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Conny Blom  

The Road To Hell is Paved With Good Intentions
Recorded and released in 2016. POD CD-r with 20 page booklet

There is a rarely discussed dark episode in Swedish history that cannot adequately be explained with Swedish neutrality politics. Between the years 1939 and 1943, any critical writing on the German Nazi regime would be consistently censored. Entire editions of daily newspapers and books were confiscated and in multiple cases the writers were sentenced to jail. Altogether 368 confiscations were implemented.

Sound piece composed of beeps, not unlike those used to mask out unwanted words and sentences in radio and TV transmissions. The sound makes it very difficult to maintain a conversation whilst playing the piece. With the edition comes a 20 page pamphlet with reflections on freedom of speech and freedom of press.

1. The Road To Hell is Paved With Good Intentions (50:06 min)

Conny Blom   Budapest Cocktail Bar EP
Recorded and released 2016. 4 tracks, 13:08 min. 10 numbered and signed copies, CD-r.

Not quite music, not quite sound art, limited edition EP made for GalerijaGallery's cocktail party booth at Art Market Budapest 2016.

1. Tequila Sunrise (03:43 min)
2. Death in the Afternoon (Salvation Army Cocktail Bar Version) (01:10 min)
3. Sundowner (04:28 min)
4. Zombie (03:45 min)

Conny Blom  
Burja (Soundtrack)
Recorded and released 2015. POD CD-r

Soundtrack to 4 channel video installation. Originally constructed for Kosovelov Dom in Sežana, the installation is inspired by the work of Slovene modernist, constructivist poet Srečko Kosovel (1904-1926), who was born in Sežana. Kosovel left an important modernist legacy behind even though dying at the early age of 22.
The installation Burja consists of a four channel digital simulation of autumn sky and a stereo sound that is invoking the gushing characteristics of the bora winds (Slovene: burja) so typical for the region, as well as sampling fragments of Kosovel's poetry.

1. Burja (26:00 min)

Sample one CLICK HERE

Sample two CLICK HERE

Conny Blom  
Blung Tapes Volume 5 & 6
Recorded between 1997 and 2007, released 2015 POD CD-r

The Blung Tapes consist of drones and soundscapes created between 1997 and 2007 as background ambience for Gaga Blung recordings, but in many cases never used.

1. Blung Tapes Vol 5 (30:00 min)
2. Blung Tapes Vol 6 (30:00 min)

Conny Blom  
Blung Tapes Volume 3 & 4
Recorded between 1997 and 2007, released 2015 POD CD-r

The Blung Tapes consist of drones and soundscapes created between 1997 and 2007 as background ambience for Gaga Blung recordings, but in many cases never used.

1. Blung Tapes Vol 3 (30:00 min)
2. Blung Tapes Vol 4 (30:00 min)

Conny Blom  
Blung Tapes Volume 1 & 2
Recorded between 1997 and 2007, released 2015 POD CD-r

The Blung Tapes consist of drones and soundscapes created between 1997 and 2007 as background ambience for Gaga Blung recordings, but in many cases never used.

1. Blung Tapes Vol 1 (30:00 min)
2. Blung Tapes Vol 2 (30:00 min)

Conny Blom  
10 Songs for Joyce Hatto
Recorded 2012, released 2013, (CAC 006) CD-r, 50 copies

In the first half of the 70's the British pianist Joyce Hatto (5 September 1928 – 29 June 2006) carried out a series of recitals featuring works by Franz Liszt, but after some quite unfavourable reviews of her performances she retired from the stage. Her performance at Wigmore Hall on July 7th 1976 was to be her final public appearance. After a somewhat promising beginning of her career back in the 50's, Hatto now disappeared from the spotlight and few would at this point expect that the aging pianist would more than 20 years later create a major stir in the world of classical music.

In the early years of the new millennium the pianist suddenly unleashed more than 100 CDs of her recordings of classical pieces onto the unprepared music world. The discs were released with the help of her husband William Barrington-Coupe, who was running a small record company. On these albums, which supposedly contained recordings from all the years of her public exile, Hatto was interpreting a vast array of the most important classical piano pieces, and the records were met with very positive reviews. The aging pianist, whom few had heard anything about for the last 25 years, became a phenomenon in the world of classical music, and there was almost no end to the appraisal of her skilled and sensitive renditions. It was indeed a triumphant comeback. Or so it seemed.

