Blue Foundation

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Blue Foundation
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Background information
Years active 2000–present
Labels Moshi Moshi, Astralwerks, EMI, Virgin, DPC
Associated acts Bichi, Ghost Society, Boards of Canada, People Press Play, Mew
Website dpc-rec.dk
Members Tobias Wilner
Bo Rande
Past members Anders Bertram
Tatsuki Oshima
Scott Martingell
Frederik Hantho
Daisuke Kiyasu
Kirstine Teglbjærg
Hans Landgreen
Mathias Hantho
Lasse Berbst
Sune Martin
Anders Wallin
Nikolaj Bundvig
Emil Bernild Ferslev

Blue Foundation is a Danish band founded in 2000 by producer and singer Tobias Wilner and his brother Anders Bertram. In the years following the band saw many members come and go - including singer Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg as vocalist in periods from 2000 to 2008. Today the band is based in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2008 their line-up has consisted of Tobias Wilner (producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist) and Bo Rande (producer, multi-instrumentalist). They are possibly best known for their songs Eyes on Fire from the Twilight Saga and Sweep from Michael Mann's Miami Vice.

History[edit]

Tobias Wilner grew up in a broken home, in Copenhagen Denmark. When he was 17, he was forced to move from his home. During the following 8 years, he moved restlessly from one place to another. Staying at friend's places in London, small artist places in Copenhagen. He made his living out of DJ'ing and composing music for Contemporary Dance Pieces and Art films. On top of creating music he is also a skateboarder. He got his first skateboard when he was 10 years old, and to this day he still sees skateboarding as a part of his life and a big influence on his music.[1]

Bo Rande is an accomplished musician, songwriter and producer, as well as a trumpet-player known for his tone and style. His style encompasses jazz, world music, pop music and ambient. He is also a member of the Danish band The William Blakes (two-time winner of the Danish Music Awards) and the sought after klezmer orchestra Mames Babegenush. He has toured the world with Mames Babegenush, playing both Carnegie Hall, Europe and in Israel itself.

Blue Foundation released their first 7" via Moshi Moshi Records,[2] and their first, self-titled, album was released shortly thereafter. During the past several years, Blue Foundation have expanded their audience, embracing both the underground, and the alternative mainstream. Blue Foundation's music has been featured in major films such as Twilight,[3] Miami Vice[4] and the TV series' The O.C., and So You Think You Can Dance. Blue Foundation released their third album, Life of a Ghost, on Astralwerks.

Blue Foundation's founder Tobias Wilner in his home in NYC May 2011

On October 2005, Tobias Wilner released an album with his side project, Bichi. The title of the album is Notwithstanding, and is released by Thomas Knak on his label, Hobby Industries. Some of the Bichi work would later turn into Blue Foundation songs. The Blue Foundation song, This is Goodbye, from the movie Manslaughter, was originally the instrumental song Revolve In The Sun/My Footfalls Are Superfluous, from the album Notwithstanding.[5] Also, the Bichi song It Begins, featured in the movie Waking Madison, by Katherine Brooks, was re-recorded and later released as a Blue Foundation version.

Bo Rande has released five albums with The William Blakes and two with Mames Babegenush. Besides that he has been a sought after musician, playing with Mew, Apparatjik, Efterklang and many many others, both live and on recording.

On February 1, 2009, Tobias Wilner establish DPC Records, mainly to release Blue Foundation, Bichi and his band Ghost Society. Later that year Blue Foundation went double platinum in USA for the Twilight Soundtrack. The album was certified double platinum on April 16, 2009.[6] The Blue Foundation song Watch you Sleeping, with singer songwriter Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon), and former member Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg was released as a single on DPC.[7]

Blue Foundation contributed with two songs for the soundtrack of the award winning documentary film Tankograd, by director Boris Bertram. [8] One of the songs signals a change in female vocalists. The lead vocals are done by Sara Savery (Ghost Society and People Press Play). Blue Foundation also did the soundtrack for the short film Go All Day, featuring professional skateboarder Chaz Ortiz, Directed by Steve Berra and Colin Kennedy, and Produced by Gatorade and The Berrics. The score was later released as the Blue Foundation single Red Hook, in a cooperation between The Berrics and DPC Records.[9]

Influences[edit]

When Blue Foundation started out they were influenced by bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, Broadcast, Can, DJ Krush, Friction and Faust.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Blue Foundation (April Records 2001)
  • Sweep of Days (Virgin 2004)
  • Solid Origami collected, reworked and remixed (Pop Group 2006)
  • Life of a Ghost (EMI/Astralwerks 2007)
  • In My Mind I Am Free (Dead People's Choice 2012)
  • In My Mind I Am Free / Reconstructed (Dead People's Choice 2013)

