Halldór Eldjárn is an Icelandic electronic musician. His music is a collision of the technological and the organic electronic worlds. Synthscapes, fast rhythms and unusal sounds, together forming a vibrant atmosphere of what the future might sound like. Halldór started writing his own music with the electro-pop band Sykur which has been active since 2008, releasing two albums and traveled the world. When Halldór began studying computer science he had the idea for his solo project. Experimenting with building robotic instruments including a self-playing harp and a few drum robots that can be controlled by a computer, and to make autonomous compositions using algorithms. Halldór has collaborated with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and worked on his latest release, creating a generative program for two self playing pianos that Ólafur uses on the album, and onstage when touring. Halldór’s first debut album, Poco Apollo, will be released in 2019 on Mengi Records, and is based on a series of short musical pieces composed from image data from NASA’s moon landing missions (link: https://pocoapollo.hdor.is)
Halldór’s appearance at Raflost in Mengi will feature a snapshot of what he’s currently working at, but at the moment he is making music with obsolete home computers from the 80’s and seeking inspiration in recycling old technology.
Excerpted from a rawlings’ collection of performance scores entitled Sound of Mull, “Intime” documents in-situ performances conducted on North Atlantic foreshores from 2016 to 2019 as sites of especial geochronological interest given climate change and naming the Anthropocene. “Intime” includes performance on the shoreline facing Herøya Industripark, Norway with a view towards an INEOS shale gas ship emblazoned with “Shale Gas for Chemicals.” “Intime” also includes performance of Laureen Burlat knitting plastic bags harvested from the shoreline of Loch Long. The video features UK nuclear submarine movement, counter-clockwise wind currents over the North Atlantic, footage from the Accelerator Mass Spectrometre and Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, and birds circulating near Ólafsvík during a winter storm.
angela rawlings is a Canadian-Icelandic interdisciplinary artist whose books include Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), Gibber (online, 2012), o w n (CUE BOOKS, 2015), si tu (MaMa Multimedijalni Institut, 2017), and Sound of Mull (Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2019). Her book Wide slumber was adapted to music theatre by Valgeir Sigurðsson and VaVaVoom (2014). Her libretti include Bodiless (for composer Gabrielle Herbst, 2014) and Longitude (for Davíð Brynjar Franzson, 2014). rawlings’ Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights (2013). She is one-half of the performance duo Völva with Maja Jantar and one-half of the new music duo Moss Moss Not Moss with Rebecca Bruton. rawlings is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (2009-10) and held the position of Queensland Poet-in-Residence (2012). rawlings loves in Iceland. More: www.arawlings.is
Una Sigtryggsdóttir is an artist based in Reykjavík. Her work breaks apart the apparent dichotomy between objective time(mechanisms such as clocks and calendars) and subjective time(perceived changes and experiences), choosing to focus on how these two methods of keeping time may intersect. In her work, flipbooks, shadows on draped fabric, and changes in Gross Domestic Product are equally valid as measures of time. These and other time-metric constructs are folded into her sculptures, videos, installations and music.
Kristin Helga Rikhardsdottir is an Icelandic visual artist, filmmaker and summertime park ranger currently living and working in Reykjavik. Using video, installations, photography and sound performances she explores the hyper-reality of everyday environment. She takes inspiration from her surroundings and works with society as an insider, a full participant and player. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Iceland, as well as Sweden, the Czech Republic and Colombia. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.
Tumi Magnússon was born in Iceland in 1957. He studied art at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and at AKI (Academie voor Beeldende Kunst) in the Netherlands. His first solo exhibition was in the Red House Gallery in Akureyri, Iceland, in 1981, and he has shown extensively since then. His early exhibited works included objects, photographs and 8mm films.
In the early eighties he began experimenting with drawing and painting. His motives were figurative and equally informed by the free painting style of the period and conceptual art.
Over the following decade he experimented with the boundaries of painting as a medium, and his work evolved into installations of paintings and murals. This in turn led to his use of the photograph as a medium for installational wall works, and to video/sound installations. Today he primarily works with multi-channel video and audio where the sound part plays an increasingly important role.
His installations very often have a strong site specific element, and he has maintained an adventurous and experimental approach to art.
Tumi Magnússon was a professor at the Iceland Academy of Art from 1999 to 2005, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art from 2005 to 2011. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and spends his summers in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.
Lars Graugaard is the composer of contemporary experimental music, who doubles as electronica performer using the alias Lars from Mars. Sometimes he is not quite certain which name to use – obviously, he needs more names.
Lars started out as a instrumental performer, later also composer of score music. He still composes quite a lot of score music, but in recent years he has used the computer as his performance vehicle, arriving at an electro style that brings together rhythms, textures and interaction. Much of it is with a strong drive, and much of it has rich and sustained pads. But however different these styles are, they are closely related in his music, because the power that music has to communicate is the passion behind his music.
Harald Jordal presents a repertoire of instrumental music influenced by electroacoustic music, digital noise, alternative rock. He sometimes sings, in English and his mother tongue, Norwegian.
