This weekend I spent working on the project ”Discovering Illusion Suite” which is going to be a independent space opera that I’m doing together with Andreas Ravnestad. The idea was originally meant for ”Illusion Suite” but when internal problems occurred, before Kim joined the band, I decided to work through different channels to get the project done.
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Andreas is a very talented composer that popped out from no-where. I had never heard about him before I bumped into his music on the Internet… And there he was, not connected to the metal scene in any way, just making awesome music in his own living room, hardly sharing it with anyone. At the time when I became aware of him he had only been composing music for 2-3 years.
Up until this weekend Andreas and me had mainly been working together over the Internet, and that had been working out pretty good. We have now made about 30 minutes with music where the composition and lyrics are 100 percent finished.
When I visited him in Trondheim we immediately hit it off and we turned out to be both efficient and creative together. Nothing was planned, but everything seemed to work out by itself. We had a short jam session and we tried to unite the music that we had made before we met. We took some pictures and made some short film clips as we sat there. Before we knew it we had also made a three-minute presentation of the project “Discovering Illusion Suite”. The presentation can be viewed here and shows some of the demo material and the process of making that music.
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To listen more to the project please visit:
As I grew more familiar with Andreas it also turned out that he has a lot of other gifts and talents. I already knew that he was a good lyric author as I have worked with him on lyrics before. His profession is computer engineering. Besides this he has quite a lot of knowledge about cars which is very practical and physics such as the theory of relativity, quantum physics and other theoretic knowledge and laws about the universe. This was a huge advantage when writing about a theme based album such as “Discovering Illusion Suite”. I also learned firsthand that he is a great cook, and he served me one of the best steaks I have ever had.
In Trondheim I had quite a spectacle when visiting “Nidarosdomen”. It is a Norwegian Cathedral originally constructed in the times of a famous Norwegian Viking king called “Olav the holy” (around year 1000-1100). Objectively speaking it is probably not more impressive than those over dimensioned renaissance churches in Italy, but personally I found it more interesting, probably because Renaissance culture has already been referred to a lot in pictures and movies aldready.