Icelandic bands Reptilicus and Stereo Hypnosis appear for a rare occasion of electronic music in Mengi in the heart of Reykjavík. Waveshaper Television (from the producers of the 2014 hit independent film I Dream of Wires) will be shooting the concert as part of their upcoming profile of Reptilicus and Stereo Hypnosis.
Reptilicus, a collaboration of two Icelanders, Jóhann Eiríksson and Guðmundur I. Markússon, has stalked the fringes of the Icelandic musical landscape since 1988 and counts among the pioneers of electronic, industrial, and experimental music in Iceland. Taking its cue from the intricacies of industrial electronica, the creativity of krautrock, and Dada, Reptilicus have issued a number of releases on tape, vinyl, anti-vinyl and CD where experiments, noise, percussion, 8mm and wind instruments fuse in an electronic crucible. Currently, Reptilicus is preparing a complete re-issue of its works along with new material in collaboration with Canadian label Artoffact Records.
Stereo Hypnosis began its life in the remote island Flatey in 2006. Originally founded by father and son Óskar and Pan Thorarensen, joined by the composer Thorkell Atlason in 2014. The trio has developed an organic electronic sound, serene and downtempo, and to date released 6 albums. Stereo Hypnosis has toured both sides of the Atlantic in recent years and are currently working on various collaborative projects.
From the producers of the 2014 hit independant film I Dream of Wires, Waveshaper Television is an upcoming subscriber supported web-based video channel dedicated to preserving electronic music history as well as exploring new artists and developments in synthesizer technology.
Doors at 20:30 – Tickets are 2.000 ISK – See event on Facebook
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.