..Male, 32 year old electronica producer and film score writer from Norway. Started practising and playing organ at the age of 10 and later started playing the piano. After 3-4 years at a local music school, it was mostly about selfstudying..
At the age of 16 I started experimenting with sounds and after a year I had developed a interest towards producing. The first productions were mainly aimed at commercial/euro trance, but then I started working more on the melodic field.
After 2-3 years, I spent a great deal of time composing film music. The first arrangements were piano pieces and mostly solo instrumental work, but I then found interest towards symphonic orchestral arrangements. I developed a taste for this genre and enjoyed working with bigger and more complex arrangements.
I later started to include string arrangements and symphonic lines within electronica. I merged non-acoustic with acoustic genres and thought it was both exciting and fascinating.
In 2003/04 I started to get more serious about Rhythm'n'base/Big Beat producing and again it was the density and complexity of the genre that captured me. I enjoyed to have a huge amount of freedom in the area of sound editing and beat programming, but at the same time having the opportunity to include live acoustic instruments in the productions.
Basically I've been focusing on two highly independent genres where film music has been the number one category when it comes to work with melodic arrangements, and electronica for the more experimental and technical artistry.
For the last two years I've for the most part focused on film music, but also worked in the electronic line. I must admit that I prioritize film music in these times because I find it more fitting and suitable for my needs to express my emotions.
I could not think of any better way to stimulate my emotions and my soul than to compose film music. I get to express my inner passion by working in this genre and since I've been a former instrumentalist I also find joy spending time playing the piano.
Music is my life and to see others benefit from my artistic material makes me continue being active as a musician. Actually for a long time, I have been clear about the fact that I want to work by myself and not get tied to any contracts and labels that prevent me from working in a style that I'm comfortable with.
Maybe one day I might consider responding to the commercial interest regarding my artistry. Still, the freedom and the flexibility by working alone and being independent is the main reason why I so much enjoy producing. But times are always changing and the way I look upon things also change during time. Who knows where I might be in a couple of years. It is both frightening and exciting to think about.
However, music will for certain be my best friend for as long as I live and follow me all the way to my gravestone. Music defines me as a person and I have found myself through the music.
All the best,
Tor Erik Arntzen
I don't play live. At least not for the moment. I compose music and have listeners throughout the internet. Maybe later, I'll transfer my music to the "live scene".
I had many musical influences in the beginning, as towards respective artists within the underground / alternative and the mainstream community. Regarding the classical compositions, the most important influences and inspirations to me, must be the nature and the complexity of life. As to how I feel and look upon different phases and moments in time, do play an important part for the atmosphere and mood I reflect through my compositions.
SYNTHS (external) ..: Access Virus C (modular synth with different software tools for sound programming). Massive amount of software synths.
MIDI CONTROLLER ..: Yamaha KX8 (w. Roland DP-10 Half Damper/Sostenuto pedal)
AUDIO INTERFACE ..: Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 (firewire) ; Creamware Pulsar 2 DSP (old gear)
DAW CONTROLLER ..: Mackie Universal Controller
DAW/PLUGIN CONTROLLER ..: Novation Zero SL MKII
DRUM MACHINE / CONTROLLER (MPC) ..: Native Instruments Maschine
STUDIO MONITORS ..: Mackie HR-824 (active)
MIDI INTERFACE ..: Motu Midi Express XT (USB)
MASTER HEADPHONES ..: Sennheiser HD-650 (mixing & mastering)
DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION ..: Lian Li Tyr X2000B (cabinet) ; Asus Rampage IV Extreme ROG (X79) (main board) ; Intel Core I7 3930K Hex-core @ 4,5 GHz (w. Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Passive Cooler) ; 16 GB Crucial Vengeance 1600 MHz DDR3 (memory) ; Kingston HyperX 3K SSD SATA3 120 GB (OS) ; OCZ Vertex 2 SSD SATA2 120 GB (ENCODING/DECODING) ; Crucial M225 SSD SATA2 256 GB (GAMES) ; Sandberg ESATA Docking Station ; Hitachi 2TB SATA (backup drive) 2x WD 1TB SATA (sample library drives) ; Tagan BZ1100 PSU ; Gigabyte GTX 680 (SLI) ; Quad+1-Screen Setup (2x Asus 22" reference/pallette panels, 20" Viewsonic panel (dedicated to "Virus C"), 24" Eizo FlexScan SX2461WK (monitor primarily for retouching and photographic post processing), and BenQ 24" 120Hz (work panel for MPC, 3D Vision Gaming).
OPERATING SYSTEM ..: Dual Boot Configuration Windows 7 Enterprice x64 (Dual Boot) (DAW & Graphics/Gaming)
SOFTWARE ..: Core Clients Steinberg Cubase 6.5 ; Steinberg Wavelab 6 ; Sony Sound Forge 9.0 ; N.I Product Series
MODULES ..: Multiformat Sample Libraries ; VST & VSTi ..
Well, that would be all. ! I hope you enjoy my music, and please send me some feedback to my private e-mail adress : "email@example.com".
Take care now! =)