Admir has been an active figure in the electronic music community in Norway for almost a decade. He has worked as a producer for Østre - house for sound art and electronic music, Ekko - festival for electronic music in Bergen, Borealis - a festival for experimental music in Bergen and of course Lydgalleriet - a sound art gallery. Admir has wealth of experience as a DJ and is currently exploring various ways of making experimental, danceable music with meditative qualities. This is his first offering for Maksimal.
The record is inspired by Werner Herzogs wonderful documentary "Happy People" following the lives of the people of Bakhta in northern Russia. Their lives which are on the brink of death every single day due to the harsh climate and limited food supply had a profound effect on Admir. The wonderful footage of the Taiga forrest was a particular inspiration and is of course the source for the title of the record.
A majority of the tracks feature field recordings done by Admir himself in norther Norway, as far as Tromsø and Vannøya. Parts of the recordings were also recorded in Ålesund, Admirs childhood home as well as more recordings from Bergen and various spots in and around Oslo.
The record features heavy use of convultion reverb and long melodies where the timbre of the sound morphs slowly over time. This creates huge soundscapes and blends well with Admirs own field recordings. Loop machines, a monotron delay as well as Volca Beats drum machine were also used during the recordings process. The record showcases some of Admirs biggest influences - krautrock, new age, field recordings and ambient music as well as house, disco and experimental music.