Here are some of the various other projects I’ve done…
Lost Girls is an ongoing project with Håvard Volden that started out as a nameless set of collaborations that we didn’t want to pursue as our previous project Nude on Sand (scroll down to read about that project). Originally we used tape machines and all analogue electronics, but now we use whatever we come across that we like, including computers, synths, apps, chatbots, books written by computers. That sounds much complex, refined and electronic than the Lost Girls project really is, but don’t be fooled, all words are jesters. The trailer below, however, by the incredible Jenny Berger Myhre, does say something about this project.
Meshes of Voice was originally a piece composed for Ladyfest Oslo by Susanna and myself in 2009. It premiered at Henie Onstad Arts Centre on March 8th, 2009, where it was performed by Susanna, me, Anita Kaasbøll and Jo Berger Myhre. It was released as an album in 2014, under the name “Jenny Hval & Susanna”, via the SusannaSonata label. Inspired by Beastiaries and Maya Deren’s surrealist film Meshes of the Afternoon, the collaboration was an exploration of both melodic and noise material, and a reverb and distortion feast.
The Dark Passenger was a collaborative performative music piece based on rituals of improvisation, conversation, revolutionary literature, the history of witches, and group therapy. It was composed by Jessica Sligter, myself, and an ensemble of 6 musicians in 2013.
Nude on Sand was a free-form folk duo: me (vocals, guitar) and Håvard Volden (guitar). We released the album “Nude on Sand” in 2012. My friend Kyrre Laastad described the music: “Taku Sugimoto, Shirley Collins, Lou Reed and Diamanda Galas meets up to share blood, and the blood hits the ground to become a little weed called Nude on Sand”.
I have also played in a few bands (a long, long time ago…search for Folding For Air or Shellyz Raven if you dare) and composed music for a few theatre and dance pieces. i have also created sound installations, most notably Innocence is kinky (2012) at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Innocence is kinky is a 25 minute long sound and light installation.
I’ve also written three books:
Perlebryggeriet (novel, 2009, Kolon Forlag), Inn i ansiktet (2012, Oktober Forlag) and Å hate Gud (novel, Oktober, 2018).
Perlebryggeriet (or Paradise Rot in English, published by Verso in 2018) starts out as a novel and ends up as song lyrics. Set in a fictional town somewhere between Glasgow and Melbourne, it evolves around two girls in a house which slowly turns inside-out and makes inside outside.
Inn i ansiktet starts out as song lyrics and goes on a wild voice ride. It is closely connected with my album Innocence Is Kinky (2013).
Å hate Gud is a novel disguised as a novel, if that makes sense, but it doesn’t. Let’s rephrase that: it is a story of subversion instead of subjectivity, of the underground instead of the cannon, of eye to eye instead of eye for an eye. That doesn’t make much sense either. Click on the title to read the proper description.
I’ve also written lots of articles, essays and music reviews, although I no longer have time to write much beyond music. Hopefully that will change in the future.
You can only read one of my books in English at this time, but if you’re a publisher, please translate my other ones. Otherwise I’d have to say: There’s so much amazing literature out there, so I’d recommend books by these excellent writers instead: Chris Kraus, Maggie Nelson, Clarice Lispector, Elfriede Jelinek, Anne Carson, Irena Haiduk, etc. etc. etc.
APPENDIX: A LONG, LONG TIME AGO
Before I released any albums, my solo project was a sleeping parasite project for years, stealing energy from my studies, other bands, friends, books and anything that came within my reach from 1999-2006. I made proper songs, the kind of songs that I could play live and that ended up on my first album, but I also did a lot of other stuff – weird shit and theatre music, monologues etc. And a couple of cover songs. The first song I ever covered, in 1999, was Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town. I love that song (THE ORIGINAL) so much!
Back in the late 90s, when I started making music (as well as web pages – I didn’t make this one by myself, though), my web hangouts were the home pages, not social networks. I loved browsing through archives of free mp3s or real media files on the internet, just listening to music or watching video clips late at night. The internet was a library (ok I also used mIRC). I love libraries. I also love SCROLLING. Thanks for scrolling with me. Jenny out.