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.
Listamannakomplex, Skipholti 11-13, 21st of May, 20:00
Markmið Spuna er að stuðla að almennum spuna. Alltaf. – Aim of Spuni is to encourage general improvisation. Always.
Fjölbreyttur spuni frá fjölbreyttu fólki frá fjölbreyttum löndum. – Diverse impro from diverse people from diverse countries.
Dagskrá er auglýst á staðnum. – Program will be announced on site.
Hafnarhúsið, Reykjavík Art Museum, 19th of May, 21:00
When I with my husband Woody rambled into video in 1969, we already owned an audio tape recorder. Audio and video in our view was always a parallel, interwoven art material. The eighties were ripe with rumors that the Japanese were collaborating with American software engineers on a unifying interface where a controller, typically a keyboard, could be connected to play another instrument. The name of this phenomena was Musical Instrument Digital Interface or MIDI. Eventually MIDI could interface anything to everything, including our videocassette tape recorder, and in the early nineties we connected my acoustic violin to a “pitch to MIDI” device. It was fun, but limited fun because I could move the tape only a few meters, back and forth or faster and slower. If I however had a laser disc player and MIDI violin, I could with a stroke of the bow jump to various locations, somewhat akin to life editing as a performance. After performing this way for a few years, I landed in 1996 a co-directorship at STEIM (the studio for electro-instrumental music) in Amsterdam, which in those years was very involved in interfacing MIDI to acoustic instruments. When I arrived, there already was a MIDI/VIDEO software being written by Tom Demeyer, initially named Image/ine and later IMX. In addition to random access, speed and direction, this software gave me a plethora of video effects and memory locations. The clips in my performances are selected as much for the sound as video contend, and are a mix between prepared and improvised play.
“a linux distribution for artist”
presentation and music performance
by MC Broko
A linux distribution of Florian Stöffelmayer based on ubuntu. It tries to combine free software into a suite for creative people. Driven by the fact that there are so many cool applications out there, but most people do not know them, openArtist tries to be a complete package of creative software, combined with a heavily customized and optimized user experience.
a czech musician, at the moment living and volunteering in Graz – Austria .He was used to play with DIY hardcore/punk bands and
after leaving the country started his journey of getting into composing and recording music and video with mainly open source software .Since summer on the way with his experimental one man shows.
Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhúsið, 19th of May, 21:00
Installation, Ellen de Bruijne, Amsterdam
Drinking glass, glass bowl, bottle of Icelandic cod oil, candle,
pedestal, single-channel video projection, sound
Duration: 7:10 min
Glass objects and a candle are placed on a pedestal. A video beam hits the objects straight on and casts their shadows onto the wall behind. The outlines of the objects and the shadow of the smoke from the burning candle interact with an animated shadow of an imaginary ball, which dances from one object to the other. Like a flea, it jumps and flies from one object to the next. As it lands inside a bottle or touches the glass bowl we hear a sound of something knocking against the glass.
more info: http://egills.de
The RAFLOST 2012 festival program has been finalized.
Please, click here for the full details.
Viðey, 26th of May, 13:00 / Sölvhóll Concert Hall, 26th of May, 21:00
Music Performance Controller
by Tommi Koskinen
Wave-o-Matic is a music performance controller designed to give you more expressional freedom when playing electronic music live sets. It allows you to control external synthesizers and music software with simple hand gestures. The unique visual appearance and the light feedback of the device give your performance a visual style that really engages you and your audience. Wave-o-Matic works with five ultrasonic sensors detecting user hand movements and gestures.
Tommi Koskinen is a musician, sound designer and media artist from Helsinki, Finland. His background is in computer science, media technology and design and he currently studies in the Sound in New Media MA program in MediaLab of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Tommi’s artistic work consists of installations and physical device design to experimental electronic music live performances with Kitkaliitto, and the driving force is his love for sound and storytelling.
Artist website: http://lab.kitkaliitto.com
More information about Wave-o-Matic: http://tommikoskinen.mlog.taik.fi/works/wave-o-matic/
Viðey, 26th of May, 13:00
Autonomous Energy Research Lab
The Autonomous Energy Research Lab is a mobile, human powered research
lab on my bicycle that I am using to collect stories about electricity
production as a part of a larger art-research project in Iceland that
investigates relationships between people, land and energy production.
