The four composer/performers in OUTPOST II have composed several pieces for the project. We have both composed music inspired by images made by visual art pupils, and music that is meant to inspire the pupils into making new images. We have focused on using graphic notation and text score so that we could finalize them together.
The pieces called "A dreamer's dream", "Sun-set-rise", "Shapes in the air" and "A whirlwind of shadows" are composed to paintings and drawings made by pupils at Bodø Kulturskole. The pieces called "Under", "Hringlag" and "Sirkus" are composed to paintings made by the pupils in Myndlistarskóli Mosfellsbæjar.
All recordings below are live recordings from the concerts exhibitions we had in Bodø and Reykjavík.
OUTPOST II's theme is light:dark. How can music be light or dark? Is it the pitch, scale, dynamics or timbre that give us associations to light or dark? We wanted to explore this, and decided on two scales. Then we each made two motivs, one light and one dark. We used these motives in our compositions on light and dark, and you can hear the results below.
This pieces is composed by Astri and it is inspired by the drawing made by Kine. Kine has drawn her dreamcatcher that she has made herself.
Sun-set-rise is a composition by Birgit, and she took inspiration from a painting made by Anne Elvine. They both agreed that the image was neither a sunrise or a sunset, but both. We are only playing part 1 on the recording.
shapes in the air
This pieces is composed by Ásbjörg and the drawing is by Ella. Ásbjörg took Ellas drawing very literal, and made guidelines to how we could translate the lines into music.
a whirlwind of shadows
A Whirlwind of Shadows is a piece by Eygló and it is inspired by a painting by Maja. Eygló is working with the circular motion and moving up one pitch every new circle. Maja has used every color she could fins so that people would be happy when seeing it.
This pieces is composed by Birgit and she uses 15 paintings by pupils from the Myndlistarskóli Mosfellsbæjar as both inspiration and literal sheet music. The fish inspired the title and the use of water as an instrument.
Hringlag is a piece by Eygló and it is inspired by several drawings made by the pupils at Myndlistarskóli Mosfellsbæjar. The title means "circle song" in English. The sheet music is one sheet with a lot of short motives. The musicians start at different places, but all finish when they have played all the motives, and therefore they all play in circles.
Ásbjörg wrote the piece Sirkus inspired by one large painting all the pupils at Myndlistarskóli Mosfellsbæjar had worked on together. The picture is filled with a lot of lines, or a lot of melodies, rhythms and motives if you read it as music. Ásbjörg decided to use a loop machine so that she could add more voices to the piece, making a large sirkus of it.