Fresh on Francis Harris’ Kingdoms imprint comes Rasmus Juncker’s Ophold – six tracks of sublime atmospheres and textures. The Danish musician, sound composer and DJ fits perfectly with the label’s aesthetic, joining the dots between ambient, leftfield electronica and modern classical.
When Rasmus started to think about his debut album he spent several months trying to find his own way to combine his favourite musical influences, improvisation, electronics and classical music. “Almost a year later”, Juncker says, “I went to a sensory deprivation floating tank in Copenhagen while researching for another performance and while I was lying there, floating in the water, deprived from most of my senses, I got the idea to do something drastic in my musical process. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant describe this deprived state as a mental ‘Cesura’, which became some sort of guideline for the album.“
He invited musicians, one after the other, to his studio. “I had an electronic musician to improvise patterns and new interesting sounds based on my experience in the deprivation tank. I chose some of the takes and some weeks later I invited a jazz guitarist to listen and improvise on top of what he heard. Then a classical string quartet and a double bass player came to my studio months later, and finally I recorded myself on percussion and drums.”