5 Jan 2005

Helena Josefsson, backing singer at Tambourine Studios and Gula Studion (XIII): Stockfinster - Sunset

Stockfinster - Sunset (2005)

stockfinster is the artistic name of Sebastian Borg (a.k.a. Batti), a producer from Malmö, Sweden. He writes, plays, arranges and mixes everything, sometimes with a little help from his musical friends. Batti is the co-owner of the recording studio Gula Studion in Malmö.
2005 Sebastian Borg ("Batti") - stockfinster

stockfinster uploaded his first work, Red wood, last June 2004 in Bandcamp.com, including a song with Helena Josefsson's vocals, 'Dismantled'.

The second work is
Sunset and can be downloaded for free in the same website today. There are no plans to release officially these albums as real CDs and stockfinster has signed no record-label contract. The album includes nine songs recorded during the last two years.


clark kent 05:05

polysix 04:52

verge 05:20


fruitcake 03:22


knuckle 05:39

snow 07:21

This is what Sebastian Borg himself tells about these songs:
"01. In 'Don't point your paw at me', the voice sample is from an authentic radio show (or was it a tv show?) from the 50’s. I have a bunch of these samples. They were meant to be educational and cover topics such as how babies are made and girl’s menstruation. My idea was to create something that had the same punch as a Prodigy track, but I don’t think I quite pulled it off.

02. 'Clark Kent' marks the introduction of the music software program Ableton Live. I had been using Cubase/Reason until then. This track would not have been made if not for Ableton. The vocals are by Helena Josefsson.

02. 'Last laugh' has a kinship with other track, ”Last Report”. I came up with the idea while working on ”Last Report” and it features a lot of the same sounds. The laughter is my sister-in-law’s son, two years old, or something, at the time. He’s seven now…

03. 'Polysix' is another favourite track. I came up with the main theme on my only piece of hardware, a Korg Polysix (hence the title). The breathing is Kerim, the singer in the former band, stockfinster. I nicked it from one of his vocal takes, just as he is beginning to sing.

04. In 'Verge', I wanted to try out an effect in Cubase and programmed a random a drum beat that actually became the main drum loop. The working title was ”If you come any closer, I’ll jump” which I thought was brilliant at the time. When Helena Josefsson came in to do some vocals we were out of ideas, something that normally never happens. She then suggested she’d sing something in French which, to be honest, I was not too sure about. I did not have any lyrics prepared, so I asked Helena to just sing the working title – in French. I am not sure if she actually got it grammatically correct. The voice sample is from the movie ”Killing Zoë” and I thought the French accent was befitting.

05. 'Spreading myself thin' was finished so fast, I don’t even remember making it.

06. 'Fruitcake' is one of my favourite tracks. I don’t think I have produced something quite like it before. The voice sample is from the movie ”Helter Skelter”. My favourite part is the sound that comes in at 2:17 and lasts until 2:29. Listen closely to be able to hear it. It is Helena Josefsson singing, but the vocals are re-used from another track (I don’t remember which).

07. In 'Why are you so happy?', a friend of mine had come up with a piano part and I suggested that he used the same kind of drum beat as in the Nine Inch Nails’ track ”La Mer”. Eventually I ended up using the idea myself. Ola Strandh is playing the drums. I kind of wanted this track to trot along like a track by Ulrich Schnauss but I don’t think I nailed it.

08. In 'Knuckle', I really like the fact that there is a drum loop right from the beginning. I always find it difficult starting a track with drums. The drum loop is typical of Ableton Live’s sound. The voice sample is from the same educational films as in ”Don’t Point Your Paw At Me” – only this time it is a girl speaking. I actually played a real melodica on this track. I then discovered that a soft synth sounds a lot like the real deal. Helena Josefsson is singing – yet again.

09. 'Snow' was used for the end credits in the film ”Last Day”, for which I composed the music. It is the only track that was not written especially for the film.
Helena Josefsson's voice features in tracks 02, 04, 06 and 08. A new collaboration of the singer in this style, even being more present. Most of recordings were made in 2003 and 2004 in Gula Studion.

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