After a while it was revealed that all the recordings were in fact of other pianists' performances. The couple had simply copied the performances from CDs, manipulated the sound a little to mask the origin and then rereleased them under Hatto's name. The music critics, who often had been more positive to Hatto’s recordings than to the original releases, had unknowingly created a parallel story to that of Jorge Luis Borges' "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote".

"10 Songs for Joyce Hatto" consists entirely of manipulated samples from the Hatto albums, and the track titles are taken from interviews with Hatto, or writings about her.

CD-booklet with longer text (PDF)

Listen to mp3 samples below:

01. The Greatest Living Pianist That Almost No One Has Ever Heard Of
02. Ornaments Attached with Elastoplast
03. People Told Me I Had Two Speeds
04. We Are Just Vehicles
05. Hats Off to Joyce
06. In Memory of René Köhler
07. I Had a Brother Who Was Born Dead
08. Joyce Hatto Part 1
09. Joyce Hatto Part 2
10. Joyce Hatto Part
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Conny Blom  
Looking for Armstrong
Recorded and released 2012. (CAC 005) 50 copies, CD-r

Edwin Howard Armstrong (December 18, 1890 – January 31, 1954) was an American electrical engineer and inventor. Among other things, Armstrong invented the modern wide band FM (frequency modulation) radio, an invention that would eventually lead to his death. His lifelong struggle for the rights for his inventions is a prime example of how the copyright and patent laws have never functioned to protect artists and inventors, but have instead always been a tool with which the dominant businesses can maintain the status quo. His legal battle with RCA (Radio Corporation of America), whom not only made it almost impossible for Armstrong to develop his invention by intense lobbying against the technique, but finally plainly stole it from him, lasted for years and in the end it left him financially broken and mentally exhausted. On the last day of January 1954 he wrote a letter to his wife, whom he had violently split up with some time before, put on an overcoat, hat, scarf and gloves, and transmitted himself out through the window of his 13th floor apartment, moving through the air one final time, towards his death below.

The standard before Armstrong's invention was AM (amplitude modulation), in which the strength of a radio signal is proportional to the strength of the audio signal that is being transmitted. Unfortunately, the natural world is full of similarly modulated signals which interfere with the reception and are heard as static. For example, AM transmissions are very sensitive to bad weather. In FM, instead of its amplitude the frequency of the main signal is varied. Since few natural sources vary in the same way as an FM signal, there is much less interference. When Armstrong demonstrated his invention the audience was baffled and amazed. Never before had music been broadcast with such fidelity and clarity. A journalist present at the occasion reported that "it was as if the orchestra was performing in the room".

Armstrong received a patent for his invention in 1933. RCA had by that point in time made huge investments in the AM technology and they basically had a monopoly on radio transmissions in the US. All of their transmitters and all of the millions of radios that they had sold used AM technology, so they set out to prevent Armstrong from developing his superior technique.
RCA began to lobby for FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulations that would prevent FM radios from becoming dominant. Consequentially FM-broadcasts was moved to the periphery of the transmission spectrum at 88-108 MHz, and the FCC also voted to severely limit FM's broadcasting power, and disallow radio relays from central stations to mountaintop antennas. This made it impossible to transmit further than locally unless sending the material over AT&T's coax cables at intentionally high rates. The shift also meant that all the equipment Armstrong and fellow enthusiasts had constructed for FM transmissions was rendered useless. Both these actions were quite obviously an economical attack against Armstrong. When weakened by them he would be less able to defend his patents in court.

Soon RCA started using the FM technology for Television transmissions, blatantly claiming that they had invented the technology. For six years Armstrong fought to defend his patents, ruining himself in the process. RCA intentionally delayed and prolonged the legal case, awaiting the date when Armstrong’s patent would expire. After Armstrong's death his widow finally won the lawsuit against RCA, and since the 60's FM has been the obvious way to transmit radio signal.

Today RCA Records (a subsidiary to RCA, now part of Sony Music Entertainment) is fighting technological development on Internet in a similar manner. New ways to distribute culture are threatening their stronghold over the music industry, so again copyright and patent rights are used to fight development, rather than to protect it.

