Ólafur Arnalds

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Ambient music mastermind Ólafur Arnalds breaks out of his shell with new album re:member.

The BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer is renowned for seamlessly weaving soaring melodies with courageous beats, but it is his obsession with innovative methods of composing that takes to the fore in his fourth solo LP.

Using custom-built Stratus software, the result of two years of work by the composer and audio developer, Halldór Eldjárn, Arnalds transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. The Stratus Pianos he uses are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos, which are triggered by a central piano played by Arnalds and are the centrepiece of his new works. As Arnalds plays a note on the piano, two different notes are generated by Stratus, creating unexpected harmonies and surprising melodic sequences. ‘You get ideas that you would never get otherwise, just because this inspired those ideas,’ says Ólafur (Resident Advisor).

Don’t miss the most forward-looking concerts of the year when Arnalds brings his raw and sublime music to the acoustic surrounds of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Top Shelf

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