Sverre Knut Johansen
Sverre Knut Johansen was born in 1960 and is from Mo i Rana, Norway.
Sverre’s first electronic album in 1994 and was produced by Erik Wøllo on the Norwegian label Origo Sound. In 1999, he released The Source of Energy, followed by Planets in 2012. Sverre began distributing his music in 2013 on his own Origin Music label for download and streaming. METAHUMAN is his sixth album for Spotted Peccary Music.
The music of Sverre has always had rich content and strong melodic elements that have become his trademark. Symphonic electronic music dominated the first releases but his more recent releases vary widely in style, as Sverre makes music that is both lyrical and rhythmic and often with elements of classical and electronic ambient music genres.
Sverre is inspired by Norwegian artists Hvìtur Hestur and Different Directions from the electronic jazz world. Sverre’s releases Nightshift and Elements of Light were inspired by the work of Steve Roach.
AV: Describe the project for us and, what does the title mean?
SKJ: The album is inspired by Deepak Chopra's book METAHUMAN.
Chopra unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. It means to move past the limitations constructed by the mind and to enter a new state of awareness in which we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people’s lives from the inside out.
AV: Has Deepak achieved this state of being? Is it possible for all of us?
SKJ: Humans do this naturally—to a point. For centuries the great artists, scientists, writers, and many ordinary people have gone beyond the everyday physical world. But if we could channel these bewildering experiences, what would happen? Chopra argues we would wake up to experiences that would blow open our bodies, minds, and souls. Metahuman invites the reader of Deepak to walk the path of here and now.
AV: What is the benefit to humanity?
SKJ: Waking up, we learn, isn’t just about mindfulness or meditation. By going beyond, we can liberate ourselves from the conditioning and constructs that underlie anxiety, tension, and ego-driven demands. Waking up allows life to make sense as never before. To make this as practical as possible, Chopra rounds out the book with a 31-day guide to becoming Metahuman. Once you wake up, he writes, your life becomes transformed, because pure consciousness—which is the field of all possibilities-- then dawns in your life. Only then does your infinite potential become your personal reality.
AV: Does the music assist in this process?
SKJ: I hope so! To become a Metahuman we must unlock our full potential through meditation and open up our creativity, our insight, our imagination, our compassion, our truth, our love, our empathy, our desire for goodness, beauty and harmony.
AV: Does anyone join you on this METAHUMAN journey?
SKJ: Yes, Ståle Storløkken is on a few tracks, and fellow Spotted Peccary artist and guitarist David Helpling joins me on the final track, “Infinity Being.”
All music written, recorded and produced by Sverre Knut Johansen at the Music Space Center in Norway. “Infinity Being” was written by Sverre Knut Johansen and David Helpling.
Sverre Knut Johansen: Sequential Prophet X and Pro 3, Steinberger bass guitar on “Infinity Being,” the HAKEN Continiuum Mini on “META (The Light Inside You),” and “Fluctuations of Awareness.”
Ståle Storløkken: Haken Audio Continiuum on “METAHUMAN,” “Unity Of Existence Through Evolution,” and “METAHUMAN (Extended).”
David Helpling: Guitar, Synthesizers, and Piano on “Infinity Being.”
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DESIGN BY DANIEL PIPITONE AT SPOTTED PECCARY STUDIOS NE, LIGONIER, PA