Curated Place in collaboration with Kammerkór Su∂urlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir) and Creative Europe commissioned me for site-specific choral works for the Cycle Festival of Music and Arts. It resulted in Reflections over Verisimilitude, the umbrella title for six multi-media works, which premiered in Salurinn, Kópavogur, Iceland, on October 26, 2016.
Part of the project was to connect seafaring communities in Iceland and Great Britain. At the Hull Capital of Culture festivities of 2017 the British parts were added and premiered at John Grant’s North Atlantic: Sounds From Smokey Bay music festival.
Reflections over Verisimilitude
Curated Place in collaboration with Kammerkór Su∂urlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir) and Creative Europe commissioned me for site-specific choral works for the Cycle Festival of Music and Arts in Kópavogur, Iceland in 2016.
Six works were created for the mixed-media production Reflections over Verisimilitude together with Danish filmmaker Jakob Tekiela.
The choir traveled to the peninsula of Snaefellsness where they were recorded and filmed singing in and with the landscape.
In Hellnar and on Djúpalónssandur I directed the singers to vocalise as if they were the sons and daughters of the site, perched on windy grassy banks or balancing on rocky boulders amongst kittiwake seagulls.
Spotlight: Djúpalónsdóttir & Hellnarsson
for field instruments and SATB choir
following the same technique for wildlife field recordings, I created choral field instruments from vocalisations made by the South Iceland Chamber Choir singers. The sonic textures and timing these instruments use are more akin to wildlife calls than typical human vocalisations.
Djúpalonsdóttir & Hellnarsson appears on the album Five Thoughts on Everything, find it in the store.
Order Djúpalónsdóttir & Hellnarsson score at Donemus / email
Field instruments are software instruments made from field recordings that are programmed in such a way they function similar to a natural sound, they are not a static ‘phrase’ or ‘tape loop’. The tree will keep rustling, the same, while always slightly different. The blackbird will keep singing, or not, as they do. The wind will keep its mercurial texture.
Due to the nature of the programming of these field instruments they don’t perform on a standard keyboard. Dedicated hardware is designed to play the field instrument for recording purposes of the composition or its live performance.