Electronica \ Classical / Art Music
Making electronic music since 1998, Elling Lien’s current productions have a style that vacillates between the meditative calm of ambient to the syncopated push of Chicago footwork. His 2017 album release, Robotony, has musical nods to Elling's key musical inspiration for this album, Four Tet, Rustie, and Philip Glass, but the record stands firmly in a unique sound all of its own.
In addition to making music, he is passionate about encouraging others to be creative with his work as founder of Unpossible NL, regional coordinators of the RPM Challenge, the Stand-Up Challenge, and Math Circles.
"I really love making electronic music. Producing music has helped me look inside myself, helped me figure out who that person was, and helped me get comfortable with that person. It's helped me feel out my emotions, learn my work habits, and helped me learn how to string tightropes between my high hopes and my laziness. It's been both something that pushes me to improve my abilities and a way to come to terms with them. It's helped me focus some of my obsessive tendencies in a positive direction. It's helped me overcome my boredom. It's helped me overcome my loneliness. It's helped me play around with ideas. It's helped me share an intimate side of myself with other people, and, occasionally, rock out with them."
"I've been making electronic music for more than twenty years now, and for that whole time I've been fascinated by and struggled with the process of finding my own sound. What should Elling Lien sound like? In my mind the question is a variation on "who am I?", so, it's not easy, or there's no one answer. But the more and more I make music these days I feel like I'm almost touching a point where I'm happy with the music I make when I take myself seriously. That it's getting close to describing some of my internal world."