AJO ensemble presents Kontakte, a production exploring the points of contact between electronics, video and live performance. The program includes “Hljóðs bið ek”, a sonic and visual work by composer Hilmar Thórdarson in collaboration with video artist Haraldur Karlsson, and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte.

”Hljóðs bið ek” is inspired by Snorra Edda Vøluspa, the primary source for Norse mythology, with its mysterious poetry on the creation of the world and its coming end. The electronic sound source of the composition is based on live interactive sound technique using material generated from the acoustic instruments.

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s masterwork, Kontakte (1960), for piano, percussion and tape, explores the points of contact between tape music and instrumental music. Stockhausen’s ground‐ breaking composition is the first of its kind, masterfully integrating electronic and acoustic music into one. Since Kontakte’s premiere in 1960, dramatic technological advancements have occurred, revolutionizing electronic music and interactive technology.

In Thordarson’s new work, live and interactive sound processing are employed‐‐meaning all sounds the audience hear are created live by the performers and a computer on stage. This differs greatly from the electronic music Stockhausen created, which was made by hand by cutting the magnetic tape with scissors and reconstructing into the “tape music” with which the live performers must coordinate. The use of live interactive video/installation made by the video artist Haraldur Karlsson for ”Hljóðs bið ek” creates “kontakt” between music and visual images. The images are inspired by the music of Thordarson and its mysterious theme “Hljóðs bið eg”. In his work Karlsson uses live interactive technology to visually interact with the sonic spectrum and physical gestures of the performers.


Dodda Maggý

Dodda Maggý b. 1981 is an Icelandic artist, filmmaker and composer based in Reykjavík. She has a BA in Fine Arts from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts and an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Nordic Sound Art program. While exploring the emotional language of video and music mediated through performance Dodda Maggý creates lyrical work portraying invisible or mentally projected elements such as perceptual experiences and altered states of consciousness. Producing audio/visual installations, films, music, sound art or silent moving images Dodda Maggý attempts to externalize the internal dimensions of dreams, memories and imagination.

Erik Parr

Erik Parr is a Reykjavik-based artist originally from Seattle, Washington. His current work could be described as systems art. His recent projects include Third Mind (2013), a large scale, generative video installation combined with live musical performance; One Hundred Thousand Landscapes (2011), a multi-channel sound installation that creates a perpetually evolving sonic landscape from an online database of over 100,000 sound samples; and Vital Interchange (2009), a sculptural sound and light installation assembled from obsolete vacuum tubes into an audio-reactive light sculpture.
He received a BFA in the Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) program and a BA in Comparative History of Ideas.


dj. flugvél og geimskip

dj. flugvél og geimskip creates outer-space horror oriented electronic music.  She sings about the wonders of the universe and spatial infinity.  With music made of lively rythms, cool bass and varied vocals, dj. flugvél og geimskip’s performance is filled with lights, smoke and nonsense.


KverK is an experimental and immersive musical performance based on live electronics, real-time sampling and processing. Tom Manoury, aka KverK, develops interactive tools and intuitive interfaces allowing great performing freedom. Seeking to break the rigid and sequenced environment often inherent to computer-based music, he creates his music in a very organic way, producing an eclectic and personal sound.


Program 2014

Thursday 22nd of May

  • 18:00 – 20:00 OPENING: Gagnvirk …, Sölvhólsgata 13, second floor
  • 20:00 CONCERT: AJO ensemble – Sölvhóll, LHÍ Concert Hall
    • Hilmar Þórðarson/Haraldur Karlsson – Hljóðs bið ek
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontakte

Friday 23rd of May

  • 20:00 RAFLOSTi: Workshop Performance – Laugarnes, LHÍ Visual Arts Building
  • 22:00 RAFLÖSTUR – Paloma
    • dj. flugvél og geimskip
    • Portal 2 xtacy
    • Páll Ivan frá Eiðum og ógeðslega hljómsveitin hans

Saturday 24th of May

  • 15:00 – Pure Data Samkoma – Siglingafélag Reykjavíkur, Ingólfsgarði
  • 20:00 – Stórleikar/Final Performance – Sölvhóll, LHÍ Concert Hall
    • KverK
    • Dodda Maggý
    • Tehri Marttila
    • Eric Parr
    • Hlöðver Sigurðsson
    • Svart fax


Dates for RAFLOST 2014

The RAFLOST festival 2014 will be held on May 22nd – 24th in various venues in Reykjavík.

Also, in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the DAMA network, the RAFLOSTi workshop will be taking place on May 19th – 23rd.

The program is not yet finalized, so if you have a suggestion for a performance/installation/collaboration etc, please send us a message: raflost@raflost.is




Pictures from 2013


Watch out Reykjavik. It’s gonna happen!

Raflost 2013 is taking place on 21.-25. of May. Stay tuned for artist and venue updates!

Raflost x Sequences

Raflost was part of Seqences off-venue happenings in 2013. Here’s how it turned out.

Arduino bandið

Arduino Bandið plays music using the arduino micro controller.



Hestbak was formed in 2003. The band released the album “Gratin” in 2004, “Mjolk” in 2005 and the album, “Airwaves”, in 2007.. Hestbak has performed in Reykjavik, Seydisfjordur, Chicago, Berlin og New York. The band plays progressive music and seeks its influence from different directions. The band members are all active in the Icelandic music scene as well as taking part in international music projects. All band members have backgrounds in rock and classical music but use Hestbak as a vehicle for their creative output. The band Hestbak includes Áki Ásgeirsson, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Jesper Pedersen and Páll Ivan Pálsson.

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