Unusual time signatures and polyrhythms punctuate narrative soundscapes replete with complex, dramatic cinematic imagery that dart between organic textures, moody ambience and pummelling rhythms informed by techno and rock.
A degree in electroacoustic music in hand, Olsen works primarily as a drummer, collaborating and touring internationally over the last decade with fellow Montréal-based electronic musicians Ghislain Poirier (in Poirier and Boundary) and synthpop artist Foxtrott. As a composer, he has devised soundtracks for numerous films and installations, working with acclaimed director Thibaut Duverneix, as well as scoring several documentary soundtracks for various Canadian channels, including commissions for Place des Arts in Montréal and the NFB. His forthcoming debut solo record Ninth Wave, was composed and performed using an upright piano, acoustic drum kit, several analog and software synths and plugins. Juxtaposing acoustic and synthetic sounds and field recordings from trips to Iceland and Portugal, lately he has been investigating the line between dream state and waking life and the nocturnal sound palette of his solo work reflects this obsession.
A seasoned performer, Olsen’s Ableton-based live show is augmented by the kinetic addition of live drums, electronic percussion, a Korg Polysix and live video projections, all in the service of imparting his emotionally-charged, instrumental storyboards.