It was born in the explosion of the Big Bang and has been heard ever since; it’s been singing since the beginning of time. A tone that rose up when the dust from the Big Bang settled down. The overtone from the silence that followed meshed into everything on earth. The primal tone is in you, in me, in everybody and everything. It belongs to everybody and is so beautiful it makes the angels sing. It is the uttermost form of harmony. It is the sound of the world’s soul.
About five years ago Ragnhild Sarsten packed her bags, gathered her best friends and went out into the world to find the primal tone – the ultimate form of harmony. After travelling around the world in pursuit of the primal tone they decided to explore Central Asia. Central Asia was chosen because during the last ice age, when ice covered Europe and Norway, our ancestors lived there, on the steppes of Central Asia. It didn`t take long before they found the primal tone on a side road to the Silk road on the Eurasian Steppe. Right there and then the musical ensemble Tsarsten & the Freudian Slippers was formed. With the primal tone they created nomadic music that they have played and performed across the steppes of Central Asia. They travelled by riding horses and camels, gaining strength to endure the tour by drinking kumis, fermented mares’ milk.
Tsarsten & the Freudian Slippers use instruments from this region in addition to Norwegian instruments such as the Hardanger fiddle, almond cake rings and berry picker tools.
During the tour on the Asian steppes they met a lot of different people and were also lucky enough to weave on the world’s oldest loom, the ancient version of the World Wide Web. With camel wool they made garments used in the music, and the sounds of the loom, horses and camels are a natural part of Tsarsten & the Freudian Slippers’ folkloric music. Reindeer jazz and camel blues is a part of their nomadic musical universe, also known as «steppe landscape music with feng shui». The sound of the steppes mixes with the sound of the Norwegian soul, and with the primal tone this creates an unmistakable and original sound.
The album consists of 13 songs as there are 13 full moons in a year; one song for each full moon.
Now they have returned to Norway and recorded their music so that everyone can take part in the steppe dance. Enjoy the tour on the Silk Road with Tsarsten & the Freudian Slippers.
The White Trashian is a drink everyone should experience. The coffee flavour makes it a great after riding, or as a dinner sipper.
To tell the story of the White Trashian we need to look back several decades to the origin of vodka cocktails in general, which was in the 1920s in Central Asia, and its recipe is in The Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930. As it is easy to drink but still quite strong, the White Trashian is commonly known as a good drink for travellers riding in harsh weather and difficult conditions, and is therefore a popular drink in the bar at Caravanserrais along the Silk Road. There are many variations including the Blind Trashian which substitutes camel milk for the kumis, and the Lowest White Trashian where the vodka is sprinkled with fermented camel milk.
FAT-TAILED SHEEP SOUP
2 ounces mutton fat from tail, cut into thin strips
1 ½ pounds lam or mutton, cut into strips
1 cup of milk
1 large onion, sliced
½ pound radish, cut into julienne strips
2 ounces tomato paste
4 cups beef bouillon
5 ounces flour
2 eggs, beaten
5 ounces water
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ounce garlic, minced
Heat the fat over low heat in a heavy covered pot to render the oil. When sizzling, add the meat. Brown all sides. Add onions and radish and stir fry until softened.
Add tomato paste and bouillon; cover the pot and simmer for 30-45 minutes until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile, prepare the dough: blend the flour and eggs in a large bowl or food processor. Add water a little at a time, mixing until the mixture forms a ball. Remove dough and knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until shiny and elastic. Roll dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into strips about ½ inch wide.
Add noodles to simmering soup (add more stock if necessary). Cook for 5 minutes.
Season to taste.
Place in tureen and sprinkle with garlic.
SUUTEI TSAI (SALTY TEA)
1 quart water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon green tea
1 quart milk
Boil the water, add tea and salt. Add the milk and boil again.
The national dish among nomadic Turkic peoples in Central Asia.The term Beshbarmak means «five fingers», because the dish is eaten with one’s hands. The boiled meat is usually diced with knives, often mixed with boiled noodles, and spiced with onion sauce. It is usually served in a big round dish. Beshbarmak is usually served with mutton broth in bowls called kese.
Four kinds of cattle (i.e. four kinds of meat): horses, camels, cows, and sheep. Horse meat is the main festive meat, while sheep’s meat is used as common meat. Camel meat is also a kind of festive meat, but not the main. Cow’s meat is also a kind of common meat.
