Lasse Marhaug

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Lasse Marhaug
Lasse Marhaug.jpg
Empty Bottle, Chicago, 23 September 2004; photo courtesy Seth Tisue
Background information
Also known asA73, Egoproblem, Herb Mullin, Vassbotn
Born (1974-09-10) 10 September 1974 (age 47)
Steigen, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, audio production, cover designer, label owner, publisher
InstrumentsElectronics, laptop, tapes, vocals
Years active1990–present
Associated acts
  • Circulasione Totale Orchestra
  • DEL
  • Fire Room
  • Jazzkammer
  • Origami Replika
  • Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit
  • Pan Gu
  • Powerhouse Sound
  • Testicle Hazard
  • Tongues of Mount Meru
  • Two Limited

Lasse Marhaug (born 10 September 1974) is a Norwegian musician who primarily works in the field of noise music but frequently drifts into other areas such as improvisation, jazz, rock and extreme metal. Marhaug has also been involved in creating music for theatre, dance, art installations and video art. Active since the early 1990s, he has participated as a performer and composer on over 200 releases[1] in CD, vinyl and cassette tape formats. He currently resides in Oslo.

Marhaug tours extensively, and is a frequent collaborator. He currently participates in the projects Nash Kontroll (with Mats Gustafsson and Dror Feiler), DEL, and Testicle Hazard. Defunct projects include Jazkamer/Jazzkammer, Origami Replika and Lasse Marhaug Band. Other collaborative partners include Tore Honoré Bøe, Marc Broude, Anla Courtis, Carlos Giffoni, John Hegre, Kommissar Hjuler und Frau, Merzbow, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nordvargr, Maja Ratkje, The Skull Defekts, Ronnie Sundin, Sunn O))), Ken Vandermark, Jon Wesseltoft, Runhild Gammelsæter, John Wiese and Jenny Hval.


In 2007, Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen rated Marhaug's album The Shape of Rock to Come as number 19 on their list of the best albums in Norwegian history.[2]

In 2011, he started publishing the fanzine Personal Best on his own publishing company Marhaug Forlag.

In 2013, PAN GU's Primeval Man Born of the Cosmic Egg, Marhaug's collaboration with The Observatory's Leslie Low, made it to SPIN's Top 20 Avant albums of 2013.[3]

Marhaug currently runs the labels TWR Tapes and Pica Disk. He also runs Prisma Records with Lars Mørch Finborud which releases music performed at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre.

Pan Gu (Lasse Marhaug & Leslie Low of The Observatory) in Norway, 2013

Selected discography[edit]

  • Science Fiction Room Service (1996)
  • Alive! (Live Recordings 1998–2006) (2007)
  • Tapes 1990–1999 (2007)
  • Quality Control (2007)
  • Ear Era (2008)
  • Virginia Plane (with Bruce Russell) (2013, The Spring Press)


  1. ^ Lasse Marhaug: Electronic Explorations.
  2. ^ (in Norwegian) Tidenes beste norske plater Archived 2008-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Spin's 20 Best Avant Albums of 2013 – Pan Gu, Primeval Man Born of the Cosmic Egg (Utech)". Spin. 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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