Reptilicus performed an improvised piece titled Re:Written at the Grand Finale of the Tectonics festival in Harpa, Reykjavík, yesterday. GIM and Jóhann collected raw material during the festival by recording bits and pieces from other performances which were then manipulated and edited on stage.
Apart from emphasising the way the piece was put together, the titled refers to the human tendency to take things out of context and infuse them with new meaning. For the visuals, a live microscope was utilised on stage — for as a visual aid, it does an excellent job of removing whatever it hones in on out of its immediate context.
The visuals were operated by Kári Hrafn Guðmundsson.
Photo: Sami Heiskanen (islantiin.com / samiheiskanen.fi).
Iceland Airwaves announces Yatra Arts label showcase with Reptilicus, Jóhann Eiríksson, Rúnar Magnússon, Jónas Sen, Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir/Trouble, Björk Viggósdóttir/Lala Alaska and AMFJ, celebrating the upcoming compilation CD Höfnin Hljómar.
Reptilicus is comfirmed for the second installation of the Tectonics Music Festival curated by Ilan Volkov, April 18-20, in Harpa, Reykjavík. We’ll be performing a new piece called Re: written at the grand finale on April 20.
Check out the schedule at Tectonics’ website:
Reptilicus: Initial Conditions, the short film arranged for our track by the same title, will be screened at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) along with twenty other Icelandic short films. This was issued by RIFF earlier today.
R: IC was written and directed by Guðmundur Ingi Markússon. Starring Ylfa Þ. Guðmundsdóttir and Jónas Sen. Photography by Ómar Örn Sverrisson and Bjarki Markússon. We offer our tanks to Ásta V. Jónsdóttir, Franz Graf, Jóhann Eiríksson, Óskar E. Óskarsson, Praveer Baijal, Sabrina Joy, Sigríður Vala Vignisdóttir and William Blakeney.
The piece was written and directed by Guðmundur I. Markússon. Starring Ylfa Þ. Guðmundsdóttir and Jónas Sen. Photography by Ómar Örn Sverrisson and Bjarki Markússon. We offer our tanks to Ásta V. Jónsdóttir, Franz Graf, Jóhann Eiríksson, Óskar E. Óskarsson, Praveer Baijal, Sabrina Joy, Sigríður Vala Vignisdóttir and William Blakeney.
Participated in the performance of Improvisations III by John Cage in Eldborg main hall in Harpa tonight with Dagur Kári Pétursson, Stilluppsteypa, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Þóranna Björnsdóttir, and Maya Dunietz – our hats off to our fellow performers, conductor Ilan Volkov, and William Blakeney for providing us recordings by the man himself – ritual duties were observed, of course, by way of Laphroaig and reading of the I Ching by coin tossing. The ancient oracle yielded hexagram 61.
We’re excited and humbled by our upcoming participation in the performance of John Cage’s Improvisations III with a number of other artists at the first run of the Tectonics Music Festival curated by Ilan Volkov, March 1-3 in Harpa, Reykjavík.
Check out the Tectonics website:
Last Friday and Saturday, Reptilicus, along with Senking and Runar Magnusson on the Saturday, stopped by the legendary Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, Canada, founded by the Lanois brothers and the site of numerous classic recordings. A collection of beautiful vintage modular synths was made available for our sonic exploration, among them EMS Synthi A, ARP 2600 + sequencer, Moog 15, Minimoog, Roland System 100 + sequencer.
We were privileged to have Bob Doidge at the mixing desk, and enjoyed the assistance and deep expertise of Dean Batute when operating the vintage gear. Rob Fantinatto filmed the Saturday session, but he’s working on a documentary on modular synths: I Dream of Wires.
All of this was made possible by the great Bill Blakeney and Praveer Baijal of Yatra-Arts, to both of whom we’re eternally grateful. The studio sessions at Grant Avenue were a great combination with the two concerts in Toronto and Hamilton organised by Yatra-Arts.
REPTILICUS (ICELAND Yatra Arts)
SENKING (GERMANY raster-noton)
RÚNAR MAGNÚSSON (ICELAND/DENMARK Hljóðaklettar)
ORPHX (CANADA Hands/Sonic Groove)
DJ’s HEIKI & HUREN
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18/2011 NOCTURNE 550 QUEEN ST. W TORONTO
9PM $10 @ THE DOOR
RECORD RELEASE PARTY FOR THE NEW REPTILICUS / SENKING SINGLE ON YATRA ARTS & PART OF THE ICELAND ARTS FESTIVAL
THIS EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY REYKJAVIK LOFTBRÚ | THE GOETHE INSTITUT-TORONTO | SNYK | DANSK KOMPONIST FORENING – KODA FUND FOR SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PURPOSES | YATRA ARTS
Reptilicus will play two gigs in Toronto in late November, organised by Yatra-Arts, Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto, Toronto Best Party, Reykjavík Loftbrú and Goethe Institut, all in celebration of our first release in over a decade, the single “Initial conditions”. These will also be Reptilicus’ first ever concerts on the West side of the Atlantic.
The record is issued by Yatra-Arts, Canada, and will include a remix by Cologne based electronic maestro Senking.
Mastering for the new vinyl single release by Yatra Arts was done by William Blakeney recently. The record includes a remix by Senking and is planned for a release this fall.