Album: Spirit Symbiosis

Digital Album, released 7th of May, 2020.

1. Mushroomhunt

Inspired by gathering mushrooms in the woods and the knowledge of fungi and its immense importance for nature.

Fungi are among the oldest forms of life on land and they have evolved alongside all the life we can see today. The mycelium connects all plants. The mycelium enables trees to share nutrition and information with eachother. Fungi breaks down dead biological matter, extracts minerals from rocks and makes it all available for plants. Without fungi we would probably not have life on land. Without fungi we would drown in dead organic matter.

Fungi is what transforms death to life.

Song Credits:

  • Gustav Holberg: Electronics.
  • Runahild: Electronics, voice.

2. Astralseid

We humans used to live in mutualistic symbiosis with nature. At some point we figured out that we could shape our surroundings and started destroying all that was around us, to fill it with only what we wanted. The peaceful symbiosis was broken and we had become parasites of Mother Earth.

What we fail to see is that everything is connected. Most parasites that kills its host has an exit strategy, a way to reach a new host. We have none. If we kill our host, we also kill our selves. We need to reconnect, to re-establish the mutualistic symbiosis with nature. We need to get back into the loving arms of Mother Nature. Our consciouness and spirit in a symbiotic relationship with eachother, nature and the universe.

Song Credits:

  • Gustav Holberg: Electronics.
  • Runahild: Composer, Vocals, Violin, Electronics.

3. Nishaadi

Nishaadi is a sanskrit word for twilight. It is the twilight of our minds and souls. The time where light and darkness blends into one. A time to see the paradoxes of our thoughts, revealing the ego as only a tool of the human body. Lifting the veil to see our selves for what we are, both enlightened and dark, both weak and strong, both human and soul.

The main instrument you hear is the indian Sarangi, a bowed instrument with 38 strings. It is an instrument of hundred colors.

Song Credits:

  • Gustav Holberg: Composer, Sarangi, Electronics.
  • Runahild: Voice.

Album Credits

  • All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Gustav Holberg and Runahild at Seidsang Studio.
  • Photography by Runahild.
  • Cover art by Runahild and Gustav Holberg.

This album has been created paralell to Runahilds next solo album. In many ways these two albums are like twins, born at the same time with many similarities, but also their differences. Track 2: Astralseid, features on both albums but as two completely different versions. Runahilds album will be released later this year (2020). The process has been deeper than any, for both of us. We have gone deeper into the world of sound engineeering as well as deeper into our spiritual realms. A year with plentiful of experiences, hardships and moments of pure joy. All in all it has been a tough, but beautiful ride, so we hope you enjoy the fruits from our tree of life.

Thanks to

Ustad Faiyas Ali Khan

Links to download and streaming platforms

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Introducing the Sarangi

The main instrument for the last track on Spirit Symbiosis is a very unique one, the sarangi. Have you ever seen a Bollywood movie with a sad love story? Then you have probably heard the sarangi in the backgrount. Its ethereal and soft sound is perfect for anything sad, nostalgic, contemplative and emotional.

The sarangi is a bowed instrument with 38 strings. The three main strings are made from goat guts and are quite thick. The rest of them are sympathetic strings made of steel and copper, and the very secret of the huge resonance of the sarangi. As you let the bow stroke the main strings, the sympathetic strings sing along in the tones which they are tuned in.

The sarangi is unique in many different ways and that also goes for the way it is played. You sit in a half lotus position with the instrument in your lap, the sarangi leaning against your body. The three main strings are played with a bow held in your right arm and the tones are changed by pressing the cuticles or the nail against the string. This is for sure painful until you build up some resistance. Both the sound and the way the sarangi is played gives it a characteristic that is closer to vocals than other instruments. It is played with sliding tones and with vocal like ornaments.

Photo by Mauri Auvinen

Traditionally the sarangi was used to accompany vocals in indian classical music, but in the last 100 years or so it has got a more prominent place as a solo instrument.

Sadly both the number of players and makers are declining as the world is changing. Classical music is put to the side as modern and more westernized music gets more and more popular. The old ragas and melodies, with their unique semi-tones, are lost as the tempered scales takes over. The age-old traditions of learning instruments with a guru dissapears as the world is to busy to study music 10 hours a day.

Indian classical music is much more than music, it is a spiritual path. Every raga and melody has its energies, modes and effects. In the old times musicians were seen as holy, like the rishis and the gurus. Revered for their magical capabilities, creating change by the magic of music.