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Structure at work - artist at heart

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Kaia Höl Fredheim works for Yara at the Research Park at Herøya. In her spare time, she makes music and videos for the songs she writes and records. You can find her productions on YouTube and Spotify.

The job at Yara in the Research Park requires order and structure, but in her spare time Kaia brings out her creative side and makes music and videos for the songs she writes and records.

Kaia Høl Fredheim is her full name, but on Spotify and YouTube you have to search for the artist name Kaia Höl to find the productions she has published.

Who is Kaia?

"It's me, you know," the 30-year-old answers. "I grew up in Årdal in Sogn og Fjordane, but moved from there when I was 18 years old."

After upper secondary school in Årdal, Kaia applied for a job at Statoil/Hydro, as it was called at the time. She had a stop at Kårstø before she got a job at the head office at Forus a couple of years later.

Jurisprudence

"Since then, I have taken almost all my education as a private student. I have signed up for exams and read subjects next to the job."

The motivation for studying jurisprudence was the job of settling trade agreements in the office at Statoil, which later became Equinor. "At the time it was convenient to have knowledge of contract law. But then things changed. I quit my job and became my own boss for three years.

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All alone in the mountains

The first thing that happened during this three-year period was that she participated in the program "Helt alene" ("All Alone"). Kaia applied to NRK (Norwegian National Broadcasting) to be one of the participants who went to the mountains without the company of anything other than a camera.

"It did not have much to do with the music, but NRK chose to include my music in the program - something I appreciated. The program was about mountains, nature and film. I was going on a mountain hike and made a TV show about the hike, (watch the episode here, Norwegian only, or see a short intro here from YouTube).

"The days in the mountains went very fast. Even though I was completely alone, I was very busy filming. I had to make an incredible number of recordings and walk the same stretch several times. First I had to set up the camera, then I had to film myself walking away, and then I had to go back to get the camera again."

Tough terrain

Kaia did not have much mountain experience from before. Tenting in the mountains, use of storm kitchens and GPS were completely new to her. "I practiced a bit on putting up tents in the garden," she smiles.

The actual TV trip went to Hurrungane in Jotunheimen. "It is one of the wildest alpine terrain in Norway, and I was there for six days alone. It was a wonderful experience that gave room to my sensitive side. An experience that is difficult to relive. I have tried, but there was something very special about the first trip."

Self-taught as a musician and video producer

"I have always enjoyed working with film and multimedia. Ever since I was 12 years old, I have been making video and recording music at home in my father's studio."

Kaia sang at the music school at home in Årdal, but when she makes music, she works digitally. She uses a keyboard and computer to record the music. Everything is created in the workroom at home in Skien.

"I'm self-taught on the computer, and I'm ear-learned. That is, I have no theoretical background for making music, but fortunately I do not have to be able to play anything coherent as long as I can beat my chords one by one. And then I correct it afterwards and draw the notes the way I want them. I keep on until I have the soundscape I want. I can listen through a piece of music maybe a hundred times, adjusting along the way.

The musician works based on sounds, soundscape and tempo. "It tends to go more and more slowly. The music I made before has a faster beat than what I produce now. Either it's because I'm getting slower with age, or it's because I need more space."

Motives for videos

The work with the imagery of the music is also a bit random. "As long as I like what I see, I film. It's all about moods, and I'm quick to find my cell phone camera when I see subjects. The moments must be captured quickly, because the light and the weather change rapidly. I feel lucky when I capture the golden moments on film."

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STUDIO: Music composed on computer at home.

During the three-year period that acquitted, Kaia worked with her own company, Juno Replay Records. In 2018, she got a record contract with Tylden and Co. That contract also entailed assignments with the design of covers for other artists in the company.

Art without structure

Kaia likes the industry, especially rustic industrial buildings that are characterized by age and wear and tear. Music ideas can appear everywhere, at work or when she goes for a walk. "I can not control when a song will come. It can happen at any time, and I gather the ideas into small pieces. One day I may get to a verse with text. Another day I can compose. It's quite unstructured, but that's how I work with my art."

Structure and order at work

The unstructured expression in music and video meets its counterpart in everyday work in the Research Park. Kaia is an assistant to the management team and keeps track of archives and research reports. It requires order and overview. But she also has tasks in media and internal communication.

"In previous jobs, I have used multimedia in various contexts. I do that here at the Research Center as well. I have room to unfold. The job involves a lot of independent responsibility, and in addition I get to use my skills to help market us. It's good, and I enjoy it."

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