Freak Guitar Camp 2018

I am beyond proud and excited to announce registration for Freak Guitar Camp 2018, the 20th in a row, is now open! Click here for more information on how to sign up.

Dates are:

Week 1: 30th of July - 4th of August
Week 2: 7th - 12th of August

Freak Guitar - Growing Your Own Moustache Vol 7

On is the evil twin of last year's massive track Off, only ten minutes longer and a great deal more challenging. Clocking in on 30 minutes and consisting of three movements On is blazing the trail, packed with exhilarating rhythms and unconventional techniques that will keep you occupied for quite a while. Featuring the strange oral sounds of Bardo the gigantic German shepherd and the wonderful voice of animation genius Ben Rush.

Longing for GLaDOS is inspired by the (ever so thought-provoking) Valve game Portal 2 with its catchy finger picked, 80's sounding keyboard hook. It's also includes a rather benign introduction to Indian korvais (reduction structures) in its mid-section.

Kaputt is sheer picking silliness over occasional outbursts in Russian. Good fun!

Volume 7 of Growing Your Own Moustache also contains notation and playback versions of several tunes from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord and the first Art Metal album.

01. On (30:00)
02. On - stripped (30:00)
03. Longing for GLaDOS (4:28)
04. Longing for GLaDOS - stripped (4:28)
05. Kaputt (3:40)
06. Kaputt - stripped (3:40)

Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord
07. The Smorgasbord (2:52)
08. Musth (3:12)
09. Lease With an Option to Buy (2:23)
10. Kali Ghat (4:37)
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná (2:39)
12. Dark Matter (1:56)
13. The Nigerian Gynecologist (3:25)

Art Metal
14. Muthucutpor (4:13)
15. The Three Princess of Serendip [edit] (3:13)

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No Bull Stuff

No Bull Stuff! I am immensely proud to announce there is a brand new online store open with freaky clothing, all organic and toxic free.

My friend and partner, merchandise veteran Andreas Hansen, and yours truly have worked hard to create a brand, a concept with cool apparel as well as a channel to be creative. (I have given birth to the strange Mr Nobs and his irrational stop motion adventures, a lo-fi reason to show the clothing in full HD while having fun). In the future we plan to invite inspired designers from all over the world. First one out is Nukui Bogard and his groovy punk design.

Hope you appreciate this take on what a clothing company can be.

Freak Kitchen are tremendously proud to announce the release of Freak When Spoken To - The Story of Freak Kitchen (Bullet Point Publishing) by Åsa Anastasia Jonsén who spent years and years putting it together, piece by piece. Get it here. Enjoy the read!

The mother of all coffee table books is here and Freak Kitchen are very much part of it! Check out Juanjo Guarnido's Freaky Project, written by Miceal Beausang-O' Griafa (foreword by Disney legend Eric Goldberg, afterword by IA), a 158 page colourful treat to drool over with an amazing insight in the passionate and painstaking work of the ground breaking Freak of the Week video. An tremendously top notch read, take it from us! Available from Big Wow Art

Growing Your Own Moustache VI

The almost twenty minutes long track Off is the flagship in the sixth volume of the Growing Your Own Moustache audio fleet. A demanding sonic beast, Off is loaded with piles of challenging South Indian oozing rhythms but also plenty of time for you to stretch out over stimulating tonality.
It is easily the most ambitious and tough tune so far (despite the 4/4 time signature throughout) in the popular download series with its fusion of East meets West.
Featuring the voice of animation wizard Ben Rush.

I Am Root explores the nature of each church mode and the relationship between the notes versus the tonic. The plus nine minute song also has Smoke on the Water (or Water on the Smoke as it says in the notation to cover up its origin) in no less 11 different odd time variations thrown in for good, mind wrecking fun.

Honest As Fried Chicken is groovy, finger and sweep picking ditty .

The gnarled 135 bpm shuffle study of triplets Friedrich's Gang of Goons has caused a lot of headache and nosebleed during the Freak Guitar Camp, students forcing IA to make "clap videos " the song through to prove the groove, so to speak.

The package also contains the Drone Zone, continuous bourdons in every key for you to pick any of the many included scales, improvise and grow your own moustache.

Produced, written and recorded by IA. Splendid notation in 34 page pdf booklet by Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson. Mastered by Torben Schmidt.

Please visit Freak Guitar TV for full length videos.


