photography and layout by salt
at a very young age, the norwegian one man project hpc started creating
electronic music that ranged from danceable electronica and psytrance
to hard-/speed-/breakcore, ambient and noise. after some
experimentation and development he felt the time for a first release was right and now 'halfbreed' has been realized. in his own words, hpc's aim is to build an aural exposure of his personal view of life by
creating music beyond predictable schedules and clichés in electronic music. with this debut he has perfectly accomplished what he had in mind.
hpc presents a fusion of heavy syncopated beats and pulsing low end
bass, balanced by synth textures and soundtrackish samples - inducing
atmospheres that dwell between unbridled ecstasy and subliminal
hypnosis. tracks like 'machine' and 'run' are a fine example of the terrifying and liberating climax of rhythmic power’s crescendo.
feel free to file 'halfbreed' between illbient, dubstep and darkest ambient that has accumulated hardtech aggressiveness. with this album hpc hit the target - and this is only the beginning...
eine der großen faszinationen wie auch der großen niedergänge der industrialisierung war sicherlich die vollautomatische fertigungsstraße. die faszination, weil es so viel vereinfachte und weil das ineinandergreifen der maschinen und arbeitsschritte eine eigene ästhetik entwickelte, die einem fließenden puzzlespiel entsprach. hpc setzt seine kleinen sanft-industriellen werke mitten in solch eine fertigungsstraße. geschmeidig rauschen die stücke über das laufband, werden geschweißt, gehämmert und genietet. immer wieder tauchen neue feature auf. hier eine schraube, dort ein loses kabel. das werk wächst und nimmt gestalt an. zwischendrin tauchen sie für drei tage in ein dunkles ambient-versiegelungsbad. ein blick vor die tore seiner fabrik zeigt jedoch den niedergang. »established in 1990« steht dort. und seitdem wurden die maschinen nicht ausgetauscht, haben kein update erfahren, obwohl sie seit jahren abgeschrieben sind. auch die fertigungsprogramme sind die starren alten. die automatisierung, die sich klanglich schon immer im metallischen industrial verwirklicht hat, erfuhr durch den neuen besitzer hpc keine neuerung. dabei ist er erst seit 2004 in dieser unternehmung tätig. doch nach dem aufkauf der genutzten anlage, an der in den 1990er jahren schon von labels wie nature, toytronic, skam, qlipothic und ad noiseam fremdproduzieren ließen, reichte das geld nicht für die notwendige modernisierung. (jens pacholsky)
a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's website:
hpc from norway is a one-man project with a multilayered ambition to create music. his personal ambition to merge different styles of artistically ambitious music with a special message that touches the ears, feet and heart of the listener. now with the release of his debut called “halfbreed” he proves that the genre of dark electronica and breakcore speed genre isn’t a playground for dark-mined contemporaries. his wonderful fusion of an own handwriting and well-known ingredients make this album very special and unique. he merges his own refreshing sound with speed breakcore sounds you missed since year. unimpressed by the in style sounds he creates his own musical environment. and this is a good decision; merging classic sound with his very own style… the result is amazing and breathtaking. forward driving and breathless sounds force the listener to soak-off his sounds and his message…. soundtracks to dance to - what a great album!
the temperatures dramatically decrease to freezing levels on the debut album from the artist calling himself hpc. behind the name you find a norwegian composer that already at a young age began to explore the different aspects of electronic music from psytrance to breakcore and noise. "halfbreed" is an intense ride into seriously dark and cold electronic soundspheres. the isolationism of compatriot artist biosphere shines through, though the feeling of isolation is executed via quite different angles. only equation between the two norwegians is their starting point in atmospheric ambience. above the expressions of dark ambient, hpc creates a mixture of breakbeats, dubstep and heavy syncopated beats. at other moments the dark ambient fully develops only accompanied by distant dreamlike voices. climax is the truly amazing sonic nightmare "dissociate". very promising debut indeed! (nmp)
the temperatures dramatically decrease to freezing levels on the debut album from the artist calling himself hpc. behind the name you find a norwegian composer that already at a young age began to explore the different aspects of electronic music from psytrance to breakcore and noise. "halfbreed" is an intense ride into seriously dark and cold electronic soundspheres. the isolationism of compatriot artist biosphere shines through, though the feeling of isolation is executed via quite different angles. only equation between the two norwegians is their starting point in atmospheric ambience. above the expressions of dark ambient, hpc creates a mixture of breakbeats, dubstep and heavy syncopated beats. at other moments the dark ambient fully develops only accompanied by distant dreamlike voices. climax is the truly amazing sonic nightmare "dissociate". very promising debut indeed! (niels mark)
