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  • TOM AND HIS COMPUTER by Morten Germund

    Future Ruins: Track by Track

    Two years in the making, Future Ruins, TOM And His Computer’s debut album, is now out on Trentemøller’s In My Room label. As a 20 year veteran of the Copenhagen music scene, Thomas Bertelsen has been releasing music under the sobriquet of TOM And His Computer for five years, merging the newest technologies with the old, while squeezing fresh sounds out of equipment that’s not only obsolete, sometimes it’s barely functioning at all. As a result, Future Ruins displays many treasures and traits along its arc when listened to in its entirety, either on vinyl, download, or stream. 

    For In My Room, TOM shares some background info on each track from his beautiful album.

    Cover photo by Morten Germund.

     

    Revox A77 Tape Recorder

    A77 

    The first track on the album. The track was originally made for a short scene in a Danish documentary film. I later replaced some of the synths and recorded the synths pads on my Revox Tape Recorder to get tape saturation, and then recorded it back to my computer. The title comes from the name of the Revox Tape Recorder model, which is the model A77.  

    Lovers and Gasoline (feat. Roxy Jules)

    The track first started out as sort of a simple kraut rock instrumental track. We later recorded Roxy Jules vocals and added live bass, synths, and guitars. 

    Feathers (feat. Roxy Jules)

    One of my favourite tracks on the album. I really like the rather chaotic synths and guitars on the track, the simple lyrics and the vocals that are being repeated. In the very last phase we added live drums by 2nd Blood’s Silas Tinglef, and it sort glued the whole track together. 

    Waterfronts

    I made this track one night on my laptop computer at home after listening to the latest Allah Las album. It ended up sounding no way near them, but the inspiration came from listening to their music. It happens quite often that I hear music thats triggers an idea and the end result ends up being no way close to what inspired you in the first place. Basically I wanted to make an instrumental track with a steady cool pace. 

    Our Man In Toronto

    The idea for this track came from an old techno demo that I made back in 2010. I like the melodic feel and the synths in the track, but I wanted to slow the tempo down, eliminate the usual 4/4 kick drum and give the track a more haunting feel (and preferably something that couldn’t be labeled as being a  specific kind of electronica). 

    Future Ruins (feat. Roxy Jules)

    The first track I finished for the album. I used this track as a guideline for the overall feel and sound of the rest of the album. 

    Puzzle (feat. Roxy Jules)

    This track has a driving psych rock feel to it while the vocals are a bit naive sounding and the lyrics are open for interpretation - which I really like. My absolute favourite track on the album. Some tracks just feel naturally and almost produce themselves. This was one of those tracks.  

    Computer Solidarity

    This was originally an ambient track, however, I felt it needed something else than just playful random notes so I sampled Roxy Jules voice and made a little theme out of it. I then added a very slow and deep kick drum along with a few guitars to give something extra. 

    Fabel

    A rather quirky synth waltz. I like the optimistic, rather childish melodic in the track, while the overall feel is more serious. I made the track shortly after listing to the Rodelius’s “Selbstportrait I” album from 1979. 

    Disbelief In A Postmodern World“Dark World" guitar pedal from Chase Bliss Audio

    This track was originally made as an intro for my live show, starting with long processed violins and drones, but I got quickly bored with the drones and added a guitar theme that I somehow think has an ethnic feel to it. Later I added a deep kick drum and some snares processed through the “Dark World" guitar pedal from Chase Bliss Audio, along with the dystopian synths in the end. 

     

  • TOM AND HIS COMPUTER by Morten Germund

    TOM And His Computer: Future Ruins album!

    Two years in the making, Future Ruins, TOM And His Computer’s debut album, is now out on Trentemøller’s In My Room label. 

    As a 20 year veteran of the Copenhagen music scene, Thomas Bertelsen has been releasing music under the sobriquet of TOM And His Computer for five years, merging the newest technologies with the old, while squeezing fresh sounds out of equipment that’s not only obsolete, sometimes it’s barely functioning at all. 

    “I switch back and forth between the digital and the analog worlds. I’ll utilize old guitar pedals as well as the newest software,” says Thomas Bertelsen, producer behind TOM And His Computer. “It’s never about the gear, though, but rather finding that one little sound that can trigger an idea for an entire track.” 

    As a teenager he explored the limits of cassette tape machines, eventually assembling a small arsenal of classic noisemakers, ultimately releasing records from the music lab of his dreams. Better yet, he has been able to perform it live, headlining, as well as supporting Massive Attack, and Trentemøller on his European and North American tours. 

    Future Ruins was also co-produced and mixed by Trentemøller. While previous offerings have taken listeners to the outer boundaries of what can be considered “electronic music”, including nods to dark wave, dream pop, krautrock and modern psych rock, Future Ruins presents those influences in a new way and represents a great leap forward for the Copenhagen based producer. 