Coming from both the computer and the electric guitar, the sound field explored is glitchy and exciting, and tactile and harmonic.Harald Jordal is a composer from Norway. He works in close relation with performers to create pieces with elements of electronics and theatre. In his solo works, he focuses on mixing different styles of electronic music, from contemporary to popular genres, through programming and electric guitar performance.
His music has been performed in Aarhus (WP), Vilnius (WP), Graz, Helsinki, and Berlin, and regularly in Oslo. In 2017 he co-produced the bronze winner of Europe’s First Student 3D Audio Production competition in Graz.
As of 2017, he organizes the concert series LISA, and is a composer and electronic performer in the international contemporary music ensemble Echtcore.
Alex McLean a.k.a. Yaxu makes live broken techno using his handmade programming language TidalCycles, a technique called “Live Coding”. He co-founded Algorave, bringing live coding to dancefloors, a growing movement that has already spread to over eighty cities. He has performed widely since the year 2000 in several collaborations including Slub [http://slub.org] and CCAI [http://ccai.lurk.org], and at major festivals including Sonar Barcelona, Club Transmediale Berlin, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, Earzoom Ljubljana, NODE Frankfurt, Ars Electronica Linz, Dissonanze Rome, Vivo Mexico City, Lovebytes Sheffield, Lambdasonic Gent, Bluedot and STRP Eindhoven.
Alex’s performances are in general improvised, however he has started recording music, leading to the six track Peak Cut EP on Sheffield label Computer Club. Bleep.com said of it “.. Yaxu’s polyrhythmic and hyperreal strand of techno is showcased on cuts like Public Life and Cyclic showing that he is not just testing the confines of how music can be consumed but also how genres can sound. A truly forward-thinking influx of material from Yaxu and the Computer Club team”. He’s currently working on his first solo album Spicule, again with Computer Club.
Alex is active across the digital arts, including organising the annual Festival of Algorithmic and Festival Movement [http://algomech.com], co-founding the Algorave and TOPLAP live coding movements, and instigating the live coding environment TidalCycles [http://tidalcycles.org]. He works as post-doc researching ancient textiles as digital art for Deutsches Museum [http://penelope.hypotheses.org/], and as a trustee of Access Space Sheffield.
Sam Rees is a British artist based in Iceland, with a passion for DIY cultures. Sam creates interactive dioramas, mixing discarded, circuit bent toy robots with dense collages of found objects to form sequential narratives and absurd scenes.
He has been teaching interactive media at the Iceland University of the Arts since 2014 and was a co-founder of the Fjúk residency in the Northeast of Iceland.
Hlöðver (Hlolli) Sigurðsson, is a composer, live-coder and programmer from Reykjavik based in Berlin. He started live codeing in 2013 during his studies in the Iceland Academy of the Arts and has since then performed regularly with his own free software called Panaeolus in algoraves and festivals in Europe and Americas. Hlöðver is also active in various creative coding communities in Berlin in collaboration with other digital artists and has given talks and workshops on live-coding. Hlöðver is creator, maintainer and contributor of dozens of different music and audiovisual software, all of which can be found on github under free-software licences. The algorave performances from Hlöðver are always improvised and could be described as wild sounds morphing in texture over time with many layers of asynchronous loops, which has shown to be effective in prompting the audience to dance as well as crashing the software in colorful ways.
Goodiepal (real name Kristian Parl Bjørn Vester, b. 1974–76) is a Danish musician, performance artist, lecturer and activist operating on the fringes of society. Goodiepal rides thousands of kilometres on a self-built bicycle that he uses to power his shows. He has released a record with a genuine 500-krone banknote embedded in the vinyl – priced at 250 kroner. Goodiepal has put together an exhibition for the National Museum of Denmark comprising all his material possessions, and he creates his art outside of customary institutions and norms.
Goodiepal’s best friend, the former 1960s rock star Poul Erik, is another true eccentric, a hoarder living among things he has collected from skips. His dream is to own a piece of each item ever produced by human beings. Goodiepal considers Poul Erik his partner in crime, although his audience would prefer to see him without him. Goodiepal’s life is shadowed by Huntington’s disease, an inherited degenerative disease of the brain that has driven men in his family to suicide. Doctors find odd tumours in his head and he begins to misplace and forget things. Many of his closest friends are likewise affected by illness.Goodiepal’s activism turns increasingly radical and he drifts further and further away from social safety nets. Goodiepal challenges us to reflect on our view of the world. What remains of us if we only exist to serve the system? What is the Goodiepal Equation?
Resterne af Rigsfællesskabet (Remnants of the Danish Commonwealth) is Heðin Ziska Davidsen [FO] and Jesper Pedersen [DK/IS]. They play music with modular synthesizers. The music is experimental, and improvised on the spot.
R.A.R. has played concerts at Iceland Airwaves off-venue, Raflost, Mengi and in 2019 they will embark on a journey to the outskirts of the Danisk Commonwealth with the Inuit drum dancer Miké Thomsen.
KverK is an experimental and immersive musical performance based on live electronics, real-time sampling and processing.
Tom Manoury 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.