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.
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.”
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:
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.