Now & soon
~* December 2022: WORM sound studio with Katrina Niebergal
Collected Earworms documentation and new release: Around the Songster's Commune
Documentation from my solo exhibition at Kling og Bang is now up here
Around the Songster's Commune, a new tape out via Futura Resistenza and Jambes, is here
Stay warm xo :)
October 8 - November 13, 2022
Collected Earworms at Kling og Bang, Reykjavík
My solo exhibition, Collected Earworms is running at Kling og Bang, Reykjavík until November 13.
Exhibition text written by Katrina Niebergal:
Earworms are undoubtedly bodily.
Can’t they, for minutes, hours, days, take you over? possess you?
those sonic creepers
those infectious, melodic devils
those little rhythmic stow-aways, merrily sailing the waves of your consciousness.
I often pick them up in the grocery store. Half way home, they bob to the surface -- and I’m humming Bittersweet Symphony . . . Angel Eyes . . . Umbrella . . . before I even realize it.
I often wake up to one.
Yes, it’s true, sometimes they are a nuisance -- something stuck in your head that you can’t get out. But earworms have productive capacities also. If you think about it, they’re forms of musical notation -- notes themselves and their own kind of note-taking -- that belong only to the sonic.
earworms can pass through logical limitations jump as quanta of involuntary memory
from source to source to source.
(‘Once the way all song travelled.)
And that’s how Bergur is thinking about them, I think.
He’s collecting them when they surface -- right then, before they recede -- and working with them -- as material (and a material archive) for songs and sonic arrangements. As an artist and composer, it’s a way to document the melodies that travel through his mind with special attention paid to the way in which they travel. His collection comprises tunes of his own invention -- half-ideas or not-ideas, free- floaters -- as well as residues from/of other sources; augmentations; riffs; errors; traceable and not.
Get hooked ;)
-- Katrina Niebergal, Rotterdam, September 2022
Many thanks to Katrina for all her listening and support; Lester Michiels at dubplate.be, who cut the 7" record for the show; to Sölvi, Hekla and the Kling og Bang team for organizing, facilitating, curating. Documentation will come soon, please drop by if you are around xo
August 9, 2022
Documentation from De Nor performance
Had a really good time performing at De Nor in Antwerp a little while ago. Here are two songs from my set. Camera by Katrina Niebergal.
July 30, 2022
Performance at De Nor
Feeling honoured and excited about playing at De Nor in Middelheim Museum, Antwerp on July 30 along with Justine Grillet and DJ Nino Stelzl. Click here for tickets and more info, hope to see you there.
Collaboration / release: 37 meters of wax pipes, water, lights, motion sensors and aluminium sculptures by Víctor Santamarina
"37 meters of wax pipes, water, lights, motion sensors and aluminium sculptures" is a sound archiving publication by Víctor Santamarina on his sculptural installation in the exhibition space of A Tale of A Tub in Rotterdam during the summer of 2020. The publication includes a self-cut vinyl dubplate with six sound sculptures constructed by Bergur Anderson from field recordings of the installation at A Tale of A Tub. An accompanying booklet includes photographs of the sculptures accompanied by two poems by Erika Roux, and a Spanish text by Marta Echaves with an English translation by Juan Pablo Pacheco.
Víctor Santamarina confronts contemporary concerns from his daily life with traditional and material-based processes. His practice explores the potential of sculpture-making as a reintegrated technique in our fast-paced society. Santamarina interrupts and flips conventional processes, and facilitates the conditions for interferences, cracks and uncontrolled events. The exploring of the accidental serves as a mantra to escape the stress and overstimulation of contemporary society.
Published in an edition of 40 copies, Brussels/Rotterdam, 2022
Listen / buy here
All tracks recorded, composed and mixed by Bergur Anderson
Recorded at A Tale of A Tub, Rotterdam in October 2020
Photography by Erika Roux
Artwork and design by Víctor Santamarina
Poems by Erika Roux
1st poem title: Mindful
2nd poem title: AD-hoc
Text by Marta Echaves
Translation by Juan Pablo Pacheco
A project by Víctor Santamarina
February 13, 2022
Live on Operator Radio
I played a few new songs on Operator Radio recently, that are now online and archived. This performance was recorded at Gemaal Op Zuid for the Radio Paleis Maashaven program. Special thanks to Good Times Bad Times Radio for the invite.