"Looking for Armstrong" is a scan through unused FM frequencies recorded on the 31st January 2012, exactly 58 years after Edwin Howard Armstrong threw himself out of his window, making himself airborne, if only for a moment, before his brutal end. The piece is often shown as a diptych together with As Above, So Below.

Conny Blom  
Metulj
Recorded and released 2010, POD CD-r

Created for the Soundshift Festival, Kadiköy, Istanbul. Source material provided by ReftLight.

1. Metulj (07:20 min)

 

Music For Weddings
Recorded and released in 2009. 10 copies, CD-r

Soundtrack to the photo installation So Happy Together, first shown at Tobačna in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

1. Hochzeitsmarsch  (from Ein Eommernachtstraum, Felix Mendelssohn) (02:21 min)
2. Treulich geführt (from Lohengrin, R. Wagner/C. Blom) (07:00 min)

Conny Blom  
Umbra
Recorded and released in 2007. 50 numbered and signed copies, CD-r

The cities are crumbling. Many years of sonic attack have pierced the hearts and nerves of buildings, slowly shattering their bones. Like vampires in the sun, they are transformed to shapes of dust, ready to collapse at the slightest touch. We, the survivors, walk the streets with outmost care, letting nothing but our breaths pass our lips. Speech reduced to sign language. We have become like ghosts. Voiceless and unable to interact, we are the umbra, shadows of ourselves haunting a world that is no longer ours.

1. Umbra (08:11 min)

Conny Blom  
Rock & Roll Will Never Die
Recorded and released in 2006. Unlimited edition, CD-r

"It’s better to burn out // Than to fade away" Neil Young sings on the classic Rust Never Sleeps album from 1979, and a true rock song does not fade out. It might end in chaos or thunder, but it does not fade out. The fade out belongs to radio adapted music and commercial nonsense. "Hey hey, my my // Rock and roll will never die" he continues in a bitter tone, indicating the opposite in a world where rock & roll has sold its soul, not to the devil, but to something much more sinister; the record industry. This CD consists of one track, as long as Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps album, constructed entirely of sampled rock & roll chaos, finales and freak outs. A 38:27 minute death cry.

1. Rock & Roll Will Never Die (38:27 min)(pdf)

Conny Blom  
15 Minutes of Fame
Recorded and released in 2006. Unlimited edition, CD-r

Principally everything on a CD-release is protected by copyright laws. That includes audience sounds on live recordings. How someone could own the rights to the voices and handclaps of an audience is hard to understand. This piece consists solely of the sounds of audiences from live albums, taped together to 15 minutes, a logic choice of length, referring to Andy Warhol’s statement.

1. 15 Minutes of Fame (15:00 min)

Conny Blom  
4'33 Minutes of Stolen Silence
Recorded in 2005 and released in 2006. Unlimited edition, CD-r

In the sound piece "4:33 Minutes of Stolen Silence" I have sampled pauses and breaks within recorded compositions of rock, jazz and classical music and constructed a four minutes and thirty-three seconds long piece of copyrighted silences in obvious reference to John Cage. It might sound absurd, but as the copyright law is written today everything in a recorded composition is protected, including silence. By stealing these compositional pauses and creating a new piece out of them, I am trying to reveal not only the absurdity of the law, but also new aesthetic qualities. The silence proves to be far from silent. When the surrounding sounds have been edited out, it is possible to raise the volume and hear things hidden behind the background hiss: unintentional noises, lingering notes or perhaps even voices.

1. 4'33 Minutes of Stolen Silence (04:33 min)

Conny Blom  

070-5432156
Recorded in 2003 and released in 2004. 10 numbered copies, CD-r

In dystopian novels the state is most often surveilling its citizens with different kinds of gadgets and techniques, but in reality we are happy to do the groundwork ourselves. We carry our cell phones around with us, constantly transmitting a plethora of private information for anybody to intercept.

During 2003 I kept getting pocket calls from an unknown man. He was in this way successfully bugging himself, transmitting sounds from his pocket to me and my recording device. The sound piece 070-5432156 consists of two of these transmissions.

