We bid farewell to our old friend Jóhann Jóhannsson in disbelief. When words fail there is music.
We were extremely sad to hear about the passing of Holger Czukay earlier this week and, according to an announcement from CAN – Spoon Records, that U-She, his wife, had passed away only weeks before. We came in contact with Holger in the late 90s proposing a collaboration. It was a long shot, obviously, but he responded positively, suggesting he would cross the Atlantic on an Icelandic pony. While collaboration never came to fruition, we corresponded sporadically over the years. Holger was always warm and generous and we learnt, among other things, how he had loved Icelandic children’s author Jon Sveinsson, or Nonni, when he was little. He also mentioned a certain Sveinsson he had met while they studied with Stockhausen in 1964. This can’t have been anyone other than Icelandic composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson. When Reptilicus played in Bonn in early 1998, Holger and U-She invited us over for tea in nearby Cologne. We ended up spending the whole night together, going out for dinner and back to their home-studio, listening to stories and talking music and, generally, just being inspired. In the early hours of the morning, they drove us back to Bonn in an old Mercedes. A night we will never forget.
Extreme Chill festival – Thursday 6th of July – Mengi
20.30 – 21.10 – Jónas Sen (IS)
21.20 – 22.00 – Stereo Hypnosis & Futuregrapher (IS)
22.10 – 22.45 – Reptilicus (IS)
Remembering Pauline Oliveros. We were fortunate and honoured to be in contact with her when we prepared Music for Tectonics, which included, with her kind permission, recordings we made of her work at the Tectonics festival in Reykjavik in 2013. Thank you for the music and for the listening.
We’re excited to take part in Extreme Chill this summer with some of our favorites among European and Icelandic electronic musicians: Hans Joachim Roedelius, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Stereo Hypnosis, Þóranna Björnsdóttir, and Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher. The festival will take place at Vík í Mýrdal by the south coast of Iceland, 2-3rd of July. For more information, visit extremechill.org. For scenes from Vík, watch the teaser trailer:
We’re grateful to Elísabet Indra and Mengi for organising a small celebration of Music for Tectonics. It was a pleasant evening of music, drinks and Q and A on the CD and its background, Reptilicus’ history and up coming projects with a few chips from our sonic workshop scattered around. Again thanks to Mengi and all who showed up.
New release on EMF, Electronic Music Foundation. Graphic design by award winning Michael Robert Wrycraft – with special thanks to William Blakeney, Joel Chadabe and Praveer Baijal. The CD is the result of Reptilicus’ participation in the Tectonics festival in Reykjavik, organised by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and curated by conductor Ilan Volkov. Reptilicus did various recordings of performances, rehearsals and the environment at the festival which became the basis of their own performance. In the wake of Tectonics, Reptilicus put new pieces together, manipulating and adding to the raw material collected. Among the material used (with permisson) are recordings of the works of Christian Wolff and Pauline Oliveros.
In Reykjavík, the CD is available at the following stores: 12 Tónar on Skólavörðustígur; Bóksala Stúdenta on Háskólatorg; Lucky Records on Rauðarárstígur; Smekkleysa on Laugavegur; and Mengi on Óðinsgata.
We’re over the moon having made Veronica Vasicka’s and Karl O’Connor’s lists – to quote Yatra-Arts:
“Reptilicus – “Initial Conditions” single on Yatra Arts makes the cut for Veronica Vasicka / Minimal Wave’s best of 2013 list on Boomkat.com. We are truly honoured as we have great respect for her label, radio program & vision.” / “and also on Regis (Karl O’Connor) / Downwards chart as well”
Canadian Label Yatra-Arts released a unique CD at the Iceland Airwaves festival this October: Höfnin Hljómar, Sounds of the Harbour, a compilation Icelandic electronic music. The concept is the brain child of Yatra-Arts founder Praveer Baijal who co-produced it with Toronto’s William Blakeney. The compilation is a snapshot of what’s happening at fringes of the Icelandic electronic scene at the moment.
Reptilicus is pleased to be part of the project in the illustrious company of Gjöll, Björk Viggósdóttir, Auxpan, Jóhann Eiríksson, Inside Bilderberg, AMFJ, Stereo Hypnosis, Jónas Sen, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Þóranna Björnsdóttir, Þorkell Atlason and Rúnar Magnússon. Our pleasure is not diminished by the fact that an excerpt of our live cooperation with Auxpan from 12 Tónar is included.
Reptilicus concluded Yatra-Arts’ label night at the Iceland Airwaves festival, October 30th, celebrating the release of Höfnin Hljómar, Sounds of the Harbour, a compilation Icelandic electronic music. To cite The Reykjavik Grapewine review:
“Last but not least closing the show was Reptilicus. For those unfamiliar with this duo this was witness to experimental Icelandic royalty. Over 20 years of pushing the boundaries of sound and music, they took the the stage like the sentries of the scene, sage like. This set was thunderous and unflinching. Despite the obvious lineage to industrial, kraut and Dada, Reptilicus split the sound of time in half. Simultaneously a prehistory and post history experimental electronic music. Textural, beat driven, granular perfection. In actuality, I really don’t think it is quite accurate to describe them as experimental. Other than the original output signal, their deft control and articulation of the set was poignant, sharp, and hitting.”
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We’re grateful for the invite to Factory Experimental Music Minifest at Hjalteyri last week. We had excellent time with Re-Pete, Dick Vegas and all the rest – thanks!
At Factory, we’ll be trying out new stuff we’re working on in conjunction with an assortment of stray tunes from previous years. Our first time in Hjalteyri, looking forward to it!
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.