The Icelandic music festival Extreme Chill has been held for six years. Five times in Iceland at Hellissandur, Snæfellsnes. The 5th anniversary was held in Berlin, Germany summer 2014. In August 2009 Stereo Hypnosis held a release concert in Hellissandur, a village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. That is when the idea to locate the music festival at Hellissandur saw the light of day. One year later Extreme Chill – Undir Jökli (under the glacier), was held the weekend 6-8 August 2010.
Artists like: Biosphere, Mixmaster Morris, Thomas Fehlmann (Orb), Solar Fields, Samaris, Yagya, Stereo Hypnosis, Reptilicus, Inferno 5, Ruxpin, Futuregrapher, Xerxes, Tonik Ensemble and many more, have performed last six years in Iceland & Berlin. The festival has been getting more popular year after year and the British paper the Guardian choose the Extreme Chill Festival “Europe´s most picturesque festival location in 2012″. This year Extreme Chill 7th anniversary (in a new form) will take place in one of the most beautiful places in Iceland Vík í Mýrdal 2-3 July.
Artists in 2016:
Hans Joachim Roedelius
Roedelius is a pioneer in the field of the exploitation of electrically generated tones, sounds and noises, and belongs to the founders of contemporary popular electronic music. Roedelius was born October 26th, 1934 in Friedenau/Berlin and has been living in Baden, south of Vienna, since 1978. He started as a professional composer/musician/texter in the late sixties, with sound-experiments described as a sort of “anarchic musical actionism”. He has collaborated with many composers and musicians such as: Brian Eno, Holger Czukay, Michael Rother, Konrad Plank, Peter Baumann, Dieter Moebius, Fabio Capanni, Jurij Novoselic, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Andres Gil, Felix Jay, Nicola Alesini, Konrad Schnitzler, Alexander Czjzek, Eric Spitzer-Marlyn and many others.
Father and son – Óskar Thorarensen one of the founders of the collective Brut art group Inferno 5 (1984), Pan Thorarensen and Thorkell Atlasson form the electronic trio Stereo Hypnosis. The trio was stabilized, between field recording and photo sessions in the remote island Flatey (2006). They have an organic sound, serene and down tempo – electronic climbing the Icelandic unforgiving highlands. Stereo Hypnosis has constructed five albums: Parallel Island, Hypnogogia, Synopsis (in collaboration with the Italian sound artist Pulse) Glossolalia & Morphic Ritual. Pan and Oskar, have combined over forty years of musical carer in Iceland, and are well know and respected for their works. For the past six years Stereo Hypnosis have been touring various countries around the Globe. They are also leading promoters in the Icelandic Electronic scene and founders of the Extreme Chill Festival. Þorkell has been involved in classical contemporary music and pop music from his young age. He has worked as a composer and electronic musician in Rotterdam Holland and also he studied classical guitar. His works have been performed all around Europe and America.
Reptilicus has stalked the fringes of the Icelandic musical landscape since 1988. Reptilicus took its cue from the creativity of k****rock, the intricacies of industrial electronica and Dada. Since the late eighties and throughout the nineties, Reptilicus issued a number of releases on tape, vinyl, anti-vinyl and CD where experiments, noise, percussion, 8mm and wind instruments fused in an electronic crucible. Currently, Reptilicus is gradually working its way towards a new release and brooding over past sonic adventures.
Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher
Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher; fuses the beautiful piano melodies of Jón Ólafsson and the atmospheric ambient of Futuregrapher to create a lovely, evocative work. Both artists have been active in the Icelandic music scene for many years; Jón being a great musician, both in songwriting and keyboard playing and Árni Grétar has been super-productive in many projects. and co-owning electronic label Möller Records.
Missing puzzles from different images arranged to a new image to make unexptected sense. Þóranna Björnsdóttir is a productive composer and has received good regard for her electrical music. Her work has been broadcasted widely and she has performed at concerts and festivals in Iceland and abroad. Björnsdóttir’s works are experiments in capturing sound and sounding spaces which she encounters every day. She uses recorded sounds and made sounds in combination with a more classical approach in creating her very own soundscape. Björnsdóttir’s work can be heard on the CD “Höfnin Hljómar” which was published by the Canadian record label Yatra Arts and she recently released the work “Music for heavy and light atmospheres” with the independent records label Lady Boy Records.
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson has been a prominent part of the Icelandic music scene since the early eighties, shifting with relative ease between genres. His work has been classified as rock, electronics, avant-garde, jazz and neo-classical. He has written music for over 40 feature films and received nominations and awards for several of them, such as Children of Nature, In the Cut and Beowulf and Grendel. Steindór Andersen is the most distinguished Icelandic chanter of rímur, but rímur poetry is an important cultural heritage of the Icelandic nation. Under his presidency the rímur-chanting society Iðunn (established 1929) was transformed as Steindór’s unique command of the genre and his magnetic stage presence inspired nothing short of a revival. His collaboration with the Icelandic group Sigur Rós, resulting in tours in Europe and the United States, has sparked an unprecedented interest in this hitherto neglected musical form.
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