Tortusa is a Norwegian-American electronic musician and composer from Stavanger, Norway. He has released three albums on Jazzland Recordings and was nominated for the Spellemann Prize (Norwegian Grammy) for I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages. His albums have received good critics from Germany, Norway, Canada and England. Tortusa frequently performs live in Germany, Poland, England and Norway.
A cornerstone in Tortusa´s production is the texture and timbre of sound. He searches for sounds that are out of the ordinary and places the listener in different emotional states. For compositional processes, Tortusa employes both hardware equipment and software including retro tape recorders, modular synthesizers, samplers and a diverse array of other tools. On stage Tortusa live samples the musicians he plays with creating a intens and spontaneous experience.
For several years, Tortusa has been composing and performing for modern dance and performance art shows in Norway, England and France. He has made music for short films «Limerence», «Hyperspace» and «Across the dreams». Aside from making music he works with art photography.
Things here are relatively abstract, with the core elements moved into darkly melodic territory that almost feels like
a later more mature answer to sonic territory explored by ECM and 4AD in decades past – delivered here also as a
statement to the studio talents of Tortusa, who produced the whole record. - www.dustygroove.com