Bjarni Gunnarsson (born 1980, Iceland) is an Icelandic composer and sound artist. He has released numerous LP´s, EP´s, compilation tracks and reworks on labels like Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik, Lamadameaveclechien and Shipwrec. He has also perfomed his music in concerts and festivals in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland and Iceland. A recent collection of his solo works can be found on the CD “Safn 2006-2009” which was released by the Belgium label Lamadameaveclechien in January 2010.
His work is concerned with process-based ideas. Sounds focusing on internal activity and motion. Compositions that put into foreground behaviors, actions, fluid sound structures, fuzzy materials or forms. Music without sharp boundaries. He is additionally interested in exploring the contact between composed computer sound structures and space, and has presented his work in various spatial configurations such as at the WFS system in Leiden (192 speakers), the WFS system in Berlin (832 speakers) and the BEAST system in Birmingham (up to 100 speakers) as well as recent 8 and 4 channel formations.
Bjarni studied composition with Gerard Pape, Trevor Wishart, Agostino Di Scipio and Curtis Roads at the CCMIX music center in Paris and has recently completed a masters degree at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of music in Den Haag with Paul Berg, Kees Tazelaar and Richard Barrett.
Current activities is working on studies in algorithmic composition, how to vision and design composition environments, create musical compositions, composition software and make aesthetics analysis of process based music with connective elements. He is also working on new material with his long-lasting electronic music duo Einóma, and for MGBG, a duo of voice and electronics with Marie Guilleray (MGBG).
Releases on 3LEAVES:
Processes & Potentials (2013)