About Augean Stable
Canadian composer, Keith Korsgaard, is a one-man musical force. As a sound designer and synthesist, he has composed pieces for dozens of film and video projects. As a recording artist, Korsgaard has recorded and released songs that tell wordless stories while creating soundscapes of mood and feeling.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Korsgaard has composed music for award-wining documentary films, "Street Angels" and "Wandering Souls," as well as for various television programs produced by Discovery Channel, Bravo, A&E Biography and MTV. He has had his work featured at the "Best of the Northwest Festival" for two consecutive years. His soundtrack and sound design for the film "Alien Transmissions" was chosen for selection at the 1997 Independent Film and Video Festival in Montreal. In addition to music, Korsgaard is a self-taught photographer whose work has been featured in many group and solo exhibits. www.keithkorsgaard.com
Korsgaard's list of influences reads like a "who's who" of the best of modern music. From Eno and Pink Floyd to Rage Against the Machine and Massive Attack - the best in industrial, electronic, psychedelic, pop, dance, jazz and classical is all mixed in. Basically, Korsgaard is influenced by everything musical. This is evident from the single, "Touch" from his record, "Strange Attractors." "Touch" starts off with what sounds like a Middle Eastern vocal chant before kicking in with a simulated record scratch and industrial-sized drums. The musical inspiration may come from many places, but also, as the composer says about his work; "A lot of my inspiration comes from what the state of the world is at the moment." .
It was with the encouragement of friends and loved ones that Korsgaard created his Augean Stable project. Using his considerable skills to create music with more traditional song structures, Korsgaard gives listeners the opportunity to appreciate his music separately from accompanying media like film or video. The name may have significance as well. After the Greek hero, Hercules, slew his six sons, he consulted the Oracles at Delphi and asked them how he should atone for his sins. He was advised to undergo twelve labors, one of which was to clean out the stables of King Augeas. The Augean stables contained 1,000 cattle and hadn't been cleaned in 30 years. Of course, Hercules prevailed. A parallel and a commentary about todays world comes through and is exposed in Korsgaard’s music “Everyone should attend to his or hers own Augean Stable”
Korsgaard has some ambitious plans for 2013. Although the "Strange Attractors" album is available for download from iTunes and Amazon, a live CD is also in the offering. Korsgaard is planning to launch a radio campaign throughout the U.S. to promote the "Touch" single. He also plans to promote the song with a video.