HexRec is an Icelandic group consisting of members Camilla Söderberg, Hilmar Thordarson and Rikhardur H. Fridriksson.
The group itself may be new, but the cooperation is not. Hilmar and Camilla have worked together on and off for a few years, and Hilmar and Rikhardur have frequently appeared as a duet, most often at openings of various sorts. All members took part in the ART2000 electronic music festival in October 2000, and first appeared together in March 2001. The results were very positive, so a group was formed.
The group's instrumentation is a strange mixture of old and new times. Camilla plays all shapes and sizes of recorders, from sopranino down to double bass, and Rikhardur plays electric guitar. These old instruments are either used along with computer sounds or sent through a computer, processing their sound.
On the other hand, all of them play newer, computer-based instruments. Camilla
plays a MIDI Wind Controller,
that, instead of making a sound, sends a control signal to a computer that makes
a sound according to the performer's instructions. Rikhardur plays the "Lightning",
a computer instrument controlled by moving two wands in the air, their position
and movement tracked by light sensors. Hilmar plays a Fader
Box that affects the results of Camilla's and Rikhardur's playing, besides
making its own sounds.
E-mail HexRec Here
Sound Examples (all taken from live concerts):
Borealis (2:23) 2,2 MB
Flow (1:46) 1,6 MB
Vier mal vier (1:21) 1,2 MB
Camilliana (1:58) 1,8 MB
Ising (2:19) 2,1 MB
Camilla Söderberg was born in Stockholm and grew up in Vienna. She studied recorder at the Vienna Conservatory, and then did further studies with Jeanette van Wingerden at the Schola Cantorum Basilienis in Switzerland. She has given recitals in Iceland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Spain, recorded for radio and television in Iceland and other countries. Camilla has released a CD with recorder concertos by Telemann and Vivaldi, as well as playing on various other CDs. Residing in Iceland since 1980, she has received the Visa cultural prize in 1997, working grant from the City of Reykjavik in 1998 and working grant from the Icelandic government in 1999 and 2002.
Hilmar Thordarson graduated from the Reykjavik College of Music in 1985. Subsequently he continued his studies in the U.S.A. where he finished Master's degrees from California Institute of the Arts and Yale University. Between 1992 and 1995 he worked as a guest composer at the studios of Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley in California. His works span a large range, from solo instrumental pieces to computer controlled dance pieces. They have been released on CDs and performed all over the world. Thordarson has received a working grant from the Icelandic government in 1994 and 1998, and the DV cultural prize for organizing the ART2000 computer music festival in Iceland. He is co-director of the Kopavogur Computer Music Centre, besides teaching computer music at Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Hilmar's Home Page (Beware,
it is five years out of date)
Rikhardur H. Fridriksson began his career as a rock musician, but later studied composition at the Reykjavik College of Music, Manhattan School of Music in New York, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and the Royal Dutch Conservatory in The Hague, He studied computer music at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, as well as attending courses on computer composition at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and the summer courses in Darmstadt. Fridriksson's instrumental and electro-acoustic compositions have been performed and broadcast in various countries. He has received the DV cultural prize for organizing the ART2000 computer music festival in Iceland, and a working grant from the Icelandic government in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004. Apart from a period teaching computer music at Aalborg University in Denmark, he has lived in Reykjavik, dividing his time between composing electronic music and teaching electronic music and music history. He is co-director of the Kopavogur Computer Music Centre, besides being caught teaching at Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Reykjavik College of Music.
Rikhardur's Home Page