ubi bene

Ubi Bene front 1200x1200

"a multi-coloured autumn jewel that emanates as much passion as it does class”  Ondarock



In 2013 I visited Haus Roedelius in Baden, Austria and recorded with Joachim over 5 days. I had prepared some beats and a few synth sequences which we had improvised over at a London gig in 2011. I returned to Oslo with 22 pieces of music and over 180GB of recordings, some of which are as yet unmixed. I edited and mixed the tracks (most of which were over 20mins long) in my studio - sent them to Joachim for comment and input - and slowly these pieces began to take shape.

Some of the pieces were variations of pieces I had made for previous theatre/installation work ('She had Always Loved Vienna' and 'A Nostalgia For Lollipops'). Some pieces came from pieces I had made specifically for the recording session ('Summer Breeze, Turning') and some were completely improvised with no previous preparation ('Surfaces That Appear To Change', There Is A Huge Duck Standing Right Behind You').

As we recorded, Joachim told us that Baden had been a spa town for hundreds of years and that there had been mass street protests in when a previous government had proposed segregated bathing. Eventually, Joachim persuaded my girlfriend + I to visit the nudist spa in Baden (which gives the town its name). This inspired 'Kurhaus Skinnydip'.

We visited Beethoven's house in Baden: the title of 'My Heart And Mind Were Disposed To Feelings of Goodwill' comes from Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament.

The Roedelius family made us feel completely at home and recording was a delight.

'Ubi Bene' was recorded and mixed at my studio, Laboratorio Avanti! (and partly at Haus Roedelius), mastered here. Joachim's photo of Lunz, where he holds a yearly festival, is on the cover.

I have known Hans-Joachim Roedelius since 1997 when he played at Kosmische club in London. In 2007 Cluster played at Henie Onstad Senter just outside Oslo. I was DJing. Joachim asked me to continue DJing as Cluster played. In 2012 I organized a Kosmische event in London. Joachim said 'we should perform together'. This led to 'Ubi Bene' (Joachim's title: literally 'the place where one feels good'), now released on double, gatefold vinyl (with download code) by the nice people at Passus records. Enjoy! :)



• concert: 


Petit Bain 
7 Port de la Gare 
75013 Paris 


• Playback evening: Kulturhuset, Oslo Sep 21, 19.00 - 21.00