RESIDENCY: Gunnar Gunnsteinsson (IS) 2016

Gunnar Gunnsteinsson is an Icelandic composer based in Amsterdam. His eclectic musical career began with marching bands, beat music, electric bass and rock bands before eventually coming to fruition with a full focus on electronics.

WORM: What are you working on?
Gunnar Gunnsteinsson: I was thinking of doing an album actually. I want to research old medieval music and find a way to combine it with this electronic approach. I’m also trying to find the connection between medieval music and Schlager music. I think there is a musical connection between these two different things. Schlager music is a sort of medieval, old European music which is put into a soda can.

During my time here I want to try to figure out a sound that could combine to these ideas.

WORM: So what equipment have you been using to make this magical connection?
Gunnar Gunnsteinsson: It’s funny because I was mostly interested in the analogue synthesizers here – the ARPs especially. I was trying those out and then I saw this this sleazy-looking synthesizer. It has a sort of cheap early 90’s or 80’s sound that I like very much, so I’ve been mostly using that actually. I didn’t foresee this, being surrounded by all this great equipment.

I’m also planning on trying this Klangendum Modular Mix. So I guess the sound is going to be a mixture of cheap 80’s/90’s sound and some analogue for percussive sounds.

Gunnar Gunnsteinsson: I’ve known about the studio for a long time. I studied music in Amsterdam and my teacher talked a lot about this place. I showed interest in analogue synthesizers and he kept encouraging me to visit this studio. So finally I’m here.