Sölvhóll Concert Hall, 24th of May, 20:00
A sounding is a visual monument for sound. To create a sounding, movements of the performer are translated into sound and image with the help of an infrared camera and an infrared pen. The performer can draw music upon an imaginary canvas (or a real one). When the sound has faded away we are left with a sounding representing the history of the performance.
Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson is a composer/sound artist. Born in Iceland but currently living in the Netherlands. Studied compositions at The Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sonolgy at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag and electronic music at HKU – Hilversum. www.asgeiradal.com
Sound Installation, Sölvhóll, 24th of May, 19:00-22:30
„Þetta er ekki eins erfitt og það kann að hljóma: Bara eins og að draga kristalsglas í lopabandi eftir stórgrýttri fjöru.“
Composition, Sölvhóll, 24th of May, 20:00
Samtal án titils
Eftir að hafa lokið B.A.-prófi í heimspeki frá Háskóla Íslands flutti Ragnar Helgi til Frakklands þar sem hann lagði fyrst stund á nám í kvikmyndagerð í París en snéri sér síðan að myndlist. Hann útskrifaðist frá l’Ecole des Beaux Arts d’Aix-en-Provence vorið 2001. Eftir að hafa gert stuttar leiknar kvikmyndir og hreyfimyndir vinnur Ragnar Helgi nú mest með tölvur og forritun í virkum hljóð- og videóinnsetningum og netlistaverkum. Ragnar Helgi hefur nýlega sýnt í: KIASMA: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), Museet for Samtidskunst (Danmörku), Listasafni Íslands (Reykjavík), STEIM-gallery (Amsterdam), Nýló – The Living Art Museum (Reykjavík), Möbius International (Montréal, Kanada) og í Hafnarhúsi – Listasafni Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík).
Sölvhóll, IAA Concert Hall, 24th of may, 20:00
How did i get here ?
an audio/video performance extension from ” Little Solar System ”
The Little Solarsystem is an audiovisual performance originated by focusing on the rhythmical signals produced by our own little solar system. Taking the speed of time, signals and the location of the present, using human body controllers gives the experiment a view on another dimension. Hard facts are mixed with fantasy. As a work in progress based project, things can go to unexpected galaxies. The Little Solar system is prepared. Might there be a change to see and hear enlighten dark matter ?
The RAFLOST festival is approaching. This time the festival will be starting on the 19th of May and ending on the 26th.
Our main guest this year will be one of the pioneers of electronic arts, Steina Vasulka ( http://www.vasulka.org ). Her performance will be in collaboration with the Reykjavik Arts Festival ( http://www.listahatid.is/ ).
Also, the Raflosti workshop (21-25.may) will be held in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts ( http://lhi.is/ ).
Since the program is not finalized yet, there is still time to send in proposals for performances and lectures. If you are interested, please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
RAFLOST is open to all art forms, but since the festival is only one week long and is using many different venues, there is limited time and space for fixed installations.
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Páll Ivan Pálsson:
Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson:
BIG THANKS to the participants of RAFLOST 2011!
Looking forward meeting you again in future RAFLOSTs.
Gaia in action.
This work is Juxtaposition of shots from the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörðuháls Iceland from april 4th 2010. Here the creativity of Gaia (Mother earth) is in the center, drawing attention to the painterly quality of the imagery from the crater of the volcano as it was an gigantic action painting.
Sigrún Harðardóttir studied at the Icelandic School of Art and Crafts and at the State Academy of Fine Arts, in Amsterdam. Sigrún also holds a Masters of Arts in Communication/multimedia studies from University of Quebec in Montreal. Sigrún has shown her works for over 2 decades in Iceland as well as in Canada, USA, The Netherlands, Germany and in Denmark. Her works can be found in the Art Museum of Iceland, The Art Museum of Kópavogur, The Netherlands Media Art Institute, The National Bank of Iceland, The Reykjavík Energy Corporation and at The Sudurnes Regional Heating Corporation.
For decade the surface activity of a geothermal site has been a source of inspiration for Sigrún which she has captured in paintings as well as in video- and video/sound installations.