I first came into contact with Johann Jóhannsson’s music when I asked for a random recommendation in an out of the way music shop in Reykjavik back in March 08 and the woman recommended IBM 1041, A User’s Manual (spotify). Unsurprisingly, the name and brief description along the lines of “oh, it’s strings and weird bleeps” was enough to get me interested. The music turned out to be a beautiful synthesis of found sounds, strings and few bleeps and I fell in love with it. The follow-up Fordlândia was one of my albums of 2008 – moving orchestral evocations of space and movement.
I can’t say I know very much about Greg Haines, though the blurb tells me that he
is an English musician and composer currently living in Berlin, who specialises in exploring the middle-ground between the academic world of contemporary classical music and the freedom found in the desire to manipulate and experiment with sound itself.
which sounds interesting. And his album Slumber Time is up on spotify.
The concert is on Thursday 27th May, and St Giles should be a great venue – especially if the harmonics get going the way they did at Fennesz and Grouper… I recommend you get there early to get a downstairs seat – visibility ain’t great upstairs and the acoustics are quite strange.