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 third episode of this series is an overview of S.L.Á.T.U.R.’s history in instrument design. The members of the collective have been involved in the design and construction of many new instruments; some to be used for multiple pieces in future repertoire, and some as ephemeral instruments to be used for very specific or short pieces. S.L.Á.T.U.R.’s creative approaches to new instruments and musical possibilities include using found instruments, recycled objects and robotics, modifying existing instruments, and creating new situations for performers by composing costumes or limitations.

Join us on Thursday for the fourth and final episode of this series, focusing on collaboration and collective creativity. For more information on S.L.Á.T.U.R., visit http://www.slatur.is/.

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