21. Animated Notation


Fri 14 Oct 2011 21:00
@ Wall Gallery, Rotterdam
with Fersteinn

Fersteinn (IS) is a quartet of multi-instrumentalists that play compositions by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, a repertoire that is written especially for the ensemble. Fersteinn usually performs in the quietest of settings. They are a group that plays music in an 'extra-musical' or 'non-musical' sort of rhythm (so to speak). They did quite an impressive set a number of years ago at both De Vleeshal and Wall Gallery, for those who missed it. Fersteinn plays from animations made as compositions on a laptop. Most compositions are made by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson.

Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson (born 1982) is an Icelandic composer, performer and a founding member of S.L.Á.T.U.R., an experimental arts organisation in Reykjavík, as well as co-curator of the festival Sláturtíð. Through his compositions he has developed a rhythmic language devoid of regular beat or metre, and he has created a new musical notation to represent his music.

Gunnarsson's musical style combines sound patterns without using a rigid rhythmic grid structure or pulse. This approach has led to the development of his animated notation, or 'anitation', instead of using traditional musical scores. During the performance, the musicians follow specific instructions that move across a computer screen. This rhythmic language and animated notation, and the structural methods he uses in composition, were the subject of his Master's thesis at Mills College. As he explains, 'By intently focusing on small differences, both in rhythm and pitch, the ear gets tuned to a microscopic mode of listening. When things then open up, a new sense of variety is gained.'


Fersteinn works with the method of so-called 'animation'. This means animated notation. They had been performing before we started the 'Pushing Scores' project, yet we nevertheless claim their work to be part of it.

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