01. Off (19:33)
02. Off - stripped (19:41)
03. I Am Root (9:07)
04. I Am Root - stripped (9:04)
05. Honest as Fried Chicken (3:40)
06. Honest as Fried Chicken - stripped (3:39)
07. Friedrich’s Gang Of Goons (3:53)
08. Friedrich’s Gang Of Goons - stripped (3:53)

Drone Zone

09. A Drone (3:33)
10. B Flat Drone (1:21)
11. B Drone (2:23)
12. C Drone (2:01)
13. C Sharp Drone (1:36)
14. D Drone (1:56)
15. D Sharp Drone (1:25)
16. E Drone (1:53)
17. F Drone (2:13)
18. F Sharp Drone (2:02)
19. G Drone (2:16)
20. G Sharp Drone (2:18)

Cooking with Pagans is Freak Kitchen's eighth full length album. The twelve frantic tracks are: Professional Help, (Saving Up for an) Anal Bleach, Come Back to Comeback, I Don't Want to Golf, Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan, Hide, Private Property, Sloppy, Ranks of the Terrified, Goody Goody, The Mathematics of Defeat and Freak of the Week.

Freak of the Week! We are darn excited and proud to present the animated video from Cooking with Pagans produced by none other than the genius Juanjo Guarnido of Blacksad and Disney fame (also very much responsible for the most groovy album artwork we’ve ever had). A tremendously successful Kickstarter brought in no less than a $140,000 to finance the painstaking, yet rewarding, work of drawing an entire video, frame by frame. We are in extreme gratitude to each and one helping out to make this stunning project come to life! The video premiered at Comic Con in New York in October 2014!

For more news and updates, please visit the Juanjo Guarnido in the Freak Kitchen page on Facebook.

Slop-py-py-py-py-py-py-py-py! Sloppy! Wonderfully shot in inky 4K black and white by photographer Anders Bryngel we wanted a simple, straight band video (and song) as a first presentation of Cooking with Pagans. Hope you like it!

(Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach! The third video from Cooking with Pagans!

Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache V is beyond a massive download package crammed with thirty useful and demanding tracks, each one with guitar as IA plays it and one stripped version for you to sink your teeth into and grow your own moustache, so to speak. The fifth volume of the popular series is designed for you to see the big picture, to add way more colours of your sonic palette, not just a pile of empty licks. All of it comes together with a groovy pdf booklet with super accurate notation. With epic tunes like Big Machine and Valhalla Vailankani Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache V is indeed pushing the envelope and will broaden your musical horizons.


01. Valhalla Vailankani
02. Valhalla Vailankani - stripped
03. The Horizontal Way
04. The Horizontal Way - stripped
05. Big Machine
06. Big Machine - stripped
07. May the Fourths Be With You
08. May the Fourths Be With You - stripped
09. The Mysterious Mrs Todi
10. The Mysterious Mrs Todi - stripped
11. Wash It in July
12. Wash It in July - stripped
13. Not So Giant Steps
14. Not So Giant Steps - stripped
15. The Good Shrapnel Record
16. The Good Shrapnel Record - stripped
17. Three is the Key: 15/8
18. Three is the Key: 15/8 - stripped
19. Three is the Key: 13/8
20. Three is the Key: 13/8 - stripped
21. Three is the Key: 11/8
22. Three is the Key: 11/8 - stripped
23. Three is the Key: 9/8
24. Three is the Key: 9/8 - stripped
25. Three is the Key: 7/8
26. Three is the Key: 7/8 - stripped
27. Three is the Key: 5/8
28. Three is the Key: 5/8 - stripped
29. Three is the Key: 3/8
30. Three is the Key: 3/8 - stripped

Prepare to devour! Steve Vai and Favored Nations have released my audio feast Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord worldwide! An intense buffet with no fewer than 40 tracks, served in double disc packaging (with close to two hours worth of nutritious music!) Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord also features a number of prominent, tasty guests: Dweezil Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Andy Timmons, Georg “Jojje“ Wadenius, Guthrie Govan, Morgan Ågren, Ranjit Barot, Kiko Loureiro, Jonas Hellborg, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and many more.

The Menu:
Disc 1

1. Amphibians Night Out
2. Musth
3. Mattias - The Beautiful Guy
4. Hells Bells
5. The Smorgasbord
6. Friedrichs Wahnbriefe
7. Sexually Frustrated Fruit Fly Flamenco
8. Daily Grind Disco March
9. Lease With an Option to Buy
10. The Swede and the Wolf
11. Mambo Italiano
12. Mind Your Step (at Schiphol Airport)
13. Crossing the Rubicon
14. That's Amore
15. Keep It in the Dojo
16. Infrared Jed
17. Peter, I Won't Drive Another Meter
18. Larvatus Prodeo
19. Blaha Blaha
20. Lullaby for Gabriel

Disc 2

1. In the Goo of the Evening
2. The Dogs of Delhi
3. Special Agent Bauer
4. Mahavishnu John
5. The Harry Lime Theme
6. Dark Matter
7. Trumpet Lesson
8. Mandur and Morgan's Camel Safari
9. Shore Thing
10. Captain Smith's Moment of Truth
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná
12. The Nigerian Gynecologist
13. 6 Rue Cordot
14. Kali Ghat
15. Safe to Remove Hardware
16. Did You Actually Pay for That?
17. Those in Badiyah
18. The Essence of Emptiness
19. Meralgia Paresthetica
20. Guano Afternoon

Keeping my Viking fingers crossed you will enjoy (and be able to digest) this beefy record! I had a ball producing it!