Beshbarmak is traditionally served according to ritual. Sheep’s head boiled in a kazan is put before the most honored guest, usually the eldest one. This person cuts the bits and parts from the head and offers them to the other guests at the table. The younger adults often receive the bones of the legs and shoulders. Boys are given the sheep’s ear with wishes to be careful; girls get the palate so as to be diligent. The other parts of the carcass are equally meaningful. The most respected guests are treated to gammon and shank. A young bride receives the brisket; however, married women are given the neck bones. Children are given the kidneys and heart, which are supposed to help them mature but not sheep’s brain, because it is believed to make them weak-willed. Knuckle is never served to a young girl, because of the belief that it will cause her to remain an old maid.
Thank you, Peder Øiseth, for playing trumpet so astonishingly and for taking the lead role in the brass section, we would not have made it without you.
Thank you, Beate Elstad, for playing your saxophone so phenomenally and for your lead role in the woodwind section.
Thank you for playing so beautifully on your clarinet, Erlend Magnus Barrat-Due Solum.
Thank you, Wenke Hagebakken, for wonderful play on your saxophone.
Thank you for playing so exceptionally well on your baritone saxophone, Vigdis Kromvoll.
Thank you, Kristin Gundersen, for playing trumpet so fabulously.
Thank you for playing the trombone so magnificently, Kari Sørensen.
Thank you, Trude Bang, for playing so wonderful on your trombone.
Thank you so much, Christian Svensson, for marvelous drumming.
Thank you, Runar Johannessen, for playing the drums so stunningly well on “Good Times”.
Thank you, Ingrid Elisabeth Thomassen, for playing the drums so brilliantly.
Thank you so much, Monica Ruud, for your awesome percussion.
Thank you, Anwar Bitàr, for playing the snaredrum so well.
Thank you, Tove Bøygard, for playing the banjo and your wonderful singing on “In the land of me”.
Thank you, Silja Starbo, Bibiana Dahle Piene, Nils Andersen, Pål Værlien and Peter Hoff for singing, shouting and talking in the nice session in Urban Studio. The spoken words on “Fuck You” would not have been the same without your excellent contribution.
Big thanks to Line Grenheim for her outstanding violin playing and for joining in to the world of Tsarsten & the Freudian Slippers. My heart is yours.
I am so grateful to Bitten Forsudd for playing the Tuba miraculously well and for her awesome singing. Thank you for joining in into the madness of the Freudian Slippers and for being you. I adore you.
Thank you so very very much, Kirsti Bakken Kristiansen, for your breathtaking singing on “In the Land of Me” and on “Loveless Love”. Your singing just made the songs! Thank you also for becoming an Freudian Slipper.
Tons of thanks to Ragnhild Bruseth whom I love with all my heart, there would not have been any Freudian Slippers if it wasn’t for her. Thank you, Ragnhild, for playing just about any instrument I give you and playing each of them so impeccable.
Many thanks to Truls Agnar Skjørholm for playing the drums so splendid and for joining the Freudian Slippers. With you nothing or everything is awkward and I love it! You are a natural born Freudian Slipper.
I am forever thankful to Siri Austeen for everything, her astonishing singing, laughing, playing the saxophet so remarkably and for becoming a key member in the Freudian Slippers, as you already are in my heart.
Big hugs and forever love to Paul Brady and Hege Vadstein, Webverket, whom made and designed the cover, the booklet and the website. Magnificent, the artwork is excellent and it is done in a very short time limit. You are my dream team and I am forever grateful to you.
Thanks to Siri Austeen for the idea to the cover and the QR-code artwork. You are the fantastic!!
Thank you so very, very much! You are an essential part of the heart of Freudian Slippers.
Thank you so very very much, Ilja Hendel, for your amazing photographing, we love you and your photos!
Thank you, Jarle Odland, for photographing so wonderfully and for the lovely photo session.
Thank you, Line Grenheim, for your astonishing photos from the expedition.
Thank you, Berit Hætta, for lending us your beautiful reindeer. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I will never forget it, thank you so much.
Thank you, Helene Cathrine Bøhler, for lending us your yurt during photo shoot and for being such a nice person.
Thank you, Thomas Armitage, for helping with the English.
Thank you, Marianne Källman, for helping out with everything during the making of Caravan Serai.
The album is made out of love to Lefsa.
This album is dedicated to Anette Koppang. Thank you so very much for your wisdom and needles, I could not have made this album without your help. Acupuncture derives from ancient China and its practice traveled along the Silk Road to the rest of the world.