S.L.Á.T.U.R. is a composer collective based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Since 2005 its members have been working on various musical experiments, exploring animated notation using computer graphics, interactivity, new approaches to sounds and tunings, performance art and the development of limited and isolated musical universes. The members share ideas and methods freely while their final results are usually independent efforts.

In ‘Composing Situations’, a four part Sounds Unheard masterclass series for secondary school musicians, we meet four composers from S.L.Á.T.U.R.: Áki Ásgeirsson, Þráinn Hjálmarsson, Páll Ivan and Jesper Pedersen. Together they’ll discuss how the collective works, touching on music-making, instrument building, collaborating, and developing new approaches to notation and performance.

The first episode of this series, ‘Creative Platforms’, is an introduction to the history and objectives of S.L.Á.T.U.R.. Since initially forming in 2005 as a group of like-minded artists sharing a workspace and holding weekly meetings, the organisation has evolved to hold a variety of regular events including monthly concerts, a yearly festival of new week, a summer composition week and international presentations. Today, S.L.Á.T.U.R.’s goal is to develop an entirely new artistic culture. What does this mean, and what could this look like?

Join us on Thursday for episode two of this series, where we’ll take a closer look at S.L.Á.T.U.R.’s experiments in animated notation. For more information on S.L.Á.T.U.R., visit http://www.slatur.is/.

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