Kenning by Ástvaldur Þórisson is a piece based on the traditional Icelandic chanting called Rímur. The piece is composed from recordings from Silfurplötur, an album compiling recordings from 1935 to 1936. Rímur traces it’s beginning to the 14th century. Kenning is composed to preserve and modernise this tradition. Circumlocuating around the traditional form, generating a contemporary one.
Stjórn - onomatopoeia is a sample based piece based on control and the need for authority in modern societies presented by astvaldur. Raising questions about tonality and use of language of those in control. Utilising everything from articulations to harmonic content in order to create atmospheres and unorthodox rhythms. All material is sampled from Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, focusing on the most influential Icelandic politicians of the last 5 years.