AD Music - Wim
Ketil Lien, aka Wim, was born in the ancient Viking City of Trondheim, Norway in 1972. He started listening to the electronic music of Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream in the 80's and they quickly became his biggest early influences. He also has a great liking for Kitaro, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield and the warmth and depth of their music is clearly evident in Wim's emotive style.
Wim focused his efforts in the 1990''s on compositional skills, learning to compose in the manner required to create his own unique style of structured melodic instrumental music with warmth and emotion. The advent of virtual synths and more powerful computers in the new millennium meant he was at last able to create the musical visions he wanted.
Wim looks upon his music as paintings where the instruments are substitutes for the colour palette. He says; "I treat each song as a different landscape of sound and try to paint an expressive, emotional soundscape using warm, enveloping sounds that capture the listeners imagination.
Wim - Albums
“Dreamscape” is an impressive album from our Norwegian composer, offering up a powerful and moody excursion into the filmic, atmospheric and slow building side of his style that was so successful on the excellent debut, “The White Peak”. Indeed, as good as that album was, “Dreamscape” is a far more focussed and self assured work, presenting an original and evocative 60 minutes of melodic, layered synth and vocal textures.
AD Music continues to find superb new talent and this astonishing debut album by Norwegian artist Wim has already garnered many plaudits from the EM fraternity since its digital release in July 2008. A well constructed, well recorded and emotively compelling work that combines a variety of tempos and styles combining sequences, rhythms, atmospherics and memorable themes that recall all that is best in electronic music.
The White Peak
Wim - Album Reviews
reviewed by musikzircus (Germany)
Another new name from the AD Music Label is Norwegian artist Ketil Lien recording under the alias WIM. Influenced by Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Kitaro, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield. "The White Peak" is a sold debut and tracks like "Seeking Soft Atmospheres", "Gliding Ships" and "Dark Princess" I found very rewarding. The twelve pieces on the CD have running times between 4:42 and 6:34 minutes so WIM's music is well constructed and gets to the musical point quickly and without fuss.
The CD starts with "The Lost Realm" and begins with an eastern and quite mystical flavour. A downtempo melody quickly establishes itself and very harmoniously it is to and it could be a film soundtrack. "Sirens From The Past" is a very melodic track with piano and various other sounds such as acoustics guitar, strings and choirs. The melody is simple but effective, creating a nice atmosphere. Epic soundscapes are discovered in "Econ Theme" and this is a very romantically designed piece. After these quiet passages, "Secret Paradise" is a good rhythmic track with a catchy melody and great effects. More interesting percussion and rhythm effects, paired with lovely synth chords make "Soft Atmospheres" a real treat. The sound becomes more expansive on "Gliding Ships", becoming more quiet on the excellent "Dark Princess" and it reminds me a little of the German project 'Nautilis'. WIM's style also resembles slightly Robert Fox and David Wright, where each piece contains good production values, strong melody and doesn't waste time or indulge itself. A very good debut worth investigating.
Wim - The White Peak - Album Review
reviews © 2010 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Wim is Ketil Lien from Norway. He lists his influences as Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Kitaro, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield, which are evident on his solid debut The White Peak. ADMusic excels at having a signature sound as a label, and this fits right in with the warm, melodic, emotive music they are known for. “The Last Realm” has that Vangelis sense of majesty about it, like standing on a mountaintop and overlooking a vast valley. Synth strings soar, drums add the right punch, and piano fills out the sound just so. “Sirens From The Past” is a mellower, more reflective piece with soft choirs and a gently shuffling beat. “Econ Theme” is lighter still, with an expansive sound and an ethereal touch. The disc has a good flow to it as it mixes calmer reflective pieces like “Seeking Soft Atmospheres” and “Midnight Soul” with more upbeat selections like “Secret Paradise” and “Magic Hills.” The White Peak is easy-going, accessible, and quite pleasant throughout.