Sverre Larssen – Wind Harp Recordings 1976​-​1977

Catalogue number: OGM003

Release date: October, 2017

 

This LP marks the first ever release of Sverre Larssen’s infamous wind harp recordings from the late 1970s – tonal long-form drone music akin to the works of Paul Panhuysen and Ellen Fullman. 

In the early 1970s the Norwegian businessman Sverre Larssen decided to construct a wind harp at his cabin at Sele, Jæren on the west coast of Norway. Using his free imagination and amateur engineering skills, Larssen constructed a harp with 12-strings, which was brought to vibrate by the wind. Based on the principle of the electrical guitar, Larssen amplified the strings using four contact microphones and then recorded the sounds direct to tape. Word about Sverre Larssen’s instrument began to spread and during the 1970s notable artists such as Liv Dommersnes, Åse-Marie Nesse, Ketil Bjørnstad, Kjell Bækkelund and Jan Garbarek utilized the sounds of Larssen’s wind harp. 

O. Gudmundsen Minde, in close collaboration with Sverre Larssen’s family, have unearthed the only remaining tapes, photos and interviews documenting the fabled wind harp. OGM is proud to present this important rediscovery in the canon of Norwegian experimental music.

 

Credits 

All music by Sverre Larssen. 

Recorded 1976-77 at Selestranda, Jæren in Western Norway. 

This record is released with kind permission from Gerd and Tone Larssen. Special thanks to Sverre Larssen’s heirs and to Bjørg Lassa for her great help in unearthing tapes, photos and information for this release. Also thanks to Per Lassa and Kjetil Brandsdal for their assistance. 

Design: Ole Gudmundsen Avdeling for Formgivning & Typografi 
Produced by Lasse Marhaug and Lars Mørch Finborud 
Tape transferred by Tor Ragnar Roaldsen