Þráinn Hjálmarsson, composer

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Þráinn Hjálmarsson, composer

Influence of buildings on musical tone

Released on CARRIER Records in 2018. Featuring performances by CAPUT ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Nordic Affect, The Icelandic flute ensemble and Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir.

Listen 2014-2015

Listen 2009-2013


Influence of buildings on musical tone [2013]

Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: vln., vla., vlc., db., perc., perc.,
About: Acoustics of buildings is one of the most influential part on music history, the dialogue between the performer and the acoustics is crucial in the development of musical forms, from that dialogue ideas on orchestra sizes and uses (and making) of instruments has been developed.
Performances: Premiered 18th of April 2013 - Premiered by Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, in Eldborg Hall in Harpa, Tectonics festival 2013.
Recorded by the National radio broadcast
Awards: Nominated for the ROSTRUM award in the category of composers younger than 30 years of age.

y = f(x) [2012]

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: 2 bass flutes
About: The piece is concerned with the "musical characters" of instruments within a traditional form of duet, but where the relationship between each performer is defined visually in "animated notation" that was made parallel to the composition process.
Other: Animated notation visible to audience
Performances: Premiered by Martial Nardaeu and Þráinn Hjálmarsson at Sláturtíð 2012 Music Festival, in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús.

Video with a recording from the premiere - Hafnarhús at Sláturtíð 2012 Music Festival, October 2012 Study for 2 resonant spaces

Study for 2 resonant spaces [2014]

Duration: 5' looped video / installation
Other: Made in collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist

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