … Continue reading

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Music for Faking

C3R: “From the team that brought you ‘Music for Shopping’ and ‘Music for Loving’ comes an aural experience so shocking that you’ll need to hear it again and again and again. Marvel at the amount of noise that they can … Continue reading

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MAJAAP

Acoustic vocal improvisation by Maja S. K. Ratkje and Jaap Blonk, recorded in Amsterdam, Oslo and Arnhem 2001-2002. Continue reading

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All Men Are Pigs

Gameboy Records: “sounds surface from all over the map. i hear voice, some synths, effects galore. this is a noisy affair not unlike (and maybe even more so than) fe-mail’s debut – recently issued on cd by important records. the … Continue reading

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Music for Loving

Bottrop-Boy: “Second collaboration between Norwegian masters of noise Maja Ratkje (Spunk, Fe-Mail) and Lasse Marhaug (Jazzkammer, Del) after their 2002 vinyl-only album Music For Shopping on Synesthetic Records. Music For Loving is wild, frantic, nervous, loud, delirious and scattered all … Continue reading

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Music for Shopping

Maja S. K. Ratkje and Lasse Marhaug play music for shopping. Limited edition of 300 copies on black 220g vinyl. Released on Synesthetic Recordings. Vinyl only. Side One: 1. The Street Parade Massacre 2. Femail Popcorn Demon With Mobile Slash … Continue reading

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Syklubb fra Hælvete (LP)

Debut album, released on pink vinyl, limited edition of 500 copies, now sold out. Made through pure improvisation with no pre-recorded sound at the starting point. Old school noise. Thurston Moore loves it: “Out of Norway comes the most exciting … Continue reading

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