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Last year Dubspot hosted a series of workshops and panel discussions as part of Decibel Festival in Seattle, Washington. One of the most intriguing Dubspot EDU sessions was the artist workshop with Icelandic artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds. In the workshop, which was co-presented with Erased Tape Records, Ólafur demonstrates real-time sampling and composition techniques using Ableton Live and Touch OSC, and discusses how he incorporates acoustic instrumentation into his otherwise electronic music compositions. He also speaks about how he prepares the compositions for live performance and the pros & cons of this process in today’s music landscape.
Ólafur recently released his third album For Now I Am Winter.
Born in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, the 25-year old composer has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and his live-shows. Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut ‘Eulogy for Evolution’. Ólafur Arnalds’ second full-length album ‘…and they have escaped the weight of darkness’ (2010), continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements.
Below, you can check out two recent tracks from Ólafur Arnalds’ collaborative project with Janus Rasmussen Kiasmos. Their Thrown EP came out last year and featured remixes by FaltyDL and 65daysofstatic. Head over to Erased Tapes for details of an upcoming album from the duo.