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About Optical Substance:

Optical Substance is Kjetil Husebø´s solo-project. Kjetil is composing, producing and programming all the music. He also plays synth, piano and various acoustic instruments.

The first album "Sub Luna" was recorded in Oslo and Bergen between 2003 and 2004 with Kjetil Husebø on synth/keys/programming/songs/producing. Guest musicians: Jan-Erik Reknes trumpet on 'Transformed Convergence', 'Redemption', 'Tonical', 'Sub Luna' , 'Dr.Tabla and his Monster' and 'Little Tittel'. Audun Waage trumpet on 'Slow Optical', Rune Mandelid guitar on 'Redemption', Kjetil van der Wel guitar on 'Little Tittel' 'Slow Optical', and 'Tonical'. Brikt Grendar drums on 'Redemption' and 'Dr.Tabla and his Monster'.CoverArt by Torgrim Nærland.

On the new album entitled Adaptation, he has consciously sought a balance between an acoustic and an electronic sound. In the compositions we find an assembly of eclectic musical expressions that convey intense emotion both in a melodic, calm, meditative and thoughtful manner.
The music has an organic character and the production is subtle.

The compositions that appear on Adaptation is the result of extensive work with various musicians who focus particularly on improvisation. The live-sampling of these musicians has been an important basis for the creative process resulting in Adaptation. Thus, the album contains numerous live samplings that have shaped much of the music on Adaptation.

Adaptation will be released 23.August 2010 on cd/mp3/FLAC).

The following musicians have all contributed on Adaptation:

Kjetil Huseboe (Synth, programming, piano, sampling and more)
Steinar Vaernes (Trumpet)
Terje Evensen (Drums)
Alex Gunia (Guitar)
Sigrun Eng (Cello)
Karolin Broosch (Violin)
Bjoern Charles Dreyer (Guitar)
Alex Kozmidi (Guitar)
Dmitry Süslov (Sax)

The album is mixed by Terje Evensen in Stereo and is mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Mastering.

About Kjetil Husebø:

Kjetil Huseboe is a keyboard-player and a classically trained piano-player with a background from such varied musical landscapes as:improvisation, electronica, pop, cross-over, folk and jazz. He debued with his own band; Coffee Pain at Nattjazz in Bergen in 1996 and he also wrote commissioned music to the municipality of Modalen in 1997. The same year he began to collaborate with Jigme Drupka (singer from Buthan) and he also played with Dj Erot (RIP) both in studio and on stage.

In 1999, Kjetil focused mainly on his studies at the University of Oslo (major-degree in History of Ideas in 2005). In 2000 he also played with the norwegian pop-band Bloom.

In 2003, Kjetil gave less attention to piano-playing and started his solo/cross-over project; Optical Substance, a project in which programming and production were posed centre stage. The project included various guest-musicians, a collaboration which resulted in the first album entitled Sub Luna. Sub Luna was made in its entirety in Kjetil´s home-studio in 2003 and was brought public as Optical Substance played its first concert at Moldejazz (Kulturhuset) in 2004.
Improvisation has always played an important part of his piano and keyboard-playing. However, in the last years he has gradually expanded his interest into breaking down barriers between various musical expressions and applying improvisation as a tool to explore the potential that lie in using technology on stage.

In 2006, he started to explore and develop live-electronics and live-sampling setups based on various software and hardware. Furthermore, he also began to play with various musicians who focus on improvisation such as Alex Gunia, Audun Waage, Bergmund Skaslien, Li Tieqiao, Terje Evensen and many others.

In 2008, Kjetil began to work on a new album where production, programming and compositions were integrated with the last years focus on live-electronics and improvisation. In this process, he used a lot of live-samplings of musicians recorded between 2006-2008 and combined it with new recorded material, an effort which resulted in the new album entitled Adaptation which will be released on August 23rd.

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