Anderskov blog 6: Release details set (in English)

Composer and pianist Jacob Anderskov elaborates on the albums produced in his artistic research project 'Habitable Exomusics'.
11. Jun 2015

All details regarding the release of the final product from the Artistic Research Project – content, album titles, release dates etc. – are now set. It goes like this: 3 albums with 3 different line-ups are to be released over the summer 2015.

Kinetics (the Path) – Habitable Exomusics volume I

… ILK244CD. Jacob Anderskov, piano – Adam Pultz Melbye, bass – Anders Vestergaard, drums. Recorded in The Village, Cph., January 2015. All music composed by Jacob Anderskov. Release date June 26th, 2015.

Statics (the Map) – Habitable Exomusics volume II

… ILK245CD. Jacob Anderskov, piano solo. All music by Jacob Anderskov. Recorded in Rainbow Studio, Oslo, December 2014. Release date August 21st, 2015.

Dynamics (the Terrain) – Habitable Exomusics volume III

… ILK246CD. Jacob Anderskov – piano. Nils Davidsen – bass. Gerald Cleaver – drums. Recorded in Rainbow Studio, Oslo, May 2015. Music by Anderskov, Davidsen & Cleaver. Release date September 25th, 2015.


My official statement concerning the Trilogy release goes as follows:

"The Habitable Exomusics Project is intended as an artistically radicalized summary of my musical language so far, and, at the same time, hopefully a kind of transcendence of my sound up till now.

The "Exo-" term points to the creative element in this music. That this music operates with other, less familiar types of unifying forces than e.g. tonality, definable harmonies and familiar rhythmic patterns. The metaphor of the music’s “habitability" concerns the music’s openness to improvisation and co-creation from the musicians, and in the end the listener’s chances of “inhabiting” the music. 

The artwork on the three album covers relates freely to the question of the habitable places that the trilogy title is concerned with; If mankind finally found a habitable planet somewhere else, would it contain, for instance, complex protein-like molecules? Or are we rather seeing on the covers that the new planet's surface contains network structures similar to our highways or fiber cables? Would we on a habitable planet find traces of gone civilizations - and would such traces be similar to ancient symbols from our own planet’s past?”


Some explanations on the individual Albums, and especially their titles:

Volume I: KINETICS (the Path) is the first album of the Trilogy. It contains 8 new pieces by Anderskov, all composed in a stricktly Habitable Exomusic way. Anderskov has for many years primarily been working with artists from or above his own generation, but here he turns to two young musicians who have been his students at RMC: Adam Pultz Melbye on bass, and Anders Vestergaard on drums.

(The title) “Kinetics”, a branch of classical mechanics, is concerned with forces on bodies in motion. This no matter if these bodies be drones, drum sticks or planets – and relating to as well the movement through a terrain as that through outer space to another planet.

(The subtitle) “The Path” - which also relates to movement - opens the possibility of a more spiritual understanding of the body-in-motion metaphor. That a movement may be a journey, inner or outer.

The music on the whole album is concerned with movement, pulse, forces in motion, relations, and flow.


Volume II: STATICS (the Map). This time, Anderskov is alone at the piano in Rainbow Studio in Oslo, with Jan Erik Kongshaug behind the console.

(The title:) “Statics”, is a branch of ​​physics dealing with forces and torques on physical systems in static equilibrium. Whether it comes to orbiting satellites, apples on branches, or tuned strings on an instrument.

(The subtitle:) “The Map” normally concerns an overview of an area. However, “mapping” may also address an activity, or a way of thinking, or a range of possible future actions.

The "static" term on volume II can of course be understood as the antithesis to the "kinetic" term on Volume I. And as a simple observation that the constant exchange of energy between musicians, a focal point of the Kinetics album, is significantly different from what can happen on a recording with only one musician. Here, solo, what we have is perhaps rather a contemplation on our position and possibilities in Cosmos (as opposed to the journey in Kinetics). Maybe Statics is mainly an introspective distillation of the entire Habitable Exomusics universe.


Volume III: DYNAMICS (the Terrain). In the final volume of the trilogy Anderskov is in dynamic interplay with Nils Davidsen on bass & Gerald Cleaver on drums. The whole album is recorded in one take at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, by Jan Erik Kongshaug.

(the title:) ”Dynamics” is in classical mechanics almost synonym to kinetics, that is, concerned with the study of forces and their effect on motion. But the word “dynamics”, originating from the Greek word for ”power”, has a vast number of further meanings, including its usage in aero-dynamics, thermodynamics, group dynamics, and, not the least, musical dynamics.

(The subtitle:) “The Terrain” is in a similar way thought of as a transcendence of the metaphors “path” and “map” on volume I & II. It borrows from the idea that freely improvised music might be similar to going for a walk in a terrain, where you will make footprints (=music), not because you intended to, but because that is a result of you walking. The terrain also symbolises the total experience, beyond our plans (the path) and our knowledge (the map). And, again: is this terrain habitable? Could I stay here? Live here?

“Dynamics” is thought of as the synthesis of the Kinetics – Statics dialectic. It concerns the Encounter with the “other” or the “others”, with the unpredictable, the unknown, and, in the end, with the world.

It is the application of the Habitable Exomusics approach in a musical and social context, in an intuitive totality.


To wrap it up in short, I imagine some of the metaphysical relations between the three albums like this:


For further info on each of the albums, see This page will be updated as the last details settle regarding the releases.


Photo: Steen Tronsgaard

About 'Habitable Exomusics'

A full overview of the project's content, including its artistic products, the album trilogy, concerts, audio and video links, analysis texts, sheet music pdf’s, etc.

About Jacob Anderskov

Jacob Anderskov is a pianist, band leader and composer.


He has released close to twenty albums as a band leader.


He has received a number of awards, most recently Jazz Composer of the Year at Danish Music Awards Jazz 2013.


Jacob Anderskov is educated from RMC (2002) and has since 2012 been employed as associate professor.


By the Danish Ministry of Culture's definition, artistic research is an integrated part of any artistic process ammounting to an outcome available to the public, and accompanied by a reflection upon the process itself as well as the presentation of the result.