Born in 1943, Lance Austin Olsen is a Canadian artist and composer. He started painting in his youth and has continued his work as an artist up to the present. In the late 1990s, Olsen became fascinated by experimental music. He has released numerous CDs and digital recordings of both solo performances and collaborations with other musicians. In his creative process, composition and painting are closely related and draw inspiration from one another.
Olsen released a duo CD on the Ftarri label with French musician Bruno Duplant in 2022. His solo CD The Pit has just come out on the Ftarri sister label Hitorri. The two tracks (30 and 11 minutes) were created through the combination of a variety of sound sources including instrumental sound, noises, voice, field recordings, a wax cylinder recording, and a sample of a 1950s radio program. The album is filled with the contemplative quality characteristic of Lance Austin Olsen’s work.