Ólöf Helga Arnalds was born
in Reykjavík in 1980. She is currently studying Composition
and New Media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is now touring
with the Icelandic band, Mum playing viola, xylophone, guitar
and singing. For Ultrasound 2003 she will present a video composition
and perform her own music live.
The video composition, Solitary Sounds [Eins manns hljod] was
first performed at a concert in the Reykjavík Art Gallery
earlier this year. The inspiration for the piece is sought in
the simplicity, much exploited but fascinating possibility available
through sound recording - that of being able to accompany oneself.
The visual part of the piece [many screen images showing the same
person on one giant screen] aims at making the recording of music
played by one and the same person as 'live' as possible and to
bring out as many of the hazards that a musician may experience
on stage, without the musician performing in person. The recordings
were made in a recording studio and each individual recording
is in itself continous and complete regarding both sound and image.
The recordings were not edited in any way.
The musicians in this one man band are variably proficient on
their different instruments and the mood of the moment is also
variable. There are nine in all: two violins, two violas, three
guitars, one cello and one double-bass. They also, despite their
lack of experience, have to control all the equipment used for
both the audio and visual parts. They listen through headphones
to instructions giving cues and information about when a new section
Each musician in turn also hears what has already been recorded.
Thus it can be said that the progression is pre-planned to a certain
extent, as is the basic musical foundation but it is up to the
individual musician to improvise.
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