Fe-mail - Blixter Toad
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Fe-mail - It Becomes Her
Video from Blixter Toad by Masako Tanaka [27MB]
Fe-mail is a noise duo consisting of Maja Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord, both known from the anarchistic improv quartet SPUNK (founded in 1995). But Maja and Hild have played together already in various constellations since 1993, and had their debut concert as a noise duo in Tokyo 2000. Since then they have spread their sonic inferno around the world. Fe-mail's music is electronic music based on improvisation with live sampling as well as recordings of their own generated sounds and field recordings, however always with focus on their main instruments which are voice (Maja) and French horn (Hild). Their music is characterised by the use of old fashioned, analogue electronic and acoustic sound sources such as pan pipes, harmonica, and other underestimated instruments, side by side with computers and samplers.
Fe-mail's debut album was a pink vinyl "syklubb fra hælvete", released by two students in Oslo. This was picked up and re-released on Important Records in 2004, and Fe-mail's success accelerated beyond all expectations. Since then Fe-mail has been heard and seen at stages and festivals all over Europe and US.
Fe-mail's main project besides the duo is a collaboration with the Swedish dancer Lotta Melin in a trio called Agrare. In addition to that, Fe-mail has collaborated with Jaap Blonk, Matmos, Massimo Zu, Ingebrigt Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love as well as the Norwegian artist Per Inge Bjørlo, choreographer Odd-Johan Fritzøe, the opera singers in 'Opera i Tiden, choreographer and dancer Maja Delak, x-drummer Manheim from Mayhem, Øyvind Berg from Baktruppen and Lasse Marhaug. In 2005 Fe-mail has been recording and playing live in a quartet together with Ikue Mori and Otomo Yoshihide in San Francisco. Fe-mail has also performed in concerts with the Wolf Eyes and plan on touring with Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins and Matmos.