Hildur and Skúli collaborate in an interdisciplinary performance with visual artist Elín Hansdóttir and choreographer Margrét Bjarnadóttir. Part of a series of works in the art festival Deilt með tveimur organized by Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and Reykajvík Art Museum in fall of 2017.
Halldorophone played by the composer to the accompaniment of digitally simulated bagpipes.
Scottish born, Iceland bred composer Charles Ross previews/premiers Burryman a composition for halldorophone and (faux) bagpipe at Sláturtíð 2017. Charles became interested in the halldorophone at Eiðar Composers´ farm 2014 an event organized by him and his wife Suncana at their homestead in the East of Iceland. This work has been expected since then and we eagerly await a version with embodied Scottish bagpipes.
The experimental lyres in this picture are prototypes of an attempt to create string instruments well suited to Guðmundur Steinn´s style of composing which can be made cheaply and consistently from generic parts and materials.
A halldorophone is included in the instrumentation of Einvaldsóður, a chamber opera by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson premiered at Sláturtíð 2017. Singers explore aspects of kvæðaskapur and the baroque, accompanied by old and experimental instruments in alternative tunings. Also included in the instrumentation are prototype experimental lyres developed by Guðmundur Steinn and Halldór Úlfarsson, here are a few of Guðmundur’s words about the project:
Like many just intonation scales or natural tuning systems this system works with intervals in a palindromic fashion, ratios and its compliments. Compliment refers to when two numbers in a ratio are switched. This literally corresponds to playing a string on the other side of the bridge to hear the compliment of the note. In theory this is how it works and these instruments are a simple display of this natural function. Of course this is not the whole story as there are always multiple other variables that can affect the tuning. 36 (or 35 or 37) notes in one octave are played on 6 different 3 string but 6 note instruments. Needless to say, this project owes a lot to Harry Partch and other composers in that continuum.
Long time halldorophone user Hildur Guðnadóttir opens for and performs with Sunn o))) at the Barbican centre as part of Convergence 2017. Hildur played solo halldorophone in her supporting set and played it also accompanying Sunn in their set.
Hildur Guðnadóttir scores director Baltasar Kormákur’s Eiðurinn (The Oath). The halldorophone is prominent in Hildur’s music for the film, for which she wins the icelandic film and TV industry award Eddan.
Composer Jóhann Jóhannson collaborates again with director Denis Villeneuve on the score for his acclaimed Arrival. Jóhann’s original music wins and is nominated for a variety of awards and recognitions including BAFTA and Golden Globe. The halldorophone is found in the instrumentation played by Hildur Guðnadóttir who collaborates with Jóhann on this project.
Max Lilja is a founding member of the legendary cello-centric, stadium rock band Apocalyptica, he is an accomplished composer and performer of his own music, he scores film, TV and games alongside with numerous other musical projects. Max was conscripted by Esa Lilja (no relation) as halldorophonist for Esa´s 2016 Hrímhvíta Móðir and consequently became inspired to compose his own music for the instrument.
Max (right) in workshop with a student and Professor Andrew Bentley (left) at the Centre for Music & Technology of the Sibelius Academy Helsinki
Some of Max’s words about using the halldorophone: “It’s a very physical instrument and as the main principle is to learn to control the feedback resonances it really forces you to rethink the whole concept of playing an instrument. Very cinematic sound somewhere between music and sound design.”