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Tine Thing Helseth — “Magical Memories” (LAWO Classics, 2021)

Abstract:

Embarking on the creation of my latest album, “Magical Memories,” was an endeavor born from the solace and inspiration sought during the challenging times of the pandemic. This musical journey, recorded in the autumn of the previous year, unfolds as a collection of tunes that resonate with the profound experiences and intentions rooted in the rich tapestry of my childhood memories.

The genesis of this project lies in the echoes of my childhood spent in a local church where my mother played the organ. The simple act of lying on the floor of the organ loft, drawing, and feeling the vibrations from the instrument laid the foundation for the album’s repertoire. “Magical Memories” encompasses a diverse array of compositions, spanning Norwegian folk music, exquisite Baroque pieces by Bach and Telemann, Scandinavian folk songs, and American tunes. The recording process took place in the historic Oslo cathedral, and the decision to record during unconventional hours added a unique, intimate dimension to the project.

The album, titled “Magical Memories,” encapsulates the essence of personal and collective experiences through carefully chosen tracks. From folk wedding marches to Baroque masterpieces, each piece is a deliberate choice to evoke memories, mirroring life’s emotional cadence. The recording venue’s acoustical richness, coupled with late-night recording sessions, amplifies the emotional impact of each composition. Despite the constraints imposed by the pandemic, the focused execution of the project became a testament to creativity flourishing in challenging circumstances.

In conclusion, “Magical Memories” transcends being a mere collection of musical compositions; it is a manifestation of shared experiences, cultural heritage, and the enduring power of music to transcend time and circumstance. As I invite you, dear listener, to embark on this musical journey, let us weave together a tapestry of memories that will resonate for generations to come. These recordings stand not only as a personal artistic endeavor but also as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. As I bask in the completion of “Magical Memories,” I am already immersed in another recording project, capturing and immortalizing musical expressions in this unique moment before the inevitable return to a new normal.

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International Journal of Music

In the creation of my latest album, “Magical Memories,” I found solace and inspiration during the challenging times of the pandemic. As I embark on this musical journey, allow me to share the profound experiences and intentions behind the creation of this compilation. Recorded during the autumn of the previous year, the album is a collection of cherished tunes that hold a special place in my heart, drawing from the rich tapestry of my childhood memories.

Reflecting on the genesis of this project, I recall fond moments spent in the local church, where my mother played the organ. In those pre-digital times, devoid of iPads and iPods, my childhood self found solace in the simple act of drawing while lying close to the organ on the floor of the organ loft. The vibrations emanating from the instrument left an indelible mark on my senses, creating a memory that has endured through the years. This intimate connection with music, experienced in the formative years of my life, serves as a guiding force in curating the repertoire for “Magical Memories.”

The album encompasses a diverse selection of compositions, ranging from Norwegian folk music to exquisite Baroque pieces. Among the Norwegian contributions are folk wedding marches and compositions by the renowned Edward Grieg, resonating with the cultural and emotional landscape of my homeland. Additionally, the inclusion of Baroque masterpieces by Bach and Telemann adds a layer of depth and sophistication to the album. Scandinavian folk songs and American tunes further contribute to the eclectic nature of the collection.

The title “Magical Memories” encapsulates the essence of the album. Each track is carefully chosen to evoke personal and collective memories, mirroring the emotional cadence of life’s significant moments. Many of the Norwegian pieces featured in the album are traditionally associated with special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and other significant events. It is my aspiration that this album not only reflects my memories but also becomes intertwined with the cherished moments of my audience, creating a harmonious blend of personal and shared experiences.

The recording process took place in the main cathedral of Oslo, a venue steeped in history and acoustical richness. The decision to record late into the evening and occasionally during the night added a unique dimension to the project. This unconventional timing created an intimate atmosphere, allowing the music to resonate in the quietude of the night. The cathedral’s sacred ambiance further heightened the emotional impact of each piece, enhancing the overall sonic experience of “Magical Memories.”

The constraints imposed by the pandemic inadvertently became a catalyst for the focused execution of this project. With the disruption of normal schedules, collaborating with the organist and coordinating recording sessions became more streamlined. The lockdown period provided a silver lining, offering a dedicated space and time to channel my artistic energies into this album. As the world yearns for a return to normalcy, these recordings stand as a testament to the creativity that can blossom even in challenging circumstances.

As I bask in the completion of “Magical Memories,” I am already immersed in another recording project slated for release next year. The current moment, with its unique set of circumstances, presents an opportune window to capture and immortalize musical expressions before the inevitable return to a new normal. These recordings serve not only as a personal artistic endeavor but also as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Conclusion

In conclusion, “Magical Memories” is more than a collection of musical compositions; it is a manifestation of shared experiences, cultural heritage, and the enduring power of music to transcend time and circumstance. I invite you, dear listener, to embark on this musical journey with me, as we weave together a tapestry of memories that will resonate for generations to come.

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