Come to your senses EP. 06: Like rocks, immersed in your body of water
Played music and set the vibes with fellow-artist and love, Katrina Niebergal, for her monthly online radio show Come to your senses, broadcasted on Good Times Bad Times community radio in Rotterdam. Recorded during a research trip on the island of Gozo in Malta, December 2021. Thanks for having me x
October 29, 2021
Bergur Anderson & The Transmitters perform "Night Time Transmissions"
Documentation from the album release performance of Night Time Transmissions at Peach last October is now online.
Camera, sound, editing & sound mix by Studio Wolphi.
Fathertongue live performance broadcast on Palanga Street Radio
Fathertongue is a new musical work, composed during my residency in Verpejos, Kabeliai. It weaves the story of a master forger with my own experiences in Lithuanian boglands and my fascination with Iceland’s legendary fabricator, Solon Islandus. Before and after the premiere are songs from the back catalog.
Special thanks to Katrina Niebergal, Verpejos, Icelandic Art Center and the Palanga Street Radio team for having me.
Sound design for Sunkiss, a project by Mylan Hoezen
Sunkiss is four-hour piece revolving around the idea of 'slowness' in response to the acceleration of a once again rapidly forward moving world.
A short while ago, I designed a soundscape for Sunkiss, a new work by good friend and collaborator Mylan Hoezen — performed at De Appel, Amsterdam on Sunday, August 29.
Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee broadcasted the perfomance through a live stream, available to listen back to here.
Performers: Emirhakin, Mylan Hoezen, Negiste Yesside Johnson and Ratri Notosudirdjo
Sound design: Bergur Anderson
Lighting coordination: Jeisson Drenth
Photography & cinematography: Nicola Baratto
Stage construction: Arthur Jules
Graphic design: Emirhakin
Text edit: Lijuan Klassen and Lisa Jasperina Bommerson
Venue: de Appel, Amsterdam
Support via Project Grant: Mondriaan Fonds
Publication: Poems with Katrina Niebergal
Between September 2020 and April 2021, Katrina and I collected the accidental/incidental rhymes made when speaking — we each acted as the collector and editor of the other’s poems and compiled these into this first double volume, collectively titled Poems.
email email@example.com for order information, or visit Page Not Found, Den Haag
Tenants' regret (with Janitor's commentary)
Super excited to share a first sound from my forthcoming vinyl release Night Time Transmissions, out in late October and released with good friend Frederic and label Futura Resistenza.
Written and recorded by Bergur Anderson
Additional arrangements and production: Gunnar Gunnsteinsson
Tenants choir: Katrina Niebergal, Vera Mennens, Linus Bonduelle, Marloes de Vries, Mylan Hoezen, Manon Verkooyen & Clara J:son Borg
The Janitor: Gunnar Gunnsteinsson
Mix and master: Albert Finnbogason
Drawing: Bergur Anderson
April – May 2021
Flying no. 9 — Ten of Moods at The Pole, Rotterdam
Documentation of magical twilight duo exhibition with Á. Birna Björnsdóttir is here, many thanks to Katrina for the photos and generous support of The Pole.
Of womxn and other weeds
I contributed this vocal piece titled Greenness to Liza Prins and Layla Durrani's artist's book publication Of womxn and other weeds. The physical copy is available here, along with an upcoming presentation and workshop at Art Rotterdam in July.
The Cosmic Ear on Palanga Street Radio
This month's featured artwork on Palanga Street Radio: "The Cosmic Ear appears in a reading when a certain understanding enters the mind of the listener. Those who hear the all-encompassing "Om", shall know the songs of the earth and the stars -- and that sound is the mysterious juice which keeps all things in order, endlessly moving."