Nora Elise Stemland
Nora Elise Stemland
Composer
Nora Elise Stemland (1998) is originally from Bodø, now based in Oslo. She uses vocals, various instruments, field recordings and electronic processing of sound to create a soundscape that captures both the disturbing and the beautiful. Nora is inspired by sounds that you hear in your regular day without noticing it, and sounds we often find annoying and noisy. She performs and releases music under the alias Strangerous. Her debut album, as Strangerous, was released last year and was well received. It was reviewed in the Belgian online magazine Dark Entries, who wrote; ‘Strangerous' debut leaves a very mature impression, and with a little progression she can safely be called in the same spirit as her Scandinavian colleague Puce Mary’. Norwegian web magazine Kjeften.no also gave a good review; ‘an impressive craft and an excellent debut’. The Strangerous project is built on experimental improvisation, and can be linked to contemporary music, jazz and noise. Elements from all of these genres are included in a new expression. Nora has a wide range of experience from different genres; from metal bands to church choirs, focusing on vocals. She started the project Strangerous in 2018, while she studied Rock & Metal at Buskerud Folkehøgskole, and have since become an active part of the experimental scene in Oslo. She is currently studying Culture and Communications at the University of Oslo.

ANTI STATEMENT ‘Anti Statement’ is an electro-acoustic piece by Nora Elise Stemland, about the bilateral norms in society that values both being unique and being conformable. The work reflects this […]

ANTI STATEMENT
‘Anti Statement’ is an electro-acoustic piece by Nora Elise Stemland, about the bilateral norms in society that values both being unique and being conformable. The work reflects this distorted illusion and responds musically to this seemingly controlled chaos which is a living force in endless movement. Today’s edited reality is commented upon in an uncompromising way, which twists and turns, sticks and challenges the listener to re-evaluate their worldview. The final question will not be answered by one person, but by thousands.

Nora wants to explore contrasts, and how these can be combined: refined timbres and noise, abstract and expressive, close and far – unique and conform. The soundscape in this work interprets the world from a new and disturbing view.

‘Anti Statement’ is the opening of the album ‘Ascendant Abyss’, which Nora released in 2019 under the alias Strangerous. Nora’s works are based on improvising, so her performance on the festival may be slightly different from the recorded version. The piece consists largely of field recordings, of sounds and noises that surrounds us in our daily life, that are being processed electronically, in addition to an echoing voice and some percussion.

Nora feels that this kind of experimental music can capture feelings, energies and thoughts there are no words for. Sounds has a much broader aspects of expression.