The Herbal Bed

Peter Whelan


The Herbal Bed

Valgeir Sigurdsson

Composer

Producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson has been making musical noise for as long as he can remember. He studied classical guitar in his native Iceland and in 1991 he earned a ‘Tonmeister’ degree from London’s SAE Institute.
 

Valgeir is the founder of the Bedroom Community record label and Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík, where he has established an influential sonic signature with recording techniques that push the boundaries of contemporary and neo-classical music production. Constantly refining his own recording artistry and composition, he now has three solo albums to his name, Ekvílibríum (2007), Draumalandið (2010) and Architecture of Loss (2013). His scores, frequently incorporating electronics with acoustic instruments, have been performed by the likes of The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Crash Ensemble, Chiara Quartet, City of London Sinfonia and Nordic Affect. Works for theatre and dance include music for director Falk Richter and choreographers Stephen Petronio, Pieter C. Scholten and Emio Greco. Valgeir has also written music for film and TV, including the environmental documentary Dreamland. Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists, Valgeir’s opera based on text by Canadian poet a rawlings, was staged at the Reykjavík Arts Festival in 2014. Scored for three singers, Alexi Murdoch, Sasha Siem and Ásgerður Júníusdóttir, WSfL won the Music Theatre Now 2016 award.

 

In 1998 he was hired by Björk as engineer and programmer for Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark soundtrack, a monumental project that combined Valgeir’s passion for electronic, orchestral and film music. Valgeir’s musical relationship as one of Björk’s primary studio collaborators from 1998 to 2006 thrived through contributions to her albums Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, and Drawing Restraint 9. A prolific collaborator, he constantly works with others, having produced and mixed every Bedroom Community release as well as participating in production of albums with musicians such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Feist, Anohni (Antony Hegarty), Tim Hecker, CocoRosie, Sasha Siem and Damon Albarn. Furthermore, his mastering credits include Oneohtrix Point Never, Alarm Will Sound and yMusic, to name a few.

 

In all of his projects, Valgeir bends and blends familiar sounds to expose the new within the known, lending depth to pop and mainstream music through care and an ear for esoteric, eclectic sonic experimentation. His aural oeuvre and collaborative contributions collide organic with synthetic, acoustic with digital, connection with isolation, and domestic with ethereal – resulting in a body of work ripe with emotion, curiosity, and humanity.

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