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Fifteen Questions Interview with Maja Ratkje

Maja S.K. Ratkje, fotografert hjemme på Svartskog. Foto: Ellen Lande Gossner

“Music is communicated through interpretation, and the performers as well as the listeners are active in the process. Along with that come the circumstances like the room and the situation the music is performed in. The whole context becomes a part of the interpretation.” Continue reading

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Interview in Seven1878

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I had never heard of Maja S. K. Ratkje until about three months ago while coming across a recorded collaboration with vocal tormentor, Joachim Montessuis, entitled, “Janus,” through Montessuis’ brilliant Erratum label. More info on “Janus” is available in SEVEN1878′s … Continue reading

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Maja S.K. Ratkje interviewed by Lasse Marhaug

In the shared consensus, it seems to take a lot of effort to speak up against our shared reality, because that would be questioning the fundaments of our society – that profit is the basic, untouchable force for growth. How far are we willing to go? Norway is better equipped than all other oil counties to stop investing in tar sand and fishing territories. How can we expect other countries to take action if we, along with some dictatorships, are among the worst in the class? Continue reading

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Maja S K Ratkje: a unique voice

hcmf//: We talk to Maja about finding her voice, both as a performer and a composer, about the liberation that comes from improvisation and about how her music managed to upset the United Nations… Continue reading

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Opera for babies

The Guardian Nov. 15 2012 Norwegian composer and performer Maja Ratkje has worked with classical groups and metal bands. But it is her opera for babies that has brought her international fame by Alfred Hickling At an arts centre in … Continue reading

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Phantom Circuit #98

Featuring an interview with Ikue Mori and Maja S. K. Ratkje, with excerpts from their improvised live set of music for laptop computers and voice at the Lanternhouse in Ulverston, Cumbria, on 29th March. (The Mori/Ratkje part starts around 17′). … Continue reading

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Interview in ATTN:Magazine

In the run up to her live collaboration with Ikue Mori, Norweigan performer/composer Maja Ratkje talks about collaboration, experimental music and vocal limits. Article by Jack Chuter You’ve worked with an eclectic array of collaborators throughout your career. Is it … Continue reading

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The Voice That Came In From the Cold: An Interview with Maja S.K. Ratkje

Dusted Magazine:
Jean-Claude Gevrey speaks with avant-garde composer Maja Ratkje about her new solo recording on Tzadik, curating festivals, and the role feminism plays in new music. Continue reading

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Trinacria: Inspired by Occult Confusion

Metal Nose:
‘Travel Now Journey Infinitely’ is a breath-taking journey through innovative sounds, a trance-inducing experience without boundaries. The founders of the band: Ivar, Maja and Hild tell us everything about this newborn challenge and share with us their eloquent visions on their creation. Continue reading

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On Henri Bergson and Improvisation

-In my opinion, music is so far from language, it is actually incorrect to say that music is a language of it’s own. It is entirely different by nature. Language is however connected to the way we look at scores, and the academia on music is often so connected to the way music is represented in language/score that sound is often forgotten. Continue reading

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Long interview with The Wire

The English music mag The Wire interviewed me in my home, in Svartskog. (The snow in the picture is real!) You have to order the issue to read this, sorry I am not allowed to publish it until it’s out … Continue reading

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Music is the sound of every thing

MIC:
SPUNK is the only Norwegian all female improvisation ensemble. In their ears everything is music and after ten years the band still wants to reinvent sound. -I’ve been asked if it’s really true that we are all girls in SPUNK, relates Maja Ratkje, which says something about how rare that is. Continue reading

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Northern Lights

Washington Post Express:
Ratkje’s vibrant vocal fluctuations can make Bjork sound like an “American Idol” candidate. “I like to use the limits of what is possible with the voice,” Ratkje said, which includes whistles, growls, clicks and whisper-to-a-scream exhalations.
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The dada voice of Maja Ratkje

Interzona 2005, the original Q’s & A’s. When did you decide to become an artist and how did you choose what way to follow? I knew from when I was very little that I wanted to express myself through creative … Continue reading

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Maja Ratkje – Looking Forward

Rui Eduardo Paes:
-All forms of underground music or alternative art must stop to quarrel and make a strong front against the main enemy: brainwashing mainstream culture, owned by the richest with one underlying goal: to make more money, and secondary goals, to keep people from thinking differently so that the regime can keep the materialistic acceleration. Continue reading

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Fe-mail: An Interview with the Pink Inferno

Rare Frequency: Fe-mail is Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord, and they make noise… lots of it, using theremins, dictaphones, samplers, laptops, harmonicas, and, most importantly, voice (Maja’s) and French Horn (Hild’s). Inspired by the extreme noise music … Continue reading

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Edited from an interview with the Greek zine Strange In Stereo

-I don’t think about emotions when I perform. The associations you get when listening to it afterwards obviously connect to certain emotions, but that is happening in the listener. I try to leave open as much ambiguity as possible. Continue reading

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This interview was made in The Wire’s issue for March 2003 – edited from the original conversation

-Why not be more surrealistic or irrational? The world becomes boring if you don’t see as much potential in new things as possible. The child’s curious view on the world is easy to lose, it’s however not a contradiction to gain experience. ‘Open-minded’ is not the same as being naive. Continue reading

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Continuos forward motion – Maja Ratkje maintains momentum

MIC: “Voice” is the title given to Maja Ratkje’s new solo-record – a release that’s set to establish her as one of Norway’s foremost crossover artists. Contemporary, avantgarde, electronica, noise and free improvisational vocal antics are just some of the … Continue reading

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