Deaf Center Circa 2003-2006

Deaf Center is the collaborators Erik K Skodvin (AKA Svarte Greiner, xhale, Solitaire albread) and Otto A Totland (AKA supine, nest), operating out of Norway since 2003. Old classmates, they finally decided to write music together and ended up creating the Neon City EP, soon followed by the full length album, Pale Ravine.

They live in Oslo/Langesund Norway, and produce cinematic atmospheres. Type records is the label which they release on, and except from type, they both release individual musics on the mp3 label Miasmah as xhale & supine. Erik also has his graphic design base there.

This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2004 -2007 archived pages and other outside sources since the new owner of the domain is a DeafCenter fan.
You can follow Deaf Center on their facebook page:




Circa 2004

" Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland are engineers of emotion and with 'Neon City' they have created something abstract, yet accessable. As the sound of a Norweigian log cabin creaks in the distance, and crisp piano drifts into the soundfield - you know you are in the world of Deaf Center."

NEWS - 21/03/2004
Neon city made "album of the week" at boomkat! included a very nice review. The EP is also available for purchase through them.
Neon city (TYEP001) is now released. purchase is available through the type site.
NEWS - 27/01/2004
De-bug magazine made a review of neon city ep already, . view review (in german)


artist: deaf center track:
dial album: neon city ep

Beircheart Nollaig Seamus MacÉoin O'Murchu
6 years ago
It has emotion, and I love it =)
6 years ago
Chills up my back.



Deaf Center - Limn

6 years ago
6 years ago
hits home
Lukas Smulskis
6 years ago
its like in space 
6 years ago
this is the voice of the sorrow. This is the voice of my life.
7 years ago
Amazing song.... So peacefull, so depressing, so beautifull....
7 years ago
Beautiful beautiful beautiful art from the soul.
8 years ago
very huge music!!!
Monika Peterson
8 years ago





Deaf Center - White Lake Pale Ravine • Type • UK • 2006

3 years ago
One of the best songs I've ever heard!
4 years ago
It smells like winter is knocking my door 
4 years ago
!!! gorgeous beyond words...
5 years ago
this is brilliant


Circa 2007

july 20th

- Deaf center will play a livegig at manchester sacred trinity church, september 20th. Greg Haines (UK) and Skallander (NZ) will also be playing. Deaf center is joined by Kristin Evensen Giæver on vocals for the performance.

- A Deaf center 7" with new material will appear in the Type records 7inch series later this year.

- For the ones who dident already check it out.. Otto´s sideproject Nest, together with welshman Huw Roberts, recently crafted their debut EP named simply "nest". It´s available for free download at Huw´s Serein mp3 labe

- Erik as solo project Svarte Greiner will play several festivals later on this year.
Be sure to keep updated at his myspace site (updated regulary)

Des. 1st.

- They recorded our liveset at this years LAB30 festival in Augsberg / Germany, and it has now been remastered for a proper mp3 release. The EP is called "levende" and is available as MP3 only at

- There is also a new TYPE label profile there, including a top 9 records list by Erik.

- Deaf center remixes fonada for a track at the new Haumusik cd/book, vinyl/book compilation "You Can't Always Listen To Hausmusik " . Listen at our myspace site

- All DC releases now available as MP3 , Neon City MP3 , Pale Ravine MP3

Sept. 23rd

A new sub-site for Svarte Greiner with news about upcoming releases is now set up!

Sept. 12th

2 new gigs set up. First out is Brüssels and the Planetarium van de koninklijke sterrenwacht (Playing a Type records showcase with our friend Helios!) the 30th of september.
Secondly we will play at Lab30 festival in Ausberg / Germany on saturday 4th of november.
Both gigs will include Kristin Evensen Giæver on vocals, and atmospherical visuals on bigscreen!

Sept. 12th

Go to for a teaser site of the upcoming Svarte Greiner releases on Type records!
( coming soon to a village near you )


july 27th

Deaf Center will play a small amount of livegigs across europe this late summer / fall acompanied by vocalist Kristin Evensen Giæver. (also appearing on the forthcoming svarte greiner album)

First off is Interferenze festival, outside naples Italy, at 4th of august. Other artists playing : Biosphere, Tape, Vladislav delay, Deadbeat and more.The following week (friday 11th of august) sees a performance in the filmtent at øya festivalen(Oslo/Norway). More gigs later in the fall tba.




Artist Biography by John D. Buchanan

The shadowy project Deaf Center, comprising Norwegian multi-instrumentalists Erik K. Skodvin (aka Svarte Greiner) and Otto A. Totland, operated at the axis of ambient electronica, contemporary classical, and drone music. Old schoolfriends who each had a long history of music-making, they finally decided to collaborate while holidaying together in a log cabin. Their early releases were based around numerous field recordings, which they incorporated into lush cinematic soundscapes created primarily with organic instrumentation, layered across a gentle tapestry of occasional, subtle electronic rhythms and effects. Their debut EP Neon City, released in 2004, was the very first CD release on the then-nascent Type imprint run by John Twells (aka Xela) and Stefan Lewandowski. The label, which would go on to become a major force in experimental music, released their album Pale Ravine the following year. These two releases were widely acclaimed, and the duo were hailed as part of the then-fashionable, so-called "post-classical" field, essentially composed of classically trained musicians who combined traditional compositional techniques with electronica and single-track,"pop song"-like works rather than longer, multiple-movement pieces.


During the next few years, Skodvin went on to found the equally prestigious Miasmah label, which specialized in dark ambient and drone music, and released several albums of "acoustic doom", both as Svarte Greiner and under his own name, through various labels including Type and the cult Digitalis imprint; and Totland recorded an album, Retold, as half of Nest, his duo with Huw Roberts. While Skodvin's solo work had a crepuscular and unsettling tone, the Nest material had more in common with the smooth, cinematic lushness of the Deaf Center releases.


The duo finally reunited a full six years later to record their second album. In the intervening years, the Type roster had evolved away from electronica toward drone, dark ambient, and noise acts, and concomitantly, Deaf Center's music also changed. The sophomore album, 2011's Owl Splinters, was a subtler and sparser affair which had more in common with Skodvin's solo material. Recorded at pianist Nils Frahm's Durton studio in Berlin, it forwent the electronic elements of previous releases for an altogether darker and more sinister tone, with haunting piano melodies buried in a morass of rumbling bass notes and cello-string drones.