Hilmar Thórdarson


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Hilmar Thórdarson is born in Akureyri Iceland in 1960. After graduating from The Reykjavik College of Music in Theory and Music Composition he went to USA for further studies. He holds a MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts and MA from Yale School of Music. During the years of 1992-1995 Mr. Thórdarson worked as a composer in residence at Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT) in Berkeley California. During that time he had a unique opportunity to work some experiment with music and computer technology. The outcome from that was the multimedia work "Goblins from the Land of Ice" a collaboration of computer aided music, Japanese Butoh dance and video work using interactive technology.

In his own composition Mr. Thórdarson is often inspired by the environment he is experiencing at that time. Like the piano solo "Oh Yellow Wonderworld", from his California year's, or the chamber work "Three Places in Japan", an afterthought after his first visit to Japan. This is even more clear in his computer music works like "Goblins from the Land of Ice" and "Dark Forces" where he basically uses the sounds from Iceland's nature as compositional material.

Mr. Thórdarson is currently a Co Director of Kopavogur Computer Music Center (KCMC) and faculty member of Reykjavik College of Music . He has been active in introducing new methods into music education, working with children of all age. This includes using new technology as well as recycling old garbage for use as musical material.