"Alog have been with Rune Grammofon since their debut album Red Shift Swing was released in 1999. Already a mature and original collection, their sound has since been perfected through their second album, Duck-Rabbit, and concert activities before arriving with Miniatures, their third and in our view best and most consistent album. The title is inspired by Turkish miniature paintings, where the rules can be as follows: No shadows, no mixed colours, no perspective, no facial characteristics, no uniqueness of objects. Only pure radiant coloured objects configured in mysterious patterns. Whether these rules are applied to the music of Alog is open to discussion, but there's no doubt that there are similarities of expression. And there's no doubt that Kim Hiorth°y has taken this into account when designing the sleeve. Alog is still Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan, the duo that was formed in Troms° in 1997. Espen was born in Oslo in 1972, and holds a master degree in philosophy. He has played music 'all his life', mostly on percussion instruments, flutes and trumpet, before emphasising computer-generated sounds. He currently lives in Bergen where he is involved in the city's experimental music scene. He has released three solo albums as Phonophani, the last two on Rune Grammofon (Genetic Engineering and Oak or Rock). Dag-Are Haugan was born in Troms° in 1970. He holds a master degree from the Malm÷ Academy of Fine Art in Sweden. He started playing guitar in his teens and formed several pop bands, for which he was also vocalist, in Troms°. Four years ago he released a solo vinyl album, 9 Solitaires, on the K-RAA-K label. The duo's name alludes to their preferred methods of sound-treatment, to show that both digitAL and anaLOG procedures are integral to their work, with Espen being 'Digitalman' and Dag-Are being 'Analogman'. The actual playing of 'real' instruments has always been a vital element in their music making, and even more so this time. Some of the tracks are based on live recordings, the 'Steve Reich with punk guitar' track 'St. Paul Sessions II' being a prime example."
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