Pétur Eggerts
Pétur Eggerts
Composer
Pétur Eggerts is a young composer from Reykjavík, Iceland. After an upbringing playing classical violin and later coming across a world of experimental and DIY music and art, Pétur felt a need to create his own unique form of musical composition, questioning the culture surrounding performance, searching for a conceptual link between music and community. Pétur researches how other materials than sound – like images, physical gestures and objects – can be used in the act of making music. Visual art, theatre and other practices blend with the music and add new dimensions, beyond sound and harmony, becoming independent musical material. An arbitrary translation of sound into different mediums (or vice versa) has been a focus in many pieces and the roles of the performer and audience are investigated and augmented: the audience may influence the progression of a piece and musical performers may end up in unusual circumstances. Pétur graduated with a BA degree in composition from the Icelandic University of the Arts in 2018 and will graduate with an MA degree in composition from Mills College in 2020, where he studied with prof. Zeena Parkins and Laetitia Sonami. His music has been performed across Europe and America, at the Cycle, LungA, Tut Töt Tuð and Ung Nordisk Music festivals and he has performed and worked with artists and musicians such as Caput Ensemble, Daníel Bjarnason, David Behrmann, Eclipse Quartet, Ensemble Adapter, Goodiepal, Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir, Matt Robidoux, Meredith Monk, MOCREP and S.L.Á.T.U.R.

ECHOTOPOEIA The word Echotopoeia is made up of two ancient greek etymological roots. ‘Echo’ means sound while ‘-topoeia’ is borrowed from the word ‘Onomatopoeia’ which literally translates as ‘making words’ […]

ECHOTOPOEIA
The word Echotopoeia is made up of two ancient greek etymological roots. ‘Echo’ means sound while ‘-topoeia’ is borrowed from the word ‘Onomatopoeia’ which literally translates as ‘making words’ but is used to describe words that resemble the sound of the object described, for instance: bang, meow and hiccup. In this light, ‘Echotopoeia’ can mean ‘making sounds’ and describe sounds that resemble other sounds. This is an accurate job description of the Foley artist. They recreate and record sounds for film and television, whether they are sounds which were not recorded successfully while filming (shoes on surfaces, a rustle in clothing) or if they are new sounds which are difficult to record such as bones breaking, animal noises or explosions. Among objects used include: celery, coconut halves, rubber gloves, frozen cabbage and soap. These objects make up the material of Echotopoeia. Foley actions are shown on a screen while the ensemble recreates their sounds, which were previously recorded, analyzed and arranged by the composer. But all is not as it seems. The visual material begins to take on characteristics of electronic music, the realms intertwine and instruments morph. The sounds’ origins become unclear and the performer become closer to the visual material than they expect.