Last Friday was the premiere of my work ‘Rift’ performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Daníel Bjarnason. It was such a beautiful and inspiring experience! (Photos by @IcelandSymphony)
Rift is the mapping of Búrfellsgjá’s landscape, and I re-imagined the eruption of Búrfell, which occurred around 8000 years ago. The work starts from the caldera making its way to the descending lava channels, which fuse together into a large river of lava, then filters into streams which run all the way into the sea.
Through a combination of imagination and fieldwork, I collected data which evolved into compositional ideas. Landforms became the main structure of the piece, remanence of the flowing lava visible today, sculpted with the passing of time, affected the amplitude as well as the spectra. The numerous fissures created new events, the ever changing colours of the land had an impact on the timbre, and smaller details were expressed with different extended techniques.