Finally, all of the latest titles of this year’s first round of LTN titles are now available on the web. Presentations of no less than 72 records spanning from R’n’B to contemporary to free-jazz to hip-hop and everything in-between complete with background info and downloadable audio is now available at www.mic.no/english.
Twice a year, MIC ships out parcels of the latest central Norwegian releases to more than 250 recipients around the world. With solid assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, journalists, media representative, organisation officials, researchers and others are supplied with extensive packages of records and artist profiles. The selected releases represent this year's strongest releases within their genres and make up for an impressive cross section of Norwegian cultural life.
Increased government funding means that the number of titles included in the LTN shipments now are increased substantially. Earlier, a standard shipment typically included some 30-35 titles, now MIC is shipping out twice as many records. This gives us not only an opportunity to better present the strengths and qualities of the Norwegian music scene but also to include releases that previously were exempted from the programme i.e. (historically significant) anthologies, compilations and records released on foreign labels.
A couple of highlights from the latest round of LTN presentations:
Thomas Dybdah’s ‘Stray Dogs’, The National Bank, Fenomenon’s ‘Hourglass’, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra’s monumental 8 CD Geirr Tveitt series, The Thing's 'Garage' and Arve Henriksen’s ‘Chiaroscuro’.
Check out all of the titles included in 2005’s second LTN shipment here
Read more on the Listen to Norway promotional programme here