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Over Light Earth

by Daníel Bjarnason

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Track list:

1. Over Light Earth I. Over Light Earth 

2. Over Light Earth II. Number 1, 1949
3. Emergence I. Silence
4. Emergence II. Black Breathing

5. Emergence III. Emergence

6. Solitudes I. Holy

7. Solitudes II. Dance Around In Your Bones
8. Solitudes III. Echo & Pre-Echo
9. Solitudes IV. Selge Ruh

10. Solitudes V. T'aint No Sin

Bedroom Community releases Daníel Bjarnason’s Over Light Earth on September 30th 2013.

This is the Icelandic multi award-winning composer’s second solo-album and third release on Bedroom Community, hot on the heels of his SÓLARIS collaboration with labelmate Ben Frost.

Bjarnason’s critically acclaimed debut album Processions was hailed by Time Out NY as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’. On Over Light Earth the intensity of Bjarnason’s orchestral voice is captured through meticulous close-miking and multitracking, a recording process that sets this recording radically apart from that of conventional orchestral recordings. This album is very much the fruit of Bjarnason’s ongoing and intimate symbiosis with Bedroom Community’s Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Here, with engineer Paul Evans and the newly formed Reykjavík Sinfonia, they have produced a suitably unconventional symphonic recording. As much at home in the recording studio as he is on the conductor’s podium, it’s no wonder Bjarnason is equally effective in collaboration with other sonic architects, whether it’s the band Sigur Rós —he collaborated with them on their last two albums— or his Bedroom Community labelmates.

Over Light Earth comprises of three major works; the title work which was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is Bjarnason’s sonic nod towards the work of the so-called New York School of painters like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, whose canvases No. 9 (Dark Over Light Earth) and Number 1, 1949 inspired the two movements of ‘‘Over Light Earth’.

The second piece is aptly titled ‘Emergence’. The inexorable progresses of the underlying harmonies suggest a vast, preexisting form just coming into view, but while these harmonies keep steady somewhere beneath the audible surface of the piece, they’re manifested in a range of unstable attacks, hesitations and anticipations.

The third and final piece ‘Solitudes’, is an early work that is in fact Daníel’s first piano concerto, here reworked with electronics by Sigurðsson and Frost. In this piece Bjarnason demonstrates his mastery of more complex harmonies and melodies.

He uses the technique of muffling the piano strings to create syncopated, danceable rhythms almost like percussion pieces for piano and there might be a hint of a young John Cage here; of the rhythmically vital, pseudo-primitive prepared piano works. It’s between the simple elements and more abstract materials - between harmonic motion and pure gesture - that we can hear Daníel Bjarnason’s compositional voice itself beginning to emerge.


released September 30, 2013


All Music Composed By Daníel Bjarnason.

All Music Performed By Reykjavík Sinfonia Conducted By Daníel Bjarnason

All Pianos & Synths Played By Daníel Bjarnason Except Impossible Pianos In Over Light Earth Which Are Played By Víkingur Ólafsson

Processing And Programming In Solitudes By Valgeir Sigurðsson & Ben Frost

Reykjavík Sinfonia Managed By Borgar Magnason

Produced By Valgeir Sigurðsson

Engineered By Paul Evans

Edited By Paul Evans & Daníel Bjarnason

Additional Editing By Clement Sbaffe & Ari Baldur Baldursson

Mixed By Valgeir Sigurðsson, Paul Evans & Daníel Bjarnason

Mastered At Greenhouse Studios By Valgeir Sigurðsson

All Music Recorded, Mixed & Mastered At Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík

Over Light Earth Was Commissioned By The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel Music Director & Barbican, London. Major Support Provided By Lenore S. & Bernard Greenberg.

Daníel Bjarnason Is Published By C. F. Peters Frankfurt Leipzig London New York

This Is A Bedroom Community Record. P & C 2013 Bedroom Community


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Daníel Bjarnason

Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason has garnered widespread acclaim for his debut album, Processions. His versatility as an arranger and conductor has led to collaborations with with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field, including Sigur Rós & Efterklang. ... more

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