SPUNK

Whereas much has been said about the eclectic nature of SPUNK, there is something seamless and holistic about their music. SPUNK’s albums are not a hotchpotch of borrowed musical references, disjointed arrangements and incongruous contrasts. Any ruminations on blurring the boundaries between composition and improvisation or high and low art make no sense. This is music from a new generation for a new generation. Listening to SPUNK, one is flushed down the plughole of time into a dark dank drain to be eventually washed-up on some new musical shore. The contribution and combination of Kristin Andersen, Lene Grenager, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, and Hild Sofie Tafjord is in no way contrived. SPUNK are musicians who are part of a zeitgeist who, in their very essence, are pluralistic, in and out of certain traditions, and belong only where they have arrived. Some strange and strong cultural phenomenon is abound and SPUNK are part of it. (John Richards)

Fred Frith likes SPUNK (To Dagsavisen 2013):

SPUNK has existed since 1995, and have made concerts over the whole world. SPUNK records album on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.

Current projects by SPUNK are LYS:

and REIR:

Two very different music and video installations. We also do regular improv concerts, with or without electronics and with or without video cameras (on our heads!) and a live video mixing technician.

And then there is the 12 year long project Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK!

SPUNK is:

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje –voice, various, electronics

Hild Sofie Tafjord – French horn, electronics

Lene Grenager – cello

Kristin Andersen – trumpet, recorder

SPUNK’s discography:

Det eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsuger (Rune Grammofon 1999)

Filtered Through Friends (Rune Gramofon 2001) (remix album)

Den øverste toppen av en blåmalt flaggstang (Rune Grammofon 2002)

En aldeles forferdelig sykdom (Rune Grammofon 2005)

Kantarell (Rune Grammofon 2009)

LIGHT (Rune Grammofon 2011)

Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK (Rune Grammofon 2013)

Adventura Botanica (Rune Grammofon 2014)

Live in Molde (+3dB 2014)

Concert reviews

Lene in artwork by Per Inge Bjørlo

This is SPUNK’s Aniversary memorial volume. You can get it from looop.no.

4 Responses to SPUNK

  1. admin says:

    How great to hear! I am very happy with that Box.

  2. John Crabtree says:

    Love it – just bought the box set – astounding fierce ,real and present

  3. admin says:

    Dear Ulrich! I am not sure what’s available out there, but I guess you have tried both the label, runegrammofon.com and Boomkat? There is a track at SPUNK’s home page for sure, together with some files form some installation works which also contain music. I hope you don’t give us up! spunkmusic.com

  4. I do not buy music to which I can’t listen at least 30 seconds or so before.
    In fact this is not possible on your and other homepages which are offering SPUNK.
    Please let me know if I am wrong or please let me know the site on which I can listen to excerpts of SPUNK’s music.
    Thanks you and all best wishes
    Ulrich Ruetzel
    http://www.ulli-ruetzel.com

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