hpc is a norwegian electronic one man project that with its approach chooses a sound of their own with influences from various electronic genres, such as industrial, breakcore, dubstep and especially dark ambient. when you listen to the freezing cold sounds in combination with the spoken samples the most important musical influence is obvious: biosphere. not bad at all if it is performed as good as on halfbreed, as hpc creates a sound completely their own by merging these cold layers of dark ambient with heavy breaks, dubstep influences and samples that remind of film music but also with regard to the dialogs of talking people of the first scanner albums. hpc manages to create a beautiful balance between these heavy bass frequencies, soundtrack samples and synthesizer textures with the freezing cold sound as most dominating factor. highlights are the ominous sounding tracks 'dissociate' and 'machine'. halfbreed is an especially strong debut album. (teknoir)
the first thing that hit me once i looked inside the cover, was " norwegian? and i have never heard about him?" i have fairly good knowledge of the music scene here in norway, and espesially this genre. but this project is totally unknown to me. my very first thought after listening through the cd was "could this be a project by the now defunct sunjammer?" it has some very similar elements indeed. i've used all my sources online, my friends and still no one can tell me who hpc is. and that, in short, is fantastic. that tells me that this man is in it for the music only. something i respect alot. hpc is a massive talent. he is signed to hymen records wich is a label of quality all by it self. this is his first release, but he has been working with sounds from a very young age – according to the web. doesn't take phil spector to hear that. his work is multi layered and intensly focused, and only years of experience and development can give birth to something as impressive as this. no bullshit, no wasted space, no fluff. this is cut down to the bone: sound. the title of the cd, "halfbreed", is fits well. an ecletic mix of genres through out, perfectly melding together as a whole. the range varies from dark ambient, breakbeat, idm, noise and related genres. the vibe is ice cold, pitch dark, disciplined emotions and supressed aggression. and still, a melancholy needle gently stitches this audible biography together. halfbreed is, i am guessing, as complex as hpc himself. as the track titles them self will tell you, this is music for the detatched, for the mulity layered, for those who love run down streets like oslo at night. it's brutal and i love it. "womb" is a chilling yet warm intro. the sounds are organic, and even though this track is complex is it very tight in composition. the arrangement of the track is very unpredictable, ending in a few seconds of pure noise. ambient soundscapes pull you into a relaxed state, and the noise elements keep the track on a razors edge. the birth has begun. track 2 " dissociate" is a wake up call. hard beats, whipping drums, noise, eerie soundscapes, chanting voices, and then an ambient break with samples with referances to the diagnosis by the same name: dissociative disorder. something that hits close to home with me. the track has many of the same beats and synths from the first track, but this is harder in every sense of the word. track 3 "empty eyes" is more of a break core track and quite dissolved structurally. more aggressive. colder. faster. chaotic. with atonal synths to complement the broken up samples, it's a little insane. it's fucking brilliant. track 4 "sleepwalker" consists of a long sample of the speech jim jones gave during the suicide of 900 jonestown cultists, combined with melodic soundscapes. i am guessing hpc is not a big fan of religious cults. to some listeners this sample might be overused, but it certainly works in this context. people who might not know much about human degeneration might even learn something from this track. and i am all for education. this is the longest track (07:35), and i would personally prefer it a bit shorter. perhaps hpc wanted to fit in as much as he could of this speech? simply using some elements from it would serve the track, and still work well. track 5 is more melodic with dance beats, dark synths and is more restrained and has a sexual vibe. fitting since the track is called "machine". since some of the sounds have low bit resolution the track might be reminisent of commodore 64 sounds. track 6 "fond memories" is a broken up soothing melody looped over birds singing, like an lp skipping or end grove looping. you drift off into some personal memory or another, but you are also repeatedly stirred from it. good choice to have this track as nr 6, as it makes the cd so much more interesting and not repetetive, as is common in this genre. track 7 "tranquiliser" is drugged out indeed. slow beats, psychedelica, trance, samples. this would funtion well as a film score. wonderful melodies through out. this is one of the less broken tracks, more accesible to those who prefer easy listening. track 8 "iii organism" is one of the darkest tracks, filled with angry and eerie samples, ghost like synths, though a bit too short to really hit me with its 2:49 length. track 9 "run" is hard from the start. something is off beat with the drums and i love stuff like that. it's very unpredictable. this has to be a killer track in the clubs. and it ends, like track nr 1, in a few seconds of noise ridden chaos. make no mistake about it: i love this record. i will listen to it over and over. it will save me on the subway. it will get me to work and home again. it will get me through sleepless nights. halfbreed has it all, all the emotions you can find in a conscious human in this cold and distant industrial world. hpc has that special talent to put you in a trance, to make the world disappear, and then violently wake you up. halfbreed is the direct opposite of apathy, he creates awareness. i'm sure it won't be a long wait until the next release as hpc has to be one of those people who truly live through and for their sounds. (batcheeba&gird09)