EP[edit]

  • Dead People's Choice (EMI 2006)

Singles[edit]

  • Hollywood & Hide 7" (Moshi Moshi Records 2000)
  • Hollywood & Wiseguy 12" (April Records 2000)
  • As I Moved On 12" (Virgin 2003)
  • End of the Day (Virgin 2004)
  • This is Goodbye (Virgin 2005)
  • Embers 7" (Jack To Phono Records 2005)
  • Crosshair (Virgin 2006)
  • Enemy (EMI 2007)
  • Eyes on Fire (EMI 2009)
  • Watch you Sleeping feat. Mark Kozelek / Dream (3:11PM) (DPC Records 2009)
  • Heads on Fire (DPC Records 2011)
  • Broken Life (2011)
  • Red Hook (DPC Records 2011)

Remix work[edit]

  • Klart Der! Jorden Kalder Blue Foundation & Mixologists Remix (2000)
  • Fauna Flash Mother Nature Blue Foundation Remix (Compost 2001)
  • Jonas Bjerre Window Pane Blue Foundation Remix (PLUK 2011)
  • Zeds Dead "Eyes On Fire" Blue Foundation Remixxx (2009)

Compilations[edit]

  • Confusion (Compost Records 2003)
  • Benetton's Colors: A Nordic Compilation (Irma Records 2003)
  • Warp Factor (King Kladze Records/Time Warp 2003)
  • Who Shot Jacques Laverne? (Jack To Phono Records 2004)
  • We Got Monkeys: Five Years Of Moshi Moshi Records (Moshi Moshi Records 2005)
  • Paris mixed by Nick Warren (Global Underground 2007)
  • Sequential vol 2. mixed by Hernan Cattaneo (Renainnance 2007)
  • Director's Cut: Music from the Films of Michael Mann (Rhino 2007)
  • Sirenes (Spectacle Entertainment 2008)
  • Michael Moshi's Moshi Mixtape (Moshi Moshi Records 2010)
  • Compost Downbeat Selection, Vol. 1 (Compost 2010)
  • Sound of Dubstep 3 (Ministry of Sound 2011)
  • Together We Are Not Alone (THISTIME 2011)

Selected soundtracks[edit]

  • Manslaughter (Zentropa/EMI) August 26, 2005
  • Miami Vice (Atlantic Recording) July 18, 2006
  • Twilight (Chop Shop Records/Atlantic Recording) November 4, 2008
  • Normal (Bontonfilm) March 26, 2009
  • Tankograd (DPC Records) May 16, 2011

Selected TV shows[edit]

  • The O.C. - Season 2, Episode 7: The Family Ties, feat. Save This Town by Blue Foundation (Warner Bros. Television/Fox Network) January 6, 2005
  • CSI: Miami - feat. End of the Day by Blue Foundation (CBS) 2008
  • Anna Pihl - feat. Crosshair by Blue Foundation (Cosmo Film/Danish National TV) 2008
  • So You Think You Can Dance - 1 episode, Top 14 Perform feat. Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation (19 Television/20th Century Fox Television) July 1, 2009
  • The Cleveland Show - feat. Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation (20th Century Fox) October 30, 2011
  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 4, Episode 8: Eyes On Fire by Blue Fondation December 6, 2012

Music for contemporary dance[edit]

  • Overloadlady by Sara Gebran. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (pre-Blue Foundation). Premiered August 1999[11]
  • Hurtdetail by Tim Feldmann. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation). Premiered at "Plovdiv Center of Contemporary Art" in Bulgaria, on May 13, 2000.[12]
  • Hendrix House by Tim Feldmann. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation) and David Linton. Premiered at Pakhus 11 April 22nd 2003
  • eXPLORnography by Tim Feldmann. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation). May 2005

Members[edit]

Current members
Past members
  • Daisuke Kiyasu – vj (2003–2006)
  • Anders Bertram – guitar (2000–2002)
  • Tatsuki Oshima – vinyl manipulation (2003–2007)
  • Scott Martingell – spoken words (2003–2008)
  • Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg – vocals (2000–2005, 2007–2008)
  • Frederik Hantho – spoken words (2000–2002)
  • Hans Landgreen – guitar, bass (2009–2010)
  • Mathias Hantho – violin, banjo (2009–2010)
  • Christoffer Ohlsson – cello (2003–2006)
  • Sune Martin – bass (2003–2007)
  • Anders Wallin – bass (2007–2008)
  • Nikolaj Bundvig – drums (2006–2007)
  • Emil Bernild Ferslev – drums (2000–2001)
  • Lasse Herbst – drums (2007–2008)

Side projects[edit]

References[edit]

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