    As with the Playing In The Night EP, Future Ruins once again features vocalist Roxy Jules, this time showcasing the more complex aspects of her talents on four tracks. “It’s the third time Roxy Jules and I have worked together. This time I tried to bring forward the more vulnerable and fragile textures in her voice. It has that dark, northern, Scandinavian coolness to it, combined with a little optimism, and even a hidden smile comes through. I also explored alternative ways of arranging the songs. I was less worried about finding the obvious chorus and focused more on experimenting with structure.” 

    The result is a genre-less collection of songs showcasing TOM’s obsession with propelling sounds of the past into the present, and future, combining noise and edginess with his “commitment to fresh ideas with a clear sense of melodies,” according to Clash Magazine. “My tastes are eclectic and I like to flirt with many different sub genres,” says TOM. “The aim was to combine various styles while trying to maintain a common denominator,” which committing to a full-length offered as an opportunity. 

    Soundtracks have been a major source of inspiration. “I also use photos, or even the first chapter in a book to generate ideas. They can trigger certain emotions, and bring different feelings to the surface. The challenge is translating that into a recording on a computer workstation, but they offer a great starting point. For this album I’ve used anything from pictures of Ethiopian elephants in the desert, to ancient Mayan statues, or ‘80s Serbian brutalist architecture to get me going.” 

    As a result, Future Ruins displays many treasures and traits along its arc when listened to in its entirety, either on vinyl, download, or stream. 

  • Future Ruins by Martin Garde Abildgaard

    Future Ruins won the LAFA and more awards!

    The music video for TOM And His Computer's single "Future Ruins" by Martin Garde Abildgaard just won the LAFA - Los Angeles Film Award in the category Best Music Video as well as Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, Best Music Video at The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) and Award of excellence at IndieFEST Film Awards.

    “The story in Future Ruins can be experienced in many different ways. It can be about the relationship between to souls, but also about the entire climate situation where Mankind tries to make Mother Earth survive. If we don’t think properly and act in life, things can go terrible wrong”, says the videos writer and director Martin Garde Abildgaard.


    FUTURE RUINS LA Film Awards      

     

     

    The video has been shot over three days in an abandoned house in the deep woods of Denmark. Future Ruins is the second collaboration between director Martin Garde Abildgaard and TOM And His Computer. First one was the music video Organ which was of official selected for more than 30 international lm festivals and won the main price at 10 of them. The man in the video is actor Cyron Melville known as the character “A” in Lars Von Triers feature film Nymphomaniac. The woman in the video is actress Sonia Suhl known as the lead role in the Cannes Film Festival darling When Animals Dream.

    Future Ruins Music Video Awards

    Video credits
    Writer and Director: Martin Garde Abildgaard Producer: Rikke Katborg
    Executive Producer: Morten Hoffmann Larsen Production Company: Circus Alphaville
    DOP: Mattias Troelstrup DFF
    Editor: Peter Brandt
    Colourist: Lasse Marcussen
    Man: Cyron Melville
    Woman: Sonia Suhl
    Camera ass.: Lasse Olesen
    Production Designer: Emilie Vigh
    Wardrobe: Pernille Holm
    Editing facility, off-line: Little Machine
    Editors ass.: Victor Mathiesen
    Post: Cameo Film

  • TOM And His Computer by Morten Lundrup

    Out now: TOM And His Computer - "Puzzle", incl. Trentemøller Remix - new album ahead!

    TOM And His Computer drops the 2nd release from his upcoming debut LP 'Future Ruins' which will be released on Trentemøller's label In My Room October 16th.

    The pseudonym of Copenhagen hero Thomas Bertelsen, TOM And His Computer has already released a pair of very highly regarded EPs, preparing the ground for this full length adventure.

    For this 2nd single, TOM is teaming up with the legend that is Trentemøller, whom he has toured with several times and played as opener for his shows. On "Puzzle",Trentemøller works as a co-producer as well as providing a remix version of the track. The original is a spikey, psych/indie/electronic track again with vocals from Roxy Jules. The production is clear and lively, allowing the song to shine through while imbuing the proceedings with an exciting, urgent shimmer.

    Trentemøller’s remix takes things to another level - fat, chunky drums meet vox organ, fuzz guitar and freestyling synths in a riot of colour and playfulness.

    Out now on In My Room

     

  • Out now: TOM And His Computer - Future Ruins

    Out now: TOM And His Computer - Future Ruins

    Known for his retro-futuristic noisy edginess as heard on the ‚Small Disasters‘ and ‚Playing In The Night‘ EPs, TOM And His Computer is set to release his debut album in October on Trentemøller’s label In My Room.

    The album's title track 'Future Ruins' is out now! It's a post-apocalyptic song cumulating in a noisy guitar-explosion, contrasted by Roxy Jules bittersweet vocals, while 'The Darkness Within' on the B-side plays with interesting synthie and guitar layers. Both songs have been co-produced and mixed by Trentemøller.

