Posted on May 11, 2018
Material/Matter is a performance deriving from the work and research of Sól Ey and Jesus Canuto Iglesias. The performance uses sound sculptures of metal inspired by industrial machinery and its undesired artefacts. It explores the sonic and physical relationship of the sculptures and the performer. By playing with light, movements and space the performer is in control of playing the sculptures as instruments, exploring the inherent sound of the industrial and the beauty within the mass of noise.
Jesus Canuto Iglesias is a Spanish multiplatform artist currently living in The Hague. By making use of mediums and technologies he creates installations which experiment with different phenomena derived from the misguided perception of humans. He uses these common dualities or misunderstandings as a main topic in his works. He has a Masters degree in Advertisement and Fashion Photography from TAI University Center of the Arts and a Master Degree in Conceptual photography from EFTI in Madrid. He is currently studying Artscience in the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague.
Sól Ey is an Icelandic sound artist, performer and instrument maker based in The Hague. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary approach to sound explores the possibilities of interactivity, new media and the connection between sound and space. By composing and creating new electronic instruments she looks for ways to expand the expressional possibilities of musical performance to be visual, physical or interactive. She is currently studying composition and sonology at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
Posted on December 19, 2017
The RAFLOSTi workshop is open for students of the IAA, and through Opni Listaháskólinn anyone who wants to attend can apply here: http://www.lhi.is/opni-listahaskolinn
Artist that are interested in performing at the RAFLOST festival 2018, please send an email to:
r a f l o s t @ r a f l o s t . i s
Monday 22nd of May – Friday 26th
- Workshop for students of the Iceland Art Academy, IAA Visual Art Building*
Wednesday 24th of May
- 13:00 – Troy Rogers presents his percussion robots, IAA Visual Art Building*
Thursday 25th of May
Friday 26th of May
- 13:00 – Amy Knoles, Electronic Percussion Workshop, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
- 17:00 – Student Workshop Performance, IAA Visual Art Building*
- 20:00 – Amy Knoles, Monika Fryčová and Vasco Costa, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
Saturday 27th of May
- 13:00-17:00 – Modular Meetup, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
- 20:00 – Performance Evening, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
* IAA Visual Art Building is at Laugarnesvegur 91
** Sölvhóll Concert Hall is behind Sölvhólsgata 13, in a gray unmarked house, by Skúlagata
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.
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.
The performance is supported by DPA, Danske Populær Autorer
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.
Posted on May 14, 2017
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.
Posted on May 7, 2017
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.
Posted on May 3, 2017
The RAFLOSTi student workshop will start on monday 22nd of May and finish on friday 26th with an event of performances and installations at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnesvegur 91 at 17:00.
It is open for students through the IAA: www.lhi.is
Further information: raflost at raflost dot is
Posted on May 24, 2016
Here is more info on the HEBOCON robot contest.
There are still space left for few contestants, so if you’re interested please contact Sam Rees ( s a m t r e e s @ g m a i l . c o m )
Participants should read these documents carefully:
Posted on May 13, 2016
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/262718380742548/
- Raflosti Workshop (monday-saturday, Iceland Academy of the Arts, students only)
- T-EMP Workshop (monday-tuesday, Iceland Academy of the Arts, students only)
- The Altar of Algorithmic Noise Workshop (saturday at 15:00, Mengi, OPEN FOR PUBLIC)
Wednesday, May 25th:
20:00 CONCERT, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sölvhóll concert hall, Sölvhólsgata 13 (Skúlagötumegin)
Improvised electroacoustic music performance by T-EMP ensemble. Free entrance.
Thursday, May 26th:
17:00 RAFLOST OPENING – Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2
Installations, Performances, Electronic Poetry and more works by artists such as Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, Sam Rees, Arnar Ómarsson, Nicolas Kunysz, Dodda Maggý, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Jón Örn Loðmfjörð, Sigrún Jónsdóttir, Erik Parr, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Halldór Úlfarsson and Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson. Free entrance.
Friday, May 27th:
17:00 RAFLOSTI – Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnesvegi 91
Student Workshop Performance. Free entrance.
Saturday, May 28th:
15:00 Workshop – The Altar of Algorithmic Noise Workshop, Jari Suominen, Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2. Free entrance, 30€ material fee.
21:00 Hebocon – A robot sumo-wrestling competition for those who are not technically gifted, Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2. 2000 ISK (or festival pass).
Admission fee for evening performances is 2000 ISK.
Festival pass 4000 ISK.
Posted on May 8, 2016
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.