Nordvargr

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Nordvargr
Pouppée Fabrikk etropolis2012 (12).jpg
Background information
Birth name Henrik Nordvargr Björkk
Born (1971-11-14) 14 November 1971 (age 45)
Origin Sweden
Genres Industrial, noise, black metal, martial, dark ambient
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments synthesizers, drum machines
Years active 1988 – present
Associated acts All Hail The Transcending Ghost
D.I.N., Econocon, Folkstorm, Goatvargr, Hydra Head 9, Incinerator International, Körperwelten, L/A/B, Lorv, Marvargr, Muskel, Mz.412, Naer Mataron, Nordvargr / Drakh, Pouppée Fabrikk, Thee Maldoror Kollective, TOROIDH, Vargr
Website Nordvargr's homepage
Notable instruments
Serge modular synthesizer, Buchla 200e

Nordvargr is the most commonly used name for Swedish musician Henrik Nordvargr Björkk.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Early Influence[edit]

In the late seventies Björkk became aware of music recorded by bands such as Kiss.[3] After this he began buying music on a regular basis, staying true to the metal scene throughout his early teens.[3] His taste and thoughts changed when he heard the German band Kraftwerk with their electronic sound and cold drum rhythms.[3] When he was 16 he bought a Roland SH-101 synthesiser and began working on music inspired by bands such as DAF and Front 242.[3] This led to Björkk recording with friends producing what would later be the band Pouppée Fabrikk.[3]

Maschinenzimmer 412[edit]

Nordvargr with Poupée Fabrikk at E-Tropolis 2014

In 1988 Nordvargr became part of the influential black industrial combo Maschinenzimmer 412 (later Mz.412).[2] The first album, Malfeitor, was released in 1989 on the Cold Meat Industry label. This first album was limited to seven hundred copies.[4] Since then, he has systematically explored the broad field of post-industrial music, releasing solo records covering noise, power electronics, militant, dark ambient, drone, blackened noise, experimental and avant garde. In parallel to his band activities, he has pursued a solo career with a vast amount of record releases.

All Hail The Transcending Ghost[edit]

In 2009 Nordvargr collaborated with Tim Bertilsson to produce the new project titled All Hail The Transcending Ghost. The album of the same name was released by Cold Spring.[1]

Musical style[edit]

Nordvargr's early work was characterised by The Wire as "cultish Dark Ambient", but became more experimental.[5][6] He has made industrial music (Mz.412), and ambient black metal (Vargr).[2]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Nordvargr discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cold Spring Records Retrieved on 5 November 2009
  2. ^ a b c Lee, Cosmo "Pyrrhula Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-02-05
  3. ^ a b c d e Nordvargr Interview Retrieved on 5 November 2009
  4. ^ Nordvargr Discography Retrieved on 5 November 2009
  5. ^ Marking, Lasse (2006) "Sizzling Bacon", The Wire, Volumes 263–268, p. 56
  6. ^ "SIDDHARTA a Prato: 'Congresso Post Industriale'", Valdelsa.net, 14 February 2009, retrieved 2011-02-05

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