1. 070-5432156 (05:33 min)
Conny Blom  
Say Aah
Recorded and released in 2003. 10 numbered copies, CD-r

Drone based on a 5 second  voice recording.

1. Say Aah (11:21 min)

 

Conny Blom  
Promenad genom parken (A Walk Through the Park)
Recorded and released in 2003. 50 numbered and signed copies, CD-r

Based on field recordings during a walk through the machine park at the Stora Enso paper mill in Hyltebruk, Sweden, this piece is basically a very slowly developing drone. The Hylte Mill is a major producer of standard newsprint with a capacity for 840 000 tons of paper per year. The walk through the machine park with all its giant rolls of paper is metaphorically also a walk through a forest or if one so wishes, a park.

An edition of 50 signed copies was made for an exhibition at M Art in(n) in Helsingborg, Sweden, 2002.

1. Promenad genom parken (31:45 min)

Conny Blom  
Bruksort
Recorded and released in 2002. 50 numbered and signed copies, CD-r

This record is based on sound recordings made on site in Rydöbruk and Hyltebruk. Some of the sounds are unaltered while others have been subjected to hard processing. The source is however always the same. It all begins with the river. Just like how the industrial communities once arose along the river, this composition is built around the ripple and roar of the river Nissan. A pulse consisting of sounds captured at the Stora Enso paper-mill slowly grows strong and continues to run alongside the recordings of the river. The two sounds are sometimes confusingly similar, sometimes in direct opposition, but always dependant of each other. When the paper industry developed it was totally dependent of the river in the same way, and now the communities are dependent of the industries. When the production moved from Rydöbruk to Hyltebruk it was more or less a death sentence to the former community.

An edition of 50 signed copies was made for the exhibition "(för-)brukad ort – global ort?" at Konstnärsbyns galleri, Rydöbruk, Sweden, 2002.

1. Bruksort (25:24 min) 

     
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It Is Happening Again
Recorded and released in 2016. 3 copies, limited edition with object plus unlimited POD Cd-r

1. It Is Happening Again (67:15 min)

    Blung Smrt Blaga
Slovenia based offshoot to Gaga Blung.
Blung Smrt Blaga  
2010 EP
Recorded and released in 2010 (CAC 001) 20 copies, Cd-r

1. Naslov
2. Brez naslova

   
Analogo Bung
Noise drone duo featuring Daniel Elander and Conny Blom. Analogo Bung was formed in Helsingborg, Sweden in early 1996, and recorded a cassette for private use only before evolving into Gaga Blung. In 2008 Blom restored the recording for a limited CD release.
Conny Blom  
Analogo Bung
Recorded 1996, released in 2008. POD CD-r

1. Analogo Bung (31:57 min)
   
Gaga Blung
Gaga Blung developed out of Analogo Bung, and like its predecessor Gaga Blung was lead by Daniel Elander and Conny Blom. Periodically they were however joined by other musicians. This experimental noise outfit recorded extensively between the years 1997 and 2001. The last album (Destruction In Art) was released in 2000, but there is plenty of material recorded before and after that has yet to see the light of day. Gaga Blung has never officially disbanded.
Conny Blom  
Gaga Blung Live
Recorded at Klubb Oväsen, Lund 1999. Released in 2010. POD CD-r.

1. Emancipation (07:26 min)
2. Blago Bung (19:08 min)
3. Untitled (03:13 min)
4. Domedagens morgon (11:16 min)
Gaga Blung  
Destruction In Art
Recorded and released in 2000 (NÄS CD 9) 50 copies, CD-r

1. Creation (14:36 min)
2. a) Emancipation b) Destruction(19:53 min)
3. Epitaph (03:40 min)

Gaga Blung  
Das Wort (EP)
Recorded and released in 1999 (NÄS CD 8) 25 copies, CD-r

1. Das Wort - Part One (11:17 min)
2. Das Wort - Part Two (9:14 min)
Gaga Blung  

Raga Blung
Recorded and released in 1999 (NÄS CD 7) 25 copies with hand painted covers, CD-r

1. Raga Blung - part I (17:16 min)
2. Asly Flound (08:18 min)
3. Raga Blung - part II (20:08 min)

Gaga Blung  
Documenta 72
Recorded 1998 and released 1999 (NÄS CD 3) 25 copies, CD-r

1. Documenta 72 (Gaga Blung version) (15:24 min)
2. Tummen Tittar På Natten (04:02 min)

Näskören  
Amputation Piece
Recorded and released 1997 (NÄSMUSIK 1001) 50 copies, cassette.

