Listasafn Islands

Fringe Berry Concert Series: Thranophone in past and present

Hafnarhús, Wednesday, February 27th at 8 p.m. the Fringe Berry Concert Series will offer a concert dedicated to the instrument Thranophone (2007-), made by the Icelandic composer Þráinn Hjálmarsson. 'Thranophone' is an electro-acoustic musical instrument which uses positive feedback [Larsen effect] to amplify the formant-peaks of complex/simple shaped cavities. It´s sonic material and possibilities of pitches derives from the resonance frequencies of cavities.

The instrument will be put in the historical context of many music performances of the 20th Century.  Two different versions of the Thranophone will be used. The first was made in 2007 for the compositional piece 8'. In 2009 the instrument evolved remarkably when the microphone was brought to the mouth of the performer. Since 2011, Halldór Úlfarsson, artist and creator of the Halldorophone has collaborated with Þráinn on further developments of the instruments.


Steve Reich, Pendulum Music (1968/1973)

Þráinn Hjálmarsson, 8' for 4 Thranophone #1 (2007)

Alvin Lucier, I am sitting in a room (1969)

Ingi Garðar Erlendsson/Þráinn Hjálmarsson, New piece for Thranophone #2 (2013)

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Lohanimalia (2012)

Áki Ásgeirsson, 293° (2011)



Alvin Lucier, I am sitting in a room, Reykjavík Art Museum

Fringe Berry:

Halldór Úlfarsson:

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 04.23.2015