In this public conversation as part of Sónar Reykjavík, Sigurðsson discussed his career, from founding Greenhouse Studios to recording his latest album, Dissonance, and detailed his particular approach to composition.
Valgeir Sigurðsson is an Icelandic musician who blends the familiar and esoteric, exposing the new within the known. Over the last two decades, Sigurðsson has cultivated projects by diverse international artists via the Bedroom Community label, which he co-founded with Ben Frost and Nico Muhly, and lent his expertise to the likes of Brian Eno, Sigur Rós and Feist as the founder of the Greenhouse Studios, one of Iceland’s top recording facilities. His career flourished in 1998 when Björk requested him as engineer and programmer for Lars von Trier’s Academy Award-nominated Dancer in the Dark soundtrack, a monumental project that combined his passion for electronic, orchestral and film music. Over the past decade Sigurðsson has released four solo albums of modern, experimental classical, further cementing his role both in the tight-knit Icelandic community and abroad.
13:07 - Greenhouse Studios
16:41 - Bedroom Community
20:43 - Nico Muhly
29:43 - Writing for film and dance
34:43 - Dreamland
40:49 - Dissonance
1:14 - Prince — “When Doves Cry” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG3VcCAlUgE
20:30 - Nico Muhly — “Keep in Touch” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffio4e1Op1o
34:41 - Valgeir Sigurðsson — “Draumalandið” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_WdweP6TOA
50:47 - Valgeir Sigurðsson — “Dissonance”
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