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Sirkling

Sirkling1

2019; dur: 28′; Girls choir; Text by Monica Aasprong; Score at Music Sales Continue reading

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Sult

Sultcover

Based upon Ratkje’s music created for the ballet Sult (Hunger) by profiled director Jo Strømgren for the Norwegian National Ballet, this is a departure from records and live settings normally associated with Maja S. K. Ratkje as a solo performer, … Continue reading

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Sult album reviews (in Norwegian)

VinylSult

“Det låter fantastisk bra, også ut av sin opprinnelige sammenheng, med en utpreget taktilitet” Continue reading

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Sult album reviews (in English, German and Italian)

SultTheGuardian

The Quietus: Ratkje has produced a rare recording that balances beautiful, uncanny song, rich, acoustic composition and startling originality in equal measure. Continue reading

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Poke It With A Stick / Joining The Bots

TrondheimEMPCover

Album by Trondheim EMP. Øyvind Brandtsegg’s project explores cross-adaptive processing as a radical intervention in the communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. … Continue reading

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Downbeat and jazzwise reviews of Rune Grammofon 20 years anniversary concert

MajaDownBeat

Her 45-minute set here encompassed electronic zaps and shrieks, wild ululations, delicate waves of sound from the theremin and a surprising passage of sound art, as she crumpled a huge sheet of plastic wrap into the microphone. Continue reading

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Let’s Put It To Music: 20 Years Of Rune Grammofon

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Rune Grammofon: “It´s no secret that Rune Grammofon founder Rune Kristoffersen is a big admirer of labels like Blue Note, Impuls, ECM, 4AD and Factory, to mention some labels with strong visual identities. But we can´t recall another label that … Continue reading

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Intim fantasmagori da Motorpsycho og Maja S. K. Ratkje jubilerte for Rune Grammofon (NO)

MajaBallade2018

Ballade.no: (…) Pionér? Kanskje. Emosjonelt? Absolutt. Prøvende? Definitivt. For selv om man kommer forberedt til en opptreden fra Norges mest anerkjente vokalkunstner, kan man ikke riktig forberede seg på hvordan opptredenen vil utarte seg, på akkurat denne siste, nitriste høstdagen, … Continue reading

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The Sound of Science featuring Jeffrey Zeigler

SoundOfScience

The Sound of Science is a concert and album presenting eight pieces of music by seven celebrated composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world–renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, … Continue reading

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Polish Radio Experimental Studio Revisited 1998-2018

PolishComp

Given away to subscribers of The Wire issue 413 July 2018. The PRES project is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Continue reading

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ENID BLYTON – Fünf Freunde Erzählen Kindergeschichten

ENIDBLYTON

Fluxus release which include work by Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, Wataru Kasahara, C. Mehrl Bennett, Maja S. K. Ratkje and Polizei-Diensthund Hjuler. Exists in three more or less extremely limited different versions. Also cassette! Continue reading

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På musikalske premisser. En samtale med Maja S. K. Ratkje (NO)

MajaPOINGCosmopolite

Maja S. K. Ratkje är kompositören och musikern som ständigt är aktuell med nya kompositioner, konserter, samarbeten, plater, böcker och installationer. Hon engagerar sig politiskt för miljön och för jämlikhet i musikbranschen, bl. a. med boken Eksperimentell kvinneglam. Vi tog … Continue reading

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PåTirsdag i dialog med Maja S. K. Ratkje (NO)

MajaogRoffe

Radio Revlots program PåTirsdag dro ut for å snakke med samtidskomponist/utøver Maja Ratkje i forkant av hennes konsert på Dokkhuset 05. september. “Vi prater om hvordan man får inspirasjon til å skrive, om politiske ytringer i kunsten, samt tanker rundt … Continue reading

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Maja S. K. Ratkje: dialog z publicznością (PL)

MajaAasne

- Choć komponuję muzykę do filmów, nie nazwałabym jej “filmową”. Nie chcę tworzyć ustalonej wcześniej opowieści. Wolę, żeby odbiorca ułożył sobie wszystko sam – Maja S. K. Ratkje w rozmowie z Józefem Poznarem. Na koncert artystki zapraszamy do Klubu festiwalowego … Continue reading

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Solo in Berlin reviewed at The Oz Mix

MajaRatkjebySylviaSteinhaeuser

“The opening artist for Method of Defiance was a Norwegian avant garde angel, Maja S.K. Ratkje who created a very powerful and densely layered sonic environment with only her voice and electronics. It definitely created a whole other world that, … Continue reading

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A Highway In State Space

Jeffrey

2018; dur: 15′; Cello and electronics Continue reading

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Manifest des SPUNK – So tönt die Welt der Maja S.K. Ratkje (DE)

MajaRatkjeBlitz

Über ein Konzert von Maja S.K. Ratkje im Voraus einen Programmtext zu schreiben, ist eigentlich gar nicht möglich. Weder ist ihrer Musik – Ist es „Musik“? – mit einer klassischen Werkbesprechung beizukommen, noch ist klar, in welche Klangregionen die Norwegerin … Continue reading

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Vannklang

vannklang

2018; dur: 15′; Flexible ensemble and sound files Continue reading

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Now she smiles – No, she doesn’t

Sud

2018; dur: 45′; Voice, electronics and ensemble Continue reading

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Sult/Hunger

MajaSultVogn

2018; dur: 45′; Dance performance by Jo Strømgren Sult was premiered at the National Opera and Ballet April 26, 2018. All music composed and performed live by Maja S. K. Ratkje. Costume designer Bregje van Balen. Lighting designer Stephen Rolfe. … Continue reading

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