THE BLOG

08
Aug

M.I.T.N.G are nice people

I woke up to a nice surprise today. The blog Mediocrity Is The New Genius wrote a little article about me. Follow the link to read:

Composer Jonas Kjellberg creates hauntingly fantastic landscapes for new video game “Unmechanical”

16
Jul

A Cunning Deception of Self

During the winter of 2012 I composed a piece called ”A Cunning Deception of Self”. This was a project where myself and three colleagues set out to do our own realizations of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ”Plus Minus”. Stockhausen’s piece is more or less a tool/set of instruction that I used to generate tone material. From that material I composed this piece for small ensemble and live electronics. I also incorporated the use of live graphics projected on the wall. However, on the video it is but barely visible up until the end. I am controlling the electronics and video from the audience using a Wiimote, paired with SuperCollider and Processing.

Ensemble: Mimitabu
Conductor: Rei Munakata

The piece was perfomed at Artisten, in Gothenburg Sweden, on 2012-03-08.

13
Jul

Unmechanical Trailer

During the winter of 2011/2012 I had the pleasure of working with Indie developer Talawa games on a really neat video game called ”Unmechanical”, for which I composed music and helped a bit with sound design.

The game is a side-scolling puzzler with a 3D look, where you as a little robot fly around with a propeller, solving mysterious puzzles with your powerful tractor beam. The game is scheduled for release August 8. One week after, August 15, I will be releasing the soundtrack under the name of ”wrench – Unmechanical” on Spotify, Itunes and plenty of other services.

The soundtrack will consist of 13 tracks and have a running time of about 50 minutes of cozy electronic music.

For more information about the game, please see the official Unmechanical website.

22
Maj

Bachelor Concert at the Reactor Hall

Hello and long time no see!

This spring has been really crazy with a lot of fun project and pieces. I’ve been working almost non-stop since christmas and thus have had litte time to attend to my website. I will post more information about these projects pretty soon. Now, in just a few days I will have my final concert completing my BA in Electroacoustic composition. It is going to be a 25 minute sensory overload with 8 speaker surround, projected graphics as well as a dancer. The graphics are generated with the java bases programming language Processing and the sound and music a mix of SuperCollider synthesis, concrete sounds and plenty of synthesizers.

The concert will take place att Reaktorhallen R1, at KTH campus in Stockholm SWE on the 25th of May at 21.00. I’d like to cordially invite you to share this evening with me and my fellow graduate David Granström.
If you cannot make it, worry not too much. I will get a recording of the performance up on here eventually, and that’s better than nothing.

Welcome!

02
Nov

A Little Maintenance

It’s been a while. I finally got around to updating the Portfolio page. I have added content to the Film and Commercials pages. Be sure to check out the short film Mustaschen in particular. It’s a lot of fun.

Currently I am working on a few really exciting art projects. Along side this I am getting closer and closer to releasing an album filled with really cozy electronica/IDM and I am currently in the last stages of mixing and hope to have it finished before the end of the year. As soon as I’m ready you’ll be able to listen to it here over at wrench, and eventually on Spotify. It will also be up for sale on iTunes and Amazon.

Lateley I have also been doing a lot of generative graphics with the awesome open source java based language ”Processing”. As soon as I get around to it, I’ll upload some visual goodies that I think you might like.

Tomorrow, I will be heading to the GameX fair in Kista. My hopes are high on meeting some indie developers that I have had my eye on.

09
Jun

Radio Interview (P2 Live Klassiskt)

A few weeks ago I got a piece performed by the Stockholm Youth Wind Orchestra. The piece was a complete rework of an old piece of mine called ”Slow Dancing with Mary Magdalene” but this time went by the Swedish name ”Sällskapsdans med Maria Magdalena”. In conjunction with this I was asked by Swedish Radio to participate in a live interview about myself, the piece and the experience of working with a youth orchestra. What fun! They also said that they wanted to air the piece in full as well.

However, for many reasons, the orchestra performed the piece far from flawlessly and both myself and the reporter agreed that airing a short excerpt where it sounded alright would suffice, as I felt the overall performance did not do the piece justice. Though working with a young orchestra was a nice experience, I was not quite prepared on what level I was to write for. One of the major hick ups I guess was that I notated it a bit awkward (The time was in 11/4 instead of 3+3+3+2) which I guess would confuse any novice player.

Hopefully I will get it performed by a professional orchestra some day and share the entire piece with you all. In the meantime, feel free to listen to the interview (unfortunately it’s in Swedish) or jump to the excerpt at 03:10.

28
Apr

"Det slutade åtminstone lyckligt"

”At least there was a happy ending”

This is a composition for Yamaha Disklavier, a midi controlled player piano. A computer outputs midi messages telling the piano which keys to press and actions to perform.
This piece was a part of the annual Disklavier concert called ”midicosmos” at Kungl. Musikhögskolan, Stockholm Sweden. It was also later performed at an event called ”Självspelande!” at Högskolan för Scen och Musik in Göteborg in collaboration with the composition students of HSM. The latter is also where the video was recorded (Thanks to Petter Jysky).
If you have acess to a Disklavier and want to hear this piece performed live, feel welcome to contact me and I’ll try to send you the midi-file.
I you want more Disklavier action, please feel free to listen to my colleagues works:
Isak Edberg – Enclosure
David Granström – Alignment

28
Apr

”Det slutade åtminstone lyckligt”

”At least there was a happy ending”

This is a composition for Yamaha Disklavier, a midi controlled player piano. A computer outputs midi messages telling the piano which keys to press and actions to perform.
This piece was a part of the annual Disklavier concert called ”midicosmos” at Kungl. Musikhögskolan, Stockholm Sweden. It was also later performed at an event called ”Självspelande!” at Högskolan för Scen och Musik in Göteborg in collaboration with the composition students of HSM. The latter is also where the video was recorded (Thanks to Petter Jysky).
If you have acess to a Disklavier and want to hear this piece performed live, feel welcome to contact me and I’ll try to send you the midi-file.
I you want more Disklavier action, please feel free to listen to my colleagues works:
Isak Edberg – Enclosure
David Granström – Alignment

08
Mar

Midicosmos: Concert At KMH

Tomorrow (09/03/11) is the day of the Disklavier player piano concert at Kungl. Musikhögskolan with new pieces composed by myself and my colleagues. The concert starts at 19.00 sharp and is free for all. Hope to see you there! If not, check back in a while for a video of the performance. For more info visit Official facebook event
Click here for a recording of the performance
25
Feb

Reddit Music Contest: Bronze!

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A few weeks ago I entered a music contest over att Reddit/r/Music. The rules were: a theme based on Egypt, 2:30 to 3:30 length and a one week deadline. The contest had 58 participants of which I managed to finish in 3rd place! Good times. The winner was a singer-songwriter piece with a reggae-feel and the second runner up was a kind of comedic schoolhouse rock track.

Still, I am very happy that an instrumental ”tech house” track could make it to the top three. If you did; Thank you for voting for me!
THE UPRISING

On a different note:
I know I have not been updating the site for about 6 months and I apologize as always. I have just been really busy. This spring I am working on 4-5 big projects and a few short films so I promise there will be alot of new exciting content in the near future. (One of them is an electronic album. Stay tuned for this.)