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22nd of July

While in London I met numerous Norwegians and I wanted to document and share their stories and strength concerning the terrorist events of July 22, 2011. It was played on KFAI‘s Listening Lounge near the one-year anniversary on July 18, 2012.

On the 22nd of July, 2011, terror struck Oslo, the capital of Norway in the form of a car bomb followed by a shooting massacre on the nearby island of Utøya, the site for a youth camp consisting of members for the ruling labour party. On average, Norway has only 30 fatal gun killings each year, but the man behind the twin attacks, Anders Behring Breivik managed to nearly triple that number in 3 hours time. Breivik’s intention was to not kill anyone under the age of 18, but misjudged his ability to tell the difference and killed campers as young as 14. Eight young Norwegians retell the events and discuss their feelings from a spectator’s point of view about the the day that changed Norway forever.

All music by Nils Økland


When In Rome (Amsterdam, Brussels & London)

In the spring of 2012, two of my friends from the US came and visited me in London and we then traveled across Europe. Recorded entirely in a two-week time frame I set out to document our entire experience. Taking place in areas I wasn’t allowed to record, beside historical landmarks and challenged with a barrage of weird looks, this is what happens during our trip When In Rome (Amsterdam, Brussels & London).


22nd of July (Abridged)

This is the original incarnation of the Norwegian terror attack pieces. This piece focuses primarily on what each of the Norwegians interviewed would say to the man behind the attacks if they had the chance. This version of ’22nd of July’ was played at the Swedish-Norwegian Dialogue Forum after 22.7 on 2 Feb, 2012 in Sweden.

All music by Nils Økland