Smalltown Supersound will release Helge Sten aka Deathprod's core trilogy of albums - Treetop Drive (1994), Imaginary Songs from Tristan da Cunha (1996) and Morals and Dogma (2004) for the very first time on 180g vinyl. Cut to vinyl by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin, they form Deathprod's complete official canon.
Based in Oslo, Norway, composer Helge Sten has been crafting this music since the early-90s, a deeply atmospheric, grainy minimalism that slows time down and explores the very particles of sound itself. The Deathprod concept arose in 1991 when Sten realized his complex array of homemade electronics, samplers, sound processing and analogue effects – cumulatively known as the "Audio Virus" – could add a musical dimension above and beyond the merely technical. Almost obsolete samplers and playback devices distort and transform sounds into unrecognizable mutations of their former selves. The virus breeds layers of complex and overlapping sonic debris, creating a kind of cellular composition.
Originally released as a limited handmade cassette box, the three pieces Treetop Drive crystallized Deathprod's specific method of composition, found sounds and textural layering. "Treetop Drive 1-3" were recorded live in concert in 1993, direct to two track DAT tape at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts. They combine the precision of digital sampling, the unpredictability of homemade electronics, and the esoteric tape-echo sound of Hans Magnus Ryan (Motorpsycho)'s violin, defining a new space in which to perform and compose.
Existing in a void between the arts, contemporary music and alternative culture, Treetop Drive was completed with the realization "Towboat," recorded at Audio Virus LAB in 1994 and released by the label Metal Art Disco later the same year. This audio restoration from an early 1994 master means the album has never sounded better.