Get your copy here:

Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), iTunes, CD Universe, Abstract Logix, CDON (Sweden), CDON (Norway), CDON (Denmark), CDON (Finland), Ginza (Sweden), E-shop

Musth - the first video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is shot in Kathmandu, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, New York City, Johannesburg and Brisbane.

Hells Bells! The second video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord, performed on a True Temperament fret equipped Alhambra Iberia (plus Beijing hotel room doorbell, shaker and Moroccan percussion).

Blaha Blaha! The third video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is now out there, with yours truly at the age of three, doing some intense Swedish swearing!

Crooner Metal Punk! That’s Amore! The fourth video from The Smorgasbord. Watch yours truly sing, dance and harass the innocent people of Rome and the Vatican in Dean Martin’s timeless classic.

Amphibians Night Out is the fifth video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord, entirely shot in Mulshi, India and featuring lovely frog art by Juanjo Guarnido and Anders Nyberg.

My absolutely stunning new signature model from Caparison Guitars - The Apple Horn 8 (AH8)! Read more about this lovely beast.

The Jazz Raj is a Jonas Hellborg trio recording continuing his collaboration with IA and introducing drummer Ranjit Barot.

The music is seamlessly bonding Western and Indian improvised music while avoiding the stylistic cliches that are so often the pitfalls of this type of music.

The Jazz Raj continues the tradition of the Bass/Drums/Guitar trios that Hellborg has been fronting for more than 2 decades featuring wonderful musicians such as Shawn Lane, Buckethead, Michael Shrieve and Jeff Sipe.

The tracks on the record are 2 half hour extended compostions with sections inter-related thematically using western interpretation of Indian Ragas.

It is a genre defying work, it is Jazz Metal and Indian music but primarily music for the pleasure of listening.
Out now through Bardo Records!

Got smoking leads but make uncontrollable spasms when trying to groove over, say, 11/4? Can you take it away at warp speed all over the fret board but risk breaking your ankle keeping time with your foot while playing odd groupings? Well, then the fourth edition of the popular Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache download tuition series is something for you.

Subtitled Everything You Wanted To Know About Rhythm But Were Afraid To Ask the package includes 24 tracks (8 tracks with guitar, 8 tracks with no guitar and 8 tracks with drums and percussion only), a no less than a 59 page booklet with super accurate notation of all the written parts, a notation guide, tons of traditional and exotic scales, artwork and more.

From the nine minute Carnatic Metal to the demanding riff monster Blues for FK, from the frantic Indian breaks in Babali Bedouins to the funky vibes of Climbing for Stevie W, from the tapping and arpeggio inferno of Piece of a Bit to the odd tuplet frenzy of Floor Tom Tim, Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache IV has a lot to offer if in need of a serious vitamin injection.

On top of all the intense, rewarding rhythm parts there is plenty of room for you to work on your lead chops as well (your very own “moustache”), using both unorthodox and more common tonality.

Produced, recorded and mixed by IA. Notation by Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson. Mastered by Torben Schmidt.


01. Carnatic Metal (8:39)
02. Carnatic Metal - no gtr (8:39)
03. A Piece of a Bit (2:49)
04. A Piece of a Bit - no gtr (2:49)
05. Blues for FK (6:06)
06. Blues for FK - no gtr (6:06)
07. Babali Bedouins (3:42)
08. Babali Bedouins - no gtr (3:42)
09. Johnny the Metronome (5:39)
10. Johnny the Metronome - no gtr (5:39)
11. Climbing for Stevie W (2:44)
12. Climbing for Stevie W - no gtr (2:44)
13. Floor Tom Tim (4:20)
14. Floor Tom Tim - no gtr (4:20)
15. For the Love of German Bread (2:03)
16. For the Love of German Bread - no gtr (2:03)
17. Carnatic Metal - drums only (8:20)
18. A Piece of a Bit - drums only (2:50)
19. Blues for FK - drums only (6:07)
20. Babali Bedouins - percussion only (3:35)
21. Johnny the Metronome - drums only (5:39)
22. Climbing for Stevie W - drums only (2:38)
23. Floor Tom Tim - drums only (4:19)
24. For the Love of German Bread - drums only (1:59)

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