F.A.Q. -- Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE CAN I GET HOLD OF YOUR MUSIC?
CD album releases and Digital Downloads:
> cdbaby.com (COMING SOON)
> amazon.com (COMING SOON)
Limited Kafkagarden-exclusive albums and editions:
> (COMING SOON)
Free online works:
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU DO?
The question I get the most is also the hardest one to answer. My aim is almost always to try to make the music I really want to hear but still haven't heard, and thus it is sort of contradictory to try to make references and compare my work to already existing music. I've always been most interested in what's BETWEEN genres rather than what's in them. Of course references can be made, although it all depends on the frame of reference for the person asking the question; I once described my music as being "between classical and electronic music", whereupon the person who asked me replied "oh, like Mozart with techno beats?" (It's not.)
As far as influences are concerned, I can name Aphex Twin, György Ligeti, Autechre, Zdeněk Liška, Bernard Herrmann, John Cage, Portishead, Angelo Badalamenti, Laibach, Maurice Ravel, Witold Lutosławski, Claude Debussy, Kraftwerk, early Amon Tobin, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, Jackson & His Computer Band, John Barry, Depeche Mode, Elliot Goldenthal, Richard Strauss, Einstürzende Neubauten, Krzystof Penderecki and many more.
Even though all of these have influenced me greatly, my music doesn't sound very much like any of them. (For instance, Portishead has been a huge influence on me and my music, but my works generally don't contain any drums, guitars or vocals.) I wouldn't call myself a "classical composer" although I'm classically trained and do a lot of work within the classical music domain. I could call myself an "experimental composer" but people who are into the REALLY experimental scene would probably say my music is pretty vanilla. Some people say my music is "visual" and "cinematic". Some people will find my music to be very "avant garde", dissonant and hard to listen to, while others will feel it's ridiculously traditional and conventional. In any case, the best way of finding out what my music sounds like to you, is to listen to it.
(Short answer: I make weird music. Mostly instrumental, sort of experimental, somewhere between 'modern' classical and avant garde electronica. Go listen.)
MAY I USE YOUR MUSIC FOR MY FILM / ANIMATION / DANCE PIECE / GAME / etc?
Probably! Send me an e-mail and tell me about your project.
DO YOU DO LIVE SHOWS?
Yes. My work in the "classical" domain can be heard by ensembles, soloists and orchestras in live concerts every now and then, but in these cases I am only the composer, and for the most part not a performer on stage.
However, I also do perform in person, with live electronics, both solo and with other musicians. Often there is a visual element as well, as with the "Kafkagarden Lichtspiel Show" or the "Lichtspiel Mutations" series. See the NEWS section or the CALENDAR ON MYSPACE for upcoming show dates.
WHAT HAS FRANZ KAFKA GOT TO DO WITH ALL THIS?
Not much really, apart from having been a big influence on me and my creativity, especially at the time when I registered this domain name (in 2001). It was originally intended as a Swedish word, "Kafkagården", where "gården" is the definite article of the noun "gård", a Swedish word which is a bit tricky to translate. It can mean "garden" but also "farm" or "yard" (as in backyard, etc.).