Fersteinn - Haltrandi Rósir

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Fersteinn is a quartet that performs mostly designated repertoire of works by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson. Most of the music is read from computer screens, utilizing moving graphics or animated notation (anitation) to convey the musical ideas. Apart from ever present unequal rhythms the musical sounds consist of household objects, instruments in just intonation, found objects, hunting gear and traditional instruments, playing in a traditional or less traditional manner. Many of the compositions can be varied quite extensively and the group often experiments with that in a live setting. All of the members are composers and mulit-instrumentalists in their own right.

On this recording we hear pieces from the earliest part of the groups repertoire, pieces from around 2010-2011.

Previously the group has released the quadruple album Sólarlag við tjörnina - 64 variations on a theme, plus a 10" octagonal record made by De Player in Rotterdam. The group has performed in places such as Christoph Schiller Atelier Konzerte (CH), Forum für Kunst und Arkitechtur, Essen (DE), Altekirche Nikolausweg, Bonn (DE), Bergerkirche Düsseldorf (DE), Delta (NE), De Player (NE), Vhleesal (NE), Wall Gallery (NE), l'Impremere Ephemere (BE) and festivals such as Sequences (IS), Ljósanótt (IS), Ljóðhátíð ljóðfélagsins or Nýhil (IS), Sláturtíð (IS), Raflost (IS) and in Hljómskálinn í Reykjavík as a part of a collaborative installation with artist Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir.


released December 18, 2016

Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson - various instruments
Bára Sigurjónsdóttir - various instruments
Páll Ivan frá Eiðum - various instruments
Lárus Halldór Grímssn - various instruments

Recorded by Elisabeth Carlson at the Swimming Pool Studio, Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Mixed by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson

Mastered by Jesper Pedersen

All compositions by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson

Cover concept, manufacturing and design: Halldór Úlfarsson, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson on behalf of Traktorinn.

Langspil designed by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Kjartan Ásgeirsson. They were built by Kjartan Ásgeirsson.

released and manufactured by Traktorinn, Iceland, 2016.



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Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson Reykjavík, Iceland

Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson is a composer who has focused on music in a non pulsating rhythm. This has required the use of animated notation, music read as moving computer graphics instead of an ordinary page. The music makes various explorations of timbre and tuning as well. Most pieces are fixed and are the same each time in the notation although some pieces do explore open instrumentation. ... more

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