Bjarni Gunnarsson

Netherlands (residence), Iceland (citizenship) °1980
research interests: Algorithmic Composition, computer music, electroacoustic music, programming language
affiliation: Royal Conservatoire

Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic Composer and Computer Scientist from Reykjavík, Iceland. Bjarni has over 20 years of experience working with computer music and creative systems. He’s interested in process-based sound and algorithmic composition. How sound and software interact and the relationship between algorithms and musical behaviour. He creates compositions that put into foreground behaviours, actions, fluid sound structures, fuzzy materials, or forms. His recent research focus includes the construction of persistent synthetic environments, creative uses of digital interrupts, and machine-listening observers that react to computer-generated sound.

Bjarni has presented his research at conferences such as ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), ICLC (International Conference on Live Coding), SMC (Sound and Music Computing) and xCoAx (Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X). He has performed in festivals such as Tectonics, Rewire, Today's Art, Sonar and Presences Electroniques and released music on labels such as Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik, LMALC, Shipwrec, 3LEAVES, Granny, Tartaruga, SUPERPANG and SØVN. Collections of his solo works can be found on the releases “Safn 2006-2009” (2010), "Processes & Potentials" (2013), "Paths" (2016), "Lueur" (2018), "Volume & Void" (2020), "Cendres" (2020), "Anticlines" (2021) and "UPICS" (2023).

Interested in exploring the contact between composed computer sound structures and space. Has presented/worked in various spatial configurations such as at the WFS system in The Hague (192 speakers), the WFS system in Berlin (832 speakers), the BEAST system in Birmingham (up to 100 speakers), GRM Paris as well as recent 8 and 4 channel formations.

Bjarni is a faculty member at the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory in The Hague and a teacher of algorithmic composition and computer music. He studied computer science at the University of Reykjavík and composition with Gerard Pape, Trevor Wishart, Agostino Di Scipio and Curtis Roads at the CCMIX music centre in Paris. He holds a master’s degree from Sonology completed with Paul Berg, Kees Tazelaar and Richard Barrett.



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