Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir

Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir is an Icelandic composer, vocal improviser, and a sound-artist based in Oakland, California and Reykjavík, Iceland. She holds an MFA in Electronic Composition and Recording Media from Mills College and BA in Composition from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Her compositions have been performed widely in Europe and America, and have taken place in festivals such as Cycle, Berkeley Arts Festival, and Nordic Music Days.

Hulduorka (2017)

For piano

The piece was inspired by the concept of cosmic acceleration, which is described as a force greater than gravity. The concept is considered one of the most significant unsolved mysteries in astrophysics. Astronomers have compiled evidence indicating that humans, animals, houses, plants, stars, galaxies, etc, which are all things we perceive as “the universe”, represent a mere 4% of what’s actually out there. They use the term “dark” to describe the rest of its contents. This darkness possesses a mysterious energy that behaves differently than all other energy. This energy is a property of space itself because it fails to dilute as space expands. As more space comes into existence, more dark energy appears. As a result, dark energy causes the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. However, dark energy is only a hypothesis. More in unknown than known, so it may also not exist.
In Hulduorka, the sound-filled silences represent energy-filled space. The gradual expanding of the sound vocabulary, register, and rhythmic patterns is reflective of the accelerating rate of space expansion. This acceleration results in an absolute assault on the piano.