Recorded under the name Gaga Blung but released as Näskören.

1. Amputation Piece- Part I
2. Amputation Piece - Part II
Gaga Blung  
Gaga Blung
Recorded and released in 1996 (BLUNGKASSETT 001) 25 copies, cassette.

1. Gaga Blung - Part One
2. Der Fettstuhl
3. Gaga Blung - Part Two
   
Näskören
Experimental noise band with conceptual leanings and a tendency to take things too far. Active between 1997 and 1999. Core members Conny Blom, Daniel Elander and Michael Sideridis.
 

Näskören spelar Näskören spelar Våroffer - Live på Pågatågen (Näskören plays Näskören plays Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring - Live on the Pågatågen Trains)
Recorded and Released in 1999 (NÄS CD 6) 50 copies CD-r

A word joke turned into a performative conceptual art piece - again. This time Näskören has brought the recording of them having tea and cookies with Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring on board of a commuter train between Helsingborg and Lund, playing the tape back whilst chatting and discussing about whatever, recording it all anew. On the resulting recording the sound of the train drowns out most traces of the classical masterpiece and what is left is severely chopped up by the voices of the Näskören members.

1. Intro (09:29 min)
2. Näskören spelar Näskören spelar Våroffer (34:50 min)

Näskören  

Näskören spelar Våroffer (Näskören plays Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring)
Recorded 1998 and very limited release 1999 (NÄS CD 5) 2 Copies CD-r, 2 copies cassette.

A word joke turned into a performative conceptual art piece. The recording catches the members of Näskören playing a CD of the complete Rite of Spring on a home stereo set whilst drinking tea and munching on cookies.

1. Näskören spelar Våroffer (34:40 min)

 
Eager, Keen and a Washing Machine
Recorded and released on mp3.com as a limited period free download in 1998 (NÄSMUSIK 1003)
Early digital-only release.

1. Eager, Keen and a Washing Machine
Näskören  
Amputation Piece
Recorded 1997, CD released 1998 (NÄS CD 2) 50 copies CD-r

Recorded under the name Gaga Blung but released as Näskören.

1. Amputation Piece- Part I (15:32 min)
2. Amputation Piece - Part II (14:02 min)
3. Documenta 72 (previously unreleased bonus track) (06:25 min)
Näskören  
Domedagens morgon och kvällen alldeles innan
Recorded 1997/98, released 1998 (NÄS CD 1) 50 copies CD-r

1. Domedagens morgon och kvällen alldeles innan (53:08 min)
   
Rocket Queen
Rocket Queen was a short lived art school band featuring Conny Blom, Mattias Ericsson, Ingrid Forsler, Annelie Pettersson, Alf Rundqvist and late Radek Stypczynski (R.I.P.).  Stylistically a free-form improvisation combo with little musical experience, Rocket Queen intentionally presented themselves as a trashy rock band. Their sole live performance at the legendary Gottwalds in Ängelholm was recorded and released in its entirety.
 

Slowly Gettin' Groovy - Rocket Queen Live at Gottwalds
Recorded and released in May 2002. 25 copies, CD-r

Improvised performance at legendary, now defunct, rock club Gottwalds in Ängelholm, Sweden, featuring homemade funnel gramophone, bongo drums, keyboards, guitar, saw, recorder, cello and vocals. The excellent opening act Mashbrick and the Horns of Plenty reluctantly joined the band on stage for a common encore, although they probably would prefer to forget the evening ...

1. Tuning In (08:47 min)
2. We Are the Rocket Queen (06:57 min)
3. I Love Frank Sinatra (05:46 min)
4. Blue Bird (10:58 min)
5. Where Is He Going? (05:37 min)
6. Autobahn Forever and Ever (09:56 min)
7. Beautiful Happy (11:48 min)
8. Thank you (Featuring Mashbrick and the Horns of Plenty) (09:09 min)

 
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