MYSTERY SEA 58 | Terje
Paulsen | [Horisont]
what happens between
You, the observer, and the horizon.
In front of you: the mighty, open sea.
As long as your eyes can see.
As far as your ears can hear.
Inside you : your own inner horizon.
As far as your mind can reach.
It’s your journey..."
Terje Paulsen, March 2009
Norwegian visual & sound artist Terje Paulsen
lives in Kristiansand, a port city close to wild nature & fjords...
This immediate environment as well as his own home are Terje's
main sources of inspiration...
Despite a serious pedigree in music based on years of practice, he asserted
himself into the sphere of experimental music
(acoustic, electroacoustic, electronic) where the use of field recordings,
and manipulation of found objects play a great role...
To that he mixes real instruments (bass, acoustic guitar, flute, mouth
Usually his compositions follow from patient observation of his nearby
and daily surroundings, and become sound meditations
stemming from intense impro sessions which are then edited and reassembled...
So far his studies have been generously distributed either via netlabels
(Homophoni, TecnoNucleo, Q-Tone, Resting Bell, Rain Music, Con-v...),
labels (Q-tone...) self-releases, and appeared also on quite a few compilations
(Trente Oiseaux, Mandorla, Ripples, etc...)
This first MS release (a
sequel is scheduled) shows a keen sense of reverence for the invisible
elemental forces at work in his vicinity, an emphasis on their indelible
imprint on our lives... another reading of the Great Mystery...
Bordering this jagged shore
vast rolling plains caress the distance
stones roll, stirring the opaque waters...
We look at the sea, seeing a giant mirror
& seeking for improbable answers...
stretches out before us
like a silent continuation, a place of multiples echoes...
sucking us inexorably in, in an ultimate embrace...
Absorbing vanishing point,
between worlds, "Horisont" enables a slip
into the Untold,
a drift propitious to lucidity and transcendence...
VITAL WEEKLY 715|Frans
The new kid on the block Terje
Paulsen, from Kristiansand in Norway, proofs to be as active
as his country man Sindre Bjerga and Jan-M. Iversen. Following releases
on netlabels like Homophoni, TecnoNucleo, Q-tone, Resting Bell, Rain
Music, Con-V and some compilation appearances, its now time to move
to the next level, that of releasing CDRs. What sets him apart from
many of the other artists on Mystery Sea is that he's not just interested
in using water field recordings, but he also adds real instruments to
the picture. Although I'm not sure what those might be, it seems to
include bells, or gongs even, is about the only thing I recognized.
Otherwise there are of course the dripping sounds of rain and running
water, all set against the wall of sustaining sounds. Maybe they are
the real instruments mentioned, but then heavily processed - I am not
sure. This one piece work is however a fine work in the crowded fields
of sea wave recordings - it has some fine minimal changes and never
bounces into boredom. All the right moves at the right time.
Terje has been gifting us all with
increasingly beautiful music for a while now and several of these have
been praised in these pages. Each of his releases are another step beyond
and by now he is far beyond indeed. This one for Belgium's ever wonderful
Mystery Sea label sees him weaving a tapestry of tones around an aquatic
motif of gurgling field recordings. His tones are in turn restful, quizzical
and deeply unsettling as the narrative of his piece slowly unfurls and
It's beautiful. Buy it.
wonderful wooden reasons