    'Future Ruins' is accompanied by a fascinating video by Martin Garde Abildgaard, premiered on Nothing But Hope And Passion and awarded with the Los Angeles Film Award 2020 (LAFA). “The story in Future Ruins can be experienced in many different ways. It can be about the relationship between to souls, but also about the entire climate situation where Mankind tries to make Mother Earth survive. If we don’t think properly and act in life, things can go terribly wrong”, says the videos writer and director Martin Garde Abildgaard.

    The video has been shot over three days in an abandoned house in the deep woods of Denmark. Future Ruins is the second collaboration between director Martin Garde Abildgaard and TOM And His Computer. First one was the music video Organ which was of official selected for more than 30 international lm festivals and won the main price at 10 of them. The man in the video is actor Cyron Melville known as the character “A” in Lars Von Triers feature film Nymphomaniac. The woman in the video is actress Sonia Suhl known as the lead role in the Cannes Film Festival darling When Animals Dream.

    Watch the video here.

  • Bandcamp special bundles on offer!

    Bandcamp special bundles available now

    Merch is a great way to support your favourite artists in these difficult times. We've prepared some nice bundles for you, available only at our bandcamp shop:

    trentemoller shirt +cd black

    obverse+black t shirt bundle

     

    Obverse CD or LP + black T-shirt bundle

     

    obverse cd + white shirt bundle

    obverse + whit shirt bundle

    Obverse CD or LP + white T-shirt bundle

    vinyl bundle trentemoller

    Trentemøller vinyl album pack (The Last Resort 3xLP, Into The Great Wide Yonder, Lost, Fixion and Obverse)

    obverse poster bundle

    plus an Obverse poster bundle.

    Hope to see you at https://trentemoller.bandcamp.com/ 🖤

    BTW, please keep ordering. We are shipping from Europe, but due to Covid-19 restrictions we are currently not able to ship overseas orders in a timely manner. All your (overseas) orders are being packed up with love and carefully stored and will be shipped as soon as we are allowed to. European orders continue to ship daily.

  • TOM And His Computer by Sofie Nørregaard

    Welcome back, TOM And His Computer!

    Having released 2 EPs on In My Room before, we now welcome back TOM And His Computer!

    TOM And His Computer is Copenhagen based Thomas Bertelsen. He started out as a teenager by looping and creating beats on his 4 track tape-recorder. Since then the very talented producer and DJ has been around the block. He produced two albums and a number of songs, edits and remixes under different monikers. TOM has celebrated his 30 year DJ anniversary last year.

    He has also been DJing alongside Trentemøller every now and then since the early days and most recently TOM And His Computer performed live on the opening slot of Trentemøller’s previous live tour and at Sonar Copenhagen 2015 as well as warming up for Massive Attack. In 2016 he released his debut EP "Small Disasters" followed by the "Playing In The Night EP" in early 2017. Apart from this, TOM supported Trentemøller on his Fixion tour in 2017. In 2018, he played shows at two big Danish festivals: SPOT and Recession (both in Aarhus.)

    Since then, TOM has mostly been producing music in his studio Lulu Rouge and creating music for TV/films. He has also played a mesmerizing set at Solaris Lights Festival. Lately TOM was working on his upcoming release on In My Room. Stay tuned!

  • Church Of Trees Trentemøller

    Church Of Trees video out now!

    Trentemøller's "Church Of Trees" music video is out now! This one, like most of the music videos off "Obverse", is made by Anders Trentemøller himself.

    "Church Of Trees" may come out of the gatesounding like a minimalist film score, but when the heavily modulated synths finally arrive, bathed inreverb, and the warped record effects kick in, it leaves no doubt that this is a Trentemøller concoction. Motifs take their time to develop, and are followed by a pleasantly jarring non sequitur. As with its companion songs, "Church Of Trees" narrative is succinctly contained in the title of the album. Obverse: an alternative to what your perception is. The flip side of the coin. 

    Fittingly, the camera shows treetops from below, tossing and turning.

    Out now!

    Watch the video here.

  • 2nd blood turn it back

    Out now: 2nd Blood's Turn It Back (Trentemøller Rework)

    2nd Blood is the project of Copenhagen based musician, producer and songwriter Silas Tinglef.

    Having released a debut EP on Trentemøller’s In My Room in 2018, the man himself steps up to rework 'Turn It Back' and the results are predictably fantastic.

    Trentemøller’s version is a slow grooving classic - out today!

  • trnt by Trentemøller

    trnt by Trentemøller (video) out now

     

    Anders Trentemøller released a new video for 'trnt', taken from his album 'Obverse'.

    In FLOOD Magazine, Trentemøller explained the track like this:

    "On “TRNT,” I go absolutely crazy with all my weird machines in the studio! It’s a pure jam session with myself in a way, quite intuitive and without any real plan besides seeing where this trip leads me. And again, an instrumental track that goes its own way. I especially love a place in the track where a vicious wall of sound suddenly breaks through without any warning. I wanted it to sound a bit like Sunn O))), and drove both guitars and a lot of synths through tons of distortion pedals, and then pitched the whole shit down so it sounded like it came from hell itself."