This recording takes you on a round trip of Iceland. The aural journey starts westward from the island’s south in the cold, early spring. After a side trip into the West Fjords, our route traverses the north of the country at the height of summer, followed by an excursion into the interior highlands before a short stop in the East Fjords. As the sound trip nears its geographical starting point, autumn and winter make their appearance before the journey comes full circle.
The recordings do not feature any human-derived sounds.
0.00 - 1.45 Strokkur geyser, Haukadalur
1.46 - 3.15 Hot springs, Haukadalur
3.16 - 7.04 Grímsnes lava field
7.05 - 8.11 Hot spring in Reykjadalur valley in Hengill geothermal area
2. South West
0.00 - 2.55 Urriðakotshellir cave, Heiðmörk Nature Reserve
2.56 - 3.47 Gjáarétt, outside Urriðakotshellir cave, Heiðmörk Nature Reserve
3.48 - 5.19 Stream near Lake Elliðavatn, Reykjavík
5.20 - 6.28 Eiðsvík cove near Geldinganes causeway island, Reykjavík
0.00 - 1.52 Hraunfossar waterfalls and River Hvítá
1.53 - 2.24 Deildartunguhver hot spring
2.25 - 4.49 Húsafell area
4.55 - 7.59 Surtshellir cave
Recorded by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir in 2009–2013.
Produced and mixed by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, in 2014.
Post-production and mastering by Sigurdór Guðmundsson, Skonrokk Studios.
Design by Sebastian Ristow, FLATLAB
Photos by Guðmundur Harðarson, Dagný Bjarnadóttir and Nick Martin.
Cover photo by Guðmundur Harðarson.
Special thanks to Páll Hermannsson, Dagný Bjarnadóttir, Guðmundur Harðarson, Nick Martin, María Ingimarsdóttir, Gabrielle Karlsén Beretta and the staff at EMS Stockholm.
Composer and electric guitarist Hafdís Bjarnadóttir combines her training in jazz and classical music with her
interpretation of the 'sounds of life' to produce music that has been described as both comforting and challenging at the same time. Her past projects include an orchestra piece made with knitting instructions, three critically acclaimed solo albums and various commissioned pieces....more
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So interesting that Callahan's lyrics + Chauveau's vocal strongly resembles David Sylvian's style. I knew of Mathieu & Sylvian's collaboration but wasn't aware of this release and from the get go I am very pleased. How did I miss this? Especially considering I listened to Chauveau a lot in the early 00s. Wonders never cease. This album is wonderful. Anthony Childs