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Edison Electronica

Edison Electronica

Published November 11, 2011

Electronic music aficionados, get ready for a blast from the past. The bygone pastime of viewing nickelodeons produced by the revolving sunlight studios has long since past, but your ability to view silent films against a contemporary backdrop has not. In 1994, Curver Thoroddsen and Birgir Örn Steinarsson had the marvellous idea of playing contemporary music against a black and white film backdrop, and the results were rewarding: years later, the idea flourishes, with bands like múm, Plastik, and Sigur Rós all lending their talents to bringing classic motion pictures to life.
Now, in 2011, electronic music takes stage against celluloid at Sveim í svart/hvítu, roughly translated as “Diffusion in black/white” at Tjarnarbió, and you can once again take part in reliving the past. Though the line-up has yet to be announced, the spectacle of hearing pulsating oscillators, applied filters and augmented EQ bands against the backdrop of antiquated film is a good enough reason to bite one’s nails, foam at the mouth and beg for a spectacular performance. Arguably, the most dynamic and inspiring part of the show will be seeing what artists can do when given the chance to run wild over history. It should prove to be both exciting and educational!
Where: Tjarnarbió
When: November 11 20:00
How Much: Free

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