HALL WRITES NEW CRONHAMMAR MUSIC

In relation to the retrospective Ingvar Cronhammar – Design exhibition at Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (opens September 9, 2017), Martin Hall has written and recorded a new piece of installation music for one of the exhibition’s rooms.

The museum writes the following about the upcoming event:

“The exhibition Ingvar Cronhammar – Design focuses on the field between design, architecture and art by showing a series of Cronhammar’s innovations of objects such as cutlery and lamps alongside a number of installations and architectural models. The exhibition will lead the visitor through a selection of Cronhammar’s most versatile designs and works, selected and curated in close collaboration between the artist and HEART’s chief inspector Michael Bank Christoffersen. ”

Martin Hall and Ingvar Cronhammar have worked together several times before – first in connection with the Elia sculpture in 2001, since then in conjunction with the ARoS exhibition Racing Cars in 2006 and most recently in relation to the great success H at the Cisterns in 2015. Concurrently with the upcoming exhibition preparations towards an overall release of the collected music Hall has written to Cronhammar over the years are on the go.

You can find more information about the Design exhibition at the HEART website.

One of the current designs at the upcoming exhibition is Cronhammar’s new cutlery and plate set, a design that the restaurant chain A Hereford Beefstouw has just launched. The cutlery has been named Hansha, which means “reflection” in Japanese. The knife looks like a mix of a scalpel and a saw while the fork assemble something in-between tweezers and a pair of Asian chopsticks.

Press photo reproduced with permission from Mingo Photo.

NEW MARTIN HALL BOOK IN AUGUST

On August 17 Martin Hall’s long-awaited book 1971-1985 will be published – his first in five years. The publication is an autobiographical depiction of his formative years as a boy and a young man.

The book is released by Tiderne Skifter (a subsidiary of Gyldendal releasing the works of authors such as W.G. Sebald, Jean Rhys and David Lynch). The publishers write the following about the book:

1971-1985 is a high-speed portrait of the Danish artist Martin Hall’s childhood and early youth, a teenage chronicle that focuses on a period of great personal and cultural impact in a rampant Copenhagen.

From the rough black-and-white photos of the seventies to the following decade’s Polaroid pictures, from glam rock to punk and from Madame Arthur to Rockmaskinen at Christiania – the journey is long from General Franco’s catholic Spain, where Martin Hall lived as a young boy, to the liberated sex shops of Vesterbrogade.

Written in a simple, yet figurative language, he describes his parents’ reckless sense of adventure and the ruthlessness that characterized his adolescence, the alcoholic culture the seventies were soaked in as well as the sexuality and the political climate of the period.

As a new generation cuts through previous norms and values, Hall’s personal journey and following formation as an artist during the early eighties reveals a story of great personal hope and tragedy, spiritual ferocity and loss.”

The book is released with support of The Danish Arts Foundation.

‘RANDOM HOLD’ ENTERS CHART AT #14

In the week following its release on Record Store Day (April 22) Random Hold enters the Danish vinyl chart at #14.

For the full Top 40 please see this link: Official Top 40.

You can order the album here.

Politiken (Danish equivalent to The Guardian): “The grandiose and beautiful, dusty album Random Hold is the hermetic Hall’s most flawless pop work ever.” (*****)
Berlingske (Danish equivalent to The Times): “Martin Hall has rarely appeared more precise, serene and focused than on his latest release.”
Information (the Danish equivalent to The Independent): ”A damned good release from Martin Hall.”
Nat & Dag (major monthly magazine): “Martin Hall’s best record so far. A little miracle.” (*****)
Zoo Magazine (major monthly magazine): “Martin Hall’s peak as an artist.”
Undertoner (Danish site for independent music): ”An uncompromising and naked expression … intimate and attentive deliveries.” (*****)

‘RANDOM HOLD’ 2017 VINYL EDITION

In relation to Record Store Day 2017 (April 22) Martin Hall’s Random Hold album will be released in a new vinyl edition. The record hasn’t been available on vinyl before. This 2017 album has been remastered by its original producer Thomas Li. The vinyl version includes download codes and the remastered version of the album will also be available via digital platforms such as Spotify and iTunes as well.

At its original release in 1996 Random Hold was proclaimed to be Hall’s most important record so far by the Scandinavian press. In Denmark it received quotes such as the following:
 
Politiken (Danish equivalent to The Guardian): “The grandiose and beautiful, dusty album Random Hold is the hermetic Hall’s most flawless pop work ever.” (*****)
Berlingske (Danish equivalent to The Times): “Martin Hall has rarely appeared more precise, serene and focused than on his latest release.”
Information (the Danish equivalent to The Independent): ”A damned good release from Martin Hall.”
Nat & Dag (major monthly magazine): “Martin Hall’s best record so far. A little miracle.” (*****)
Zoo Magazine (major monthly magazine): “Martin Hall’s peak as an artist.”
Undertoner (Danish site for independent music): ”An uncompromising and naked expression … intimate and attentive deliveries.” (*****)

 

 

Throughout the years the album has attracted more and more international listeners and still gains growing attention from music connoisseurs all over the world. Already at the time of its European release in 1997 the record received waves of appraisal, but whereas it back then primarily was the gothic and electronic scene that adopted Random Hold, the album has since enjoyed a much more varied audience in countries such as Germany, Italy and Poland.

Orkus (major German music magazine): “Beautiful music … art at its purest.”
Gothic (major German music magazine): “The perfect music!”
Zillo (major German music magazine): “Denmark’s multimedia artist faces his German breakthrough.”

Recently (March 2017) the Polish indie-band Hidden by Ivy has recorded a cover version of the song ”Another Heart Laid Bare”, one of the original singles from Random Hold.

 


 

On Thursday the 20th of April Copenhagen Main Library presents a night about the album. You can find further information concerning the here:

HALL AT COPENHAGEN MAIN LIBRARY

In relation to the re-release of Random Hold on Record Store Day 2017 Copenhagen Main Library presents a night about the album on April 20 (7 PM). On this occasion Martin Hall will be interviewed by Danish Broadcasting Corporation P6 Beat’s Anders Bøtter.

Although the remastered vinyl edition isn’t released before two days later, you will be able to both buy the record as well as getting it signed on the night.

You can find further information about the arrangement here:

POLISH BAND COVERS HALL SONG

On March 24 the Polish indie-band Hidden by Ivy releases the album Beyond, on which they’ve recorded a cover version of Martin Hall’s Another Heart Laid Bare. Originally the song was featured on Hall’s Random Hold album released in February 1996 (a remastered vinyl version will be available in April 2017).

The members in Hidden by Ivy are Rafal Tomaszczuk (vocal) and Andrzej Turaj (instrumentalist). The Band comes from Warszawa and has so far released two albums.

You can hear the band’s new version of the song here.

You’ll find further information about the current re-release of Martin Hall’s original Random Hold album here: