For over 13 years, composer Troy Rogers’ creative work has focused on the development and exploration of robotic musical instruments as generators of new musical possibilities. As a musical robot maker, he co-founded Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), a group of composers dedicated to exploring and expanding the potential of robotic musical instruments. As a Fulbright scholar, he spent time at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium working with Godfried-Willem Raes and what is perhaps the world’s largest robot orchestra, where he developed a singing vocal robot, Stemmetje. Living the life of an early 21st century semi-nomadic robot herder, he resides in Duluth, MN when not touring the country in the RoboRig, a mobile platform for the development and dissemination of music for robots. He performs on streets and stages alike as Robot Rickshaw. Rogers is also a committed independent educator, regularly presenting lectures and offering Making Music with Robots and STEAM education workshops at universities, galleries, community art centers, makerspaces, and schools throughout the US.
Monika Fryčová is an Czech audio-visual artist, performer and writer based in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, southern Portugal and elswere.
In recent years she has been focused on Iceland due to its intense confrontations of the elements and unique meetings, as a curator of few international projects mainly Czech – Icelandic (ISLANDIA, NoD, gallery SKOLSKA28/Prague, OPEN SPRINGS/Reykjavik, Untitled Festival/Bildudalur,
DIRECTRIX with E. Isleifsdottir etc.)
From 2016 she is co-founder of Open space initiative Blue Factory in Seydisfjordur, east Iceland together with þorgeir and Sigurbergur Sigurdsson. http://brotherhood.esy.es/
She currently works on permanent project Fantasy versus Discipline, The Artist as an Etnographer and organizes intercultural dialogue between Iceland and Mauritius, Czech Republic and Portugal.
Olga Szymula is a Polish experimental sound maker and performer. She currently lives and creates her electro-acoustic worlds in Denmark. Her works take forms in concerts, records, film scores, installations and performances.
‘By diving into the ocean of various intensities, qualities and forms she travels the sonic trip
of twisted characters, imaginary landscapes and dramatic turns.’
In music her main intention is to explore the full spectrum of sound and its dynamics, intensities and qualities. She bends and plays around with music forms, combining playful melodies and songs with abstract forms and noises.
Amy Knoles has been percussionist for the world renowned California EAR Unit, played solo shows and various collaborations all over the world, as well as teaching percussion at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles.
Throughout her career she has increasingly been using electronic percussion instruments and percussive triggering of electronic sound generations. Friday May 26th she’ll be giving a lecture/workshop at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. In the workshop she will demonstrate her equipment and techniques, as well as giving participants hands-on experience. In the evening she’ll perform a concert sharing the evening with Monika Fryčová [CZ] audiovisual artist, performer and writer.
Friday May 26th 13:00: Lecture/workshop
Friday May 26th 20:00: Performance
Both events takes place in Sölvhóll – the concert hall of Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sölvhólsgata 13. Entrance is a back of the house, from the Skúlagata side.
Agnes and Antonia are developing a new tool for measuring the impact of presence in a space at a given time.
Agnes Ársælsdóttir is currently studying Fine Art in The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Her work is often in collaboration with the audience, sometimes to the extent that the piece itself would not exist without them. She has recently been working with sensors that detect movement, making the audience trigger sound.
Antonia González Alarcón is a Chilean artist currently based in Mexico. Her works focus on how people make themselves present in the world and how we can leave a testimony of our existence, through different interactive pieces.
This year’s Raflost Festival will be hosting a modular meet Saturday May 27th 13:00-17:00.
Do you have a modular synthesizer or are you interested in modular synthesizers and sound synthesis, and electronic music creation in general? Bring your modular, semi-modular, video synth or DIY creation and patch with other modular synthesizer enthusiasts (bring your own little monitor setup and power). There’ll also be opportunity to talk about patching techniques, synthesis techniques, building a modular synth, analog, digital, DIY modules and more. There’ll also be opportunity to do short performances (Stereo PA and video projector in house).
The event will take place at the IAA Music dept. Concert Hall “Sölvhóll” (large gray barrack on the corner of Klapparstígur and Skúlagata). Free entrance.
Jón Örn Loðmfjörð is an Icelandic experimental poet. He is noted for computer-generated poetry, and particularly his 2010 mash-up of the Icelandic government report into the collapse of Iceland’s banks in 2008, Gengismunur (‘Arbitrage’).
Artist Halldór Úlfarsson and composer Hlynur A. Vilmarsson join forces to create a hi-fi/elemental experiment.
Halldór Úlfarsson (1977) studied fine art and design in Helsinki, Finland. His practice has gradually become inseperable from his project the halldorophone, an electro-acoustic string instrument he´s been developing for the past years. The halldorophone features in many new compositions by contemporary composers premiered at new music festivals in recent years. When Halldór works with the halldorophone himself it´s most often in the form of arranging collaborations, instrumentations and locations that strategically positions the instrument within the western musical tradition.
Hlynur A. Vilmarsson studied composition at Reykjavík College of Music and electronic music at Kópavogur School of Music. His music has been played in Europe, USA and Asia by groups like Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brodsky String Quartet, Uusinta Chamber Ensemble and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Hlynur was chairman of UNM (Ung Nordisk Musik) from 2000-2007 and is now member in composers collective s.l.á.t.u.r. and Lornalab (Reykjavik media lab). Hlynur has also composed music for theater and film and played in various pop and rock bands.
Þórður Kári Steinþórsson is an electronic musician from the southeastern districts of Reykjavík and sometimes goes under the name Kosmodod. This Berlin based artist is one of the co-founders of Sweaty Records, the brand new Berlin/Reykjavik electro label, as well as being the producer of the infamous band Samaris.
This Raflost he will be performing an electronic improvisation jam.