Feb 28, 2012

Hey, what happened?

Dear Googlebot and/or Russian search engine crawler!

You might be wondering why I haven’t updated this here blogue for a whole year. Has Eiríkur forgotten his password? Has he finally succumbed to the temptation of becoming an ivory dealer in Sudan?

Fear not, my dear script! All shall be explained, so that there is no question left unanswered. So what have I done for the past year? I’m curious myself, so I had a look at my calendar and made a quick overview.

2011:

  • January:

    Recorded some trumpet for The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble’s From the Stairwell

    Played a show with Kira Kira at Dark Music Days in Reykjavík (see post below)

    Hatched a plan (see August)

  • February:

    hdden played a show in Zaal 100 at Icelandic Music Days

    Joined Kippi Kaninus and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen for a quick romp at Cafe Kremers in Den Haag.

    Worked on some ideas with Knalpot.

  • March:

    hdden played at TryTone Festival, Amsterdam

    Live scored Karel Doing’s Images of a Moving City with Mt. Fuji Doomjazz Corporation at Melkweg, Amsterdam

    Recorded some trompei for Kira Kira’s upcoming album

  • April:

    Two week European tour with Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

    Made test recordings with Knalpot

  • May:

    Show with Binary Orchid at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

    Lots of trumpet practice, trying to internalize Malte Burba’s teachings, lots of lying on the floor and breathing. (It really works.)

    Worked on a laptop/trumpet solo set

  • June:

    Múm goes to Japan, plays a wonderful show at Taico Club festival in Nagano. Get lost inside a maze with Alex Smoke

    While in Tokyo, play a secret (actually secret) improv set with Róbert Reynisson, Wata Igarashi and a friend at a tiny bar in Shibuya

  • July:

    Show with Kippi Kaninus in Reykjavík

    Did string arrangements for múm’s movie soundtrack for an as-yet-unnanounced film

    Did sound for an installation with Irene Ósk Bermudez and Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir at LungA festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

    Also did a lovely set with Kippi Kaninus and Bogomil Font at said festival

    Performance with Kira Kira at Thomas Pausz’s Hortus Praxis exhibition at the MUDAM museum in Luxembourg

  • August:

    Working on string and brass arrangements for Sin Fang’s upcoming album

    Recorded some trumpet for upcoming Borko album

    After years of watching from the sidelines, I finally got serious about learning how to become a developer, started an undergraduate course in Computer Science at Reykjavik University. (Doing it by distance learning. Drastic, I know.)

  • September:

    Sin Fang string and brass recordings! Also played some trumpet on that one.

  • October:

    Show with The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble in Essen

    Shows with múm in Warsaw and Istanbul

  • November:

    Show with The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble in Athens, Greece

  • December:

    Recorded trumpet for Gyða Valtýsdóttir’s upcoming album

    Tried my hand at making a vst plugin (Ha! didn’t work! Damn you, JUCE framework!)

2012:

  • January:

    Show with The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble at the Rumour festival in Utrecht

  • February:

    Show with Binary Orchid in Eindhoven

    Live scoring the movie Tuvalu with Kira Kira at the Artium in Vitoria, Spain


It wasn’t my busiest year musically, but a good one nonetheless. It was especially fun doing a bunch of string and brass arrangements for Sin Fang and múm. And it was refreshing not to tour my life away.

Regrets: I’ve had a few. Especially chickening out on working on my near-imaginary solo set. Now there’s a dragon to be slayed! Also, I’d like to achieve something tangible with audio programming.

Overall, it was a good year. And 2012 looks to be great as well, lots of exciting stuff in the pipes. Maybe I’ll poke a hole in that dragon!

Whew! Clean slate! Where do I go from here?

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