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How I Got That Sound: Martin Landquist

A‑ha ‘Lifelines’ By Joe Matera
Published October 2021

How I Got That Sound

Here Landquist reveals how he got his favourite sound on A‑ha’s ‘Lifelines’, the 2002 title track to the Norwegian synth‑popsters’ seventh studio album.

Martin Landquist is a Swedish producer, remixer, songwriter and composer of film music. His credits include A‑ha, the Cardigans, Kent, Meja and many others. Martin has been a BMG songwriter since 2014, and is currently working on the fourth album by his electronic project Nåid, due to be released in 2022.

Lonely Voice 

“On the upbeat of the intro of ‘Lifelines’ you will hear an Ebow sound that runs through each chorus. I have always felt that this line really captures the melancholy of the song. The sound was not revolutionary, but its ability to survive to the end of a very long and complex recording process was simply astonishing!”

How I Got That Sound: A-ha 'Lifelines'“I was looking for a part that could melodically interact with the string arrangement without taking too much space. I tried different...

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