Welcome to the miscellaneous section! - the place for anything and everything! - music ideas, thoughts, strange thoughts, links etc. There is no order, only chaos. Enjoy!

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Here is an interview with me at Jens Jonsson's web site.
...and here is another (very short) interview with me at Folkoperans site.

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Look what I found in the basement! Two essays I wrote about 15 years ago. The first one, From Text to Music, is a rather ambitious analysis of my string sextet Vid Varandra, which is based on a poem by Göran Sonnevi and also the sound of his voice. (The essay is actually a paper I wrote when I studied in California). The second one, Kontrapunkt, deals with counterpoint questions of the 19th and 20th century...It is actually suprisingly amusing!

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Like most composers, I find it extremely difficult to describe my music in words. Any description is true in one sense, and false in another…still, I would like to give it a try: Basically I try to create beautiful music. Period. Not beautiful as in traditional - No, no, I want to make it new and interesting. But still, I want the music to feel as if it was the most natural thing.

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Picture kulturradion

In 2000, Kerstin Berggren made a quite long radio portrait of me in Kulturradion, P1. (Swedish Radio). Maybe I should upload parts of it here…hmmm...

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I experience that my music has very little to do with what is “in style”. It is not really “alternative” either (meaning a sub-culture music). So what the #%&/# is it? Well, I don't know, really...I like to picture each work as a message in a bottle, thrown in the sea. It drifts around freely for a long time - independent of current fashions.

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I have a very simple music taste. Either I get a kick out of something, or I don’t. The music has to feel vital. If not, nothing can rescue it. I am now talking about how I experience music. I am certain that a lot of music is done with the most vital approach. The problem is, I don’t hear it in the actual music, hence: no kick for me. All ideas that can’t be heard (and must be written in a booklet instead) are worthless to me.

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Generally I do not wish my music to sound too constructed and thought out. If I keep getting that constructed vibe, the work usually goes in the trash can. To clarify: All music is constructed. The construction is there, but I don’t want to be aware of it when listening.

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