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Cinematic Sounds of Iceland (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WNYC

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”

Also, there’s music from a dance score by Olafur Arnalds, lush, ambient northern soundscape music from cellist/composer Hildur Gudnadottir, and orchestral strings & modern electronica in music from the Reykjavik-based Johann Johannson.

PROGRAM # 3283, New Music from Iceland (First aired on 12/20/2011)                                                  

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Sigur Rós

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Samskeyti, excerpt [1:30]

FATCD 22
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Ólafur Arnalds

 

Dyad 1909

 

Dyad 1909, excerpt [8:48]

Erased Tapes  ERATP019
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olafurarnalds.com

Ólafur Arnalds

 

Eulogy For Evolution

 

Eulogy for Evolution, pt 7 [5:56]

Erased Tapes ERATP004
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olafurarnalds.com

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Englabörn

Salfraedingur (Psychologist) [3:49]

Touch TO:52
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Valgeir Sigurdsson

Draumalandið

Past Tundra [5:06]

Bedroom Community HVALUR8 bedroomcommunity.net

Hildur Gudnadóttir  

Without Sinking

Into Warmer Air [6:11]

Touch 070LP
double LP or Touch 070CD
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir,

Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir, cello
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Bjarnason, conductor

Rhizoma

Dreaming, excerpt [10:00]

Innova 810
www.innova.mu or through Amazon.com

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Comments [1]

The WNYC New Sounds podcasts are one of the joys of my listening, and this episode has been a pleasure, start to finish.

Icelandic music, in all its rich and varied styles, seems to resonate so well with modern moods and lifestyle.

I shall have to seek out more work by the artists featured in this show.

Jan. 11 2012 05:08 PM

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