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January 13, 2015

Jóhann JóhannssonJóhann Jóhannsson Wins Golden Globe in Hollywood !
– Grapevine.is

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has just been awarded a Golden Globe for his score to the film Theory of Everything... [More]


January 9, 2015

Iceland Symphony OrchestraIce and fire: the classical music scene in Iceland
– The Guardian

The flourishing of musical life in Iceland is often talked about, but one of the main reasons for it is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be, though. When you listen to and watch an outfit such as Sigur Rós, you’ll notice that many of the techniques associated with the band and their lead singer, Jónsi, such as using a bow on his guitar, or the use of different singing registers, relate to his education in classical music and, more importantly, to the willingness to employ classical techniques in a rock context...

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December 10, 2014

PælinginFrom Race Records to Rock and Roll

Pétur Karl Heiðarson – University of Akureyri – B.Ed thesis (2014)

To the children of the modern age, music is an indispensable part of everyday life and accessible to everyone. Class, race, age and gender are of no or little importance, everyone can listen to music by anyone. This is, however, a relatively new aspect of music. Well into the later half of the 20th century, music was subject to racial and cultural segregation, just as almost every other aspect of society. White people had their music, and black people had their own. In this thesis, I will look at one particular company’s participation in eliminating the aforementioned racial barriers in music, namely Chess Records... [More]



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