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I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages

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I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages
I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages


'I know this Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages' is an album by ambient artist Tortusa, one of John Derek Bishop's artist aliases. Utilising samples from guitarist Eivind Aarset's catalogue on Jazzland Recordings, Tortusa creates a new set of compositions and soundscapes, melodic, wistful, dreamlike, meditative, unsettling, evocative, stirring, contemplative and personal.

The album is inspired by the atmospheres of Norwegian nature, and the inspiration is directly incorporated - Tortusa composed the album in a cabin near Egersund and his field recordings from the surrounding forests and coastline are an integral part of the record's soundscape. The album is a journey through nature.

Eivind Aarset has been one of Tortusa's main influences in developing a unique sound and in musical composition. For him it is a dream come true to make this record utilising the sounds he has been inspired by, in addition to receiving creative input on the project from Aarset.

He has previously created collage compositions of Bodhild Vossgård of The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, indie rock artist Sebastian Waldejer, jazz trio Moskus, The Paper Pilots, Violet Dream, and more.

Bishop is inspired by artists such as Brian Eno, Biosphere, (the source, he says, of his ambient atmospheres and slow movement), Oneotrix Point Never, Jamie XX, Xploding Plastix, Boards of Canada, Nils Petter Molvær, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, and Jon Hopkins.

Aside from making music Bishop works with photography. His photos are of nature, transformed via digital editing to become something other and unique. This is similar to his method of making music where organic sound sources are treated by electronic equipment. The photos for the cover and the booklet are taken, and edited, by Bishop.


  1. Name
  2. I Know This Place
  3. This Again
  4. Selective Hindsight
  5. Maybe You Still Do
  6. There`s So Much Static
  7. It´s All Downhill From Here
  8. I Hear Myself In The Silence
  9. Take It From Here
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