Imhotep webzine conducted an interview with Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (WARDRUNA, GORGOROTH, SIGFADER, JOTUNSPOR, DEAD TO THIS WORLD) at this year's installment of the Inferno festival, which is being held March 31 - April 3, 2010 in Oslo, Norway. Watch the chat in two parts below.
"Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga", the debut album from WARDRUNA, was released on January 19, 2009 via Indie Recordings.
Nearly six years in the making, WARDRUNA's debut album is the first part of the planned "Runaljod" trilogy which will musically interpret the runes of the elder futhark. This highly visual music is hard to place into any specific genre, and there isn't really much to compare it to. The style can perhaps be described as a curious blend of folk, world and ambient music, but without being limited by the sometimes restricted scope of these genres.
"Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" has a very profound and unique sound that consists of a wide array of instruments, some of which are rarely used. A few examples: deer hide frame drums, mouth harp, goat horns, lur, Hardanger fiddle and tagelharpe ("viking fiddle"). Sounds of more unorthodox ‘instruments’ like trees, stones and fire are also incorporated into the music, and it's all topped off with powerful vocal performances from no less than three vocalists.
The album was produced and engineered by Kvitrafn himself in his own Fimbulljóð studio. Many of the recording sessions were executed outdoors at carefully selected locations with instruments or natural sounds that are relevant to the different runes.