On July 2nd, 2021 Panzerpappa released the first part of an ambitious project, Stiløvingar (Norwegian for “Exercises in Style”), based on and inspired by Raymond Queneau’s book «Exercises de Style» from 1947.
The book retells the same story 99 times, every time in a different style. Accordingly, Panzerpappa decided to compose 99 variations on the same musical theme.
Taking inspiration from Queneau, all variations differ in style and genre, utilizing widely different instrumentations.
Panzerpappa will present the original theme in styles such as french café-music, disco, funk, soul, hip-hop, bluegrass, blues, Dixieland, electro-pop, avant rock, thrash metal, Bach fugue, Palestrina motet, brass fanfare, 12-tone music, mini symphony, march, and big band á la Mingus, and there will be variations inspired by artists such as Can, This Heat, Charles Mingus, Henry Cow, Ennio Morricone, Iannis Xenakis, and Magma, to name but a few.
“Exercises in Style” is a work in progress, and “Exercises on Stream” is a collection of some of the exercises so far.
All the exercises will be digitally released on Bandcamp as individual tracks, one by one, only to compile them into an album at the end. If you buy the album now you will be informed when new tracks are added to the album as long as you follow Panzerpappa on Bandcamp.
You find all the exercises at Bandcamp:
Written, recorded and mixed by Panzerpappa between 2021 and 2023
Mastered by Trond Gjellum, February 2023
Produced by Panzerpappa
Cover by Anders K. Krabberød