The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2021, Squidco LLC

Karlsen, Emil: Flux [VINYL] (Noumenon)

Norwegian-born drummer Emil Karlsen living in London presents his first solo drum album, and the first album on his Noumenon label, a series of 11 dynamic compositions and improvisations exploring extended techniques, timbre and textures, inspired as much by the likes of Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille as by John Cage and Igor Stravinsky.

Price: $16.95


In Stock

Shipping Weight: 16.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
product information:

Label: Noumenon
Catalog ID: N001
Squidco Product Code: 28034

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: UK
Packaging: LP
Recorded by Kieran Halpin.


Emil Karlsen-drums

Click an artist name above to see in-stock items for that artist.

Highlight an instrument above
and click here to Search for albums with that instrument.

Artist Biographies:

"Emil Karlsen, originally from Norway, is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. He is active on the UK jazz and improvised music scene establishing himself as a new, original voice. In 2019 he released his solo record "Flux" followed by a 7 date UK tour. His playing highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing both acoustic and electro-acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, exploring graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music. His mentality of exploring the sonic possibilities of the drum kit is brought into all of his projects forming his unique expression. He is seen across the UK with various large and small ensembles ranging from being a solo performer to percussionist in the London Improvisers Orchestra. Apart from being a busy performer, he also run the label noumenon - a label for improvised music with a Scandinavian presence."

-Emil Karlsen Website (

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.
track listing:


1. Waves pt. 1 02:59

2. Changes 02:17

3. Air 04:26

4. Flow 01:42

5. Colours pt. 1 01:38

6. Colours pt. 2 02:22


1. Rain 02:25

2. Form 02:03

3. Irregular 01:24

4. Current 05:26

5. Waves pt. 2 01:55
sample the album:

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Emil Karlsen's solo EP Flux is based around making the most out of the drum set in terms of extended techniques, timbre and textures - improvised. Inspired by his Norwegian background, this project is portrait of many years thinking compositionally and texturally about the drums, especially when put in a solo context. His main inspiration lie in the improvised music scene flourishing in the early 60's with names such as Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille, but also classical composers such as John Cage and Igor Stravinsky. Challenging both the role of the drum set as well as the listener is the key aspects of this EP."-Noumenon

Related Categories of Interest:

Vinyl Recordings
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
Percussion & Drums
Solo Artist Recordings
Recent Releases and Best Sellers

Other Releases With These Artists:
Recommended & Related Releases:
Other Recommended Releases:
Jones, Ed / Emil Karlsen
From Where Light Falls
Weston, Matt
Sparky 1 [CASSETTE]
Durrant, Phil / Emil Karlsen
Jafrate, Keith / Herve Perez
Osborne, Brian
Decorous Novelties
(Heat Retention Records)
Hanslip, Mark / Emil Karlsen
Lingens, Hannes
Pieces For Percussion [VINYL]
(Umlaut Records)
Hennies, Sarah (performed by Lenka Novosedlikova)
Sisters [VINYL]
McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (feat. Elliot Sharp, Bill Laswell, Vernon Reid)
Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
Obnox (Lamont Thomas)
Templo del Sonido [RED VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Weston, Matt
Searchlight Swings b/w Is That Helicopter Over Our House? [7-inch' VINYL]
Zumthor, Peter Conradin
Grunschall [VINYL]
(Hiddenbell Records)
Wolfarth, Christian
Spuren [VINYL]
(Hiddenbell Records)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Necks, The
(Northern Spy)
Mr. Stonecipher / Joshua Marquez
(910 Noise)
Myers, David Lee
Prototype Of The Veil
Wooley, Nate
Battle Pieces 4
(Relative Pitch)
Daniel, Ted
Solo At Abbrazia San Zeno, Pisa, Italy
(Ujamaa Records)
Daniel, Ted Trio
"The Loft Years", Volume One
(Ujamaa Records)
Daniel, Ted
Ted Daniel Sextet
(Ujamaa Records)
Zerang, Michael
Assyrian Caesarean [VINYL]
(Holidays Records)
Costa, Carlo
(Neither/Nor Records)
Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders / / Wooley / Yeh)
Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs]
(Audiographic Records)
Schmid, Silvan Quintet
At Gamut
Fielder / Dove / Jackson / Smith
(Balance Point Acoustics)

Search for other titles on the Noumenon label.