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Influence of buildings on musical tone

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“[A] spoken vowel in a building can become a tone [...].
From an acoustic point of view tone means fullness, depth, and richness of a sound, an emphasis of its character.” – Hope Bagenal

Written for Ilan Volkov and Tectonics music festival of Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavík, 2013.


from Influence of buildings on musical tone, track released September 7, 2018
Through their earnest, skillful and passionate work – including dozens of CD-releases, touring and participation in many of Europe’s foremost festivals – Caput has gratified innumerable listeners with their artistically eminent performances of contemporary music by Nordic composers, ever since it was founded in 1987.

Greta Guðnadóttir, violin
Svava Bernharðsdóttir, viola
Sigurður Halldórsson, violoncello
Hávarður Tryggvason, double bass
Matthías Hemstock, percussion
Steef Van Oosterhout, percussion
Guðni Franzson, conductor

Recorded at Fella- og Hólakirkja, Reykjavík, 20th of February 2016. Recording: Georg Magnússon.
Tonmeister: Þráinn Hjálmarsson.
Mixing & Mastering: Albert Finnbogason.


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Thrainn Hjalmarsson Iceland

Composer, curator and tutor - Hjálmarsson is known for his detailed and finely woven sound world, where the act of listening plays a vital role. Here, the perception of sound is ever transforming, revealing an otherwise obfuscated narrative, unfolding in time. ... more

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