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shapes & phases

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Petter Vågan - lapsteel guitar, acoustic guitar and electronics

Tor Haugerud - percussion, signal generator and field recordings


01 Blue Shift (2:55)

02 Hutong (1:46)

03 Attractor (14:27)

04 Solitary Wave (4:36)

05 Rigid Motion (3:00)

06 Morphometrics (5:38)

07 Omega Point (2:48)

08 Ellipse (6:46)

09 Die Wohnung (3:11)

About shapes & phases

shapes & phases is the debut release of the duo vertex, consisting of Petter Vågan (lapsteel, acoustic guitar, electronics) and Tor Haugerud (percussion, signal generator, field recordings). Together they have delved into their own blend of electro-acoustic improvisation, with elements ranging from lowercase electronic drones, via country/folk-influenced minimalism, to distorted industrial walls of sound. Vertex manage to move between these diverse sources without losing touch of their own sound.

As the album title reveals, this music focuses upon shape and form and how it develops with time. Although this is free improvised music, the duo always tries to sustain the mood and direction set from the opening sound. This approach creates an honest expression, free from clichés that could chain the music to any specific connotation or genre.

The sound of the album has been further enhanced in the mixing process by the great Giuseppe Ielasi; accentuating the focal points and revealing the nuances of the interaction between the two musicians.


Paris Transatlantic

If your personal collection includes Tetuzi Akiyama, Emeralds, Alan Licht, Toshi Nakamura and Oren Ambarchi (Supersilent too, but I guess that goes without saying), you'll certainly enjoy this. -- read the whole review»

Dan Warburton

Bergens Tidende

...bygger sterke, varige lydstrukturer -- read the whole review»

Stephan Meidell


Med sin originale innfallsvinkel til det å skape musikk har de to gjennom kollektivet Vertex gitt oss noe de er ganske så aleine om. -- read the whole review»

Tor Hammerø