Title: Songs for the Nervous System
Label: Thanatosis Production
Cat nr: THT23CD
Joakim Forsgren is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden, working with long-term explorations on topics such as notions of security, mythology and medicine. In 2015, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 33, he began making electronic music in his studio under the name of AUTORHYTHM. The name and the music were based on the curious premises that were he not able to play the instruments himself, then what would the electronic devices and machines play themselves, if they were asked.
The resulting album, Songs for the Nervous System, is a series of intuitive compositions drawing from the latest medical research on how light and sound at specific frequencies has a potential to affect bodily functions, down to the cellular level. It is contemporary but surprisingly human electronic music created in dialogue between the artist and his synthesizer comrades of the pre-digital generation.
Other recent releases by Joakim Forsgren include AUTORHYTHM singles “Synapse”, “Oxytocin”, “Hand-Eye Coordination”, and “Endorphins”– which premiered as part of Viagra Boys – Shrimptec Ecstasy Lab. Vol 2 on NTS Radio – and his collaboration with Andreas Hiroui Larsson – Vending Machine – which was presented in a BBC Radio 3 Late Junction episode named accordingly: The Song of the Vending Machine.
ALL MUSIC PRODUCED, COMPOSED, AND PERFORMED BY AUTORHYTHM.
TRACKS 1, 2, 3 AND 5 MIXED BY CHRISTOFFER ROTH.
TRACKS 4 AND 6 MIXED BY CHRISTIAN GABEL.
MASTERED BY MELL DETTMER.
COVER ART, ‘NOBEL GAS, 2016’, BY CHRISTINE ÖDLUND. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEAN-BAPTISTE BÉRANGER.
DESIGN BY DANIAL ALI.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION BY ALEX ZETHSON.