First I have to tell you how my making music started:
As a little boy, I accompany my parents to the neighbors in the house next door. Their black and white TV is on. The adults take no notice. I'm left alone in the room. A then unknown band from Liverpool appears in the Swedish youth program "Drop In" led by Kersti Adams Ray. The music completely grabs me. I remember it as a flash straight into my body with a strong message that anything is possible. It comes as a vibrant wordless fundamental insight. Which plays my basic tone. The music is me. There and then, life took on a deeper meaning.
Composer, music producer, artist and music ideologue
I'm the leader of Kasa-Lord. And the music catalog grows with newly written instrumental music and provides people and organizations with balanced and contemplative music that is primarily suitable for silence, reflection and recovery.
After studying at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and a bachelor's degree in music and history, I imagined, after a further academic degree, a life as a teacher. But the music soon took over and life as a full-time musician has now been going on for over thirty years.
To me, music is an existential force and a necessity. Something like a friend who understands one in depth beyond words and reason. And maybe as a listener, you recognize yourself in music as the friend who shares your story.
From time to time I have participated in the media, for example in the Ministry of Music in SVT (the national broadcaster) about composing music according to the golden ratio and in Ingemarsson in P1 (the national radio company), about working creatively with flow. I have also been a board member in a number of organizations and companies in the Swedish music industry, such as SAMI, ExMS, Storan, and also former vice chairman of the Swedish Musicians' Association.
About the music
Anyone who writes music manipulates numbers. This is what the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz said in the early eighteenth century. Around the same time, Johann Sebastian Bach sits and composes and plays with numbers. It is said that he often used different music codes to write his name in his pieces of music (B A C H). As much as composers have taken their creation very seriously, there has been a vein to play pranks.
In addition to influences from growing up and music college educations, Kasa-Lord adds "figures" from the golden ratio and modern music neuroscience.
Mathematics is the canvas on which Kasa-Lord paints its music paintings.
The golden ratio is a magical quota that has amazed many for almost 2,500 years, including Plato, Leonardo da Vinci and Johannes Kepler. There is a strong connection between this quota and what we humans perceive as beautiful.
In its simplest explanation, we can say that a line divided by the golden ratio gets a longer part (a) and a shorter one (b). The magic lies in the fact that a + b is for a, what a is for b. (There are many and more explanations on the internet.)
The golden ratio is found not least in nature. In recent years, interest in nature has also increased to find and mimic the best solutions for plants and animals. For billions of years, nature has refined its construction and always found creative methods for overcoming crises and minimizing resources in its own excellent way.
Take, for example, the leaves on a stem that often grows in spirals. A house architect imitated the mathematics in such a spiral and discovered that none of the balconies in the designed house, shaded the balcony of the apartment directly below. Nature had already optimized mathematics for maximum light for all. Here is the golden ratio.
What is still hidden from us in these ancient experiences of order, beauty and mystery? What happens if nature's mathematics is used in music creation? Is it possible to increase beauty and balance in music by transferring mathematics?
How can music have such an incredible impact on us humans? In 2005, two music researchers in Canada were finally able to show that parts of the brain (nucleus accumbens) associated with our self-reward system are activated when we listen to music we like.
Now it's not just the self-reward system that is triggered by music. Music starts events in the brain which in turn initiates changes throughout the body.
The average person spends a considerable amount of time listening to music, and considers it one of life's most enjoyable activities. And because the music in our head becomes the music in our body, we can consciously affect the body. If we need recovery, we need music that makes us unwind.
Recovery is becoming an increasingly important part of our modern lives. We need music that recognizes the stillness within us.
Kasa-Lord combines different genres with conscious mathematics. As if Mozart and Leonard Cohen had met over a glass of champagne and compared the form and the proportional balance in their own pieces of music.