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Icelandic producer and composer VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON (b. 1971) created music from his youth, initially studying classical guitar in his native Iceland before earning a Tonmeister degree from London’s SAE Institute. Valgeir is the founder of the Bedroom Community record label and Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík, where he has established an influential sonic signature with recording techniques that push the boundaries of contemporary and neo-classical music production.
In 1998 he was hired by Björk as engineer and programmer for Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark soundtrack, a monumental project that combined Valgeir’s passion for electronic, orchestral, and film music. Valgeir’s musical relationship as one of Björk’s primary studio collaborators from 1998 to 2006 thrived through contributions to her albums Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, and Drawing Restraint 9.
His scores, frequently incorporating electronics with acoustic instruments, have been performed by the likes of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Crash Ensemble, Chiara Quartet, City of London Sinfonia, and Nordic Affect. Works for theater and dance include music for s Falk Richter and James Darcy and choreographers Stephen Petronio, Pieter C. Scholten, and Emio Greco. Valgeir has also written music for film and TV, including the environmental documentary Dreamland. Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists, Valgeir’s opera based on text by Canadian poet a.rawlings, was staged at the Reykjavík Arts Festival in 2014. Scored for three singers; Alexi Murdoch, Sasha Siem, and Ásgerður Júníusdóttir, WSfL won the Music Theatre Now 2016 award.
A prolific collaborator, he constantly works with others, having produced and mixed every Bedroom Community release as well as participating in production of albums with musicians such as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Feist, Anohni (Antony Hegarty), Tim Hecker, CocoRosie, Sasha Siem, and Damon Albarn. Furthermore, his mastering credits include Oneohtrix Point Never, Alarm Will Sound, and yMusic, to name a few.
In all of his projects, Valgeir bends and blends familiar sounds to expose the new within the known, lending depth to pop and mainstream music through care and an ear for esoteric, eclectic sonic experimentation. His aural oeuvre and collaborative contributions collide organic with synthetic, acoustic with digital, connection with isolation, and domestic with ethereal – resulting in a body of work ripe with emotion, curiosity, and humanity.