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About the web page

Welcome to my web page! Some may think it is unnecessary to have a separate web page when you can have artist pages on social media. I feel that artist pages on platforms like Facebook are rather cluttered and have many distracting elements. This web page is meant to be the opposite; minimalistic, clean and pleasing to look at. It will always be updated with the latest news and music. I hope you like it!

About me

First the boring facts: My name is Olav S. Flaa, I'm 46 years old and from Norway. I started the Standalone Clone project in 2019. I'm actually a bassplayer who have played in several bands in genres such as gospel, soul, funk, pop and rock for more than two decades. I have listened a lot to jazz and fusion and this is probably reflected in my playing. In 2018 I bought my first synth. I wanted to produce my own music and needed an instrument that was more versatile than a bass. A synth opens up a lot of possibilities, I can write and record melodies, chord progressions and bass lines. And the sonic possibilities are almost endless which makes the instrument ideal for soundscapes, atmospheres and effects. But I'm still a synth newbie and learn from day to day. Music production is only a hobby to me, I teach music and music technology at Beats Electro at Rødde Folkehøgskole as a profession. I also ran a small business, ToneZone Mastering, for a few years.

About Standalone Clone

As mentioned above I started the Standalone Clone project in 2019. I started out making cover versions of three old pop hits, "I won't let the sun go down on me" and "Only You" from the early 80s and "Popcorn" from the early 70s. It was a fun and interesting experience to make my own versions of these popular songs, together with the vocalists, with new instrumentation and sound. A few months later I wrote and released two synth pop instrumentals; "Chasing Robin Hood" and "Alfred never worried about the weather". I think they have good melodic qualities and a good rhythmic drive, but am not sure I only made good decisions when it comes to sound. I also made a music video for "Chasing Robin Hood" which I'm very happy with. It is based on a simple technique, images moving relative to each other. This was a new and creatively inspiring experience to me. The two next tracks I wrote were "Distant" and "Recovery mode". They are also instrumentals, but very different from the tracks I have released earlier. They are calm, soft sounding and simple. And the focus is almost entirely on melody, chords and athmosphere. Almost something in between chill out and instrumental ballads. "Winter solstice theme - improvisation" was only released as a music video on Youtube. The musical consept is something similar to "Distant" and "Recovery mode", however it is a solo live performance on synth. The latest track, "Arctic keys", is a synth pop instrumental which has a groovy and solid bass line mixed with icy, open and somewhat jazzy melody lines. Now the big question is: What's next? The Standalone Clone project is still in a very early and experimental phase and can develop in different directions.

Want to support me?

If you want to support me, it would be really helpful if you subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Spotify (by clicking the buttons below). This may sound like a trifle without importance, but their data algorithms need this input to decide if and to whom they should recommend my music. These recommandations have a huge impact on what music people listen to.

Also, if you like one of my songs, tell me. This will encourage me to keep making music and will help give me the self-confidence I need to promote my music.

Thank you for your support!