Per Boysen

Born: November 15, 1955    Primary Instrument: Electronics

Per Boysen

Swedish multi instrumentalist and “electronician” Per Boysen is a crossover crusader that loves music, but not genres. Enthusiastic listeners have hinted at “EAM”, “Nu-Jazz”, “Psychedelic” or “Minimal” while some refer to “Sound Art”. On stage Per plays interactive electronics driven by an acoustic/mechanic/electric instrument. The palette spans the Alto Traverse Flute, the Tenor Sax, the Fretless Guitar, the Chapman Stick, Stick Guitar or the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). Everything interconnected as a self designed meta instrument.

Per Boysen has performed many live-looping shows around Europe and the US, both as a solo performer and with ensembles. He is fond of multi media based collaborations, as for example when the Italian Festival Internazionale di Andria Castel dei Mondi provided the budget for assembling the temporary quartet Boysen Network Ensemble in order to to make a micro opera with amplified painting canvas percussionist and musicians clamped with cameras projecting on big screens. He is also active as a media music composer, having produced recordings of surround music, mixed records for bands and creative remixing for special record label releases....
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The Swedish Art Grants Committee helped financing a few of Per Boysen’s projects. Among the particularly successful events were the 1st Swedish Looping Tour and the 2nd Swedish Looping Tour, receiveing media coverage by the national public service television’s art documentary Musikspegeln while for the international audience by The Music Room of CNN. Boysen invited Brasilian/Swiss guitarist Matthias Grob, inventor of the legendary Digital Echoplex Pro looping machine, and American looping percussionist Rick Walker. This open-stage tour concept was expanded to Norway and Finland as well.
“Among the many festival highlights was Swedish guitarist and flute/wood-wind player Per Boysen’s Jon Hassel-like soundscapes” (Guitar Player Magazine, USA)

“Per Boysen’s live looped ambience music with layers over layers of sax- and flute melodies was a real experience, and it was obvious that he is utilizing the electronics as his personal expression without being a slave to the technology.” (Smålandsposten, Sweden)

“Turkey’s Helvacioglu (electric guitar, GuitarViol) and Sweden’s Boysen (flute, sax, EWI, fretless and dropped-B electrics) masterfully employ looping and sophisticated electronics to craft uncommonly deep, intelligent, and beautiful cinematic compositions at times reminiscent of Stockhausen, Hassell, Eno, NIN, and Floyd, but brilliantly transcending those and their many other influences.” (Guitar Player Magazine, USA)

Science and Technology Music #1 (2011 AMG Scandinavia). Djakarta Robot Zombie (2012 BMMI). Love 4 Glitch (2011 AMG Scandinavia). Unexpected (2010 BMMI. Duo collaboration with Fabio Anile). Sub City 2064 (2010 BMMI. Duo collaboration with Erdem Helvacıoğlu). Klape Remixed (2008 BMMI licensed to Dancing Bear Records). Nanetora (2008 BMMI. Duo collaboration with Costas Andreou). Civitas Urbanus (2007 BMMI). Oooh (2006 BMMI). Art Of Leadership (2006, BMMI licensed to Noden Recordings). Organisational Culture Loops (2004 BMMI licensed to Noden Recordings. Collaboration with British speaker David Cowley.) Happy Ocean (2003 BMMI). Svinsax (2002 BMMI). No Talking Drum (2002 BMMI). Trashing Everything Getting Rid of The Rest (2000 BMMI). Pluck Per Boysen (1998 BMMI. Sampling CD. CD manufacturing and distribution licensed to the American label Artway Soundtrack (2000 BMMI). Black Paddy (1998 BMMI). The Plastico Album (1996 MNW, Warner). Communicate (1996 Edel Records. single. Eskimos & Egypt mix. Headquake Hazy Cloud mix) Communicate (1996 MNW. Vinyl, dance mixes by Eskimos & Egypt). Educate The Fool (1995 MNW. CD single). Communicate (1994 Telegram Records/Time Warner. Single. Mixed in London by Ian Richardson and Nick Coler that used to work with the KLF.) Communicate (1994 Time Warner. Vinyl print inlcuding club mixes by Jj at SweMix.) Absolute Dance (1994 EVA Records. Album sampler.) Maryama, Ousu Lion Njie (1994 SLASK Records. Single. As producer) Peter LeMarc (1987 MNW. As studio musician on gold selling album) Silent Rumble (1986 BMMI. Cassette tape release) Hopkok (1975 PMF. Vinyl album sampler)

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Freelance teaching on the topics: - Instant composition with interactive electronics. - Live Looping. - Performance software as Ableton Live, Apple Mainstage and Plogue Bidule. - Music production with Apple Logic. Mixing, mastering.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Multi Lateral Improvisation as in Instant Composing. Electronics extension of string and wind instruments. Live sound design strategies.

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12-stringed Grand Stick (Chapman), SG-12 Stick Guitar, TD Electric Fretless Harp Guitar, Electric Guitar (many kinds) Tenor Sax ("silver" Conn + metal Otto Link 9*), Alto Traverse Flute, EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), Laptop based live electronics, Laptop based amplification capable of up to 8 channels surround performance.

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