Battey + Guðmundsson

Battey + Guðmundsson

Battey + Guðmundsson 
Opening Concert

Thursday, January 30th 2014
HARPA | Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center 
Silfurberg Room 

RCVM has commissioned Hugi Guðmundsson and Bret Battey the composition of a live cinema session to be premiered at the RVM - Punto y Raya Festival 2014.

This is the first time that Battey (awarded first prize at PyR 2007 for his spectacularMercurius) is creating only the visuals for one of his works; Hugi is composing the music based on initial visual sketches they worked out together on a two-day session in July, 2013.

This audiovisual concert will also mark a return for Battey to perform visuals live. He is creating performance mechanisms that will allow him to control timings and subtleties carefully in realtime, so he can interact fluidly and spontaneously with the pianist Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, as chamber music performers.

Technical Details

So far, the composition has entailed converting elements of Battey’s Brownian Doughnut Warper filter into Open Frameworks, and optimizing for realitme performance. Max/MSPcontrols the Open Frameworks application through Open Sound Control.

Bret Battey

Bret Battey
1967 | Seattle·WA · USA 

Creates electronic, acoustic and multimedia concert works and installations.

He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and he has received recognitions and prizes from Austria's Prix Ars Electronica, France's Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain's Punto y Raya FestivalAbstracta Cinema of Rome, and Amsterdam Film eXperience for his sound and image compositions.

He is a Senior Lecturer with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre atDe Montfort University, UK.

Currently based in Leicester, UK.
Hugi Guðmundsson

Hugi Guðmundsson 
1977 | Iceland 

Studied composition at Reykjavik College of Music withThorkell Sigurbjörnsson and Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson. In 2005 he finished a Masters degree in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music where he studied with Bent SorensenHans Abrahamsen and Niels Rosing-Schow. He finished a second Masters degree (electronic music, Institute of Sonology, Netherlands) in spring 2007.

Hugi Gudmundsson has been nominated five times for the Icelandic Music Awards and received the award in 2013 for his orchestra piece Orkestur, and in 2008, forApocrypha, for baroque ensemble and electronics. He lives and works as a composer in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.